Album Review: Power Trip – “Nightmare Logic”

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Look, you either get it or you don’t. You either feel it in your bones or you rely on the “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” principle and work off nostalgia for an album or two until the next trend comes along. For the ones who live and breathe it day in and day out, thrash is the only way to get the aggression out of your system. Make no mistake: Power Trip knows this deep down in their soul, and Nightmare Logic takes the raw intensity of their debut and sharpens the blade to a razor edge in the name of tight, angry no joke thrash that few are making these days.   Continue reading

Album Review: Midnight – “Shox of Violence”

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Midnight is back. The blackened heavy metal punk thrashers have returned with a new release care of Hells Headbangers called Shox of Violence. Shox of Violence features five new tracks and a host of live and/or unreleased tracks that includes Venom, Quiet Riot, and The Spits covers amongst others. This is a compilation and not a new full-length release. If that prompts you to think that this won’t be a fun headbanging ride then you’re sadly mistaken. Midnight knows fans are salivating for new material from the band after the release of No Mercy for Mayhem, and fan-favorite and critically acclaimed album, Satanic Royalty. Shox of Violence features some new material, and the rest of the album is as enjoyable as any you’ll find from a band’s compilation of b-sides. The truth is that Midnight is one of the best bands in the business, and they do nothing but rock, thrash and punk out twenty-five short but catchy tracks of live-take violence. Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 12 – 18, 2017

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Frowning’s Val Atra Niteris

Another week and another mass of new metal here on Initial Descent. Did you make it through Valentines ok? Well, if you did or if you didn’t we have a home for you here with tons of new and exciting stuff to dig into so lets get right to it. Funeral doom titans Frowning offer up their second full length of phenomenally executed grief on Extinct, Sunlight’s Bane go straight for the jugular on their utterly terrifying blackened grind debut The Blackest Volume: Like All the Earth Was Buried, Obitus go long with a single track but go heavy on relentlessly vicious black metal on Slaves of the Vast Machine and Stinking Lizaveta continue their adventurous journey through instrumental compositions of doom, stoner, rock and many other genres on Journey To the UnderworldAs usual that’s just the tip of the iceberg so dive in as there’s so much great stuff to get into this week and spoiler alert: the sheer amount of quality is going to get ridiculous from here on out. Ready, set, go… Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Vhöl and Chocolatté Porter

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Welcome back, readers. Sometimes, when the world gets us down, we look for ways to help others in need to boost our own spirits. I have seen first hand the way the metal community has banded together to help where it counts, and while metal as a whole is far from a utopia, I love that I have surrounded myself with people who are working towards making metal the kind of community it always should have been; one that is inclusive and safe for everyone, one that sticks together, and one that helps pick up those that need it the most. So with this Evcharist, I wanted to try to be the change I wish to see in the world and do what I can to help one of metal’s own, the legendary Mike Scheidt. If I can help someone find great new booze or tunes in the process, so much the better. The Metal: Vhöl’s S/T. The Booze: Evan’s Brewing Company’s Chocolatté Porter.  Continue reading