Album Review: Expander — “Neuropunk Boostergang”

It’s getting really hard to tell what’s real and what’s been pulled from a young adult dystopian novel these days.  I’m pretty sure we started living in the future about 5 years ago, what with all the rapid technological and scientific advancements coupled with the rise of authoritarian governments and oligarchic corporations spying on and tracking every move we make and everything we say and think.  If all this seems overwhelming to you, good news!  You’re far from alone, and chief among your allies is Austin, Texas’ Expander, whose new release Neuropunk Boostergang is the perfect soundtrack to the technopocalypse.

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Album Review: Full of Hell – “Trumpeting Ecstasy”


Where and how do you even begin to categorize Full of Hell?  With a blaspheming hand in every pot the band has taken great pains to ensure no matter what direction they go in on a musical endeavor it’ll be a singularly devastating experience.  New album Trumpeting Ecstasy does nothing to refute that, providing a furious assault on the senses that leaves the listener devoid of bodily fluids and stripped of ears and mind. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 29, 2016

Ghoul release their new album, “Dungeon Bastards” on July 29. (Image courtesy of the band)

It’s Friday! And I’d like to talk about Ghoul for a second. You see, Ghoul are releasing their fifth full-length, Dungeon Bastards, today. The vinyl edition of the album comes with a gatefold jacket that opens into a board game, which they described as follows in the August 2016 edition of Decibel:

“Essentially, it’s a board game in the style of Candyland or the traditional Creepsylvanian game, ‘Ivan Must Escape from the Pederast.’ It can truly be said that when playing this game no one gains anything and there are no winners. The only thing you will gain is a drinking problem, and you will certainly lose friends.”

Welp, sign me the fuck up. If you don’t love this band after reading that, you’re doing it wrong. That’s all there is to it. Anyway, there’s some other stuff out this week, too! Like A.M.S.G. and Ringworm! And also Descendents, even though, okay, they’re not metal. So let’s dig into it. Here’s what’s on tap this week:
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Album Review: Ritual Chamber – “Obscurations (To Feast On The Seraphim)”

Ritual Chamber Obscurations (To Feast on the Seraphim)

Numinas (Dario Derna) has played black metal as the one-man band Krohm since 1995. You may be familiar with his work as the keyboardist in the doom/death metal band Evoken from 1995-2002. He also played drums in Drawn and Quartered from 2002-2012. He returns this year with the debut full-length release Obscurations (To Feast on the Seraphim) from Ritual Chamber, another one-man project that he started in 2013. Ritual Chamber released a roiling demo in 2014 titled The Pits of Tentacled Screams. Obscurations (To Feast on the Seraphim) continues where that demo left off, pounding you with death metal tinged with doom and black metal tremolo picking. Continue reading