Initial Descent: February 11 – 17, 2018

Harakiri for the Sky
Harakiri for the Sky

Did you spend some quality time with your valentine? Yea, it was in the middle of the week…and work…and stuff. But, it’s the weekend now so no excuses right?! Take them camping, start a fire, go for a hike but whatever you do, don’t forget your headphones and might want to bring a splitter so you both can enjoy what this week’s new releases have to offer. Kicking off this week of heart’s is Austria’s Harakiri for the Sky as they continue to mix post-metal melancholy with black metal aggressiveness on Arson, thought provoking black metallers Eignelicht offer up their highly anticipated full length debut Self-Annihilating Consciousness and even though it’s only five tracks its all consuming nature makes it feel so much more expansive, Chaos Echoes successfully trump their own astounding debut on Mouvement and further prove that they are the reigning champs of extremely complex and contextual music, rounding out the opening slots: punk attitude meets hardcore intensity on The Good The Bad and The Zugly‘s third full length Misanthropical House. As you can clearly see, buying that headphone splitter is a great idea so you can share all the good stuff this week has to offer. There’s more to follow so head inside and enjoy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 4 – 10, 2018

Netherlands
Netherlands

Another weekend, another relief. It’s been a long and I mean LONG week but finally it’s time to kick those feet up and let the rough side drag. And you better believe I’m letting it drag whilst listening to all this week has to offer and HEY, you should be too. Kicking things off is the ultimate good time, off-kilter and absolutely outstanding Netherlands with their new EP Hope Porn — hit up “Rewild!” and let your worries melt away. Next up is The Atlas Moth with Coma Noir and I’m telling you now, this band has never sounded better, progressive sludge at its finest. Following that is Under the Mountain by King Witch and I dare you to find a better song than “Ancients” — the 70’s swing and classic rock vibes just drip from every note here. And closing the top slots this week is Fu Manchu with Clone of the Universe and honestly their brand of desert rock hasn’t sounded this good since the days of “Weird Beard.” Look that up and get back to me. So, another fantastic start but we are long from being done. Jump in and have fun, that’s what it’s all about. Continue reading

Interview: Crow Black Sky On “Sidereal Light,” Larger Scale Concepts and Their Next Chapter

Crow Black Sky
Crow Black Sky

South Africa’s Crow Black Sky has been around for nearly ten years. Pantheion was released shortly after their inception and then…silence for the next eight. Thankfully, this silence was broken last month with their second full length Sidereal Light: Volume 1 which will be the first in a series of exploratory releases. Merely judging from both albums, the band would seem tough to pin down, genre wise, as Pantheion sounded more like melodic death metal with a slight nudge towards black metal yet Sidereal Light is expansive, epic and stunning atmospheric black metal. After hearing this new album I had to reach out to Gideon Lamprecht (guitar, backing vocals and writer) to find out more about the new album, their larger than life concepts and what was next for the band. Head inside to see what he had to say. Continue reading

Initial Descent: January 25 – February 3, 2018

Apathy Noir
Apathy Noir

As I watched my child, and many others, perform earlier this week in a talent show many thoughts were racing through my head and none of which you care about. But, these kids were putting themselves out there much like our metal brothers and sisters do each week with new material. And even on light release weeks, there’s never a shortage of opportunities to find your own star or stars. With that said, let’s jump in: Apathy Noir offer up their fourth full length of progressive death / doom on Black Soil, Stygian Obsession burst onto the death metal scene with their outstanding debut Form Is Void and more ridiculously good and crunchy death metal is in store on Order of Torment from Genocide Pact. Such a great start to this week’s offerings but we still have so much more to explore. Hang with us for a while and enjoy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: January 21 – 27, 2018

Tribulation
Tribulation – photo courtesy of Ester Segarra

Busy week around these parts but at least it was good and a little warmer. Almost got spring fever but who am I kidding? Cold is coming back, blah. Must enjoy it while it’s here and speaking of enjoyment, we’ve got plenty of it in this edition of Initial Descent. Starting things off is Down Below from Tribulation which has absolutely consumed me and just when I thought their brand of black tinged goth inspired metal / rock couldn’t get any better it did and impressively so. Next up is Australia’s ultra experimental death metal band Portal with their latest mind bender IonAbyssal Vacuum gives us three songs of extremely complex yet fully hypnotic black metal on MMXVII and Somali Yacht Club (love that name!) create an album’s worth of pure escape and bliss on The Sea, seriously, this band knows how to milk atmosphere and stretch out melodies. GREAT start but as usual we have so much more to explore so get comfy, grab a drink and hang with us for a while. Continue reading