Album Review: Ghastly – “Death Velour”

Ghastly - Death Velour

There’s something in the cold air, the frozen waters of Finland that just makes everything that comes out of the metal scene there just left of center.  It’s a fleeting, hard to pin sensation, a slight queasiness that leaves you wondering what otherwordly nightmare the riffs originated from.  Ghastly make the most of that mystification with their second full length Death Velour, and the result is a filthy cadaverous slab of death metal that mourns even as it drags you into the bowels of hell.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 15 – 21, 2018

Ghastly
Ghastly – photo courtesy of S. Kujansuu

Hard to keep track of all the things going on in the world and as time goes by it’s just as hard to keep up with your own corner of the world. After all these years I haven’t found that magic trigger that slows time but just as well…I guess. No, it’s not cryptic — it just is. A wise man once said “it is what it is.” Right on, dude. Anywhooo, new metal is why you came and that we have a lot of so let’s jump in. First up is the ever satisfying Finnish death metal in the form of Ghastly on Death Velour, Finnish and death metal are a match made for each other, nuff said. Next is Pinkus Abortion Technician from the always reliable Melvins, here we have some mash ups and reimaginings from the vets of sludge / noise / rock — reliable and great. Moving along is Siege Bondage Adverse to the Godhead from Dagger Lust which proves to be the most cohesive their brand of noise and extreme metal has been thus far. Last up top is the blackened death metal of Demonic Obedience on Fatalistic Uprising of Abhorrent Creation and even though I cringe at “blackened,” these guys get it absolutely right and it sounds amazing. As you know by now we are not ones to leave you hanging at just four albums, so get in there and take in the rest of this massive list. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Superstition and Drake’s Black Robusto

Receiving the Evcharist

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: Superstition’s Surging Throngs of Evil’s Might and Drake’s Brewing Company’s Black Robusto.     Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 18 – 24, 2018

Of Feather and Bone
Of Feather and Bone – photo courtesy of Pale With Decay

This thing we do with new releases every week is not unlike others new release blasts and we realize you can go anywhere for it but we appreciate you coming here. With that said, we hope you dig it but if not feel free to comment on what you don’t or if there’s something you’d like to see or if your band would like to be included. Our contact info can be found on the homepage and we are also on social media, hit us up. Tons of great stuff to get into this week so… Denver’s Of Feather and Bone send shockwaves through the crusty, gnarly death metal world with Bestial Hymns of Perversion, one of funeral doom’s most beloved members, Mournful Congregation, return with The Incubus of Karma, noise rockers High Priests focus on the riffs with debut Spinning and closing out the top slots this week is the return of melodic death metallers The Absence on A Gift for the Obsessed. As always, there’s much more to explore so dive in head first and get both ears full. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Mournful Congregation and Damnation

Receiving the Evcharist

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: Mournful Congregation’s The Incubus of Karma and Russian River Brewing Company’s Damnation.   Continue reading