Initial Descent: September 10 – 16, 2017

Dodecad
Dodecad

Rolling in late (or early depending on your viewpoint) after a huge gathering of many people and many treats from local breweries means I’m satisfied and ready to hunker down with some of this list at maximum volume. And with the amount of releases this week that could take awhile…lucky thing for us it’s the weekend. Let’s get to it, noise rock purists Dodecad kick things off this week in the noisest and best way possible with their third effort Contempt and trust me when I say: if you’re even remotely a fan of noise rock you NEED this album immediately, it is that good. Next up is the debut, The Imprisoning War, from symphonic black metallers Hate Moon, and it’s the perfect balance of brute force and sweeping melodies. Moving along is Moonlight Desires with Just the Hits 1981-1985 and while this may not be the typical top slot candidate this album is an epic ton of fun with plenty of scorching rock theatrics, right now we all could use some fun and an opportunity to just let the rough side drag so let this album serve as such. Closing out the opening few is the dark americana EP Stands With Death from The Dark Red Seed, personally I’m a fan of all things King Dude and this EP scratches that itch as well as shares a guitarist with said Dude, highly recommended. There you have it, the lead off four but as usual we are nowhere even close to done. Pull up a chair and stay awhile, it only gets better from here. Oh and if you don’t like something or if you do let us know in the comments or don’t, but definitely enjoy. Continue reading

Exclusive Stream: Hate Moon – “The Skeleton Forest”

Hate Moon Bandcamp Cover

On September 15th, Pennsylvania-based black metallers Hate Moon will release their debut on Fólkvangr Records titled The Imprisoning War. Specifically defining themselves as “Norse-Gael symphonic black metal”, this album is sure to feature an expansive soundscape. And today, roughly three weeks before the album drops, we are pleased to premiere a brand new track off the album called “The Skeleton Forest”. Continue reading

Exclusive Stream: Violet Cold – “Lovegaze”

anomie

On July 21st, Violet Cold‘s latest full length album Anomie, will be available as a special edition on vinyl and cassette. It is 100% an opportunity worth jumping on, and if you’re familiar with this project and this album, you already understand why. We’ll get into some of the details about all that a bit later. But for now, we would like to celebrate the approaching July 21st date with a stream of the mesmerizing third track on the album titled “Lovegaze”. Check it out below. Continue reading

Profile – Haruspex of Selvans

Selvans
Selvans

April 21st of this year saw the limited edition cassette reissue of Lupercalia from Italy’s black metal band Selvans. The album was originally released in 2015 on Avantgarde Music but with the Folkvangr reissue, now is the perfect time for those who missed it initially to experience the band’s take on cults and folklore from their home country set to wildly expressive, expansive and — at times — epic music. We recently had the opportunity to ask Haruspex our set of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say and don’t forget to grab your copy before they’re gone. Continue reading

Profile: Mike Lamb of Sojourner

Sojourner - Mike Lamb
Mike Lamb

Empires of Ash, the debut full length, from atmospheric black metallers Sojourner was released last year via Avantegarde Music and recently saw a cassette reissue via Fólkvangr Records. And if you count Saor and Summoning as favorites from this genre, there’s no better time to get in on the ground floor with the epic take Sojourner has to offer. Gruff vocals and frantic tremolo work earmark the bands black metal side but it’s the synth, melodic chords and angelic vocals that set this band — and album — apart. We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Mike Lamb (drums, guitars, piano, synth) for our Profile set of questions and he was more than generous with his answers. Keep reading to see what he had to say. Continue reading