CANTO: Tool, Diamond Head, Blut Aus Nord, and More

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I had no time for this yesterday. I also had no time for other things, but you don’t care.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: June 23 – 29, 2019

Beastwars
Beastwars

So, back to reality from last week’s land of sand, sun, saltwater, and relaxation. Ughhhhh. Bills must be paid so here we are. Whatever.

New metal is in abundance which, at this moment, is a very good thing and a very needed thing. Let’s do it… Beastwars returns with an outstanding album — you read that right, BEASTWARS — and you need it, Yellow Eyes are back and continue to keep the american black metal machine exceptionally greased, Low Flying Hawks offers up yet another gaze-y sludge effort, and TheNightTimeProject channels the more rockin’ side of Katatonia which is actually really good.

I’ll be over here perusing at max volume trying to channel last week’s ocean breezes. Don’t mind me, carry on. Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 17 – 23, 2019

Sigils
Sigils

First full week of this time change and I already feel better. Under the guise of having a hard time with it, did you miss anything we had last week? Go back and research but do, at the very least, catch our February album of the month chat for Ithaca’s The Language of Injury, and I’ll make it easy for you – link here. New week and new metal, GO.

Leading this charge is NY’s Sigils with their spine tingling doom debut You Built the Altar, You Lit the Leaves, its soaring melancholy meets occult themes and personal backstory makes for a splendid experience. Next up, Gods Without Name from Aoratos (new offering from the mind behind Akhlys) is a whirling maelstrom of black metal with a terrifying atmosphere, no surprise here from Naas Alcameth. Moving right along, Tempel who combine good-time old school metal, rock and hardcore for a sound that’s, well…, a damn good time on Tempel. Last up top is California’s Tryptamyne who recently found a home for Tryptamyne with upstart label Vargheist Records and since the label deals in a niche corner of the extreme, this blend of grind and progressive elements with an experimental flair is a perfect fit.

Beyond these four, a massive pile awaits… Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 3 – 9, 2019

Kicker
Kicker

I’m here to show you new metal and chew bubblegum and I’m all out of bubblegum, lucky for you.

And it’s that kind of attitude that Kicker, comprised of seasoned vets across genres (look them up, pal), emits on their rowdy ass kicking, instant cult classic punk album Pure Drivel. Downfall of Gaia inject just the right amount of melody and a heaping dose of thick atmosphere between their blastbeats on Ethic of Radical Finitude, Yerûšelem spits forth a throbbing mass of industrial post-punk laced with black metal and electronica on The Sublime, and Ad Patres go the meat and potatoes death metal route on A Brief Introduction To Human Experiments but with that said, who doesn’t love some well done meat and potatoes death metal?!

More to follow below so don’t get lost in there and hang around as long as you like. No bubblegum in sight so you’re safe. Continue reading

Album Review: In the Woods… – “Cease the Day”

In the Woods... - Cease the Day

Most bands coming out of an extended period of inactivity are applauded for not missing a beat…in other words, sticking firmly to the formula that worked for them.  If Norway’s In the Woods… had a formula at all, it was moving adventurously forward, mixing death, doom, folk and black metal in a way that didn’t sound like anyone else at the time. Since reuniting and coming back with 2016’s excellent Pure (an album that made both Corey’s and my Best of 2016 lists) the band feels completely revitalized, honing their progressive mix to larger extremes.  New album Cease the Day further refines that sense of exploration in extremes, to fantastic results. Continue reading