CANTO: Ihsahn, Skeletal Remains, Belphegor, and More

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And thus began another week in Hell.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Between The Buried And Me, Ihsahn, Finntroll, and More

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Seems like a quiet day out there, but I’m sure I’ll find something.

  • Between The Buried And Me are going to be hosting a weekend streaming event in which they will be performing Colors in its entirety. There are two performance, on August 7th and 8th, and then a live Q&A on the 9th. Awesome stuff.
  • Finntroll are dropping their first new album in seven years. Vredesvävd will be out on September 18th through Century Media Records and you can hear the first new single, “Ormfolk”, right now.
  • Knotfest at Sea has been postponed indefinitely. The Slipknot festival was set to take place next month, before being rescheduled to August 2021. Now, however, we will cross our fingers and hope that it happens at some point in the future at all.
  • And here’s the confirmation we were looking for. Ihsahn has announced his next EP, Pharos, drops on September 11th. That will be out through Candlelight Records and you can check out the first single, “Spectre At The Feast”, immediately below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: February 9 – 15, 2020

Plague
Plague

Hoo boy did I ever miss the mark last week not putting Sepultura’s Quadra up top. That album is straight fire from top to bottom. Missed opportunity for sure but hey, it got opening sentence this week so, score?! Anywhoo, new metals this week include an outstanding death metal debut from Plague who take the tried and true death template and do amazing things with it – actual wizardry in death metal? Absolutely. Noise rock friends of Nine Circles Disastroid are back with an outstanding follow up to 2017s Screen, ethereal doom knows no bounds in the hands of Frayle on their latest, and Ihsahn is up with an EP that really grabbed me from the lead off singles but who knows, the rest might be a techno trance jam. I kid, I kid – I jumped on the preorder so there’s that. Much more awaits those who care to plunder the depths below. Enjoy. Oh, happy V day and all that. Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 25 – 31, 2019

Necronautical
Necronautical

Mediocrity. The mother of all fails. We’ve all been guilty of it at some point; we get busy and things either fall by the wayside or we do just enough to tick off whatever task is in question. Make it a point to not be mediocre. Kick today, and life, right in the ass and own it. And keeping with that topic, there’s nothing mediocre about this week’s new metal as we’ve got new stuff from enthralling black metallers Necronautical, a major upgrade to the atmospheric post-black metal tag from Hope Drone, Wizard Rifle offers up unclassifiable but grade-A avantgarde metal wizardry, and Witch Vomit mine the cavernous depths of death metal extremely well.

Hate pep talks? FINE. Just go support all this music. Continue reading

Profile: Naut of Sonic Black Metallers Necronautical

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Necronautical – photo courtesy of Ester Segarra

Melodic, symphonic, and atmospheric walk into a bar and proceed to drunken obliteration with their new found friend, ripping black metal – such is the case with the UK’s Necronautical on their upcoming third full length Apotheosis. This smorgasbord is nothing new, of course, but the band’s approach to it is staggering and a damn joy to experience, to say the least. Debut Black Sea Misanthropy was a melodic, aggressive, and catchy first effort but while it was very confident in itself it lacked a stone cold identity. Then on The Endurance At Night the band awakened their symphonic third eye and abruptly fixed the identity crisis while keeping a firm hold on their striking power. Now, the lessons learned result in an epic and majestic 50 minutes of black metal that borrows equally from those barflys we met earlier and as cliche as this may seem, Apotheosis is unique, immersive, and captivating. Ahead of the album’s release, we reached out with our set of Profile questions and Naut (vocals, guitar, keys) answered the call with a fury. Head below to see how it went down and DO NOT miss the preorder on this one, links are contained within. Continue reading