Initial Descent: May 13 – 19, 2018

Amorphis
Amorphis

I won’t bore you to death with whatever sentiment I had on my mind because this is a week of new releases that deserves your full attention. Much. Good. Stuff. Leading things off are two legendary bands that combined, not counting a few bumps in the road, have 56 years of experience between them. The first of which, Amorphis, return with their melodically inclined heavy metal on Queen of Time and in my hours upon hours of listening to it since yesterday I firmly believe this is some of their best work. Yea, tall order I know, just give it a spin. Second up is At the Gates on To Drink From the Night Itself which took a little more time to really get into but the second half of this thing is a full on blast of epic proportions and “In Death They Shall Burn” is one of the best songs they’ve done in ages. Two great albums from two great legends BUT there’s more — The King Is Blind dropped an out of nowhere demo on us, The Ides of March, and their brand of grind/death/doom just gets better and more extreme as they age. (Guys, put a purchase option on the bandcamp page, PLEASE). Last up in the top slots is Seattle’s The Dark Red Seed with their debut full length Becomes Awake, dark folk hits me square in the right spot and this album has done that in spades. Killer opening with these four but there’s many more that are just as good waiting below. Enjoy and we’ll see you on the flip-side. Continue reading

Album Review: The Dark Red Seed – “Becomes Awake”

The Dark Red Seed - Becomes Awake

Occupying a space somewhere in the dark corners of psychedelia and the snake charming swagger of dark folk lay the heart and bones of The Dark Red Seed, the duo comprised of King Dude guitarist Tosten Larson and engineer Shawn Flemming.  Where King Dude travels the sonic highways of neon bars and the squalor of dim hallways, Tosten and Flemming migrate to more exotic climates, and their debut full length Becomes Awake is an ambitious if slightly mixed offering that works the weirder and spacier it gets.   Continue reading

CANTO: Khôrada, Death Valley High, Disturbed, and More

khorada

Tuesday has no feel.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Rainbows in the Dark: The Dark Red Seed – “Stands With Death”

the dark red seed - stands with death

I know normally in this column I’ve been talking about ambient releases, but we use Rainbows in the Dark to explore any kind of music that gets heavy without falling into “metal” territory.  One of the more exciting (at least for me) musical trends in the United States is an emergence of bands that take traditional Americana song structures and styling and add in flairs of gothic darkness.  Acts like Wovenhand and King Dude have gotten the attention of the populace at large, and now set to join those ranks is Portland, OR’s The Dark Red Seed with their debut EP Stands With Death.
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Initial Descent: September 10 – 16, 2017

Dodecad
Dodecad

Rolling in late (or early depending on your viewpoint) after a huge gathering of many people and many treats from local breweries means I’m satisfied and ready to hunker down with some of this list at maximum volume. And with the amount of releases this week that could take awhile…lucky thing for us it’s the weekend. Let’s get to it, noise rock purists Dodecad kick things off this week in the noisest and best way possible with their third effort Contempt and trust me when I say: if you’re even remotely a fan of noise rock you NEED this album immediately, it is that good. Next up is the debut, The Imprisoning War, from symphonic black metallers Hate Moon, and it’s the perfect balance of brute force and sweeping melodies. Moving along is Moonlight Desires with Just the Hits 1981-1985 and while this may not be the typical top slot candidate this album is an epic ton of fun with plenty of scorching rock theatrics, right now we all could use some fun and an opportunity to just let the rough side drag so let this album serve as such. Closing out the opening few is the dark americana EP Stands With Death from The Dark Red Seed, personally I’m a fan of all things King Dude and this EP scratches that itch as well as shares a guitarist with said Dude, highly recommended. There you have it, the lead off four but as usual we are nowhere even close to done. Pull up a chair and stay awhile, it only gets better from here. Oh and if you don’t like something or if you do let us know in the comments or don’t, but definitely enjoy. Continue reading