Initial Descent: October 23 – 29, 2016

Jagged Mouth
Jagged Mouth

Alright so, Monday is Halloween and surely by now you have your costume in order? In the midst of a horror movie marathon? Burning a skull candle? If not, why and my god what are you doing?! Anyway, it’s Initial Descent time which means more outstanding metal releases for your ears, souls, and minds. This week we’ve got the debut full length, Louring, from Jagged Mouth and honestly these guys rip a canyon in vile doom metal, highly recommended. Speaking of highly recommended, King Dude treats us to another top shelf album of satanic and dark americana with Sex, the always loud Whores kill it, as usual, on Gold, Ulcerate don’t deviate from their crushing and technical death metal on Shrines of Paralysis, Urfaust continue their mind bending exploration on Empty Space Meditation but do it with a bigger dose of black metal than we’ve come accustomed to recently, and Vermin Womb stay true to their despicable (in a good way) death metal selves on Decline. That was a mouthful. But it’s only the beginning so be sure to check out what else is on tap after the jump. Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: King Dude – “Deal With the Devil”

King Dude - Deal With the Devil

For this edition of Visions ov Hell we are brushing shoulders with Lucifer himself in King Dude‘s latest video, Deal With the Devil. For any of you familiar you may be thinking ‘what? this ain’t metal’ and technically speaking you would be right. But only technically. King Dude is apocalyptic folk / neofolk by trade but his music and themes are extremely dark and the devil always seems to be close in every one of his songs — this one is no different. We featured his newest release here and I highly recommend anyone to take a listen, but for now we watch this tale unfold… Continue reading

Best of 2015: Brendan’s (Totaly Weak and Untrve) List

Best 2015

Guys, 2015 was pretty rad, at least in terms of music (I’d also argue it was a watershed year in almost all creative and entertainment media I follow, but that’s a different discussion. Plus, I just had a really good year, in general).

The nine albums listed below earned their spots because they stuck with me all year for one reason or another. However, I wanted to give lip service to a few that ultimately didn’t make the top nine, but that still brought some great musical moments into my life. For instance, I have spent many a rainy night nodding to the cyberpunk synthwave of GosT’s Behemoth while riding the train home, feeling like a character in a William Gibson novel; I took long hikes in Oregon’s lower Willamette Valley to the sounds of Enslaved’s In Times and Misthyrming’s Söngvar elds og óreiðu; and I got to experience the sonic energy of Mutoid Man’s Bleeder (and Helium Head) live in its entirety, in what was probably my favorite show of 2015. These little moments are just a few in a year filled with them.

Anyway, enough nostalgic waxing from me. Here’s to hoping 2016 is as good of a year as 2015 (I’m looking at you Gorguts, Gojira, and Horrendous).

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Rainbows in the Dark: King Dude – “Songs of Flesh & Blood in the Key of Light”

King Dude - Songs Of Flesh And Blood

My first stab at Rainbows in the Dark highlights the folk and Americana artist King Dude, and his latest Satan-tinged release, Songs of Flesh & Blood in the Key of Light. King Dude (real name T.J. Cowgill) is not your regular folkster; he’s cut his teeth in bands like Teen Cthulhu and Book of Black Earth and built up his metal cred. He’s been working under his current moniker since 2005, and now several releases later, the Dude has—at least for me—cemented his place in the Americana, blues and folk landscape. Continue reading