Initial Descent: August 11 – 17, 2019

Cerebral Rot
Cerebral Rot – photo courtesy of Desi Hermann

Last week was bit of a blur what with all the news items and “theories,” Tool takes and thinkpieces keep coming in by the truck load, and Gatecreeper dropped a ballad off their upcoming album…a ballad. New week and new metal, so let’s do that.

Cerebral Rot go the caveman death metal route (in this case, a very good thing) on their debut, Devourment break a six year silence with their trademark brutal-techy-slammy death metal, Unburnt unleash blackened death metal hell across their four track EP, and Dialith bring unbridled symphonic power on their debut full length. Focus on this week and forget last week but don’t put away the popcorn just yet.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Mylingar and Broadacres

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: Mylingar’s Döda Själar and Phantom Carriage Brewing Company’s Broadacres.   Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Tomb Mold and Evolution Brown Ale

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: Tomb Mold’s Planetary Clairvoyance and Wasatch Brewery’s Evolution Amber Ale.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 14 – 20, 2019

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Tomb Mold – photo courtesy of Jake Ballah

Summer is my favorite but even I’ll admit that it’s hot. I mean, skin melting hot or even better, swamp ass hot. Seriously, the early morning dark gives up 92% humidity and a real feel of 95 when the actual temp is 80ish. So yea, time to find a cool mountain stream or something. Anyway, short list of new metal this week so let’s get to it…

Tomb Mold is one of those rare bands that started out on fire but on their third full length of stellar death metal, they’ve hit a whole other level of superiority. Much the same can be said of Falls of Rauros fifth full length — and debut for Gilead Media — of folky, atmospheric black metal – all roads of this band’s past lead here, period. Rogga Johansson’s involvement list over the years reads like a mile long rap sheet which means this dude is so well versed in the ways of death metal that his latest solo effort bleeds straight up insanity in the best kind of way. And then there’s WORMED, capitalized for a reason – these guys make technical death metal look easy as they continue the wild tale of Krighsu, the last human in the cosmos. Put that in your cosmic pipe and smoke it. 

Do the thing and jump in there, the quality continues even though the quantity wanes, temporarily. I’ll be over here taking an ice bath. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Immortal Bird and Sanctification

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: Immortal Bird’s Thrive On Neglect and Russian River Brewing Company’s Sanctification. Continue reading