Initial Descent: November 12 – 18, 2017

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Lady Beast

By the time you read this piece next week we will all be in a turkey coma and waiting to see who moves first on getting the hundreds of boxes down for decorations and such. It’s a standoff, everyone in the room will be hoping you’ll do it while you hope they do it. Good times indeed. But for this week we have another sizable load of metal for your ears to get wrapped around so let’s get to it. First up is glorious NWOBHM meets thrash of Lady Beast‘s sophomore album Vicious Breed which is raucous good time, next up is the varied and all-encompassing palate of death metal, noise rock and post-metal on Last Bastion of Cowardice from Northless, Cavalera Conspiracy return with their fourth full length Psychosis and honestly I’m not sure what I was expecting but this far exceeds anything I was anticipating, let’s just say: the roots are revisited and this thing is an absolute must and closing out the top slots is Daxma with their stunning post-metal meets doom metal approach on The Head Which Becomes the SkullAs usual, we’re not even close to being done so get in there and enjoy… Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 17 – 23, 2017

Ufomammut
Ufomammut – pic courtesy of Malleus

It’s been all over the place as of late: I’ve had good news, bad news, unfortunate events and fortunate events. BUT, who cares as long as we have another Saturday crammed with great metal. And we have exactly that this week on Initial Descent. What you ask? Well, leading off this week’s festivities is the psych doom trio Ufomammut with their latest and eighth full length (Oro was technically one, who’s counting anyway) and as good as their discography has been thus far they’ve gotten even better – oh yeah. Next up, and the second outstanding album in this list, is Satyricon‘s Deep calleth upon Deep and this is where the band gets back to doing what they do best: killing it. Moving on is another return of sorts as Wolves in the Throne Room brings back some of their fury on Thrice Woven (psst – Chris was busy this week and covered both of these last two, make sure to click through and read up). Last but not least is the jaw dropping doomgaze of Mindkult on Lucifer’s Dream and if you’re keeping count, this makes two stellar efforts that command attention. Anywho, hard to top those four but there is a laundry list that follows that will keep you going until next time so get comfy. See you back here next week and good luck getting through all these by then. Continue reading

Album Review: Satyricon – “Deep calleth upon Deep”

Satyricon - Deep calleth upon Deep

You can’t help but bring your own imprint to a record.  Objectivity and impartiality are a lie: you come to a film, a book, a piece of music with the sum total of your experiences coloring your perception.  Marketing preys on this observation, but even stripping that away (who reads press releases anymore) I can’t help but come at Deep calleth upon Deep, the ninth and latest album by Satyricon colored by my history devouring the band’s music, the knowledge of this being the first new music by frontman Satyr since being diagnosed with brain cancer, and the stark despairing image displayed on the cover.  Put together, the album presents a vicious attack that resonates deeply as a highlight for both the band and 2017.   Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Satyricon, Pelican, Today is the Day and more!

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Satyricon

July 13, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, Satyricon has revealed the title of its upcoming album: Deep Calleth Upon Deep. It’s the band’s ninth studio record, and will drop September 22 via Napalm Records. You can peep the cover art here.

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Album Review: Vintersorg – “Till Fjälls del II”

Vintersorg Till Fjälls del II

I think we’ve already established my feeling for Andreas Hedlund, aka Vintersorg, the man of 1,001 hats, all of them metal.  Even in his most, uh…let’s say esoteric outings (I’m looking at you, Waterclime) there’s a willingness and sincerity to everything he does, and a growth or expansion of sound and genre that’s truly inspiring.  So the last thing you’d expect is for the man to look backwards, but after years of fans clamoring for him to do a “sequel” (weird as the concept is to an album that is decidedly non-narrative in nature) here we are with Till Fjälls del II, a sequel in spirit as the man returns to the mix of black metal and folk that initiated his journey.   Continue reading