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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Initial Descent: September 13 – 19, 2020

Napalm Death

I find it amusing how deadlines get tighter and tighter yet info to meet these deadlines gets later and later. If you feel this pain, gimme a hell yeah in the comments. Anyway, as we journey deeper into the backside of 2020 the new release lists grow longer which just means more to choose from. Or overload, depending on perspective. But, either way, we win. This week sees the legendary grind masters Napalm Death return with their sixteenth(!) full length and it’s, as expected, a mindblowing experience—might just be their finest since we turned a new century, Hostia puts up their second full length of deathgrind and it’s clear these guys have honed their skills since their debut, generally a Various Artists album wouldn’t make top billing but Dirt, Redux is a fantastic homage to Alice In Chains with a fantastic list of contributing bands so do it, and Atlanta’s Palaces offer up some brutal, nasty noise metal. And, tons more to follow so get in there and spend some cabbage.

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Profile: Atlanta’s Noise Rockers Palaces

Unless you’re either an Atlanta concert lizard or a huge fan of noise rock, chances are you’ve never heard of Palaces. And truly, that’s a damn shame. BUT, the band is readying their first output since 2012 in the form of Hellas Chasma and it’s a cavalcade of brutal noise rock that at times eschews the genre for grind, punk or hardcore. Plainly put, this is a nine headed beast that ain’t for the faint of heart. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the trio so head inside to see what they had to say. And by all means, hit the links contained within to show them support!

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