Initial Descent: November 6’s New Releases in Brief

We’re officially into November — well, we were officially into November on Sunday, technically — and the new release well’s starting to dry up. Just a bit, at least. There’s still Vastum, I guess, which — if what the kiddies say is true — should be well worth your time. Oh well. Here’s what we’ve got this week:
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Just the Tip: March 10’s New Releases in Brief

It’s new release Tuesday—time for another edition of Just the Tip! Here are the new releases we’ll be discussing on the podcast this week!

March 10, 2015

Enslaved – In Times (Nuclear Blast)

Ghost Bath – Moonlover (Northern Silence)

Ghost Bath Moonlover

[full review]

Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz (Spinefarm)

Santa Cruz album 2015

We’ll also have written reviews of these and other new releases here on the site throughout the week, but for now, take a listen and check back later this week for our spoken thoughts in Episode 43!

Other New Releases of Note:

  • Melechesh – Enki (Nuclear Blast)
  • Psycroptic – Psycroptic (Prosthetic)
  • Cancer Bats – Searching for Zero (Metal Blade)
  • Porta Nigra – Kaiserschnitt (Debemur Morti) [full review]
  • Mortals / Repellers – Split EP (Broken Limbs)

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.

Album Review: Ghost Bath – “Moonlover”

Ghost Bath Moonlover

Is Ghost Bath an anonymous collective from Chongqing, China, or a group of guys from North Dakota with names like Dennis and Jamie? While the initial mystery surrounding the band and its singular “Nameless” sounding board was pretty compelling stuff, things ultimately come down to this: if you find yourself asking this question while listening to the band’s new album, Moonlover, you need a focal adjustment—badly. Set this distraction aside and focus on the music, and you’ll realize how tremendous a listen the album is. As gargantuan as the hype machine powering it has grown since January, Moonlover fully lives up. Continue reading

Best of 2014 – Dan’s List, Part Four


It’s Tuesday, and we’re back with another round of favorites from 2014. You know the drill: three a day every day this week—in no particular order—followed by our Final Four at the end of the week in Episode 33 of the podcast. Roundabout? Yes. Will we get our Top 25 done by the end of the week? Also yes.

Yesterday, I gave you recaps for rather an odd mix of albums, and I see no reason not to continue mixing it up in these posts. Today’s three albums may come from three different metal sub-genres, but they’re all fantastic listens. They are:

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Just the Tip: June 10’s New Releases in Brief

It’s new release Tuesday, and what a lineup of new albums we have for you this week! Here’s what we’ll be discussing on this week’s podcast:

June 10, 2014

Arch Enemy – War Eternal (Century Media)

Anathema – Distant Satellites (Kscope)

Saor – Aura (Northern Silence)

Equilibrium – Erdentempel (Nuclear Blast)

Tombs – Savage Gold (Relapse)

Mayhem – Esoteric Warfare (Season of Mist)

As you’ll see, there’s no Atlas Moth, because for some reason Spotify didn’t get their new record, The Old Believer. (We don’t understand either, but hey…that’s out too! As we said before, it’s quite a week for new releases.) At any rate, take a listen to these for yourselves and then check back for our thoughts this Friday in Episode 9!

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.