Initial Descent: May 10 – 16, 2020

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Twilight Fauna

I’m out of witty shit. Whatever. New metal incoming and so much in fact that I had a tough time singling out four standouts but, here we are. Just know there’s so much to dig into this week. Alright then… yes, I do know that black metallers Twilight Fauna dropped the button on Foundations last Friday but it was a surprise so I’m featuring it here because I can and because it’s AMAZING and you do not want to miss this sort of turn in their chapter. Another black metal band with a new album that rules is on deck and that band is Horn, so do that now, too. Binary Code offer up one of the most emotional heavy albums of the year, and Paradise Lost show that they are ready to usurp their best work with…their best work. Yep, it’s that kind of week. We need it so go do it and do it all and do it hard. Continue reading

Initial Descent: January 13 – 19, 2019

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WOORMS

Another week, in the middle of winter, has passed. It’s cold. It’s raining, again. Lots of stuff broke this week. I am not amused.

Thankfully WOORMS was there to spice it up a bit with Slake, aka: a twisted journey through nervous wrecks of unhinged sludge and doom with an enormous amount of originality and personality – YES. A self titled album generally signifies some sort of statement or change and in Barshasketh’s case it’s simple: between the drumming and atmosphere, Barshasketh is the most fully realized their second waveish black metal has ever sounded. Musmahhu’s Reign of the Odious was designed and built to pummel, and it does that very well with gnarly but cleanly produced death metal. So, if nothing else, gnarly and cleanly exist, together, in the same sentence. Last up top is Green Elder and Horse Cult with an AMAZING Split of some of the most beautiful Appalachian folk you’ve ever heard, highly recommended for listening and just life in general.

Curious as to what else is incoming? If not, you should be. Read on… Continue reading

Wake Up and Smell the Satan! – November 2, 2018

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While the midterm elections and Dia Del Los Muertos are sure to give many opportunities for infernal sightings, the most thrilling of all this week on the black metal and death metal front may be in Berlin.

(The teenagers who allegedly planned to sacrifice classmates to Satan and drink their blood may be close, though.)

Nuclear War Now and Iron Bonehead are partnered up for the Never Surrender Festival, which began yesterday in Germany. The slate of bands is an impressive one: Temple Desecration, Faustcoven, Sabbat, Evil, Grave Upheaval, Blasphemy and Xibalba are just a few of the performers featured.

If you are reading this, chances are you missed your flight to Berlin and won’t be there. Never fear, because college radio station KFJC has got you covered with both a video and an audio feed of the festival. Watch the video stream here or if you prefer to just listen, the audio stream is here.

Because of time differences, those in North America will have virtually a full day of death metal and black metal concerts today and Saturday.

– EA

Wake Up and Smell the Satan! – July 27, 2018

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Satan is everywhere, that much is fact. Now that we’ve established that, we’re keeping it short and to the point this week with a music pick from Canada’s Malsanctum who released its self-titled debut earlier this month through Iron Bonehead. The group debuted in 2015 with a 24-minute single-track demo of primitive, atmospheric black metal. Its full length offers three tracks clocking in at more than 45 minutes. “The Father” stretches its funeral doom potential to new lengths — sometimes Satan likes it slow:

– EA

CANTO: Insomnium, Summoner’s Circle, Horn, and More

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Insomnium

11/8/2017. Whatever.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb