Initial Descent: March 29 – April 4, 2020

Beggar

The sentiment of ‘hope everyone is well and safe’ carries again this week as we’re still in this mess. But, to stave off the darkness and provide some living room destroying fun, we’ve got another long list of incoming metal so hopefully something here will help pass the time. London based Beggar offer up a debut full length of incendiary extreme sludge metal and I’ve been head over heels for this one, you should be too, Testament have their 13th full length on deck and one thing’s always been for sure about them: never, ever count them out as their brand of melodic thrash and heavy metal still sounds amazing after 34 years, Skam astutely define catharsis through grinding violence, and Zolle find cohesive and powerful ground with a solid mixture of noise and sludge. Incredible picks already and there’s so much more below so dig in and keep your head up as much as possible. Continue reading

Profile: London’s Extreme Sludge Juggernauts Beggar

Beggar

We know what you’re thinking. ‘Why would 9C call a band I’ve never heard of a juggernaut and particularly why in the world of extreme sludge metal.’ For several reasons but mainly because the music contained on London based Beggar‘s upcoming debut full length, Compelled To Repeat, is some of the sickest, angriest, most down-trodden sludge by way of extreme metal we’ve heard in a mighty long time. Their sludge lives, breathes, and frolics amongst the heavy burdens of society and their extreme side is akin to hacking skin from flesh then swallowing the blade with a smile. And, they’re not afraid to pull off a dirty solo or throw in some breakneck thrash for good measure. So, juggernaut it is. For now, we’re here to right the wrong of you never hearing them or knowing anything about them since guitarist Jake Leyland and vocalist/bassist Charlie Davis were gracious enough to offer insight via our set of Profile questions. Check it out below and be first in line on APF Records’ site to get your copy, links contained within. Continue reading

Initial Descent: January 27 – February 2, 2019

mastiff
Mastiff

Botflies. Old Scratch’s botflies. Shiver me timbers that was a rough one to get away from and all of a sudden I’m a pirate. Last week I was a bit predisposed but I’m back basically because Old Scratch wants his music on display. And that, we do and do well. Exactly what you might be wondering…read on, dear reader…

In Gladiator, Russel Crowe asked ‘are you not entertained?’ and because of Plague from the UK’s Mastiff I will now ask ‘are you not entertained by the heaviness?’. Seriously, this band finds new ways to make sludge, hardcore and grind heavier than a really heavy thing. Ossuarium continues the heavy theme but in an old school nasty death metal vein on Living Tomb, Tennessee’s Thetan bring the power and the violence and the hardcore on sophomore effort Abysmal, and Unendlich hit the right combination of melodicism and second wave black metal on Thanatophobia.

Now, if I can just keep those botflies from ruining my hard drive…dive in below while I find an electric fly swat. Continue reading

Profile: James Andrew Lee of Kingston Upon Hull Bruisers Mastiff

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Mastiff

One thing that can never be said about the UK’s Mastiff is that they’re not heavy or not heavy enough. And somehow, on their second full length — and first for APF Records — Plague, the band is at their absolute heaviest, musically and lyrically. Their concoction of hardcore, grind, and sludge seethes with aggressive and downtrodden misanthropy complete with enough frustration and hatred for the status quo to last ten lifetimes. If it sounds dark and menacing that’s because it is and was built that way. Experiencing Plague is the closest thing to actually living through one and coming out the back side scarred and bruised for life – such is the power of Mastiff. We recently asked guitarist James Andrew Lee our set of Profile questions and he was an absolute champ with his answers that shine a light on him, the band and its background. Head below to see what he had to say and DO NOT miss out on Plague — we’ve included some handy links specifically for that purpose. Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Battalions – “Forever Marching Backwards”

Battalions - Forever Marching Backwards

Why yes, I am aware it’s Saturday and there’s no Playlist. My fault totally, I forgot to ask the gang their picks for the week – sue me. But we’ve got one hell of a great track in store today via the UK’s groove laden riff mongers Battalions. They’re not a new band but you already knew that right? Riigghht. Anyway, they’ve been around now for roughly eight years and have a pair of wicked albums under their belts. So what’s new and why the mention? Glad you asked. They have a new album, Forever Marching Backwards, due out November 30 via APF Records and recently released a video for the title track which is what we will be taking a look at for this edition of Visions ov Hell. Happy Saturday and long weekend. Continue reading