Initial Descent: April 16 – 22, 2017

Casket Huffer
Casket Huffer

Ok so, current events happened — blah, blah. No time to waste this week as we have a TON of new metal to get into so waste not here we go: Casket Huffer rule the week with a limited vinyl and digital release of their absolutely sick death metal debut Gospels of Scum. There’s no amount of words I can say here to convince you to pick this up but trust me when I say you NEED this album in your life, period. Next up is Artificial Brain with Infrared Horizon and honestly this is a mindf**k of a technical death metal (not tech death) album but in the best of ways so DO check it out, you’ll be glad you did. Moving on, everyone’s favorite Finns Foreseen return with their second full length Grave Danger and if you loved Helsinki Savagery (most of you did) then you will feel the same about this thrashtastic album, jump on it. Rounding out the opening slots is Night Demon with their second full length of wickedly good and classically tinged heavy metal, Darkness Remains — yes it is every bit as good as their debut and yes it is every bit as catchy, pick it up for the sake of all things metal. There you have it with the opening salvo but I did say there is a TON to wade through so get cracking, right after the jump.

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Initial Descent: April 2 – 8, 2017

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Extremity – photo courtesy of Jehnifer Mickalacki Sublett

What a week right? We’ve had hot, cold, snow and downright nasty weather but hopefully everyone is ok and ready to get this week behind us in hopes that next week might bring better things. But, hold that thought as we have a stellar week of metal releases to get to before we move on. Lets get after it: first up is Extremity with their debut Extremely Fucking Dead which is, simply put, fun death metal for fans of straight ahead, no frills death metal, plus the band features a deep lineup so get on it ASAP. Next up is the blackened hardcore debut A World Within Flesh from Hellkeeper, this is the kind of album that pulls you in and refuses to let go while it batters your ears to a bloody pulp, tasty. Moving along we have Sigil‘s debut Kingdom of the Grave and honestly if this crusty piece of d-beat driven death metal doesn’t make you move or start a pit in your living room you’re already dead. Last but not least is Azarath with their sixth full length of Behemoth meets Krisiun strain of death metal, In Extremis. This band just gets better with each album and considering their first full length was ridiculously good and theyre six albums in, that’s saying something. You know the deal, we have many more after the jump so clear the rest of your weekend and enjoy. Continue reading

Album Review: Extremity – “Extremely Fucking Dead”

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It should be no surprise that death metal and black metal are the two genres I frequent the most, yet what draws me to death metal artists and what draws me to black metal artists are often completely at odds. As I have mentioned previously, my favorite black metal bands tend to be those that take basic the formula of the genre and move it in a different direction, adding their own unique spin and often incorporating disparate elements in the music. With death metal, however, the more complex the music gets, the more I feel like it loses its soul. Give me boneheaded riffs with no frills and no junk and I’m a happy man. So when I say that Extremity‘s debut Extremely Fucking Dead is some of the most satisfying death metal I’ve heard in a long time, you should know what you’re getting into. But it is most definitely something you want to get into.   Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Migration Fest, Ne Obliviscaris, Danzig and more!

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March 28, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • Leading off with some HOLYSHITAWESOME news: Gilead Media and 20 Buck Spin have announced that Migration Fest will be returning in 2018. That’s about all we know at the moment, but shit, that’s good enough for me. If you didn’t make it to the inaugural edition, you’d best course-correct next year.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Vhöl and Chocolatté Porter

Receiving the Evcharist

Welcome back, readers. Sometimes, when the world gets us down, we look for ways to help others in need to boost our own spirits. I have seen first hand the way the metal community has banded together to help where it counts, and while metal as a whole is far from a utopia, I love that I have surrounded myself with people who are working towards making metal the kind of community it always should have been; one that is inclusive and safe for everyone, one that sticks together, and one that helps pick up those that need it the most. So with this Evcharist, I wanted to try to be the change I wish to see in the world and do what I can to help one of metal’s own, the legendary Mike Scheidt. If I can help someone find great new booze or tunes in the process, so much the better. The Metal: Vhöl’s S/T. The Booze: Evan’s Brewing Company’s Chocolatté Porter.  Continue reading