Initial Descent: December 8 – 14, 2019

Night Goat
Night Goat

It’s Initial Descent time which means another list of new metal for your earholes. The quality is still high so count your blessings. Or don’t. 

My love of noise rock runs deep but up until this point in the year nothing has really grabbed me by the throat. Ohio’s Night Goat offer up a scorching debut that has everything I need to call it THE noise rock album of the year; it’s loud, visceral, nasty, and has an unshakeable darkness to it – in other words, perfect. In Human Form put the A in avantgarde with an even larger batch of 70s prog to go with their forward thinking black metal, and NEDXXX cash in on the whole ‘sent by the devil to do the devil’s work’ schtick with the kind of black metal that sounds like ol’ scratch himself puked it up. Put those three in your pipe and smoke them but don’t forget about the rest that await immediately below. GO. Continue reading

Profile: Atlanta’s Deathrashing Maniacs Murder Van

Murder Van

Old school death metal is a wide open field full of fresh (rotting) fruit and much the same can be said for 90s era thrash, that’s a good thing by the way. Atlanta’s Murder Van combine, and capitalize on, the two for a no frills, balls to the wall approach on their impending self-titled debut. While their influences are vast and traces of them seep through these eight tracks, the band’s ripping execution is a blast to witness. And especially for those of us that cut our teeth listening to many of these same influences. Just ahead of the album’s release, we had the chance to ask them our set of Profile questions so stick around and see how it went down. And, don’t forget to toss them some support. Continue reading

Album Review: Ad Nemori – “Akrateia”

Ad Nemori - Akrateia

When it comes to music, we tend to go for things we already know. Humans are creatures of habit and we enjoy what we like because it’s familiar and it doesn’t require a lot of processing power. After all, it’s easier to listen to an album that we know for sure we are going to like than dedicate time to something that we aren’t sure we are going to enjoy. This was my dilemma with Ad Nemori’s Akrateia, an album that on the surface sounded like something I would enjoy but was hesitant to do so because traditional death metal is not a genre I seek often. However, I enjoy atmosphere on an album — especially when done correctly — so I decided to give this album a go. Continue reading

Initial Descent: November 17 – 23, 2019

Blood Incantation
Blood Incantation

No chit-chat this week, we’ve got a stacked list to get to so let’s do it… The death metal benders and shapers, Blood Incantation, are back with an effort that finds them, yet again, pushing the boundaries of the genre far beyond its capacity – alienesque indeed. Newcomers Astralborne explode off the starting gate with an incendiary melodic death metal debut that rips, tears, shreds, and progs; in other words, an immensely satisfying maiden voyage. Obsequiae flood the moats again with their third full length of intriguing and well thought out castle metal but more than that, this is their best yet so jump on it. And, closing out the top slots is the always avantgarde and always exceptional Chaos Echœs with a double disc that features a once in a lifetime live performance, outtakes, alternate song versions, and yes, more live recordings spanning four years. All that said, in the span of four top slot albums we’ve got four must own albums. That’s some damn good odds. And, we’re far from done here so head below to unload the rest of that paycheck you got Friday. Continue reading

Initial Descent: November 3 – 9, 2019

Schammasch
Schammasch

Still in the afterglow of another Devil’s Night. I’m planning on keeping the pumpkins out and the spirit alive to push back against the thought of Christmas rearing its head before it’s even December. Feel free to do the same, you rebels. Anyway, the list is a little shorter this week but there’s no shortage of good metals to wrap your ears around and spend your cabbage on so let’s get to it.

Avantgarde black metallers Schammasch really can do no wrong and prove it with yet another epic length, mind bending journey into the deepest recesses of the psyche. This one will be an EOY list buster for so many. We featured a track premiere from Forest of Tygers recently and in case you missed it, this band’s approach to blackenedpunksludgenoise is some of the best you’ll hear this year so do jump on this new release. Very few bands fold melodic and progressive into their death metal as successfully as Iapetus do and on their sophomore effort they do it better and more cohesively than on their debut – this is another epic length album that is a MUST. Closing out the top slots, Immanifest wield a seriously sharp edge of symphonic black / death metal on their incendiary full length debut that’s full of twists and turns and nightmarish speed. Yea. 

Remember to keep those pumpkins burning and keep that horror spirit alive. But whatever you do, support as much of this list as you possibly can, right now. Continue reading