Initial Descent: October 31 – November 6, 2021

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Weather has turned a bit cool…and I don’t like it. Yea, yea, I know; that’s what fall and winter brings but I’m #teamold and hate cold weather so there’s that. If any of you do seasonal music listening at all, our lead off album for this week’s new releases is from Sarke and sits perfectly balanced between bitter black metal and melodically dark rock, and as expected, it’s really good…and cold…and grim. Following that is a devastating gut punch from Churchburn, a down and dirty old school death return from Outre-Tombe, a quick but raucously fun death romp from Heads For The Dead, and a seriously looooong list that follows. Seems tons of bands were trying to get that Halloween release in or at least close to Halloween. Anyway, tons to dig into here so jump in, enjoy, and we’ll see you around these parts through the week.

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CANTO: Mutoid Man, Churchburn, Kowloon Walled City, and More

In terms of hours, I’ve already worked well over a full week. Who says 4 day/40 hour work weeks can’t be a thing?

  • Let’s start with Mutoid Man, who have announced a new bassist, as well as a performance at Psycho Las Vegas. The power trio will be rounded out by Jeff Matz (High On Fire), which is awesome. That Psycho Las Vegas set, by the way, takes place this coming Friday on the main stage.
  • I’m not sure if anyone has familiarized themselves with AEW’s Malakai Black, but you should. The artist formerly known as Aleister Black (with WWE) not only uses Amenra as his introductory song, but has now also teamed up with Carnifex for a merch collaboration. Check it out.
  • This dropped yesterday, but I only got around to it today. So… deal with it. Kowloon Walled City released a new track, “Oxygen Tent”, and it’s predictably awesome. I really, really hope there is more new material on the horizon as well. We shall see.
  • And we’re going to close with one of my personal favorites, Churchburn. Their new album, Genocidal Rite, drops on November 5th through Translation Loss Records, and today they released a new track and music video. Check out the clip for “Swallowed By Dust” below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Concert Review: Evoken and Churchburn, 3.30.2019 (and Elizabeth Colour Wheel, 3.23.2019)

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It has been an absolutely insane first quarter of 2019, specifically the last month or so, and I’m only just sitting down to revisit the half dozen or so shows I photographed the first week of April. It’s also been a minute since I actually put pen to paper (finger to keyboard?) and shared written words about any show, so stay with me while I dust off the cobwebs a bit. The absolute sprint that has been the past month really started with the Elizabeth Colour Wheel show on March 23rd, and the subsequent battle with food poisoning that made a video shoot the next day VERY awkward… but that’s a story for another day. Instead, let’s focus these specific words on the incredibly massive Evoken show at Geno’s the following week — a New England exclusive performance, if you couldn’t tell from the poster. Shall we? Continue reading

Josh Thieler’s Favorite Records of 2018

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2018 has been quite the year. It was a roller coaster personally, nationally, globally, and in the realm of metal. There are people that I loved that are gone now. There are people who are gone that I should have loved more. I failed a lot of people. I’ve struggled in so many ways. If you are curious about that, just listen to the last Slaves BC record or read any interviews I did during that release cycle. I got fatter, fitter, quit smoking, joined five or six more bands, did artwork for some bands, did PR for some others, and spent a lot (but never enough) of time with my wonderful wife and animals.

Anyway, I listened to a ton of music again in 2018. I didn’t get a chance to talk about any of it very much, but I listened to a ton. 2018 was another fantastic year for metal/hardcore/whatever. I’ve been altering this list for months and I had a real hard time narrowing it down as much as I did. Just like last year, I have compiled my favorite 50 full length metal/hardcore records, favorite 10 non-metal records, and my top 10 favorite EP’s/singles/etc.

I made this playlist with one track from each of the records that are on Spotify for you to listen to a sampling of everything below. Thank you for checking this out and here’s to a better 2019!

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Album Review: Churchburn – “None Shall Live… The Hymns of Misery”

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On second full length, None Shall Live…The Hymns of Misery, Churchburn take a lateral step into doom territory in lieu of continuing down the same charred, sludge path from their debut. Sludge and doom share many traits so it’s not a far cry but the violent and rough edges since The Awaiting Coffins have been hewn like a sculpture awaiting the art gallery. It most definitely is a surprise in approach but turns out to be a saving grace that not even I saw coming. Continue reading