Archspire Won The “Heavy Music Album of The Year” at The Junos


The Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards, were held this past weekend, with the ‘Opening Night Awards’ ceremony, which was held at Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto on Saturday (May 14th, 2022), and the main ceremony for broadcast on May 15th, 2022. In an upset, Archspire won “Heavy Music Album of The Year” for their stellar album Bleed The Future which released via Season of Mist in 2021. The Technical Death Metal band won against a crowded field of great nominees, including Spiritbox, Danko Jones, The Agonist, and Brand of Sacrifice. The broadcast was hosted by Simu Liu, star of the box-office smash Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. This was the first in-person Juno ceremony in three years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Congrats Archspire! Continue reading


GIVEAWAY: Win a Vocal Lesson, Music, and Merch From Sylvaine – New Album Out “Nova” Now


We have been showing a lot of love to Season of Mist artist Sylvaine, who released her new album, Nova, on March 4th 2022! She just kicked off a tour supporting Amorphis in North America, and you can check out the dates below. To celebrate one of the most important artists of 2022, we are collaborating on a new giveaway with her and her label for your chance to win one of three awesome prizes! Prizes including a vocal lesson from Sylvaine, a guitar pick, a CD, and print on demand merch are up for grabs! Enter to win on our Instagram at the link below. The giveaway is only open to US residents (sorry), and it ends May 2nd, 2022 at 11:59 PM. Full rules and prize value below

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ALBUM REVIEW: Abbath – Dread Reaver


Upon hearing there was a forthcoming third Abbath album about to drop, to say I was excited would be a serious understatement. The first two really kicked some ass but, with that being said I always try to approach every new album I get whether doing a review or not with a completely open mind. I do my best to try and not compare it to anything and just let it stand alone. Dread Reaver (Season of Mist) will definitely stand on its own.

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Gaerea Books UK Tour Dates with Wode, Shares a Video Teaser


Portugal-based post-Black Metal group Gaerea has booked a tour of the United Kingdom. Direct support will come from Wode! Later in 2022, the band will tour with Gaahls Wyrd and Saor across Europe, as the band continues to support their 2020 album Limbo (Season of Mist). The band also has shared an audio teaser promoting the upcoming tour dates. They also have shared their livestream performance from last year online for free.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Sylvaine – Nova


 

Sylvaine is the pseudonym of Norway’s Kathrine Shepard, a classically trained composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. Since 2014 Shepard has been releasing albums as Sylvaine, of which Nova (Season of Mist) will be the fourth (not counting a 2020 split with Unreqvited).

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PODCAST: Episode 152: Duncan Evans Interviews Sylvaine About “Nova” and More!


Ghost Cult’s Duncan Evans interviews artist Sylvaine about her upcoming new album Nova due out on March 4th, 2022 via Season of Mist. The two artists delved into her career, new album, and much more. Interview by Duncan Evans (https://www.instagram.com/duncanevansmusic). Audio editing by Omar Cordy of OJC Photography (https://www.instagram.com/ojcpics). Theme music by Salted Wounds (https://www.instagram.com/saltedwoundsnyc).

Season of Mist Label Offers Support and Shelter to Their Artists Affected by The Russian Invasion of Ukraine


In the wake of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia (aided by Belarus), Season of Mist’s founder and CEO Michael Berberian has made a post offering support to those artists affected by the conflict, but also work, and refuge a SOM’s office in France. SOM label has several bands from Ukraine, most notably Drudkh. We’d like to shout out this amazing and kind gesture and implore other labels with the ability to mirror this, to do so, and for music media to report this amazing news to help spread the word. We need more actions like this, rather than empty gestures at this critical time in the world. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Shape of Despair – Return To The Void


 

Shape of Despair are no strangers to the Funeral Doom Metal scene. In fact, they are arguably pioneers of the quite-niche genre, having debuted in 1998.

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EP REVIEW: Abysmal Dawn – Nightmare Frontier


The first cut to land on my desk this year is the new EP from Los Angeles based Abysmal Dawn, with their first new music since 2020’s Phylogenesis (Season of Mist) full-length. So, to get the new cut was killer, not to mention I’m a Season of Mist fan, so that was double awesome. With that being said though good things definitely come to those who wait. Even though this is an EP it still tears it up. With blistering displays of guitar prowess and super thick melodies these cuts are killer. The drums are insane and are almost to the point of unbelievable as far as speed and technique go, which is something I really dig. They undeniably flex their metal muscle in the tracks presented and even though there are only two OG tracks (sorry for the spoiler, but there are covers) this is definitely an awesome display of where the band is going sonically. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: 40 Watt Sun – Perfect Light


Having left their Doom Metal roots behind on 2016’s Wider Than The Sky (Radiance), 40 Watt Sun completely doubles down on slowcore with their third full-length album. In fact, Perfect Light (Svart/Cappio Records) might even be a little softer than its predecessor with nary a trace of fuzz or distortion to be found. It often feels more like a slow-motion singer/songwriter record, especially with the Jerry Cantrell-esque twang throughout. I suppose it’s only fitting when you consider that guitarist/vocalist Patrick Walker is the only returning band member, having recruited an entirely different cast of musicians for this effort.

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