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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Initial Descent: September 6 – 12, 2020

Dead Quiet
Dead Quiet

It’s Labor Day but my guess is that a lot of you are laboring away like it’s not a holiday. The advantage of not laboring today is getting a jump start on this week’s list of new metal, otherwise you’ll have some catching up to do. Anyway, for some truly enjoyable and fun heavy metal by way of the good ol’ classics look no further than Vancouver’s Dead Quiet who offer a full length jam packed with it. For anyone looking for soul crushing sludge and doom, Jupiterian have you covered with six tracks of earthquake inducing jams. The Death Wheelers are like listening to a metal version of sleazy outlaw biker movie soundtracks straight out of the 70s but that’s the point and this week’s full length is all that and a bag of 30 weight oil, or DTA in this case. Last up top this week is Mastodon who share some rarities and a new track—-it’s Mastodon so it’s an automatic in for me. Whether laboring away or not, there’s a ton to dive into here, enjoy.

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Profile: Kevin Keegan of Vancouver’s Dead Quiet

Dead Quiet, who are on the eve of their third full length Truth and Ruin, sit in a great spot between the type of heavy metal and hard rock that cuts deep and leaves its mark long after the music’s over. The band brings forth their love of the classics with an undeniable knowledge of what made it all work in the first place; heavy rhythms and riffs coupled with organ playing that sounds straight out of the 70s. Their first two albums stretched out a bit more and even meandered a bit in spots which lent more to stoner or psychedelic metal but this time out it’s clear the focus is to just get in, slay, and get out while still being catchy enough to stick the melodies deep in the brain cavity. Just ahead of the album’s release, we caught up with guitarist and vocalist Kevin Keegan armed with our set of Profile questions to dig a little deeper into the band, his history, and thoughts. Head inside to see how it went down and be sure to support them by hitting the links contained within.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Ötzi — “Storm”

Post-punk is a genre that I’ve loved since before I knew what it was called, from back when my mom would play The Cure for me, to when I went through the obligatory Joy Division phase circa high school, to today, when a groovy bassline, chorused guitar and four-on-the-floor beat is enough to stir my soul.  Ötzi are a band that can take all the classic trappings of post-punk and throw them headfirst into the modern era with a healthy dose of radical attitude as they do on Storm.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal adjacent. Continue reading

Album Review: Seer – “Vol. 6”

Seer - Vol. 6

Since their inception back in 2014, Vancouver’s Seer have been a major force in the epic narrative department even if their music didn’t always follow suit. If there’s ever been a case in doom metal of “been there, done that” it’s the first four Volumes in this series that screams it. But with Vol. 5 being a jaw dropping realization that they might have finally sniffed their sound, Vol. 6 takes that realization and seals it in granite. Simply put, this is the band’s finest hour as they weave yet another grandiose tale. Continue reading