Album Review: Anthropic — “End of the Bloodline”

The time is 5:17 am. You lie pleasantly asleep in bed in the middle of a wonderfully strange dream. The alarm won’t go off for another hour, hour and a half. Work is but a distant thing right now. Then it starts, the chirping. A bird outside goes at it, trying to communicate to another. You’re awake and now the chirping becomes the only thing you hear. Other ambient noises are there but above it all is a high pitched “CHEEP CHEEP”. It lasts for about a half hour and then the bird is done. You certainly won’t go back to sleep now because all you want to do is strangle the bird. On their sophomore album End of the Bloodline, Buffalo’s Anthropic, for the most part, perform solid grindcore. The guitars go from zero to sixty on a dime. The vocals are the usual growls and barks. These are things you want to hear from a grindcore band. So far, so good. The band makes grindcore with the aggression you want. 

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Album Review: Murdered – “Killed To Death”

Murdered - Killed To Death

Some of heavy music’s more extreme and repellent subgenres, like war metal and brutal death metal, are ripe for a particular kind of criticism. “I hear a bunch of angry white boys,” was the first remark from a decidedly anti-metal friend upon hearing Murdered‘s Killed To Death, the new and fiercely punishing one-man act release by Justin McNeil. Unfair though such rebukes may be, they are indicative of the time, and perhaps a kernel of truth. In embracing the raw, guttural essence of some corners of metal, there is a real danger in just sounding like yet another pastiche of drum machines, riffs and barking. Or, well, angry white boys. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 18 – 24, 2016


Anyone complaining that there hasn’t been a great week for metal thus far in 2016 needs to go immediately and start over, but there won’t be any complaining after this week. Mostly due to Neurosis‘ highly anticipated eleventh full length Fires Within Fires finally seeing the light of day. But that’s not all; Fatalist are back with their insanely good Swedeath saturated The Bitter End, Predatory Light further their black metal chaos on Predatory Light, Trap Them punch you in the mouth with their fifth album Crown Feral while Witchskull breaks out the bluesy doom on The Vast Electric Dark. Switching gears a bit, Dysrhythmia bends time on their progressive instru-metal album The Veil Of Control — let the dissecting begin. And last but not least, Insomnium‘s epic fifth full length Winter’s Gate is a blast. As stated, its another stacked week here on Initial Descent and literally, there’s something for everyone. So hit that ‘continue reading’ link. Continue reading