Initial Descent: February 3 – 9, 2019

Kicker
Kicker

I’m here to show you new metal and chew bubblegum and I’m all out of bubblegum, lucky for you.

And it’s that kind of attitude that Kicker, comprised of seasoned vets across genres (look them up, pal), emits on their rowdy ass kicking, instant cult classic punk album Pure Drivel. Downfall of Gaia inject just the right amount of melody and a heaping dose of thick atmosphere between their blastbeats on Ethic of Radical Finitude, Yerûšelem spits forth a throbbing mass of industrial post-punk laced with black metal and electronica on The Sublime, and Ad Patres go the meat and potatoes death metal route on A Brief Introduction To Human Experiments but with that said, who doesn’t love some well done meat and potatoes death metal?!

More to follow below so don’t get lost in there and hang around as long as you like. No bubblegum in sight so you’re safe. Continue reading

CANTO: Hatebreed, Children of Bodom, Overkill, Downfall Of Gaia, and More

children of bodom band

Routine is the enemy.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Lacuna Coil, Devathorn, Inferno, Artillery, and More

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Friday’s Friday.

  • Lacuna Coil are authors now! They have released their first book (of…?) and it’s called Nothing Stands In Our Way. It’s a celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band, which makes me feel old. Go buy it if you’re into reading and stuff.
  •  In case you want some gossip for the evening, Bad Omens has pulled out of a Sense Fail tour. The reason, you ask? The size of their logo on the poster… (note: there’s much more to this I’m sure,  but that’s the headline that caught my attention, so you get it too).
  • Things I like: Devathorn and Inferno. Things I like even more: learning those two forces are combining in the form of a split titled Zos Vel Thagirion. It will be out on December 11th via W.T.C. Productions. Here’s a trailer.
  • How about a new video from Artillery? This one is for “Pain”, which will be featured on the November 16th release of The Face Of Fear (out on Metal Blade). Look at it!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Flotsam and Jetsam, Triptykon/Roadburn, and More

Ronnie James Dio

I hope you assholes voted today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: October 28 – November 3, 2018

The Ocean
The Ocean

The best month of the year winds down this week and that sucks. But you know what doesn’t suck? New metal and, yet again, the list is longer which means more to get into. Read on to see what’s in store…

First up and FINALLY, The Ocean returns in epic fashion with Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic and if you have the slightest doubt a step has been lost, forget about it. This thing is master class level post-metal and should be in your collection already so go, NOW. Next up is Piach from Gorycz which is their debut but you’d never know it as their brand of dark and brooding black / death is as mesmerizing as it is immersive, death metal vets Cancer return with Shadow Gripped and after all this time they still have some damn gnarly chops, and rounding out these top slots is occult doom rockers Alastor who pull off the perfect album for those Halloween night scares with Slave To the Grave.

As previously stated, these four are just the tip of the iceberg and this iceberg runs deep. Continue reading