Album Review: Boris – “Dear”

Boris - Dear

Boris are back.  Boris are ending.  Boris have returned to their roots.  Boris are not comfortable with the notion they are returning to their roots.   Dear is the capstone to an amazing 25+ year career.  Dear is not the end.  Dear IS the end…What does it matter?  It’s the nth album from the Japanese gods of the heavy, and whether it started as a farewell letter and transformed into a celebration, one thing is clear: Dear is another gorgeously thick slab of sound slowly and eternally unwinding itself in new permutations for those of us who have been hooked since the beginning.   Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Adrenaline Mob, Fallujah, Sleep and more!

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Adrenaline Mob bassist Dave Z.

July 17, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from over the weekend:

    • As usual, a whole bunch of bands dropped new music, including Expulsion and Boris. Check out Josh’s Initial Descent post for the full list!
    • Sad news from Adrenaline Mob, whose bass player David (“Dave Z”) Zablidowsky was killed in a three-car accident in Florida over the weekend. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to an Adrenaline Mob song, but this is terrible either way. Rest in peace, Dave.

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Initial Descent: July 9 – 15, 2017

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Expulsion – pic courtesy of Jay Valena

Alright so, I hope you took my advice last week and really listened to something you found. And, I hope you’ll do the same this week as we have much more to get into here on Initial Descent. We all have to have an outlet — a way to just bang it out, you know? And a way to escape and have a little fun from time to time. Well, we’ve got just the thing in our lead off spot with the full length debut, Nightmare Future, from the mega-super-group Expulsion — a raucous good time with members of Repulsion, Exhumed, Phobia and more, get it. Moving on is the split 12″, Procession of the Equinox, from the absolute masterminds of current folk/atmospheric black metal, Twilight Fauna and Evergreen Refuge — a monster of an album that is a must own. Next up is NZ’s Vesicant with their bombastic blackened death metal debut Shadows of Cleansing Iron and closing out the opening spots is Boris with Dear, this amazing band triumphantly returns with their personal brand of rock, drone and experimental soundscapes and again, a must own. So, we are already loaded for bear but as usual this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg — keep reading and keep listening… Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Napalm Death, Maryland Deathfest, Samael and more!

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Napalm Death

June 27, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from the last few days:

    • Leading off, an amusing tidbit from the world of Napalm Death: apparently, the band’s Spotify streams have gone up more than 200% since frontman Barney Greenway appeared on a radio show teaching ex-Labour Party leader Ed Miliband how to scream. (Miliband still can’t scream.)

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Donuts & CANTO: Krisiun, At the Gates, Bindrune Recordings and more!

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Krisiun

May 10, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, according to a Brazilian news article (translated by Reddit user fraud_93Krisiun and their tour-mates, NervoChaos, were arrested by Bangladeshi authorities shortly after arriving in the country for their Asian tour. The charge? Blasphemy. (Yep, we’re gonna do that again.) Ugh.

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