What is it in music that makes certain songs, albums, bands really hit that sweet spot for you? This is a question I think about a lot that I haven’t come up with a really good answer for, yet. Case in point: I was a casual listener of Periphery until Periphery IV landed and now I’m all in. That album hit me like a ton of bricks in the best of ways and I’d consider it a desert island album at this point. Anyway, moving on to new releases and speaking of; Periphery hits us with another stone cold gem of djent power that is fast approaching my feels on the last album. Then we’ve got some tech death from Gorod, avantgarde black metal from The Lovecraft Sextet, and delectable brutal death from Depraved Murder. But, as always, there’s a ton more to dig into just below these four so do that and let us know what hits you in the feels. Also, let us know if you have a genuinely good answer to the opening question and I don’t mean “because it’s good, dummy.” See you here throughout the week.Continue reading
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Initial Descent: December 11 – 17, 2022
Holly jolly and all that mess… Anyway, we’re getting down to the last couple of these new release lists of this year, but rest assured there’s a cavalcade locked and loaded to roll out for 2023, already. So, business as usual ‘round these parts. And with that, let’s roll… Right on cue for the inevitable Best of 2022 listbusters, here comes Misþyrming to do just that with an outing that looks to surpass their previous efforts, and that’s saying something. Next up we’ve got another black metal release from Dødsengel and a doom outing from Arche that, spoiler alert, you may be hearing more about later this week. Elsewhere in this list, and as forecasted, the average of quality has not waned one bit so there’s still some balls out rockers that need your attention. Go get some and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week.Continue reading
Initial Descent: August 21 – 27, 2022
We start with a non new release related item: seek out the 2022 Joe Barresi Remix of Dio’s Holy Diver. Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of remixes or reimaginings or re-recordings but THIS is a remix I can get behind. And now for the new release items: most of these opening four have been highly anticipated and hotly hyped, but that hype is well deserved in the black metal of Blackbraid and Sigh, in the progressive metal of Dreadnought, and in the destructive black metal meets hardcore force of Hexis. Moving on, and as always is the case with these lists, there’s a ton lying in wait below so there’s plenty to keep everyone busy. Enjoy the search and we’ll see you here throughout the week.Continue reading
CANTO: Tankard, Virtual Symmetry, Outline In Color, and More
Hustling through this so that I can get to the damn brewery. It’s Friday, ya’ll.
- We’ll lead off with some progressive metal, in the form of Virtual Symmetry. The quintet revealed “Come Alive” today, taken from their upcoming self-titled album. That one is out on September 16th through Sensory Records.
- I’ve been listening to False Light a lot this week, so we’ll jump to new a new lyric video from White Ward next. Check out the visualizer for “Phoenix” here. That album, by the way, dropped a couple weeks ago through Debemur Morti and it is incredible.
- Moving in a completely different direction next, dark rockers Scarlet Dorn unveiled a new single titled “Unstill Life”. That’s taken from a new album dropping on September 30th through SPV Recordings titled Queen Of Broken Dreams.
- If post-hardcore is your jam today, check out the latest from Outline In Color. The new single and video, “Quicksand”, is available here. If you dig it, they’ll be on the road for much of the remaining year. Tours are back, in case you weren’t aware.
- Since we opened with beer, we shall also close with beer. Check out the new video and track from Tankard for “Beerbarians”. Pavlov’s Dawgs will be out on September 30th through Reaper Entertainment, their debut with the label.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
CANTO: Zeal & Ardor, Rob Zombie, Pestilent Hex, and More
Considering my next couple days will be spent in Boston, these will be sparse this week.
- We’ll start with a tour that I really want to get to if the stars align. Zeal & Ardor, with Sylvaine and Imperial Triumphant. Dates are in September and early October throughout North America, and tickets can be acquired here.
- Slayer covers tend to be fun, so here is a take on “Raining Blood” brought to us by Zarraza. That’s taken from their upcoming covers EP, Kreated In Blood, which will be out on July 8th.
- If you’re craving some power metal in your Monday, here’s some new stuff from Splintered Throne. “Morning Star Rising” is the second single taken from The Greater Good Of Man, which will be out on August 19th.
- But if you’re looking for something in the opposite direction, black metallers Pestilent Hex are streaming The Ashen Abhorrence in full ahead of its release on July 8th. That one will be out through Debemur Morti Productions.
- We’ll close out with a fresh Rob Zombie clip, because those are always worthwhile. Check out “Shake Your Ass-Smoke Your Grass” below. The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy is out now through Nuclear Blast.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”