Initial Descent: January 13 – 19, 2019


Another week, in the middle of winter, has passed. It’s cold. It’s raining, again. Lots of stuff broke this week. I am not amused.

Thankfully WOORMS was there to spice it up a bit with Slake, aka: a twisted journey through nervous wrecks of unhinged sludge and doom with an enormous amount of originality and personality – YES. A self titled album generally signifies some sort of statement or change and in Barshasketh’s case it’s simple: between the drumming and atmosphere, Barshasketh is the most fully realized their second waveish black metal has ever sounded. Musmahhu’s Reign of the Odious was designed and built to pummel, and it does that very well with gnarly but cleanly produced death metal. So, if nothing else, gnarly and cleanly exist, together, in the same sentence. Last up top is Green Elder and Horse Cult with an AMAZING Split of some of the most beautiful Appalachian folk you’ve ever heard, highly recommended for listening and just life in general.

Curious as to what else is incoming? If not, you should be. Read on… Continue reading

Second Circle: WOORMS and Orchid

Second Circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

In sharing a common theme, Louisiana’s WOORMS and India’s Orchid are out there on the spectrum of tripping the light fantastic. One does it with mind melting sludge and noise while the other does it with mind challenging technical ecstacy in the form of the avantgarde and extreme. So, for this Second Circle we’re taking a look at Slake and Miasma and how it would be best to take both in separate listening sessions so complete brain corrosion is avoided. Continue reading

Initial Descent: January 6 – 12, 2019


Listen, we are just now in the first full week of January and, obviously, some of you need to go back and listen to that last Sleep album, spark one up, and just chill. Seriously. I’ve seen more piss, venom, and vitriol in the past few days than I saw in the last half of 2018. Or not, choice is totally yours to make but we’ve only got like, the rest of the year to go and if this is any indication, it will be a long and discombobulated one. Whatever.

Since the need for burying the body and mind in metal is, again, at an all time high, we have this week’s list at the ready. GO…

NC’s Mo’ynoq are first to the new year punch with a really good black metal album that has nearly every facet of the genre you could think of and Dreaming In A Dead Language comes off beautifully because of it – their demo and EP were good but this is great. Archangel A.D. give plenty of reasons to pull the denim and high top Reeboks back out on their sophomore effort Warband, familiarity here is high but their mix of thrash and full speed heavy metal is tasty so if you missed out on the digital release, snatch up this week’s CD release. Lastly up top, if you were curious where avantgarde metal would start this year, India’s Orchid have the answer in the form of Miasma which is a maelstrom of knee-jerk structures with a heavy lean towards progressive metal.

Maybe the key to unlocking the ‘chill’ is lurking here somewhere… Continue reading

Profile: Labyrinthine Black Metallers Mo’ynoq


At the turn of a new year it always seems like there’s a great race to be the first with a stunning album and Raleigh, NC’s Mo’ynoq deliver on Dreaming In A Dead Language, whether they were aiming to or not. Black metal is at the forefront here, just like on their stellar Anguish and Atonement demo and Bardo EP. But, atmospheric, post-black metal, and melody all play their significant parts to make up this outstanding full length debut. I could go on for paragraphs about how “The Collector” blew my hat back or how fast the multifaceted and deep “Buried By Regret” magically appeared on my song of the year list but it’s better to just head below and read the band’s answers to our Profile questions while listening to the included embed. Again, stellar work here by Mo’ynoq and this is one you DO NOT want to miss. Continue reading

Profile: Deathgrinding Spaniards Ernia


Why yes, deathgrind is a good thing and in Ernia‘s case, they just released their full length debut, Ernia, which is full of said deathgrind. It’s thirteen tracks of ear smashing rowdiness that shows a deep influence pool while keeping things fresh and bröötal. And by the looks of the band pic, they obviously have fun with it — nothing wrong in that, we could all take a lesson there. Anyway, we recently had the chance to ask Ernia our set of Profile questions so head immediately below to see what they had to say. Don’t forget to hit the links within and support them. Continue reading