Initial Descent: June 4 – 10, 2017

Triumvir Foul
Triumvir Foul

It’s Saturday and that means a lot of things for a lot of folks but for us it means NEW METAL. And once again we are stacked beyond ceiling height with it this week. Triumvir Foul leads us off (because they rule) with their second full length, Spiritual Bloodshed, and it finds them once again displaying some dangerous death metal chops but it’s darker than their first and they sound better than ever, you know what to do. Next up is the perfect soundtrack for a Saturday with Space Witch‘s space prog take on the stoner doom metal genre Arcanum and the band actually does the impossible in this crowded scene — they stand out! Rolling on is Abrams who truly find their identity with a career defining heavy rock album on Morning, it’s heavy and beautiful and well…I could go on but trust me here — GET IT. Anathema return with a further journey into their moody, melodic and astounding alt-rock on The Optimist and old school death metal darlings Necrot with their debut full length Blood Offerings — and I use darlings here because this band has that something special when it comes to bringing the death metal of yesteryear screaming into 2017. They combine all the high points from their limited material thus far into a fist pumping, hair raising album. But wait, there’s more — much, much more so dive in and find all the gems this week has to offer. Continue reading

Album Review: Anathema – “The Optimist”

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The coordinates tell you where you need to go, and what you need to know.  There’s an abandoned car at the beach, a radio tuned to 2001 and A Fine Day to Exit, the flag in the ground for where Anathema would begin their journey into the unknown world of dark, contemporary music: beholden to no-one but themselves and the vision for what the band could be.  Sixteen years and four albums later the Anathema show no signs of giving up the ghost, continuing to explore an emotional tapestry of life on their newest album The Optimist.  It’s a beautiful, focused effort that channels a darkness and ultimate catharsis through mood, melody, and a adept touch with with electronics.   Continue reading

Just the Tip: June 10’s New Releases in Brief

It’s new release Tuesday, and what a lineup of new albums we have for you this week! Here’s what we’ll be discussing on this week’s podcast:

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Arch Enemy – War Eternal (Century Media)

Anathema – Distant Satellites (Kscope)

Saor – Aura (Northern Silence)

Equilibrium – Erdentempel (Nuclear Blast)

Tombs – Savage Gold (Relapse)

Mayhem – Esoteric Warfare (Season of Mist)

As you’ll see, there’s no Atlas Moth, because for some reason Spotify didn’t get their new record, The Old Believer. (We don’t understand either, but hey…that’s out too! As we said before, it’s quite a week for new releases.) At any rate, take a listen to these for yourselves and then check back for our thoughts this Friday in Episode 9!

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