Initial Descent: September 23 – 29, 2018

Hexripper

Blasting into this week with a movie that if you’re a horror fan, is an absolute must: Mandy. You may have heard the hubbub over this thing but I’m here to tell you said hubbub is on point. I won’t spoil it but Nicolas Cage is a beast and there’s a nod to Celtic Frost. Grab it on your favorite VOD platform and get ready to come unhinged. Now, for what you came for: new metal and there’s a heaping platter of it this week so let’s jump in the fire…

Opening this week’s festivities is an album that dropped late last week but I’m including it here because it blew me away with its ferocious nod to the kings of heavy metal but one that we, as heavy metal fans, desperately need to remind us that staying grounded to our roots is extremely important so go immediately and grab a copy of Hexripper’s Demo 2018 – I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun with five songs or the last time I felt such a joyous rush of nostalgia. Next up is Bonehunter with their third full length Children of the Atom and if speed metal laced with black and punk interests you then this is a no-brainer – kick the tires and light the fires folks, the band certainly did here. Ambient black metallers From the Bogs of Aughiska grace us with quite possibly their best, darkest and harshest effort yet with Mineral Bearing Veins which still has my jaw planted firmly on the floor, just sayin’. Closing out these top four with a bang is Valdrin who return with their second full length of occult mythology by way of blackened death metal, Two Carrion Talismans.

So, there’s a peek but this list is longer than we’ve had in recent weeks and all we got is time – I mean, what else are you going to do on a Monday that’s better than this?! Get in there and click those links. Continue reading

Profile: Randall Krieger and Robby Perry of Progressive Death Metallers Anisoptera

Anisoptera

Progressive metal bands place emphasis on technical complexity and push the accepted standards for song structuring with each new effort. When this is done under the guise of death metal there’s a fine line of coming off too technical or pushing the envelope too far, results at either of those points vary from fair to midland. California’s Anisoptera manage this fine line surprisingly well on their recently released full length Spawn of Odonata. Spontaneity and creativity collide face first with melodicism and brutality across the eight songs contained on this debut effort – it’s hard hitting AND memorable, can’t ask for much more than that on a debut. Armed with our set of Profile questions we recently sat down with guitarist Randall Krieger and vocalist Robby Perry to gain some insight into the band so head directly below to see what they had to say. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 16 – 22, 2018

Krigsgrav
Krigsgrav

Weekend is gone. I’m falling short on words so let’s just get to the week that is in new metal…

Don’t mess with Texas they said, somebody did and now Krigsgrav is back for revenge on Leave No Path To Follow and they’ve one upped themselves again here, no small feat since Waves of Degradation was a killer and likewise for The Carrion Fields but their brand of black metal laced with doom and gazey corners is a full on epic beast to behold. Fórn have been through all kinds of hell over the past two years and it shows in every pained note of Rites of Despair – this is a tremendous doom album that tests wills while keeping anticipations high for what’s to come next, highly recommended but you knew that so buy it already. Following on the heels of Sumac’s free form, on the spot collab with Keiji Haino is Love In Shadow which keeps that feel going but is a return to what they do best: crush souls with a bombardment of cerebral sludge. Last up in the top slots is Wisconsin’s Prezir with their war ready take on gritty yet memorable black metal on As Rats Devour Lions and the blood flows freely, just sayin’.

Jump in below, enjoy everything and stay as long as you like. We’ll see you back here throughout the week. Continue reading

Profile: Desert Rock Dwelling Stoner Metallers – Gramma Vedetta

Gramma Vedetta
Gramma Vedetta

South London’s Gramma Vedetta wants you to understand that their mix of grunge, stoner metal and classic rock is up to date and ready for mass consumption. Checking out their back catalog via Bandcamp (links contained below) it’s immediately apparent that this strain of styles is paramount to the band and their sound. Particularly since we’re picking up some Mother Love Bone, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and slight Alice In Chains vibes but also a distant Kyuss. If all that sounds interesting, and it should, then definitely check out their latest single “Address Unknown” which was released back in June and with the stream below you’ve got no excuse not to. We had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions and in our typical fashion we’re just a bit late with them. No worries though, read on to see what they had to say. Continue reading

Profile: Margaret Killjoy of Dark Electronic Droners Nomadic War Machine

Nomadic War Machine
Nomadic War Machine

Margaret Killjoy of Nomadic War Machine reached out to us recently with the first video single, “The Fields Lay Fallow,” off their upcoming album Always///Forever. Between the dark electronic drone and breathtaking images of witches and ceremonies I was instantly glued to what I was seeing and hearing. It had me in a trance so to speak, the music pulls you in and the visuals that Killjoy and Charlotte Taylor came up with are the perfect fit. Since it floored me so, I sent over our set of Profile questions to learn more and Killjoy wasted no time in returning answers. Head inside to find out more for yourself and don’t forget to click the links at the end to support Always///Forever so the rest of this album sees the light of day soon.  Continue reading