Initial Descent: April 12 – 18, 2020

The Black Dahlia Murder
The Black Dahlia Murder

I’m out of words for much other than metal at this point. On that note, The Black Dahlia Murder lay down, quite possibly their best in a few years—so. damn. good., dark neofolk OLS mesmerize on their stunning effort, Oranssi Pazuzu put the capital P, B, and M in psychedelic black metal—no surprise to anyone I hope, and since every damn show every-damn-where is cancelled here comes Khemmis with a quick but great live EP that’ll bring back the good times. Tons more to follow so keep reading. Also, please support bands, labels, restaurants, and everything you can and in any way you can and if you can’t, don’t sweat it just hang in there. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Ruin Lust and Brävery Brewing Company’s Blackberry DIPA

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: Ruin Lust’s City of Babel and Brävery Brewing Company’s Blackberry DIPA.

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CANTO: Lamb of God, He is Legend, Auroch, and More

LambofGod2020

It was raining, and now it’s not. Please stay that way?

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Receiving the Evcharist: Vastum and Accumulated Knowledge

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: Vastum’s Orificial Purge and Modern Times Brewing Company’s Accumulated Knowledge.

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Album Review: Obsequiae – “The Palms of Sorrowed Kings”

Obsequiae - The Palms of Sorrowed Kings

Black metal has an identity problem, and it’s exhausting.  The community froths at the mouth to validate, accuse, hoist aloft or otherwise dismantle what it means to be black metal in the current age.  But then I look at the rolling fields and crumbling ruins in broad daylight that note the arrival of a new Obsequiae record and I breathe a sigh of relief.  Here is a band unconcerned with status, with genre, with any kind of presence (seriously, beyond a Metal Archives listing I couldn’t find anything) in the community other than to carry high the singular sound they’ve been refining for three albums now.  And now the consumer of music can turn from the maelstrom and rejoice, for The Palms of Sorrowed Kings stands as the clearest, finest example of the kind of thing Obsequiae and no one else is doing in metal right now.  Continue reading