Initial Descent: December 10 – 16, 2017

midnight 2017
Midnight

We’re another week closer to slamming the book on 2017 and we do hope you’ve been enjoying list season thus far. For what it’s worth, we certainly have been and our staff lists will start rolling out in the coming days so stay tuned. But for now it’s another jam packed week of metal and the quantity here squashes any thoughts of new releases slowing just because it’s December. Leading us off this week is the metal / punk / let the good times roll Midnight on Sweet Death and Ecstasy. This band just continues to rule and have always reminded of the era when rock n’ roll was considered dangerous and an instrument of Satan himself — this album amps up that feeling and is one hell of great time. Next up is Ghastly Sound with their second EP of the year, The Bottom — think 90s hard rock mixed with death, sludge and stoner metal but with a killer singer. Moving on, the mechanized and industrious black metal attack of Iperyt‘s The Patchwork Gehinnom reminds us that industrial and black metal do indeed make the perfect pair. Rounding out the opening slots is Deathmarch‘s Dismember EP and in case the chainsaw on the cover doesn’t give it away, it’s full of gnarly death metal that will appease even the most hardened death metal fan. What’s next? You know the drill, get in there and explore. Continue reading

Album Review: Ghastly Sound – “The Bottom” EP

Ghastly Sound - The Bottom

You know that cliche in movies when someone is being approached by a huge, hirsute mean looking dude?  Think Hells Angel stereotype circa Clint Eastwood’s Any Which Way… series in the 80s.  They come stalking up, scowling, menacing score playing in the background…only to then offer to help with the groceries or to expound on some mathematical theory, thus laying on think the adage that you can’t judge a book by a cover?  Case in point Ghastly Sound, and their walloping second EP in the span of a year The Bottom.  Forget what the cover and logo are signaling to you: this is a stellar melange of hardcore, noise, and indie rock that isn’t afraid to mix passionate melodies with bone crunching riffs and waves of killer rock.   Continue reading

Profile: TJ Maynard of Ghastly Sound

Ghastly Sound
Ghastly Sound

Vermont trio Ghastly Sound return this week for their second EP of 2017, The Bottom. This EP, much like its self-titled predecessor, is another collection of songs that offers the bite of sludge metal but with the grandiose melodies of Torche which really makes the band’s songs pop right out of the speakers. The fifteen minute runtime of The Bottom flies by in an instant and you’ll find yourself hitting the repeat button time and time again. I’m amazed at what this band has done over the course of two EP’s and cannot wait to see what they do with a full length. Ok so, by now you get that this band and their music rules — stick around to see what TJ Maynard (bass) had to say to our Profile set of questions.

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Album Review: Somnuri – “Somnuri”

Somnuri - Somnuri

The NYC/Brooklyn metal scene is nothing if not vibrant, but I’ll admit my gut instinct if asked to described a common sound or characteristic is not to go with the sludgy, progressive metal/doom hybrid that Somnuri are cooking up on their debut self-titled album.  And yet, a closer listen to Somnuri the album reveals a lot of what makes the scene so alive: a wicked blend of styles and technicality that doesn’t overshadow song structure, respect to influences without being overly slavish, and – above all – the innate ability to kick ass at any tempo.   Continue reading