Album Review: Swamp Witch – “Dead Rituals”

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Swamp Witch have come a long way from their 2011 EP Gnosis. That album’s fuzz soaked psychedelia showed promise, and the follow up Slithering Bog doubled down on the psychedelic elements. Well, Dead Rituals decided that what they needed was more fuzz. Thick, heavy, slow, driving, drowning fuzz. And I am 100% here for it. Continue reading

Embracing the Descent: May 5 – 11, 2019

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Welcome back to another edition of Embracing the Descent and another opportunity to catch some fire from this week’s incoming metal. Miss us last week? Rhetorical question, of course. Recap time: if it’s your first visit, we briefly discuss a handful of the current week’s new releases that stood out for whatever reason and maybe, from time to time, a week behind. We won’t be hitting everything because a 40 – 60 entry piece ain’t happening and who’s got that kind of time anyway. Let’s jump in and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent Continue reading

Album Review: Spirit Adrift – “Divided By Darkness”

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Fashions may come and go, but everything popular has a thread stretching back to the foundation, the root if you will.  Metal is no different, and it’s heartening to see bands more and more proudly display that connection back to the roots of the genre.  Spirit Adrift have never been a band to mask their influences, and on new album Divided By Darkness they take the torch of what outlets have been calling “traditional metal” and burn away the quotation marks, leaving a raging, unbridled classic sound that can only be called heavy metal. Continue reading

Album Review: Uhtcearu – “Madness & Creation”

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It’s a thing of true joy when bands do unexpected things or further explore smaller nuances of albums past and actually stick the landing. And while Uhtcearu’s direction on third full length, Madness & Creation, is more subtle than Lord Dying’s recent about face, it is a bit of a different look. This time out melodic black metal takes a backseat to the band’s progressive side as well as a more straightforward black metal approach and as a result we’ve got ourselves a different, more well rounded, and stronger version of Uhtcearu. Continue reading

Premiere: Handful of Hate – “Carved In Disharmony”

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One year removed from Handful of Hate’s silver anniversary as a black metal wrecking crew, code666 and Aural Music will be handling the release of their seventh full length, Adversus, on May 10 and lucky for you, that’s next week. For now though we are pleased to bring you the premiere of third track, “Carved In Disharmony.” As you’ll hear immediately below, this track is relentless and hateful which are two things the band has had plenty of time to hone into a sharp point. Take a listen and get prepared. Continue reading