Initial Descent: November 10 – 16, 2019


As we move closer to Thanksgiving it’s time to reflect on the smorgasbord of exceptional metal releases this year. And, of course, give thanks for them. At this point, anyone still pushing the “2019 metal has been weak” agenda gets these two middle fingers. Moving on…

This week’s new metal kicks off with Tribulation who offer an opportunity to experience their commanding stage presence with an audio visual double treat from a gig captured in Sweden and yes, a live album caught top spot — it’s Tribulation so it’s an automatic thing. Casket Huffer get filthy via blackened death and sludge on their sophomore outing, and Warsenal combine old school speed metal with a healthy dose of thrash and holy crap is it ever a sweet sound with a killer album cover to boot. Last up top but certainly not least, I’ve got a soft spot for anything Michael Denner does (King Diamond and Mercyful Fate ring a bell?? Anyone?) and lucky for me Denner’s Inferno returns with a full length that’s heavy on those majestic riffs of his. All that and there’s so much more awaiting directly below. Get ready to offload some cash.  Continue reading

Second Circle: Ghost Ship Octavius and Mortanius

second circle - ghost ship octavius and mortanius

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

We’re still early in the music season, and it’s been a hot minute since we talked about power metal here on the site, despite my promises to the contrary.  Happily, not only has February started to bring a few promos to the inbox, but it also brought a theme, with two bands whose names end in “-ius” which is enough for me to get off my ass and do a Second Circle.  So without further ado let’s dive into Ghost Ship Octavius and Mortanius. Continue reading

Just the Tip: July 29’s New Releases in Brief

It’s new release Tuesday! Here’s what we’ll be covering on this week’s podcast:

July 29, 2014

Abolition A.D. – After Death Before Chaos (Pulverised)

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Oubliette – Apparitions (The Artisan Era)

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Heidra – Awaiting Dawn (Mighty Music)

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I would also be remiss not to mention the new Panopticon record, Roads to the North. Unfortunately, it looks like this thing doesn’t actually drop until this Friday–and judging by the lack of any of their back catalogue on Spotify, I don’t even know if I’ll have a playlist for you in this format when it does. But seeing as it’s gotten quite a bit of attention in the metal blogosphere, it’s definitely one I’ll be listening to, and maybe even posting a one-off review of that day. If you play your cards right. For now, here’s the artwork:

Panopticon – Roads to the North (Bindrune Recordings)


Take a listen for yourselves and then check back for our thoughts in Episode 16 later this week!

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.