Initial Descent: September 3 – 10, 2016

Colosso
Colosso

First off, happy weekend. Second, it’s Saturday and I’m sure you thought we weren’t running Initial Descent. Well, fooled you. If you have an opinion regarding this running on Saturday let us know in the comments otherwise let’s get on with it. Another week and another list of metal for you to check out; death metallers Colosso are back with their third full length Obnoxious, Divebomb Records is releasing Bewitcher‘s Self-Titled debut on CD format, Tardive Dyskinesia gets crazy with Harmonic Confusion and of course Devin Townsend Project return with Transcendence. But wait, there’s so much more, click that “continue reading” link. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 1, 2016

Fates Warning (Photo by Stephanie Cabral)

Holy shit, we’re officially into Q3. Where on Earth has this year gone? I’m in full-on holiday weekend-mode this morning, kids, which is a nice distraction from the fact that there’s not a ton of eye-catching metal dropping this week. Some, sure. But not a ton. Oh well. We’re taking this coming week off from the pod to go America all over your asses anyway, so this is a non-issue.

Anyway, about that eye-catching metal — what’ve we got? Well, for starters, we’ve got a new one from Fates Warning — who return with album no. 12, Theories of Flight, after almost 35 years as a band. We’ve also got stuff from Grave Desecrator and Monoliths, as well as a solo album from Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffmann. Plus, a pretty sweet Archgoat box set dropped yesterday, of which I’m sure MannyOWar already has four. Anyway! Enough chat. Here’s what’s on tap for July 1:
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Album Review: The Tangent – “A Spark in the Aether”

the tangent a spark in the aether

So here’s the thing: I listen a lot of extreme metal. My musical interests are rather exclusive. This isn’t due to narrow-mindedness—quite the opposite, actually. I’ve gone through a lot of musical phases in my life…and I’ve listened to a lot of crap along the way. Extreme metal is simply where I’ve settled. Despite all that, for my birthday week, I decided to deviate a little bit…no, I decided to deviate severely. I decided “let’s give all that a break and give something else a try.” So, with that mentality as the driver, I decided to explore The Tangent‘s new full-length album, A Spark in the Aether. And all I can say is…lesson learned.

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