Initial Descent: June 4 – 10, 2017

Triumvir Foul
Triumvir Foul

It’s Saturday and that means a lot of things for a lot of folks but for us it means NEW METAL. And once again we are stacked beyond ceiling height with it this week. Triumvir Foul leads us off (because they rule) with their second full length, Spiritual Bloodshed, and it finds them once again displaying some dangerous death metal chops but it’s darker than their first and they sound better than ever, you know what to do. Next up is the perfect soundtrack for a Saturday with Space Witch‘s space prog take on the stoner doom metal genre Arcanum and the band actually does the impossible in this crowded scene — they stand out! Rolling on is Abrams who truly find their identity with a career defining heavy rock album on Morning, it’s heavy and beautiful and well…I could go on but trust me here — GET IT. Anathema return with a further journey into their moody, melodic and astounding alt-rock on The Optimist and old school death metal darlings Necrot with their debut full length Blood Offerings — and I use darlings here because this band has that something special when it comes to bringing the death metal of yesteryear screaming into 2017. They combine all the high points from their limited material thus far into a fist pumping, hair raising album. But wait, there’s more — much, much more so dive in and find all the gems this week has to offer. Continue reading

Album Review: Space Witch – “Arcanum”

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Ah, stoner/doom…how easy it is to fall under your numbing spell, how simple it is to get lost in your repetitive riffing, your lethargic tempos, your incantations of despair.  And yet…how difficult it is to stand out in an increasingly crowded pack of grunged out bearded weirdos intent on bludgeoning the music world with another riff on Sleep, or Electric Wizard, or Weedeater, or…well, take your pick.  By keeping one foot firmly planted in the more esoteric 70s astral prog sonics of bands like Hawkwind even as they lumber through the fuzzed out landscapes molded by Sleep and the other aforementioned bands, Space Witch manage to carve out their own identity with new album Arcanum, a spacey, tripped out sludge through a muddy galaxy of distortion and electronics.   Continue reading

Profile: Daz Rowlands of Space Witch

Space Witch
Space Witch
Beginning in 2007 the UK’s Space Witch have grown by leaps and bounds since their self titled demo and with a handful of releases under their belt the June 9 release of their second full length Arcanum will prove just how much they actually have grown. They’ve crossed lines with doom, stoner and sludge metal but this time the band makes the best use of prog/psychedelic elements to create their most multifaceted sound to date but heavy nonetheless. We recently had the opportunity to ask Daz Rowlands (Guitar, FX) our set of Profile questions — read on to see what he had to say.

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