Initial Descent: November 12 – 18, 2017

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Lady Beast

By the time you read this piece next week we will all be in a turkey coma and waiting to see who moves first on getting the hundreds of boxes down for decorations and such. It’s a standoff, everyone in the room will be hoping you’ll do it while you hope they do it. Good times indeed. But for this week we have another sizable load of metal for your ears to get wrapped around so let’s get to it. First up is glorious NWOBHM meets thrash of Lady Beast‘s sophomore album Vicious Breed which is raucous good time, next up is the varied and all-encompassing palate of death metal, noise rock and post-metal on Last Bastion of Cowardice from Northless, Cavalera Conspiracy return with their fourth full length Psychosis and honestly I’m not sure what I was expecting but this far exceeds anything I was anticipating, let’s just say: the roots are revisited and this thing is an absolute must and closing out the top slots is Daxma with their stunning post-metal meets doom metal approach on The Head Which Becomes the SkullAs usual, we’re not even close to being done so get in there and enjoy… Continue reading

Album Review: Lady Beast – “Vicious Breed”

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“Throwback metal” feels like a disservice to what bands like Pittsburgh PA’s Lady Beast are doing for the scene.  Keeping the torch burning for melody, galloping guitars and harmonized leads, bass that’s never content to merely double, and rock solid drumming in service to powerhouse vocals is vital to keep the heart and head, shoulder and fist in sync with that most glorious of terms, HEAVY METAL.  And on third album Vicious Breed the band carries the torch high, indeed.   Continue reading

Concert Review: Bell Witch and Primitive Man, 11.3.2017 and 11.11.2017

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Both Josh and I were lucky enough to catch the massive Bell Witch/Primitive Man shows in our respective areas. Since these two shows fell in rather quick succession, we decided to combine our thoughts into a single post. These performances undoubtedly left an impact on us both, so let’s get into it, shall we? Continue reading

Profile: Cameron Davis of Cicada the Burrower

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Cicada the Burrower is a one-man progressive black metal band from Wisconsin that has been around since 2012 and, in that time, has amassed quite a lengthy back catalog of releases. But over this same stretch of years, mastermind and sole member Cameron Davis has personally been through hell on earth and all of the leftover emotions and stains of what he’s been though are splayed across his work but nowhere is it more evident than on the seven tracks that grace The Great Nothing which saw its release in September. We recently had the opportunity to ask Cameron our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what he had to say and be sure to check out the streams contained within. Continue reading