Initial Descent: September 3 – 9, 2017

Helpless
Helpless

Hurricanes can suck it, we’ve had enough but there’s more to come. If you’re in the path of this damn thing get yourself out of harm’s way, it’s not worth trying to pull a Captain Dan. Harsh times call for harsh music and we have plenty of that on this edition of Initial Descent. Leading the way is the UK’s Helpless with their debut full length Debt and honestly this album took me completely by surprise with a brutal mix of grind, hardcore and noise — I can’t recommend this one enough. Next up is the absolutely dark and nasty funeral doom of Usnea‘s Portals into Futility, this band never cease to amaze with their level of utter desparity. Moving on and closing out the opening spots, we have another top shelf surprise with the extremely dark black metal of Biesy on their debut full length Noc Lekkich Obyczajów and honestly this is 42 minutes that will keep you GLUED to the speakers or headphones or whatever you choose to jam it on. But as usual that’s not all so read on to find more that will inevitably become favorites with us. Continue reading

Album Review: Helpless – “Debt”

Helpless - Debt

Occasionally, promotional materials for upcoming albums can be…misleading or a little off. But the opening statement of “Fuck.” for debut full length Debt from Helpless is as on point as anything I’ve ever seen. Pulling on references such as early Gaza and Converge can be a slippery slope but this band from the U.K. knows a thing or two about how to put together a bunker bomb built simply to rip eardrums to shreds.  Continue reading

Album Review: Slabdragger – “Rise of the Dawncrusher”

Slabdragger - Rise Of The Dawncrusher artwork

I don’t know if I’ve ever encountered an album where the cover art so perfectly visualizes the auditory experience that awaits its listeners. Yes, I know the world of music is packed to the gills with phenomenal artwork, cool band logos, mascots, name treatments in various logos, etc. etc. But just go with me on this for a second and look at that thing. Rise of the Dawncrusher features that monstrosity of a spaceship/planet drill thingy (I’m assuming it’s the titular “Dawncrusher” itself) literally burrowing into the land mass and crust, spewing out rocks, rubble and oh by way, hapless human beings into the vacuum of space. All the while, it’s belching out fire and brimstone just like Slabdragger Continue reading