Initial Descent: April 30 – May 6, 2017

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Full of Hell

This was a weird week. Maybe I’m on my own in this opinion but it seems like the general population has lost their minds all of a sudden or been hijacked by aliens. On the road, walking down the street, ordering food, you name it, NO ONE pays attention anymore and it’s as annoying as twenty ass pimples, all at once. Ok, that’s out of my system but you came for new metal and we have plenty of it this week. Full of Hell kicks things off this week with a scorching statement on Trumpeting Ecstacy and to put it simple, this album is full of awesome (nope, couldn’t help myself). Next up is Exuvia from The Ruins of Beverast and while it is another amalgamation of black metal and doom the band continues their experimental touch and come away with another triumph of an album. Moving along, Drug Honkey offers up their wickedly nasty gutter death on Cloak of Skies, I’ve never been a junkie but this could be a fitting soundtrack to a trip. And Snares of Sixes get all proggy/avant-garde on us with their genre bending debut EP Yeast Mother: An Electroacoustic Mass. With that, the opening four are down and you know the drill, dive in below for tons more metal. Continue reading

Album Review: Dimesland – “Psychogenic Atrophy”

DImesland - Psychogenic Atrophy

Psychogenic Atrophy, the first full-length from Oakland’s Dimesland, is jagged and chaotic, yet surprisingly controlled. The band’s already shown the ability to quickly take a song from zero to one hundred throughout their career, and here they not only expand on that but up the ante through juxtaposed tracks and drastic tempo shifts. The precision in the band’s playing is what makes their forward thinking and unpredictable approach in this debut such a success. Continue reading

Album Review: Legion of Andromeda – “Iron Scorn”

Legion Of Andromeda - Iron Scorn

Tomorrow, Legion of Andromeda will be releasing their debut full-length, Iron Scorn, on Crucial Blast — you know, the same label in league with Gnaw Their Tongues and Theologian. So right off the bat, you know to expect something a bit off-the-beaten-path but nonetheless extreme. And while the Tokyo duo does indeed deliver a hypnotic, industrialized blend of death-doom, there’s not really enough range in the album to hold your attention for very long. Continue reading

Album Review: Gnaw Their Tongues – “Abyss of Longing Throats”

Gnaw Their Tongues - Abyss Of Longing Throats

What’s always surprised me about Gnaw Their Tongues — through all of the full-lengths, EPs, splits and other material released in the Dutch project’s 10 years of existence — is that there’s exactly one person responsible for it all: Mories. Over the years, he’s dressed his hate-filled worldview in different levels of noise and industrialized mechanics, generating some truly compelling material in the process. Everyone has a dark side to them, I guess. And much like his previous output, the new, eighth full-length, Abyss of Longing Throats, speaks to that dark side in a matter that’s both strangely comforting and, in fact, kind of welcoming. Continue reading