CANTO: Mastodon, Black Magnet, Sentencia, and More

Mastodon-2017

I guess I’m back in the regular routine again. How exciting.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: July 5 – 11, 2020

Skeleton
Skeleton, photo courtesy of Mark Garcia

Now that we’re officially in the back half of 2020, the past six months has brought a wealth of outstanding metal spanning all genres. As for me, death metal is in the lead. What about this back half? Will the metal of death stay at the top? Who knows. But, I do know there’s no signs of the quality waning or quantity slowing down so that’s a good thing. Welcome, one and all, to the first full week of the back half and tons more new releases. Cases in point; a full length debut that’s an extreme display of punk, thrash, and death metal aggression from Texas based Skeleton, another entry into ‘negative wizard metal’ from Rebel Wizard (you figure that one out or ask our very own Charles who got me into it), and an outstanding third full length from Lantern that proves, yet again, that Finnish death metal is SO ON POINT. Much more below to sink your teeth into so go do that. Enjoy. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: VoidCeremony and The White Tea One

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: VoidCeremony’s Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel and HopTea’s The White Tea One.   Continue reading

Album Review: Ulthar — “Providence”

ulthar - providence

Somewhere there’s a paper with dozens of esoteric equations and quotations that would explain exactly why Cosmovore, the debut from Ulthar would be right up my alley.  The fact that it failed to connect upon initial release is a mystery for the ages (though most likely due to reviewer burnout) but fortunately no such issue befalls the mad vortex of sophomore album Providence, which brings a dizzying maelstrom of Lovecraftian madness and twisted death metal to reflect the insanity infecting the world at this moment in time, in any time. Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 7 – 13, 2020

Beyond Deth
Beyond Deth

My new favorite thing in the blackened thrash spectrum of metal is Georgia’s Beyond Deth and this week sees the release of their second full length, good for me and good for you since, plainly put, this is my favorite album of this ilk thus far in 2020—definitely do yourself a favor and check it out. Ulthar continue to push the boundaries of death metal far beyond its limits on their second outing, Uprising offer up their second effort of straight forward black metal (smack in the middle of digital and physical releases so get in on it now), and Curse the Son are back with what I call working man’s doom metal—dirty, gritty, fuzzy, and worth every bit of effort spent. Folks, right now we need an escape, any escape, and these top four, along with the remainder of the list below, offer just that. Enjoy. Continue reading