Album Review: Midnight – “Shox of Violence”

Midnight - Shox of Violence

Midnight is back. The blackened heavy metal punk thrashers have returned with a new release care of Hells Headbangers called Shox of Violence. Shox of Violence features five new tracks and a host of live and/or unreleased tracks that includes Venom, Quiet Riot, and The Spits covers amongst others. This is a compilation and not a new full-length release. If that prompts you to think that this won’t be a fun headbanging ride then you’re sadly mistaken. Midnight knows fans are salivating for new material from the band after the release of No Mercy for Mayhem, and fan-favorite and critically acclaimed album, Satanic Royalty. Shox of Violence features some new material, and the rest of the album is as enjoyable as any you’ll find from a band’s compilation of b-sides. The truth is that Midnight is one of the best bands in the business, and they do nothing but rock, thrash and punk out twenty-five short but catchy tracks of live-take violence. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 30 – November 5, 2016

Dark Tranquility
Dark Tranquillity

Well, it’s November all of a sudden and we are hours away from the dreaded time change, aka HELL. But also, mere days away from the election and hopefully all of the bitterness and vitriol will subside once this is over, maybe? Or maybe not? Anyway, on to the matter at hand, new metal to be exact. And — as usual — we have you covered here on Initial Descent. Melodic death metal veterans Dark Tranquillity return with their triumphant eleventh full length Atoma, Cóndor evokes classic heavy metal on Sangreal, on Utter the Tongue of the Dead, Void Meditation Cult scare the hell out of everyone with their extremely blackened death metal (yes, this tag is actually warranted for once), Vader keep the flame of death metal burning on The Empire, HammerFall continue their tradition of glorious power metal on Built To Last, and Deathspell Omega thankfully jumped the gun with the digital release of their glorious black metal EP, The Synarchy of Molten Bones. All that and much more to come, after the jump. Continue reading

Halloween Deuce: Void Meditation Cult and Terrortron

Halloween

Halloween is a joyous occasion for many around the world, myself included. It’s a time when horror and gore is shared proudly, little ones enjoy trick or treating, haunted houses, and an opportunity to consume the most horrific media that can be found. Whether this is through music or movies or both, it is either an excuse to get caught up or a purposeful binge. With that in mind we have two albums for your perusal that could just as easily soundtrack a sacrifice as it could a Halloween party. Exhibit A: Void Meditation Cult‘s throughly dark, black/death metal full length debut, Utter the Tongue of the Dead. Exhibit B: Terrortron‘s horror-synth second full length, Necrophiliac Among the Living DeadContinue reading

Initial Descent: September 25 – October 1, 2016

Winterfylleth
Winterfylleth

Here we are at the dawn of October. One of the finest months of the year, obviously. What better way to kick it off than with a stacked list of metal that is as varied as the many horror movies you need to watch over the next 31 days. Anyway, Initial Descent knows you need it so, this week we have the amazing new album The Dark Hereafter from Winterfylleth, a jazzy avant-garde self titled debut from Brain Tentacles, Okkultokrati‘s Raspberry Dawn that is satan rock at it’s finest and of course Sorceress from everyone’s favorite target Opeth. For everyone still mad about the whole no death metal thing, news flash, they’re still great. Also Veilburner returns with their third full length of inherently evil and challenging black/death/experimental The Obscene Rite and Halshug cracks the earth in half with their brutal new album Sort Sind. Plenty here for you to enjoy so without further delay, get busy after the jump. Continue reading

Album Review: Excuse – “Goddess Injustice” (EP, 12″ MLP)

Excuse - Goddess Injustice

Excuse are yet another great example of how the words Finland and quality metal are synonymous on their second EP, Goddess Injustice. Speed and thrash metal make a hell of a racket but in the right hands this pairing can be so satisfying that a mere 18 minutes just isn’t enough. Such is the issue with this insanely addictive EP. It may be short but it certainly shreds from start to finish. Continue reading