Album Review: Turbid North — “The Decline”

Turbid North - The Decline

Memory can be a fickle thing. Too many years have passed since the release of 2015’s celebrated Eyes Alive and my recollections have admittedly become somewhat hazy, but I nevertheless recalled Turbid North sounding entirely different than the barrage of singles released ahead of The Decline, an album that contains a degree of ferocity and variety you don’t get to hear every day.

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Album Review: Born A Ghost — “Stairway to an Empty Room”

Born A Ghost - Stairway to an Empty Room

Born A Ghost’s new EP Stairway to an Empty Room is a heavy album. Given that this review is being read on a heavy/extreme music website, that seems obvious. Why write a review for an album of easy listening? The songs on Stairway to an Empty Room will sound familiar to fans of bands like Neurosis or Inter Arma. While not too musically different than their influences, Born A Ghost perform this kind of music very well. 

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Initial Descent: January 1 – 7, 2023

Happy New Year one and all. We made it through another year and now it’s time for fresh starts and as I mentioned last week, time for all those resolutions no one will keep for longer than a handful of weeks. But hey, no judging right? Rhetorical, of course. Anyway, we’ve got one more week of an abbreviated new release list in store. Fear not though, starting next week the lists elongate quite a bit. Wait, are we talking about lists or… I digress. First up we’ve got a career spanning re-recorded and re-arranged effort from Confined and it most certainly will get the death metal blood flowing, then we’ve got an all-in-but-the-kitchen-sink outing from Born A Ghost that many will find something to love in its extremities. And, of course, there’s a handful more awaiting just below these so happy hunting. We’ll see you here throughout the week for more EOY 2022 festivities.

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Profile: Jono Garrett of Turbid North

The Turbid North camp has been relatively quiet for some seven years and change now, but next month will see their fourth effort The Decline set free for all to experience. And what an experience it is! The RIYL list on this thing contains some of extreme metal’s heaviest hitters as well as various psychedelic rock legends, plainly put: Turbid North severs arteries with vicious deathgrind in one second and gazes into the great beyond the next. The storyline here is as deep as the album’s many riffs and serpentine twists which just goes to show that the last handful of years were not wasted when it comes to the band outdoing themselves, which they have. We expect this album to be an early contender for the best 2023 has to offer so be sure to check it out from the links contained within. We recently posed our set of Profile questions to the band and drummer Jono Garrett was kind enough to respond. And, since we’re in Best of 2022 season, he also offered his top five. PLUS, you get their latest video. So, head directly below to get the scoop behind this killer band that you need more of in your life.

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Initial Descent: November 27 – December 3, 2022

Qrixkuor
Qrixkuor – images courtesy of Factotum Photography, Vika // Imago Mortis & Lukas Guidet

I’ll assume we all made it out of the holiday weekend with just a few pounds gained and no bodily harm due to drunken turkey frying or Black Friday. I did say assume, so there’s that. One month to go until we turn the page on 2022 and we’ve STILL got heaters landing; this week gives us frozen death from Qrixkuor, black metal of the avantgarde sort from Veilburner, thrash from Hammers of Misfortune, straightforward black metal from T.O.M.B., and more in the list that follows. So, go forth in your carb comas and pick up some of these. Happy hunting and see you here throughout the week.

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