Album Review: Denominate – “Those Who Beheld the End”

Denominate - Those Who Beheld the End

Technical death metal and progressive songwriting collide on Those Who Beheld the End, the debut full length from Finland’s Denominate. Truthfully that’s the easy way out in describing it. In reality it’s an amalgamation of metal styles that may not be cohesive as a whole but when the band finds their strength the outcome is truly impressive. These seven tracks go in many different directions and pull from a varied well of influences — overall it’s a strong debut that should appeal to a wider audience than just death metal listeners. Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 5, 2016

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Chicago’s Russian Circles release their new album, Guidance, on August 5. (Photo by Nicholas Sayers)

Morning, kiddos. It’s a pretty cool Friday, all things considered. For one, it’s my last day at my job. For another, I just had my brain annihilated by Carcass, Ghoul and Night Demon last night at the Gramercy Theatre. (Also, Crowbar played.) You might say I’m kinda jacked on this week, and you’d be right. Factor in some new metal on top of that? Game on. So what’ve we got this week?

Well, we start with Guidance, the new, sixth album from Chicago instrumental trio Russian Circles. Beyond that? All manner of things: VukariNecromancing the Stone (which my colleague Manny-O-War is super high on), Bloody Hammers (with whom my other colleague Tenebrous Kate had an awesome interview)…you name it. Beginning this week, we’re also expanding our “Other New Releases of Note” section to cover even more new releases. Want your band featured in an upcoming edition? Send us your info! We’ve added a new submission form at the very end of the post to do just that.

Exciting stuff all around. But for now, let’s focus on this week — here’s what’s on tap:
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