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

mastiff
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

Profile: Andrew Field of APF Records

Andrew Field APF Records

APF Records, based out of the United Kingdom, is an extremely young record label that caters to doom, stoner and sludge metal. But the fact that the label is young means absolutely nothing when they’ve released albums from heavyweights such as Mastiff, Under, Diesel King and most recently BongCauldron. And that’s just to name a few. Basically wherever the riffs are heavy, loud and thick is where you’ll find APF and they’re growing by leaps and bounds. One look at their Bandcamp page and the amount of releases since March is impressive. We recently were afforded the opportunity to get our set of Profile questions in front of owner Andrew Field and not only did he take the time to answer but was generous with his responses. Read on to see what he had to say and be sure to keep APF Records on your radar. Continue reading