Album Review: Wolverine — “A Darkened Sun”

Wolverine - A Darkened Sun

The image above is not the album cover for Wolverine‘s seventh album, A Darkened Sun. What it is however, is an image that made an impression from the visual side of this audio/visual release. Wolverine have decided to do something particularly special here and put the listener in front of a half hour silent film surrounded by their lush yet impressive progressive metal. Ambitious? Yes. Asking a lot from fans? Again, yes. But, why not? After all, it is 2020 and the world is in a perpetual state of bad or worse consistently and any chance to break free from the norm is a welcome one. Plus, Wolverine don’t peddle your typical progressive metal so breaking free from the norm is something they take great pride in. Ambition equals tremendous success here, let’s discuss.

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Initial Descent: October 25 – 31, 2020

Sarcator

Finally, It’s Halloween week. Not sure what you’ll be doing but as long as it involves horror movies and metal, all will be right in the world for at least a day. Since metal is in the equation, we have a looooong list for this week. So long, in fact, it seems everyone waited for Halloween to push out an album. Good news for us. Anyway, Sarcator open the pit of flayed bodies with their Swedeaththrash and holy smokes is this so crazy good for such a young band—I mean, age 16-21. All that to say, jump on this immediately. And, the mighty Carcass return for a quick hitter EP but quick hitter doesn’t mean slack on quality, it’s Carcass so you know what you’re getting. Stälker put both a classic metal feel and tons of demonspeed in their effort and those vocals? GLORIOUS. Rounding out the top spots is Wolverine who are back with their lush but impressive progressive metal and in audio visual format which is nothing short of amazing so please get your ears, and eyes, on this come Saturday. No matter what you do with Halloween this year, you’ll have plenty of metal to take along for the ride. Just don’t forget to load up on blood and gore as well.

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Profile: Simon Langford of Cult Burial

Death metal is having a banner year with established bands releasing comebacks, new bands making their mark, and fans of the genre are reaping the benefits of all of it. And with banner years come market saturation so for an up and coming outfit to really leave a mark, it’s not enough to just have a good death metal album. Enter London’s Cult Burial with their self-titled debut and what you’ll find is a band unafraid to employ weapons of sludge, doom and post-metal but also put a spotlight on stellar guitar work. The scattering of quick solos, the odd riff breaks, and well timed arpeggios all signal that Cult Burial is not your average death metal band and make it a point to stand out with stellar musicianship and songwriting abilities. The flow of the album is such that it draws attention by never staying with a train of thought across any two tracks but in totality is a very cohesive piece of work and a shocker, then, that this is just their full length debut. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to guitarist and drummer Simon Langford so head below to see how it went down and be sure to visit the links contained within to show them some support.

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Initial Descent: October 11 – 17, 2020

Spirit Adrift
Spirit Adrift

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting something to get excited about—let’s face the fact that there’s a critical shortage of that—it’s Spirit Adrift week, FINALLY. Their fourth full length is everything you love about them but better, bigger, and just a damn joy to listen to. Beyond that, we’ve got Wayfarer who finally clicked for me with album number four which sees the band really deliver a picture perfect vision of a dust laden, dark Wild West. Bringing forth a killer modern day version of Burnt By The Sun and Origo era Burst is Kneel with their second full length and holy crap I’m all here for it, and prog metallers Calyces offer up an intensely catchy debut. Stellar top four here but there’s much more to explore so head below and enjoy yet another wealth of treasures.

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Profile: Greek Prog Metallers Calyces

The 2000s shaped progressive metal into the juggernaut it is today and classic rock from the 70s sealed its legendary status with bands that were larger than life. Greek progressive metallers Calyces paid close attention to all of this on their upcoming debut full length, Impulse To Soar. The album is drenched in all the above but also has a slight taste of the sludgy yet atmospheric sound that we’ve come to know from bands that cut their teeth in the Savannah, GA scene. But, best of all, it’s a very memorable debut, one that begs repeat listens due to its mystifying songwriting and catchy grooves. Just ahead of the album’s release, we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the band so head directly below to see how it went down and be sure to give them some support via the links contained within.

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