Initial Descent: October 10 – 16, 2021

Aeon
Aeon

Boomsticks, broomsticks, machetes, kitchen knives, chainsaws, meat hooks, ouija boards…are we having fun yet? Yep, still peddling spooky season and will be for at least a couple more weeks. So, at least I’m having fun. And for the reason you’re here, we do indeed have another list of new metal on tap so let’s get to it. Aeon are nothing if they aren’t consistent, and any death metal band that’s consistently in Deicide’s corner is a very good thing so this week’s full length is all that and a bag of chips. Next up is a killer noise rock album from Tunic that we so happen to have a Profile for so dig that, Hate bring the black / death metal pain in epic form (as they always do), post-metal has a new heavy hitter in its corner with Hippotraktor, and tons more lie in wait just below this excellent four pack. Dig in and find your new favorite(s). Enjoy.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Actors — “Acts of Worship”

Here we are, back again with another post-punk release, back again with another Artoffact release, this time courtesty of Vancouver, BC’s Actors, who continue the time-honored tradition of blending dark and moody tones with upbeat danceable rhythms and bright melodies. Whereas the last Artoffact release I’ve talked about here sought to push the genre into more modern territories, on Acts of Worship, Actors pays homage to the classics and doesn’t shake up the original recipe too much. But hey, sometimes you want to go with the original recipe over the extra spicy. I might have lost the metaphor somewhere in there.

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Profile: David Schellenberg of Noise Titans Tunic

There are times when I’m speaking on noise rock albums that I’ll reference huge names such as AmRep or The Jesus Lizard and there’s good reason for that in certain scenarios. I guess you could say that falls under the RIYL category, but with noise rock it’s different since it’s such a unique style of music that, for me, should evoke the feeling of being put through the ringer and needing a cleansing after listening. BUT, this is only experienced when said noise rock album is done right and the name dropping is, again, only apt when done right. And, on Quitter, Winnipeg, Canada’s Tunic does noise rock the right way: obtuse, jagged, extremely loud and pummeling in such a way that it bruises to the core. However, there’s another element to their approach that makes this album, and their back catalog, even more of a noise homerun which is the realism in the lyrics, the real time experiences that color each track, and the scathing vocal delivery from David Schellenberg. Ahead of the album’s release, we had the chance to ask David our set of Profile questions to gain some insight on him, the band, and their sound so jump in and see how it went down. And do be sure to grab a copy from the links contained within.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Wingtips — “Cutting Room Floor”

Speaking of record labels I should be checking in on more often, we come back around to another Artoffact Records release.  Artoffact have been a mainstay of this column by virtue of the sheer volume of quality synthpop and experimental music they’ve been steadily pumping out, and I don’t think I’ve ever been less than impressed with anything I’ve picked up from them, least of all this week’s feature Cutting Room Floor, the sophomore release from Wingtips.  Not only have they been steadily fine-tuning their brand of retro-meets-modern synth music, they also happen to be hometown heroes, which you should know I always get down with.

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