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

Josh Thieler’s Favorite Records of 2018

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2018 has been quite the year. It was a roller coaster personally, nationally, globally, and in the realm of metal. There are people that I loved that are gone now. There are people who are gone that I should have loved more. I failed a lot of people. I’ve struggled in so many ways. If you are curious about that, just listen to the last Slaves BC record or read any interviews I did during that release cycle. I got fatter, fitter, quit smoking, joined five or six more bands, did artwork for some bands, did PR for some others, and spent a lot (but never enough) of time with my wonderful wife and animals.

Anyway, I listened to a ton of music again in 2018. I didn’t get a chance to talk about any of it very much, but I listened to a ton. 2018 was another fantastic year for metal/hardcore/whatever. I’ve been altering this list for months and I had a real hard time narrowing it down as much as I did. Just like last year, I have compiled my favorite 50 full length metal/hardcore records, favorite 10 non-metal records, and my top 10 favorite EP’s/singles/etc.

I made this playlist with one track from each of the records that are on Spotify for you to listen to a sampling of everything below. Thank you for checking this out and here’s to a better 2019!

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Receiving the Evcharist: Portrayal of Guilt and Bedrock Nitro Brown Ale

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Portrayal of Guilt’s Let Pain Be Your Guide and Modern Times Brewing Company’s Bedrock Nitro Brown Ale.   Continue reading

Second Circle: Glacial Tomb and Pandiscordian Necrogenesis

Second Circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

Our Second Circle albums all tend to share a common theme, be it genre, mood, or maybe they are being released by the same label, or even just released on the same day.  In today’s case, we hit two of these requirements simultaneously!  I am taking advantage of this format, to the shock and surprise of absolutely no one who knows me, to sing heaps of praise for two new releases dropping this Friday from my favorite record label, the one and only Gilead Media: Glacial Tomb‘s debut self-titled full-length and the second full-length album, Outer Supernal, from Pandiscordian Necrogenesis. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Fórn and Casa de Fruta 1940 Pilsner

Receiving the Evcharist

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Fórn’s Rites of Despair and Gordon Biersch Brewing Company’s Casa de Fruita 1940 Pilsner.   Continue reading