Initial Descent: January 27 – February 2, 2019

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Mastiff

Botflies. Old Scratch’s botflies. Shiver me timbers that was a rough one to get away from and all of a sudden I’m a pirate. Last week I was a bit predisposed but I’m back basically because Old Scratch wants his music on display. And that, we do and do well. Exactly what you might be wondering…read on, dear reader…

In Gladiator, Russel Crowe asked ‘are you not entertained?’ and because of Plague from the UK’s Mastiff I will now ask ‘are you not entertained by the heaviness?’. Seriously, this band finds new ways to make sludge, hardcore and grind heavier than a really heavy thing. Ossuarium continues the heavy theme but in an old school nasty death metal vein on Living Tomb, Tennessee’s Thetan bring the power and the violence and the hardcore on sophomore effort Abysmal, and Unendlich hit the right combination of melodicism and second wave black metal on Thanatophobia.

Now, if I can just keep those botflies from ruining my hard drive…dive in below while I find an electric fly swat. Continue reading

Profile: Michael Connors of Black Metallers Unendlich

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Baltimore’s black metal entity known as Unendlich return next month with their latest full length Thanataphobia which comes quickly on the heels of last year’s EP Misanthropic Sedition. Unendlich, in German, means infinite / without end and that would certainly make sense with their quantity of output since forming nearly five years ago but in this context it would seem it’s a descriptor of mastermind Michael Connors plentiful creativity. He has found unique ways to meld Scandinavian and US black metal into a melodic force with philosophical lyrics and ideals in lieu of your standard satanic fare. And with Thanataphobia, the sound is pristine and clear which is a welcome progression from their previous outings. Ahead of the album’s release, we had the chance to mull over our Profile questions with Connors and he was more than gracious in giving us the details. Head directly below to see what he had to say and if you like what you hear from the embed, throw him some support. Continue reading

Profile: Ross Bradley of GOD ROOT

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GOD ROOT (pic courtesy of Dante Torrieri)

If you’ve missed out on Philadelphia’s GOD ROOT, fear not as they will be releasing their second full length, Salt and Rot, next week. Avant-garde, tribal and sludge are but a few things on offer with this new, meticulously crafted album but overall it’s a 33 minute journey into escape and exorcising things you have no control over. And as we all know there is plenty of that in the world. The trick here is in how this album is written and pieced together, one track is ritualistically tribal for a build up of sorts and the next is a sledgehammer of sludge that comes off strangely cathartic. It’s an albums worth of material that is unlike anything you’ve heard but will quickly become something you can’t live without. Ahead of the album’s release we got a chance to ask Ross Bradley (bass/vocals) our set of Profile questions and he was more than generous with his answers so read on to see what he had to say.

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Album Review: Sigil – “Kingdom of the Grave”

Sigil - Kingdom of The Grave

Sigil‘s debut album, Kingdom of the Grave, is a fun little thing. Perhaps that’s to be expected when your core sound combines Wolverine Blues-esque death metal with crusty, D-beat-driven overkill, as is the case with these Texans. Still, putting the pieces together on paper and doing so on a record are two entirely different phenomena, so it’s to the band’s credit that they’re able to walk the walk on that count. Despite some notable shortcomings, it’s ultimately a decent album that’ll put a big, stupid grin on your face and make you want to jump in the pit and thrash about. Continue reading

Album Review: Beldam – “Still the Wretched Linger”

Beldam - Still the Wretched Linger

On Beldam‘s debut Still the Wretched Linger, this four piece from Virginia seem to know a thing or two about creating a creepy, misanthropic vibe. It’s slow, akin to doom yet reeks of rotting death metal courtesy of some gnarly vomit style vocals. The journey from beginning to end of this album is not one to make in the wrong emotional state. It is in no way a feel good album but that’s exactly what Beldam seems to want — to drag the listener to the depths of despair and hold them there. The only problem is there’s not enough to keep you chained to the bottom of the coffin. Continue reading