Initial Descent: May 20, 2016

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Photo credit: Ester Segarra

Guys. GUYS. We’ve got less than a week ’til MDF. If I sound like a broken record right now…fuck you, I don’t particularly care. I’m JACKED for this thing.

But until then, we’ve got quite a bit of new metal to hold us over. Like, oh, I don’t know…new Katatonia, for starters? The Swedes are back with album number ten, The Fall of Hearts, which you can bet your asses Mr. Butterworth and I are psyched for. (Check out his review after the jump if you don’t believe me.) We’ve also got a new EP from OSDM worshippers Gruesome — who, oh yeah, will also be all about that MDF life next week. Tons more in the queue, so let’s not waste any more time. Here’s what’s on tap for this week:
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Album Review: Dawn Of Ashes – “Theophony”

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I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the industrial side of heavier music. You’ll find plenty from the likes of Pain, Rammstein, and so on towards the top of my most played tracks list. But I just have never managed to get into, or even explore on a high level, the works of Dawn Of Ashes. Pitched as a fusion of black and industrial metals, this would seem to be a match made in heaven (even if combining those two genres seems aggressively ambitious). Regardless, even I find the fact that I’m only just now giving this band a chance curious. Well, while their latest effort in Theophany certainly isn’t perfect, there is plenty to appreciate through its upbeat, extreme personality. Continue reading

CANTO: Brian Johnson opens up, Ghosts masks are a thing, and a couple killer tours

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“Right now in the back of the bus, I got lines of coke and sinful lust. I sold my soul to get to the top, number one on the American rock charts.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey