Initial Descent: February 18 – 24, 2018

WAKE
WAKE – photo courtesy of Mike Wells

So, we’re back again. How was the week? Busy here and at one point I actually got to see the sun for once — made me happy. What’s got you excited this week? Nothing? Well, this week’s list of new metal is longer than the line waiting on summer vacation and hopefully this will lift the spirits. Leading us off this week is grindcore phenoms WAKE with their latest bunch of brutal, Misery Rites. Next up is Dead Empires who added a singer and managed to make their best hardcore / heavy as balls album yet with Designed to Disappear. Rolling on is Insect Ark with their stunning and unique horror soundtrackish / doom metal on Marrow Hymns and closing out the top spots is Huntsmen with American Scrap, an album that really surprised me with how it combines King Dude’s type of dark americana with razor sharp doom metal — trust me, this thing just works. There you have it, the intro is done but we are FAR from finished so keep reading, keep clicking and keep discovering. Continue reading

Profile: DJ Scully of Forward Thinkers Dead Empires

Dead Empires
Dead Empires

Dead Empires fans are going to be in for a treat with Designed to Disappear, the bands third full length since forming in 2009. Waiting in Waves and Secret Snakes / Silent Serpents were instrumental atom bombs of progressive metal with a strong lean towards the sludge palette. But with the addition of vocalist Jason Sherman (Torrential Downpour) the band takes on a new persona. And it’s one of a heavier ilk, steeped in hardcore and death metal but with the balls to still be able to pull out a reggae jam (“A Summertime Song”) and pop melodies (“Ergot”). The hues painted with this album are some of the deepest the band has mined to date and they pull it off with an ease befitted of only the most seasoned vets in the game. It is an absolute must to experience the feelings encountered throughout Designed to Disappear and it’s nearly impossible to put it down once you’ve made this journey. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the opportunity to ask DJ Scully our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what he had to say. Continue reading

Album Review: Dead Empires – “Designed To Disappear”

Dead Empires - Designed to Disappear

If you’ve followed along with New York’s Dead Empires‘ last two albums, a couple of things will be evident when approaching third full length, Designed to Disappear: 1) this band is eccentric and unafraid to experiment, and 2) their instrumental approach worked by engaging and challenging listeners, completely enveloping all thought processes over the course of these albums. With this third effort, the band has added a vocalist and my immediate concern was how this would affect their sound, would it be worse? Better? Meh? Or even worse still, lose its gleam? I was quickly relieved of any fears as this effort IS their best to date. Continue reading