Initial Descent: June 10 – 16, 2018

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Orange Goblin

Our fearless editor Josh is away on vacation, no doubt depleting whatever town will have him of all their bourbon and listening to a fair amount of Waylon Jennings.  That’s how our man rolls, but in the meantime he left me the keys to the kingdom that is Initial Descent!

Which means I get to tell you that the titans of British stoner metal Orange Goblin are back with revolution #9 The Wolf Bites Back, and it’s a raw, chunky blast of hard rock and blissed stoner goodness that will have you quaffing heady ales and adding as much denim as your closet will hold.  Hoth return from a galaxy far, far away to bring their second full length Astral Necromancy, a concept album that, reading between a few lines has me believing this just might pick up with the progeny of the main character from 2014’s Oathbreaker, so if that was your jam you’re probably going to fall for this as well.  Elsewhere Dave Ingram (Ex-Bolt Thrower) and company are back on the third release from Down Among the Dead Men.  The crusty death on …And You Will Obey Me recalls some of the best  old school flavor while pushing past the kids with a deep and brutal modern production.  Finally if I were to pick a little something off the radar to bring to your attention it’s the hazy, occult doom soaked gaze of Frayle, whose debut EP The White Witch eschews stoner mentality and instead infuses its doom roots with a hypnotic vulnerable attack that shows some incredible promise for the future of the genre.  Plus there’s a kickass Portishead cover, so what are you waiting for?  Let’s get into it and let us know in the comments what’s been making your ears go crazy.
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Album Review: Hoth – “Astral Necromancy”

hoth - astral necromancy

I don’t know if the fact that Seattle, WA melodic black/death band Hoth derived their name and much of the narrative content of their songs from the Star Wars franchise helped or hindered their career.  Bands have forever taken inspiration from the media they love, and galaxies far, far away and don’t seem so alien when compared to the veritable glut of bands and albums trading favors off well-established fantasy literature.  In the end more often than not it’s a framework to hang some righteous riffing on, so the question really should be: does new album Astral Necromancy, regardless of its conceptual conceit, adorn itself with worthwhile bling or is it all just tricks of the light?    Continue reading

Another Glorious Battle Awaits: Frank’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

Frank's Power Metal 2018

Happy New Year, friends! 2018 is finally here and I am officially calling it “The Year of Awesome!” Will I be thinking that at the end of the year? Who knows. My resolution was to be more positive about myself this year, and I’m gonna stick to it, dagnabbit! One thing I definitely know is that this year should be full of metal goodness, especially Power Metal. In fact, the Zelda-themed progressive power metal band Master Sword released their debut album on January 2nd, so check it out if you wish. This article is all about anticipated albums, however, and my excitement is very, very high. My list is pretty big and covers several metal sub-genres, but I’m not much of a writer and if I go on too long I keep using the same words over and over, so let’s cut this short and get to the list. Continue reading