Initial Descent: December 4 -10, 2016

Zao
Zao

December came in like a rowdy drunk with the first real blast of cold air we’ve had. Between that and the already horrible traffic made far worse by the throngs of christmas shoppers armed with their lists and checking it twice I’m severely longing for summer to return. But, like always, I’ll impatiently await its return. As we get closer to kicking 2016 to the curb new releases are slimming but that doesn’t mean quality is taking one on the chin. For example, the mighty Zao are back from a 7 year absence with The Well Intentioned Virus and within the first 3 minutes it’s crystal clear how much their brand of thoroughly engaging metallic hardcore has been missed. Moving on, Bearstorm kick up some serious southern swagger on their EP Biophobia but of note is how well they combine that with black metal and death metal (bonus points for that beautiful album cover), avantegarde noise drone duo OvO offer up Creatura and honestly if you’re looking for something completely different from the norm and terrifying at the same time look no further, along the same lines but harsher is Gnaw Their Tongues Hymns For the Broken, Swollen and Silentand Terra take a chance on their 2 song album, Mors Secunda, but the risk pays off with intense yet brooding black metal peppered with post rock and heavy atmosphere. As stated before the quality hasn’t waned in the least but the list that follows is a bit shorter so jump in and see what’s left. Continue reading

Album Review: Gnaw Their Tongues – “Abyss of Longing Throats”

Gnaw Their Tongues - Abyss Of Longing Throats

What’s always surprised me about Gnaw Their Tongues — through all of the full-lengths, EPs, splits and other material released in the Dutch project’s 10 years of existence — is that there’s exactly one person responsible for it all: Mories. Over the years, he’s dressed his hate-filled worldview in different levels of noise and industrialized mechanics, generating some truly compelling material in the process. Everyone has a dark side to them, I guess. And much like his previous output, the new, eighth full-length, Abyss of Longing Throats, speaks to that dark side in a matter that’s both strangely comforting and, in fact, kind of welcoming. Continue reading