Profile: Michal Kusak of Tech-Death Metallers Supreme Conception

Supreme Conception, from the Czech Republic, have been around since 2006 and with their impending EP, Empires of the Mind, will have two EP’s under their belt. You may be thinking the band is lingering in rookie status, but you’d be dead wrong. The dizzying maelstrom of technical precision and speed combined with brutal death metal swagger makes for a damn excellent listen. And, even better that this thing sounds AMAZING. Crystal clear and vicious to its core. I’d go on and on about the band and EP, but vocalist Michal Kusak was extremely gracious in his reply to our Profile set of questions and went into tons of details on the band, creation of, the whys and hows, and their collective passion for this music. Head inside to read all about them and be sure to hit the links to secure your own copy of the EP.

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Embracing the Descent: February 14 – 20, 2021

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Hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since I did one of these. This probably matters to no one, but that’s a long time and I miss the mini-review format. So, I’m sitting here having the first drink of the evening and I want to tip this glass back many times, listen to metal, and say some stuff about it. And, all of it will be pulled from the current crop of incoming releases. The deeper in I get, my glass will go from full to empty at least a couple, or three, times so results may vary. Let’s do this and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent

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Album Review: Defeated Sanity — “The Sanguinary Impetus”

Defeated Sanity - The Sanguinary Impetus

Admittedly, I get drawn to high-minded concept, philosophical lyrics or cerebral, progressive elements that stretch the limits of the genres in metal all the time.  I love an album that is evocative, that makes me think about the world around me in new ways.  Equally as much, I love an album that’s ignorantly heavy and chock full of crushing, guttural brutality with just a hint of tasty experimentation, and sometimes it’s exactly what I need.  Thankfully, there’s Germany’s tech/brutal death metal veterans Defeated Sanity and their sixth installment The Sanguinary Impetus to smash my brain into a pulp. Continue reading

Album Review: Cordyceps — “Betrayal”

Cordyceps - Betrayal

Fortunate man that I am, I once again get to jump into a very hotly anticipated album on the 2020 docket, this time courtesy of Las Vegas newcomers Cordyceps.  Their EP Black Blood Butchery took the underground metal scene by storm way back in 2017, being especially highly praised by The Black Dahlia Murder’s Trevor Strnad as “thinking man’s brutal death metal.”  Now, after hectic touring, a lineup change and being signed to a label we’ve got a full-length debut with Betrayal.  If it’s good enough for Trevor Strnad, it’s gotta be good enough for the rest of us, right? Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Fluids and Antique 107

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Regular readers of this column will no doubt notice brother Vincent’s absence. He’s on his way to Fire In The Mountains, and I’m not, so you’re stuck with me this week and lucky you, I’ve got a brutal death metal pick paired with an amazing bourbon choice. So buckle up buttercup, this might get bumpy. What exactly is so bumpy you ask? Read on, dear readers and by all means drink up, you’ll need it.

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Fluids’ Exploitative Practices and Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Weller Antique 107. Continue reading