I don’t like being told what to do. Unless it has to do with my overall well-being and tenacity, I am not someone who takes authority well. Thus, imagine when, randomly looking through the promo pile, Bellrope’s album name immediately caught my attention. At first, I thought of the title as a mere tongue-in-cheek reference; after all, what does an album know about my headspace at any given time? Well, as it would turn out, You Must Relax not only lives up to its tongue-in-cheek title, but its overall appeal lies within the chaotic yet claustrophobic mix of sludge and noise. Continue reading →
Good morning, you wicked and divine souls. Through the magic of WordPress admin rights it only looks like Josh is putting up this week’s Initial Descent. But in truth it is I, Old Scratch, the Devil himself who has taken over the reins of this post to give you the latest upcoming releases. Don’t worry: Josh is bound and gagged in the corner with a dozen botflies to keep him company…
Carnal Forge has risen from my depths to vomit forth Gun To Mouth Salvation, their first blast of evil thrash since 2007. Oh, it is a delicious slice of metal pie! Do your appetites skewer more…foul? Then prepare yourselves for Of Worms, a cemetery slab of death doom from Seattle’s Foul bleeding forth on cassette from Caligari Records. But maybe the death doom doesn’t move you? You prefer your metal with more noise and static, the better to hear the voices I implant in your head? Well, Sofy Major have returned from their black mass rituals to take a total dump on you with their new album…uh…Total Dump. Seriously, I have been playing this to the investment bankers and hedge fund managers we keep in the Fifth Circle of Hell and it elicits the most exquisite screams of agony. Finally, when I need a little rest and relaxing from all the torture and crossroad bargains I like to cozy up with the latest post-metal goodness from Mono, whose latest Nowhere Now Here lets a little light into this dark and dreary home.
Ah, the botflies have buried their demonic larvae into Josh’s skin. Read on while I tend to my new children… Continue reading →
It’s almost October, and…we’re late with this! Blame Dan the Nurse. (Sorry, we mean “Dan the almost-nurse.”) But, just in the nick of time for our one-month-late AOTM schedule, we’re back with our chosen highlight from August: Bummer‘s Holy Terror! Continue reading →
Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Misery Ritual’s Searing Blood and Great Divide Brewing Company’s Colette Farmhouse Ale. Continue reading →
Brother Vincent was nice enough to let me take the reigns this week but rest assured, he’ll be back with a vengeance soon. Today I’m featuring a pairing that on first glance or taste or listen didn’t seem like it would gel. But, upon further inspection it was just what the doctor ordered. Behold, the Body‘s I have fought against it, But I can’t any longer. and Wicked Weed Brewing‘s Napoleon Complex for this Receiving the Evcharist. Continue reading →