Initial Descent: January 7 – 13, 2018

Corrosion of Conformity
Corrosion of Conformity – pic courtesy of Dean Karr

I was quietly hoping we’d get, at least, through the first quarter without losing another good one but with the passing of ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke the heavens will be louder than they’ve ever been before and the classic lineup will rule over us all. We do have quite a good amount of metal to get to this week and quite alot of it is outstanding — Corrosion of Conformity gloriously return to their Deliverance/Wiseblood selves on No Cross No Crown, Hamferð weave tales of their homeland through stunning death / doom on Támsins Iikam, Djinn and Miskatonic‘s doom rockin’ Even Gods Must Die shows us that India is churning out some amazing metal and Ohio’s Pillärs absolutely KILL IT on their crusty, noisy and vicious album Abandoned. With those we’ve already got a seriously packed week but we have more, much more. So pull up a barstool, or whatever sitting device you prefer, and hang around with us for awhile. Continue reading

Album Review: Hamferð – “Támsins likam”

Hamferd - Tamsins Likam

Welcome to my first review of 2018.  This year, we’re getting things kicked off with Hamferð‘s Támsins likam.  After receiving numerous accolades, including stints touring with acts as respected as Amorphis and winning the 2012 Wacken Festival Battle of the Bands contest,  Hamferð have signed to Metal Blade records, and are now set to debut to the wider public their brand of stately death/doom that illuminates the hidden cultural gem of the Faroe Islands.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 29 – November 4, 2017

Throne of Heresy
Throne of Heresy

That chill in the air signifies the landscape surrounding us has begun its slow progression towards death. It also means that you need to sharpen your fire making skills because seriously, there’s nothing better than a crisp night under the stars with thought provoking metal and a roaring fire. With that, let’s begin: grim, frostbitten, technical and majestic all describe the black metal found on Throne of Heresy’s third full length Decameron, the heavy metal freight train that is Sweden’s Ram continues to barrel mightily down the tracks on Rod, on third full length and Colin Marston produced IAO 269 death metallers Corpse Garden show a new, outstanding, experimental side we’ve yet to hear and putting the final squeeze on this Halloween season is Autumns Eyes with their Type O Negative vibed Ending Life Slowly — dark, gloomy, goth tinged with a pinch of melodic death metal equates to a ton of fun here. Cozy up with us by this amazing fire we started (with lighter fluid, shhh – our secret) and explore all that this week has to offer… Continue reading

Album Review: RAM – “Rod”

Ram - Rod

I long for the day when new heavy metal can exist with a voice of its own. A voice strong enough to shed the nauseating “vintage” labels, rooting itself so deep in innovation that the world stops questioning the genre’s ability to exist in this decade. I have followed Swedish heavy metallers RAM for years in faith that the band will help eliminate this stagnation from my most beloved area of metal, and their newest release Rod is a commendable attempt. Referencing the 1980’s out of pure accessibility can be understandable, but it feels like an injustice to prioritize a mention of the state of metal thirty years ago when RAM have proven they have much to contribute in 2017. Continue reading

CANTO: Batushka, Sorcerer, Hallatar, and More

Hallatar

10/18/2017. I leave for Detroit on Friday.

This is one of my favorite albums of the year so far. The above video? Also impressive.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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