Initial Descent: August 2 – 8, 2020

Faceless Burial
Faceless Burial

It’s Monday. Again. Just like last week and same for next week…maybe. Lucky for you, Monday means a fat stack of new metals to wrap your ears around and open your wallets for. As far as the top four, it’s a sick week if you like sick tunes and honestly, who doesn’t? Rhetorical, of course. Anyway, Australia’s Faceless Burial fly the 90s death metal flag like it’s their lifeblood but what they do with it is what makes this new album absolute GOLD, deathgrinders Stillbirth ride a razor thin line of brutal but technical death metal and grindcore with just a pinch of slam making this effort an easy choice for best of their career, another Australian band Yanomamo is making waves—or slinging mud—with their latest EP of psychedelic sludge, and Texas Murder Crew put an emphasis on the brutal aspect of brutal death metal on their latest. Go do the thing where you give bands all your money, tons of opportunities this week. Enjoy. Continue reading

Profile: Chris and Aki of Dystopia A.D.

Dystopia A.D.

Long distance relationships have wildly varied results but the recording of New Jersey’s Dytopia A.D.‘s second outing have yielded pretty much gold in the pantheon of proggy technical death metal. Lead guitarist Aki Shishido recorded his parts from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan while being deployed via the U.S. Army and the results resemble the thunderous sound of war captured in a bottle. The fact that the band employs sax, acoustic guitars, and choirs is not lost on the ambitious and epic feel of Rise of the Merciless, it’s a brawny death metal album with unexpected twists around every corner that works like gangbusters and is, surprisingly, cohesive as hell. Ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to chat with Aki and Chris Whitby via our set of Profile questions so head inside to read all the details and be sure to support them from the links contained within. Continue reading

Profile: Denver, Colorado’s Hydraform

Hydraform

No doubt some truly amazing metal has come out of Denver, Colorado over the years and although Hydraform is not a new name from this scene, they are still a young band with one full length and one recently released, self-titled, EP under their belts. Their sound falls comfortably between accessible modern metal and cranial prog which allows them to set deep hooks early then dazzle with intricate technicality and groove. We recently had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions and as you read through their responses you’ll get a feel for where they are coming from and how their influences shape their sound. Be sure to hit the links contained within to show them some support.
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Album Review: Isaurian — “Chains of Blue”

Brazil’s Isaurian may have started as a way for a few members of Optical Faze to bide their time while their main project was on hiatus, but it has very rapidly grown to be so much more than that.  They’ve only been around since 2017, but they’ve already gotten to work with legends like Rhys Fulber and Justin Broadrick before they even have a debut album.  Until now, that is.  Chains of Blue is the band’s opening statement, and it sees them reach for new heights while attempting to nail down definitively what they want their sound to be. Continue reading

Profile: Psych Rockers Deepshade

Deepshade

Grungy, psychedelic rock with a flair for the classics might not sound like it would work, let alone work well. But, in the case of Deepshade, it works like gangbusters. Their second full length, Soul Divider, was released earlier this year and it’s as if they reached back in time to many of the forward thinkers that populated the original Woodstock stage then made several stops along a musical highlight reel along the way back and mixed all that energy with their own brand of laid back rock and just enough heaviness to pack a mighty punch. The band’s sound is a unique one to say the least but definitely a needed sound for today’s increasingly maddening atmosphere as this album is perfect for the weekend good feels or long drives to clear the head—-I’ve done both with it and trust me here. We recently reached out to the band for some answers to our Profile set of questions so head directly below to see how it went down and drop by the links contained within to give them some support. Continue reading