Initial Descent: June 16 – 22, 2019

Lunar Shadow
Lunar Shadow

By the time this goes to press, I’ll be having my morning coffee sitting on the sand and near the waves for the first time since last year. Needless to say, I’ll be in my happy place and will be enjoying every second of it. Luckily, I will have brought along some of this week’s new metal which will, of course, only enhance the week ahead. A trio of heavy metallers get this edition of new releases under way; one that leans towards the goth side: Lunar Shadow, one that leans towards the fantasy side: Gygax, and one that leans towards the thrash side: Kryptos, and all of which kick some major heavy metal ass. Which leads us to the last top slot with newcomers Murk Rider who weave long, epic and twisting black metal tales to add the just the right amount of darkness to my current playlist.

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Second Circle: Black Anvil and Gatekeeper

second circle - black anvil and gatekeeper

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

Ah, the Extended Play.  Compact, versatile…few genres really know how to effectively wield the EP like metal does.  In today’s edition of Second Circle we take a look at two EPs, used to different ends, but carrying the message of metal loud and clear.  So let’s kick things off with the forthcoming tribute from Black Anvil and then cap it off with the early 2019 metal hammer that is the latest from Gatekeeper.
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Initial Descent: February 17 – 23, 2019

Minors
Minors

By the time this goes to press I’ll be working my way out of the mountains and back into the hustle and bustle. I’ll probably get lost along the way and will, no doubt, be cold but it’ll be worth it. Nature rules, you should try it sometime. Anyway, thanks to these music players / phones / leashes we all have I won’t be without some of this week’s shiny new metal. Long list ahead so let’s get to it…

Ontario’s Minors was recently one of our Profile subjects and we said that their brand of sludge fueled hardcore would “leave jaws planted firmly on floors the world over” on sophomore outing Abject Bodies and we weren’t kidding – take our word for it and buy it. Next up is new music from Primitive Man and Hell which separately would rule by default but to have them on the same album, in Split format, is likely to knock the earth off its axis with their massive combination of death, doom and sludge. Pernicion wreak trve death metal havoc on their EP Seek What They Sought, and Sanhedrin keep the flames of classic heavy metal extremely well stoked on The Poisoner.

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October 2018 Power Metal Album of the Month: Hammer King – “Poseidon Will Carry Us Home”

pmaotm - hammer king

Not gonna lie: I spent much of October working on my own music (shameless plug) and being completely enamored of what is almost certainly going to be November’s pick for Power Metal Album of the Month.  So it was only in the last week or so that I really dove into the month’s offerings of metal both pure and true.  But as always there were more than a few golden nuggets to be had, and I was hard pressed to pick between four stellar stand outs (always a good problem to have!).  So I literally rolled some dice and came up with the majestic speed and 80s influence of Hammer King and their third album of classic metal Poseidon Will Carry Us Home.

But damn, any one of the albums listed below could have taken it so read on for the heavy and the pure! Continue reading

Second Circle: Arkheth and Apostle of Solitude

Second Circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

Do you feel it yet?  The slow, agonizing crush of new music?  It’s not even the end of February and it feels like we’re being bombarded with releases left and right.  I made a personal resolution this year to dig a little deeper and check out more bands I’m not familiar with, and while the beginning of the year is a bit of a dumping ground when it comes to movies, for film it’s a perfect opportunity to unearth some gems.  Also, like last time, this particular edition of Second Circle has the ill-fitting theme of two bands that begin with “A” so without further ado let’s jump into the insanity of Arkheth and the melancholic death of Apostle of Solitude…   Continue reading