Initial Descent: November 19 – 25, 2017

In-Defilade
In-Defilade

I didn’t go as crazy on the turkey this year like I have in the past which means I’ve been comfortable ever since turkey day. I know that some of you can’t say the same and for you I say: “been there, done that and it sucks.” I am, however, going crazy over all the great new metal we have this week and I’ve got a feeling you will too. Let’s get to it: Leading us off is the absolutely merciless and militant death metal from NC’s In-Defilade on their second full length Elude, exquisite atmospheric black metal is what Almyrkvi have to offer on their debut full length Umbra, on their second full length, Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta, Kohti Tuhoa offer up twelve tracks of blistering punk / hardcore and rounding out the top spots this week is the masterfully chaotic and avant-garde black metal of Thantifaxath on Void Masquerading as MatterIn this one paragraph extreme metal is more than well represented but, as always, we have so much more to get into. Dive in and enjoy these desserts instead of those leftovers you were just about to polish off. Continue reading

Album Review: Thantifaxath – “Void Masquerading as Matter” (EP)

Thantifaxath - Void Masquerading as Matter

For this review of Thantifaxath‘s Void Masquerading as Matter both Vincent and Zyklonius share their thoughts and strangely, no arm wrestling or game of knuckles were involved to decide who would go first. If this happens in the future we’ll bring you the footage. Anyway, make sure you stick around and read both takes. Continue reading

Album Review: Desolate Shrine – “Deliverance from the Godless Void”

Desolate Shrine - Deliverance from the Godless Void

When you were a child, chances are that when you went to the beach, you felt the desire for being buried in sand, leaving only your head above the ground to enjoy the sunshine and watch people splash merrily in the water. Somehow, at some point, that innocuous playful urge transformed into a paralyzing fear of being buried alive. On Deliverance from the Godless Void, the hooded pallbearers of Finland’s Desolate Shrine provide a soundtrack for your premature burial and eventual asphyxiation with a monstrous wall of noise that will drown your futile screams and the tortured sound of your nails scratching hopelessly on the interior of the coffin. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 8 – 13, 2017

Enslaved
Enslaved

Good bourbon and good metal go hand in hand. Either can strike a chord immediately or simmer over time as layers and nuances are slowly peeled back. However, it’s pure magic when you can experience both at the same time but I digress, there’s a ton of metal to cover today so, shall we? Leading us off this week is the triumphant return of black metal giants Enslaved with their fourteenth full length E and whether immediate or over time, this album is astounding. Next up, Spectral Voice‘s debut Eroded Corridors of Unbeing is a hefty beast of a death metal album that fully warrants the attention it has received. Moving along, grind / death / doomsters The King Is Blind return with their second full length We Are the Parasite, We Are the Cancer and heavy handedly topple their debut and closing out the opening slots, Gloam offer up an exceptional EP, Death is the Beginningthat pushes their brand of black metal even further with a hint of thrash and doom. With all that said, it would be a great week with just those four but we are a long way from being done — so get after it… Continue reading

Album Review: Spectral Voice – “Eroded Corridors of Unbeing”

spectral voice eroded corridors of unbeing

Its hard to exist in the underground metal scene and not hear about the great things coming out of Denver, CO.   Across the spectrum of metal, bands like Khemmis, Glacial Tomb, Primitive Man, and Blood Incantation, as well as labels like Dark Descent Records, are making the Rocky Mountain city a haven for metal fans.  Among this new contingent is Spectral Voice, a band who has been content, until now, to gather attention through a steady series of splits and EP’s.  Now the band is set to release their debut full-length Eroded Corridors of Unbeing and capitalize on that momentum. Continue reading