Best of 2016: Josh Thieler’s List

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My name is Josh Thieler. I love music. I love metal. I love lists. I say many things about metal music that I love in list form below. You know what this is. I don’t need an introduction paragraph. Continue reading

Best of 2016, Q2: Josh Thieler’s List


2016 has been an incredible year for music. So much came out in the first quarter that I never could narrow it down enough to name any favorites. For this second quarter, I was determined to compile this list if it killed me. There probably would be more on this list, but a lot of records came out in the final week of June that I will probably sneak into my Q3 list. Through much internal wrestling, tears, and over 1,000 hours of listening to new records, I have finally been able to come up with my list of favorites for 2nd quarter 2016. Continue reading

Album Review: Lord Mantis – “Nice Teeth Whore” (EP)

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Lord Mantis has had a relatively short but tumultuous history. Controversial lyrics, themes, and artwork are synonymous with the Chicago natives that have shared and traded members with the likes of Nachtmystium and the now defunct Indian. With a new line-up filled out by ex-Indian member, Lord Mantis is back with the short but chimeric Nice Teeth Whore EP to remind us all that their brand of repulsive blackened sludge makes them gods of American underground extreme music. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 29, 2016

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Last Initial Descent post of April! Seriously, where the hell’s this year gone? We don’t even have a month left until MDF? Jeez. Anyway, some good stuff in the queue today. Fallujah‘s dropping a new album — hopefully with better production than the last one? Maybe? — and we’ve also got new stuff from hardcore legends Discharge (speaking of MDF!), as well as AllfatherLord Mantis and a whole slew of others. So let’s not waste any more time — here’s what’s on tap for Friday, April 29:
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Album Review: Cobalt – “Slow Forever”


Cobalt is a name that carries significant weight in the world of underground and extreme metal. Releasing arguably one of the best extreme metal works of the last decade with a pinnacle of moody and genre-blending black metal with 2009’s Gin. They gained a certain notoriety since then with the public outing of vocalist and founding member Phil McSorley for unacceptable remarks on social media and also for the very public split between Phil and remaining member, Erik Wundar. Fans breathed a collective sigh of relief when Wundar announced not only that he would be carrying on with Cobalt, but also that he was already in studio with the addition of ex-Lord Mantis and current Abigail Williams vocalist, Charlie Fell. The wait is over, the day has come, and time and trials have only made Cobalt that much stronger. Continue reading