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Panopticon – Roads to the North

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Panopticon has fast become a trusted name when it comes to the furtherance of black metal. The project, lead by Louisville area resident Austin Lunn, (relatively) broke out of obscurity with 2012 record Kentucky, an ode to the early 1900′s coal labor strikes and the protest songs born out of the movement. Lunn combined the contemporary Post-Black Metal school of thought popularized by the likes of Wolves in the Throne Room with traditional Americana and Bluegrass passages, creating an absolutely striking and unique blend that has never been seen before on such a scale. Since then, Kentucky has already been heralded as a modern classic, and the metal community has been aching for more “blackgrass” (it’s okay; no one actually calls it that) ever since. Following up such a masterpiece can be a daunting task for one man to make, but Lunn doesn’t falter with its informal sequel, Roads to the North.

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A while ago, in the midst of record setting pressings, exciting artists and huge box setsBlood Music promised it will be pressing Xanthochroid’Incultus. The EP in question is one of the masterpieces of ambient black metal, being an eclectic mix of black metal, avant-garde and innovation. Now, Blood Music have come through as they announced  more details on this release yesterday. True to their habits, Blood Music will be pressing this vinyl from the remastered version, offering a new and perhaps improved take on such an aurally complex creation.

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moonsorrow boxset teaser

Hope you guys aren’t tired of hearing about Finnish label Blood Music, because they’re basically Heavy Blog: The Label in terms of their roster of artists at this point. They’ve got a direct line to our hearts. And our wallets.

They were in the news last week for promising first-ever vinyl releases from both Xanthochroid and Cormorant in 2015, and we also missed the news that Vulture Industries were getting the Blood Music treatment as well. Now, they’re teasing the largest metal boxset in history with a pressing of the entire Moonsorrow discography.

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blood music xanthochroid cormorant

Hello readers, and welcome once again to our recurring segment Heavy Blog Loves Blood Music! Short recap: Cloudkicker. Perturbator. SERDCE. This time around, Blood Music are increasing their roster, adding two bands to their already impressive support of unique and quality music. This would be cause for celebration alone but the specific names joining the roster make us all here at Heavy Blog extra happy.

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Okay, so the departure of Arthur Von Nagel from Cormorant was a huge bummer, but that doesn’t mean the world has to stop spinning. Earth Diver, the group’s latest record and the first with replacement bassist/vocalist Marcus Luscombe, is now spinning exclusively at MetalSucks, and judging by the comments, we’re looking at a hit.

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It’s been about two years since founding Cormorant member Arthur von Nagel’s departure from the band, and I’m still not quite over it. Surely the impending release Earth Diver will heal these wounds, but it’s hard to not miss such an integral part of such a beloved band. While the band are carrying on, Arthur has been busy building life anew as a Quality Assurance Tester and Localization Specialist at Telltale Games, creators of the celebrated The Walking Dead game.

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It’s easy to say that we miss our friend Arthur Von Nagel as the frontman/bassist of San Francisco-based Cormorant, but we’d be remiss if we weren’t optimistic about the new 8-track endeavor, Earth Diver, now featuring Marcus Luscombe in Von Nagel’s place.

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cormorant 2013

We’ve already given you a heads up that Cormorant have taken the crowdsource route for their upcoming album Earth Diver. Since then, they’ve met their goal with a fairly comfortable amount of time left — 65 hours as of this writing — and secured the release of their first album without former frontman/bassist Arthur Von Nagel, who left the band to pursue a career in video games.

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cormorant 2013

The internet metal community is in love with Cormorant. Whether it be because of the open line of communication, spirit of independence, or simply because the music is that great (it is), the hype is always great when the band becomes active. The group’s last album Dwellings was a masterpiece of folk/black metal inspired prog, so naturally hopes are high for the band’s upcoming third release. The only caveat in sight is the loss of frontman and bassist Arthur von Nagel, who left to pursue a career in video games. You may have seen his work in the award-winning The Walking Dead game from Telltale Games. Excellent choice for a career path indeed, but he will be greatly missed as Cormorant’s mouthpiece.

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Sad news, everyone. Frontman of the internet’s favorite Tiberian Ass Bastard Folk band (it’s a thing by now, surely!) Cormorant is currently without founding member and all-around swell guy Arthur von Nagel (above center). His personality as frontman and poetic lyrics are part of what made Cormorant so great, so while it is a huge bummer that he’s stepping out of the band, it’s easy to see why he had to make such a tough decision. Leaving one childhood dream job for another, he has left the band to focus on his career in video games, most recently working at Telltale Games on The Walking Dead series.

Below are statements from Arthur and the rest of Cormorant, via Brave Words:

Arthur: “It is with great deference and gratitude to our fans and supporters that I announce my departure from Cormorant. After the overwhelming reception for Dwellings and national tours with longtime personal heroes, I feel fortunate to end this chapter of my life on a high note. Nick, Brennan, and Matt will continue to write and perform as Cormorant with my full support. The albums we created together were very personal to all of us, and I know the music they are composing now is of the same passion and honesty. I cherish our time working together, and I wish them the best.

I am taking a break from music to pursue my career in video games—another lifelong passion. Since May of this year, I have been at Telltale Games, hard at work on The Walking Dead episodic adventure series. Contributing to the game’s development has afforded me artistic fulfillment I never thought possible professionally. Thanks to the many colleagues I count as friends and projects I care deeply about, I look forward to going to work every morning for the first time in my life.

I have nothing but the most sincere thanks to our fans. You are incredible. From the Lebanese diehard metalhead who smuggled his contraband Metazoa CD in from Saudi Arabia, to the gentleman of indigenous Australian descent who wrote to tell us how profoundly “The First Man” had affected him, knowing that we’ve forged a connection with people through our music is the most gratifying. I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to perform for our fans across the US this year. Meeting you all in person was a true pleasure. I only regret that a worldwide tour wasn’t possible!

I’d like to thank the sound engineers and producers who made us sound our best, the publicists and journalists who wrote so beautifully about us, the visual artists who brought our music to life, the promoters who included us on such wonderful bills, and the bands with whom we shared the stage. While I have always taken great pride in Cormorant’s independence, so much of the band’s success is owed to your support. I look forward to attending future Cormorant shows from the other side of the stage.” – Arthur von Nagel, November 2012

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