Ignite’s Brett Rasmussen on their self titled album, what makes a good bassist, and much more!

Ignite have had a long journey since their formation in 1993 and a journey that’s seen them work harder and harder with every release. On their recently released full length, Ignite, they’ve knocked it out of the park in the punk / melodic hardcore scene and are ushering in a whole new era of fans. Surrounding this album’s release, Buke sat down with bassist Brett Rasmussen to discuss the new album and what makes a good bassist, how his parents music collection influenced him, bringing in new vocalist Eli and his transition from metal to punk, his love of Joy Division, filming shows with cell phones and not actually experiencing it, and so much more. We now present that conversation to you in its entirety so grab your drink of choice, a chair, and enjoy. 

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Initial Descent: April 10 – 16, 2022

Analepsy
Analepsy

Feel free to feel how you want about this statement, but I’m just over here basking in the glory of the metal 2022 has brought us thus far and several you don’t even know about yet that will knock the socks clean off your crusty feet. Speaking of new metal, we’ve got a full listing and a few of these are at the level of ‘knocking socks off’ so let’s get to it… Kicking things off are a couple of top tier brutal death metal entries from Analepsy and Atoll which have my full attention. Then, we’ve got another MASSIVE doom outing from Seer, a progressive and slightly technical outing from Monuments, and a bloated list of other records worthy of your time and hard earned dollars. Just keep some of that change for new socks, eh?!

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Initial Descent: March 27 – April 2, 2022

Vimur
Vimur

A renewed sense of panic and crushing weight settles in…ah, it’s Monday again. But, fear not, the memes will come hot and fresh, the sun will come out this week, AND we’ve got a full clip of new metal that consists of more treats than tricks this week starting off with Atlanta’s black metal practitioners Vimur returning with their third offering and this one blisters their previous material, Meshuggah roar back to life after a six year slumber and whether you call them tech or djent, they still got it in spades, traditional heavy metal gets a swift kick in the ass from both Satan and Wolf, and, as always, a full list of other stuff to explore. Just FYI: as much as we try to feature as many releases as possible, we miss them occasionally so if we’ve missed any here, or in the future, feel free to drop them in the comments so everyone can benefit. And, if your (metal of some sort) band wants to be featured here, click on our about page to find our email and send us one. We’d love to hear from you…probably.  

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Initial Descent: March 13 – 19, 2022

Black Fucking Cancer

I’ve been smack dab in the middle of hunting a particular album to no avail now for over a week. Most of us can feel that pain in one way or another. I know, I know; first world problems, right? Well, it has distracted me from real world problems such as a war, stupid gas prices, and all that sort of stuff that would fill an asshat to the brim. So, there’s that. Salty for a Monday…I’ll admit. ANYWAY, This week’s batch of new music has exactly the kind of pummeling my brain and body demands right now with black metal from Black Fucking Cancer and Dark Funeral and a pair of wicked death metal albums from Hellfrost and Fire and Aeviterne. These will definitely be my salt in the wounds for this week, but there’s also a healthy list of bruisers in the list that follows. Plenty here to pick your poison with this week…DO IT!

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Blood Incantation on new album “Timewave Zero,” presenting ambient music as a band effort, the Colorado scene, and much more!

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Photo by Alvino Sacedo

What can you say that hasn’t already been said about the guys in Blood Incantation? Whether it’s their incredibly deep and sprawling slabs of death metal like Starspawn or Hidden Histories of the Human Race or their other musical endeavors that read like a primer of the best extreme metal of the last 10 years (Spectral Voice, Stormkeep, Wayfarer)…it seems no matter what they put their hands in, it comes out righteous and heavy. So it’s no surprise that their latest left turn, the ambient experiment Timewave Zero manages to retain the signature sound of the band even as it stretches into the furthest reaches of space without the raging riffs of down-tuned guitars to power it. We sat down with 3/4 of the band (Isaac, Paul and Morris) to discuss how the collaborative process works when you’re creating an ambient record, the close-knit nature of the Colorado scene, keeping riffs fresh and alive in a world where almost everything has already been done, and so much more (just wait until the episode shifts to the majesty of Gorguts).

This is a killer conversation that just reinforces how vital and essential Blood Incantation is to the extreme metal scene, so put down that fidget spinner, grab your beverage of choice and settle in for a wicked edition of the Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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