Denver’s death metal trio Of Feather and Bone have come along way since their 2012 inception and furthermore since they began as a crusty hardcore band. Their first full length was as in your face as it could’ve been with attitude for eons. But with their 2016 Demo the band had an about face into the netherworld of death metal that garnered fans across the globe and good luck finding your own physical copy. Two years later Bestial Hymns of Perversions sees the band capitalizing on everything that was so freaking great about that Demo; heavy as lead death metal, atmosphere that causes the stomach to ball up in knots and a keen sense of the genre as a whole. These seven tracks sound as though they’ve been unearthed from some dusty crypt that’s been buried for twenty plus years. The trick here is the fact that this band isn’t some fly by night copycat of the glory years, this sounds as fresh as a new born zombie with an acute taste for blood. Ripping leads meets pinch harmonics meets absolute ferocity and the results speak for themselves. This album is not one you’ll want to miss. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the opportunity to speak with bassist and vocalist Alvino to discuss Bestial Hymns of Perversion, its atmosphere and Denver’s metal scene. Keep reading to see what he had to say. Continue reading
So, we’re back again. How was the week? Busy here and at one point I actually got to see the sun for once — made me happy. What’s got you excited this week? Nothing? Well, this week’s list of new metal is longer than the line waiting on summer vacation and hopefully this will lift the spirits. Leading us off this week is grindcore phenoms WAKE with their latest bunch of brutal, Misery Rites. Next up is Dead Empires who added a singer and managed to make their best hardcore / heavy as balls album yet with Designed to Disappear. Rolling on is Insect Ark with their stunning and unique horror soundtrackish / doom metal on Marrow Hymns and closing out the top spots is Huntsmen with American Scrap, an album that really surprised me with how it combines King Dude’s type of dark americana with razor sharp doom metal — trust me, this thing just works. There you have it, the intro is done but we are FAR from finished so keep reading, keep clicking and keep discovering. Continue reading
It’s the sound of a tilted landscape, of trepidatious steps down a dark hallway lined with doors hiding secrets. It’s unseen eyes watching from above, circling slowly closer and closer. It’s the buzzing in my head at 4am, riding the last dregs of caffeine, the sound intermingling with the bitterness of the coffee and the apprehension in my stomach.
It’s all of these things, and it’s none of these things. It’s Marrow Hymns, the new album from Insect Ark, and yet still I maintain it’s the sound of my own personal unease, and somewhere in the reconciliation of the two lies the review I can never write, as words would dull and diminish the mystery better experienced first hand. Continue reading
Busy week around these parts but at least it was good and a little warmer. Almost got spring fever but who am I kidding? Cold is coming back, blah. Must enjoy it while it’s here and speaking of enjoyment, we’ve got plenty of it in this edition of Initial Descent. Starting things off is Down Below from Tribulation which has absolutely consumed me and just when I thought their brand of black tinged goth inspired metal / rock couldn’t get any better it did and impressively so. Next up is Australia’s ultra experimental death metal band Portal with their latest mind bender Ion, Abyssal Vacuum gives us three songs of extremely complex yet fully hypnotic black metal on MMXVII and Somali Yacht Club (love that name!) create an album’s worth of pure escape and bliss on The Sea, seriously, this band knows how to milk atmosphere and stretch out melodies. GREAT start but as usual we have so much more to explore so get comfy, grab a drink and hang with us for a while. Continue reading
You can never say enough about mystery with regards to its relationship with metal bands. Whether you’re cloaking your name and instrument with descriptors like “Count Toothgnash on sonic death reverberations” or wrapping your personas and entire musical concept on esoteric texts or simply dressing up like a clock, there’s something to be said about not giving it all away. Portal have always been a band steeped in mystery, from their names to their performances and their adherence to a dizzying lyrical concept running through their albums, all of which served to accentuate the murky yet blindingly fast black/death they deal in, but on their first full length in five years, Ion, they allow a small lift of the curtain, although not in an area you’d expect. Continue reading