Album Review: Ølten – “Mode”

olten mode cover

The cover of Ølten‘s terrific new album, Mode, couldn’t be more misleading if it tried. It’s a neat shot, but it’s certainly not the kind of image you’d expect from a band whose website describes them simply as “a Swiss heavy rock porn sludge instrumental trio” that “play loud.” Yes, they did sneak “porn” in there, and no, we don’t quite get it either—but that single word aside, the statement more or less hits the nail on the head. Mode is abundantly heavy and best enjoyed very loud, and it’s one of the most thoroughly engaging albums of the young year. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 21’s New Releases in Brief

It’s new release Tuesday—time for another edition of Initial Descent! Here are the new releases we’ll be discussing on the podcast this week!

April 21, 2015

Tribulation – The Children of the Night (Century Media)

tribulation - the children of the night

[full review]

Ølten – Mode (Hummus Records)

olten mode cover

[full review]

The TangentA Spark in the Aether (Inside Out)

the tangent a spark in the aether


[full review]

We’ll also have written reviews of these and other new releases here on the site throughout the week, but for now, take a listen and check back later this week for our spoken thoughts in Episode 49!

Other New Releases of Note:

  • Gruesome – Savage Land (Relapse) [full review]
  • Acid King – Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere (Svart) [full review]
  • Kult of Taurus – Adversarial Paths: The Sinister Essence (Forever Plagued) [full review]
  • Nocternity – Harps of the Ancient Temples (Iron Bonehead) [full review]
  • Danko Jones – Fire Music (Bad Taste/MRI)
  • Aelter – Aelter IV: Love Eternal (Pesanta Urfolk) [full review]