Initial Descent: June 10, 2016

sumac band

Big week here on the new metal front, and of course, your boy’s nursing a bit of a hangover from last night’s Noisey showcase at Saint Vitus. Big ups to all the bands that played, and big downs to the amount of alcohol that was consumed coming back to bite me in the ass. Oh well. I guess this is what happens when Dan tries to concert on a weeknight…

Anyway, what’s dropping today? All kinds of stuff. We’ve got new full-lengths from Aaron Turner and Sumac, as well as from Boston’s Astronoid and San Diego’s Ghoulgotha. Plus, if you feel like getting #MetalTwitter’s panties in a knot, there’s also a physical reissue of Ghost Bath‘s Moonlover, which originally dropped last year. A bunch more in the works, so let’s jump into it — here’s what’s on tap for this week:
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Album Review: Bat – “Wings Of Chains”

Bat - Wings Of Chains

Virginia may be for lovers but don’t tell Bat, as their debut full length Wings Of Chains is a head on charge of dirty speed metal best played at a biker bash rather than in a ballroom. On the back of an instantly sold out demo and a two track EP this trio flawlessly delivers on the blazing promise of both. Equal parts eighties speed metal and thrash the band rip through just under a half an hour of hard charging metal without ever coming up for air. Which results in a debut that won’t be leaving your player for quite some time. Continue reading