Album Review: Spirit Adrift – “Divided By Darkness”

Spirit Adrift - Divided By Darkness

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

Initial Descent: May 5 – 11, 2019

Idle Hands
Idle Hands

This is one of those weeks that could’ve easily seen double digit albums in the top slots. It’s. That. Good. This year just keeps on giving so let’s cut the chit-chat and get to it…

Following up on the STELLAR EP, Don’t Waste Your Time, is Idle Hands with their full length debut Mana and honestly you just don’t know how much this brand of goth metal is needed until you know so get acquainted with it, this is a freaking masterpiece of soaring anthems drowned in mellow sadness. Next up is the godfathers of death metal, Possessed, with their loooooong awaited third full length Revelations of Oblivion and if initial impressions hold true, this will be one for the ages and one that furthers the intimate brand that Seven Churches laid bare. And then, Spirit Adrift completely seal the deal of trad metal meets majestic doom on third full length Divided By Darkness and it’s a sweet ass album full of old soul metal energy. Last up top but certainly not least is Wisconsin’s melodic black metallers Uhtcearu with their third full length Madness & Creation which finds the band in a forward thinking, progressive frame of mind. Now, don’t get your panties in a bunch as this slight addition works EXTREMELY well so if you were a fan of the last two, this one will blow your mind but if you’re a newb then this is a great jump off point.

What are you waiting for? Get in there…. Continue reading

CANTO: Sanctuary, Wayfarer, Immortal Bird, and More

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Hey! I’m back!

  • Let’s start off with nothing even remotely new to this routine… a tour announcement! Sanctuary will be rolling through some North America dates with Ghost Ship Octavius as support. Dates are in July and August, and Joseph Michael is still on vocals. He did well on their last tour, so that last bit shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
  • This is a run of shows I’m slightly more excited about. Wayfarer have added some east coast dates to their 2019 plans, and that is tremendous news. They’ll be joined by Falls Of Rauros, another favorite of mine. They’ll be touring starting in May, but these specific shows will be in July.
  • Immortal Bird are also up to things. Their next full-length effort, titled Thrive On Neglect, will be out on July 5th through 20 Buck Spin. In conjunction with that announcement, you can taste the new title-track right now. Oh, and they also have some shows coming up next month.
  • Fleshgod Apocalypse have released a live video for “Healing Through War”. This clip was taken from their “An Evening In Perugia” show. A casual reminder that Veleno will be out on May 24th via Nuclear Blast.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: March 24 – 30, 2019

Moon Tooth
Moon Tooth

Had an interesting and funny conversation amongst the staff last week (our water cooler conversations are always golden) regarding tech death versus technical death metal which led into the myriad of varying genre tags. Out of nowhere came “I consider Judas Priest heavy metal, all else is just metal” which is accurate and great and made me roar with laughter – score. Really, it is that simple if you think about it…and then it’s not, everyone wants to know what they’re getting into up front. Either way, get into what this week has to offer.

To say I’ve been carried away by Moon Tooth’s Crux is the understatement of the year – it’s rock, it’s metal but most of all it’s MEMORABLE which is something we don’t get enough of these days so by all means, get yourself a copy STAT. Next up is the debut, Something Wicked Marches In, from Vltimas and I knew to expect a pummeling mixture of death and black metal based on the membership here but I didn’t count on this thing being as addictive as it is. Sliding into some nastier territory is Triumvir Foul with their blend of bestial black, death, and noise on Urine of Abomination, definitely drink this one in folks. Last up top is the third full length, Departed Souls, from Boston’s Magic Circle who show that a four year gap doesn’t mean a thing when a band can churn out doomy heavy metal as good as this, another MUST own so do that.

Those four could be the entire week but ALAS, there’s much more. Get in there with all the grind, death, core, post, black, rock, atmospheric, symphonic, heavy, power, instru-metal…I could go on for days. But I won’t. Continue reading

Album Review: Noisem – “Cease To Exist”

Noisem - Cease to Exist

This is what I remember about Noisem when they hit the scene with their debut Agony Defined back in 2013: Death/thrash/grind played by a bunch of young upstarts.  Loved the classic 80s era cover, didn’t care for the music.  Everyone and their brother proclaimed the band as the “next big thing” with the arrival of 2015’s Blossoming Decay.  And it was…fine.  Nothing that compelled me to put them on a pedestal.  But lo and behold four years later brings a new album I’m told I NEED to listen to and, what do you know?  Cease To Exist manages to finally get me to sit up and take notice by making good on the promise of those awesome album covers. Continue reading