Visions ov Hell: Hannes Grossman – “Hail Satan”


Hannes Grossmann (Alkaloid, Blotted Science, Hate Eternal, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) is set to release his sophomore solo album whenever his crowdfunding campaign allows. Hannes did this a bit differently than the usual campaign. You can basically purchase stock in the album by way of pre-sale. A bit more interesting since you have the chance to actually hear a bit of the product you’re investing in. The media presence has been pretty intense. You can catch a video chat with Hannes here. Last month saw the debut of the first single from The Crypts of Sleep which you can listen to here.

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Best of 2015: Monte McCleery of Un


Greetings, everyone! I hope you all have been enjoying the holiday season and everything it has to offer. As we roll into our second week of our Best of 2015 series, we are honored to feature the doom metallers out of Seattle known simply as Un. Guitarist and vocalist Monte McCleery was kind enough to share his favorite albums of the past year with us, and subsequently with you. Check them out below. Continue reading

Initial Descent: November 20’s New Releases in Brief

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Yep, there’re still more of these. Can we just ease off the gas on the music-ing, 2015? It’s holiday time, so naturally all I wanna do is sit on my couch and veg. Processing new music? It’s fallen down a bit on the totem pole this late in the game. It’ll come back in January, of course, but that’s January — a whole month and change from now.

Anyway, you’ve probably had enough of my whining, so let’s just hop in and see what we’ve got this week:
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Album Review: Abhorrent – “Intransigence”

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Cover art by Timo Ketola

Today we discuss, wait for it, technical death metal. That sentence alone is probably enough to send forty percent of the readers leaping for the ‘x’ button to close out this article. But if you haven’t yet closed out and you are ready to listen to a quality example of what a genre can be, when done properly, you’re in luck. Because Abhorrent have produced an album of expansive and diverse takes on technical death metal. Intransigence is simply a fantastically enjoyable and accessible album. Despite pure technical ability, no one is showing off; rather the band is playing as a unit and producing some very pleasing death metal to boot.

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