Initial Descent: February 4 – 10, 2018

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Netherlands

Another weekend, another relief. It’s been a long and I mean LONG week but finally it’s time to kick those feet up and let the rough side drag. And you better believe I’m letting it drag whilst listening to all this week has to offer and HEY, you should be too. Kicking things off is the ultimate good time, off-kilter and absolutely outstanding Netherlands with their new EP Hope Porn — hit up “Rewild!” and let your worries melt away. Next up is The Atlas Moth with Coma Noir and I’m telling you now, this band has never sounded better, progressive sludge at its finest. Following that is Under the Mountain by King Witch and I dare you to find a better song than “Ancients” — the 70’s swing and classic rock vibes just drip from every note here. And closing the top slots this week is Fu Manchu with Clone of the Universe and honestly their brand of desert rock hasn’t sounded this good since the days of “Weird Beard.” Look that up and get back to me. So, another fantastic start but we are long from being done. Jump in and have fun, that’s what it’s all about. Continue reading

Interview: Timo Ellis of Netherlands on New EP Hope Porn, Being Loud and New Label Records and Tapes Records

Netherlands
Netherlands

Following on the heels of three successful and wildly varied full lengths, Brooklyn based Netherlands will be releasing their new EP, Hope Porn, on February 9 via mastermind Timo Ellis’ new imprint Records and Tapes Records. Hope Porn isn’t as far a departure from Audubon as the hard driving Silicon Vapor was from the spastic Fantasmatic but it is some of the catchiest and more immediately accessible work the band has done to date. Which simply means the joy encountered after hearing the overwhelming energy across these six tracks is palpable. Odd time signatures, hooks big enough to hang a bridge from and excellent songwriting all come together to form a cohesive juggernaut that settles in your brain and refuses to leave — a good thing, trust me. Ahead of Hope Porn we had the opportunity to talk to Ellis about the new music, embracing ‘the loud’ and his new label imprint, among many other things. Head inside to see what he had to say and don’t forget to support the band while you’re at it.

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Best of 2016: Josh’s List

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Outside of metal so much happened this year that it really is mind boggling to think back on it. We lost visionaries and legends, witnessed violence of epic proportions, politics took a huge dive into the void and negativity seemed to reign supreme. And all that is barely scratching the surface. I’m definitely not going to be the one to say that 2017 WILL be better but I will say — let’s attempt to make our little corners of the world better, be better to each other and approach it with some semblance of positivity.

On the flip side of the coin, 2016 was about as strong a year in metal that I personally have seen in ages which was a great thing considering the state of affairs otherwise. As usual, metal was my comfort food and the offerings were bountiful. With that said, making a best of list was extremely difficult. What made the cut is only a fraction of my favorites but they represent what I listened to and enjoyed the most but also are the ones that I returned to an insane amount of times and for endless reasons. Stick a fork in 2016 and let these champions ride you out on a high note.  Continue reading

CANTO: Netherlands tour, new Opeth song, and more

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“I’m your time that’s almost up that you haven’t acknowledged, grab for some water but I’m that pill that’s too jagged to swallow.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

Visions ov Hell: Netherlands – “New Jocks”

Netherlands - New Jocks

Netherlands is one of those bands that I can never get enough of. So for this Visions ov Hell we are taking a look at the recently released video for “New Jocks”. The track comes from the band’s latest release, Audubon, and if you missed it I highly recommend checking it out here. Over the previous three videos released from this album the band is as visual as they are heavy, using everything from psychedelic live shots to video game aesthetics to horrific claymation. And all this set to their insanely catchy brand of energetic sludge rock. Continue reading