Initial Descent: April 4 – 10, 2021

The Lion’s Daughter

Did everyone survive the wave of shitty April Fools’ jokes? In talking about things that should be retired, that’s really high on the list. However, Metallum did an excellent job with the cat thing, I’ll give them that. Anyway, new week means new metal and for this round we’ve got a fantastic entry from The Lion’s Daughter who dive deeper into horror synth (very, very good thing), a brutal death entry from a band you might need an English major and a doctor’s degree to pronounce, Onchocerciasis Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, another artsy rock outing from Årabrot who just get better with age, and a chilling post-metal album from Kauan. All that and a bunch more in the list below. Dig it.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Kanga — “You and I Will Never Die”

Ever wondered what you get when you cross industrial electronics ala Nine Inch Nails and Skinny Puppy with the pop aesthetic of Cyndi Lauper or Kylie Minogue or Fiona Apple?  Honestly, I haven’t either, not because I don’t think it could work.  It just never occurred to me that one could, or should, cross the two.  But hey, who am I to judge?  When you put that delicate combination in the hands of a skilled artist like Kanga, there’s really only one way it could come out: satisfyingly good, which is exactly what You and I Will Never Die is.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Ploho — “Phantom Feelings”

We had an interesting discussion come up in our group chat the other day, specifically concerning vocals.  Not only do I have no problem with a language barrier between myself and the lyrics of a song, often times I prefer it.  I don’t tend to get too hung up on lyrics and phrases, with some notable exceptions.  I’m more of a sucker for a good melody, and if the vocal melody is solid, I can listen to someone sing about just about anything (within reason, of course).   Enter, then, Ploho and the Siberian trio’s new post-punk opus Phantom Feelings.

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Initial Descent: October 4 – 10, 2020

Johansson & Speckmann

Huxley once said “Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.” Think about that for a second, the current perspective is surreal. Anyway, another load of new metal this week and a load of it presented below is, yet again, outstanding. Speaking of outstanding, the death metal dream duo of Johansson & Speckmann deliver their fifth full length, Tennessee’s tech-death titans Inferi roll out an EP, Venom Prison offer up a collection of re-recorded EP’s and two new tracks, and an anthemic yet melodic post-punk return from Bootblacks. Read through the list, pick out several that strike a chord, then go give them your support. They’ll appreciate it and you’ll have some shiny new tunes to enjoy, SCORE.

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