Album Review: Vesicant – “Shadows of Cleansing Iron”

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“Blackened death” or whatever you want to call it seems to be the genre du jour this year, and I’ll be the first to admit the scuzzy, filth-ridden sound is not a favorite for me. The switch hasn’t clicked in my head that seems to be the default position for so many online writers who fawn over this kind of thing (there’s a reason I didn’t review the latest from Triumvir Foul), but I keep trying to crack it, to find some hook or jagged spike I can latch onto and wallow in the muddied waters with the rest of you.

So, biases and trepidation laid out, let’s take a listen to the debut from Vesicant, Shadows of Cleansing Iron.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 5, 2016

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Chicago’s Russian Circles release their new album, Guidance, on August 5. (Photo by Nicholas Sayers)

Morning, kiddos. It’s a pretty cool Friday, all things considered. For one, it’s my last day at my job. For another, I just had my brain annihilated by Carcass, Ghoul and Night Demon last night at the Gramercy Theatre. (Also, Crowbar played.) You might say I’m kinda jacked on this week, and you’d be right. Factor in some new metal on top of that? Game on. So what’ve we got this week?

Well, we start with Guidance, the new, sixth album from Chicago instrumental trio Russian Circles. Beyond that? All manner of things: VukariNecromancing the Stone (which my colleague Manny-O-War is super high on), Bloody Hammers (with whom my other colleague Tenebrous Kate had an awesome interview)…you name it. Beginning this week, we’re also expanding our “Other New Releases of Note” section to cover even more new releases. Want your band featured in an upcoming edition? Send us your info! We’ve added a new submission form at the very end of the post to do just that.

Exciting stuff all around. But for now, let’s focus on this week — here’s what’s on tap:
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CANTO: Drama at Metal Magic Fest, Whitechapel/Suicide Silence tour, and more

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“I received your light, I received your wound, as a funeral rite for a heart entombed. As stigmata, envoys of the grave of holy creed. As your hand demands to fear, your canon requires to persevere. To claim the heart of those pierced by such immense deceit.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

CANTO: Slayer bikes and a whole lot of album announcements

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“Build my fear of what’s out there and cannot breathe the open air. Whisper things into my brain assuring me that I’m insane.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

CANTO: RIP Prince, more Summer Slaughter rumors, and a new track from Gone Is Gone

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“Don’t you see their bodies burning, desolate and full of yearning? Dying of anticipation, choking from intoxication.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey