Initial Descent: November 5 – 11, 2017

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Vitriol – courtesy of Charlotte Gane

Darkness falls way too early now and it feels as though there’s not enough time to get anything done. Yea, I’m complaining a bit but honestly I hate the time change. But on the plus side, this is the time of year I always seem to revisit some of my favorite frostbitten and grim metal albums but also revel in finding new favorites as well. And with that let’s get to it. Leading us off this week is the astounding Pain Will Define Their Death EP from death metallers Vitriol and believe me when I say these three tracks WILL turn your head, Cloak offer up their charred and extremely addictive take on heavy metal with debut To Venomous DepthsSomnuri also offer up a great full length debut with Somnuri which is sludgy, noisy, heavy and forward thinking — hard to pin down but fun to try, and Swedeath torch runners Under the Church return with their second full length Supernatural Punishment which, astoundingly, bests their ridiculously good debut. Well, I’m off to see Primitive Man and life is good. Dive in and stick around for awhile, there is much to explore… Continue reading

Album Review: Temisto – “Temisto”

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Swedish duo Temisto make a rousing first appearance with their scathing self-titled death metal debut. It effectively and efficiently combines old sounds with modern songwriting and clean guitar work. On the surface this doesn’t sound like it should work or have any sort of staying power — we’ve all heard that song and dance before. But the band pulls it off in spades. It’s an amalgam of brute force, catchy rhythmic structures and thought provoking, near meditative passages. Continue reading

Album Review: Bastard Grave – “What Lies Beyond”

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Somewhere between the buzzsaw guitar grind of vintage Entombed and the murk of the modern American underground’s best up-and-comers like Baptists and Call of The Void, you’ll find Sweden’s Bastard Grave. The group’s new full-length, Pulverised Records’ What Lies Beyond, is a dripping mud pit of frantic riffs and horror aesthetic that sounds just as much at home on a playlist with old school death metal as with the latest blackened thrash. According to Bastard Grave’s press release, prior to What Lies Beyond, the band only had one demo to their name, which makes the debut effort all the more impressive. Sitting down to spin this album and knowing that this was the band’s first full-length, I expected a more scattered affair. Pleasantly surprised to find out how wrong I was; What Lies Beyond features an array of songs uniting under the clarity of one solid vision. Continue reading

Album Review: Under The Church – “Rabid Armageddon”

Under The Church - Rabid Armageddon

There’s no better feeling than getting in on the ground floor with a band that actually delivers. Formed from the ashes of the legendary Swedish death crew Nirvana 2002, Under the Church indisputably has the lineage in place to stand out in the everswelling sea of retro-sounding bands. On their debut fulllength, Rabid Armageddon, it’s as if the old school of Swedish death is in session and the band puts together a pretty compelling lecture on how to bludgeon a listener to oblivion. Continue reading

Album Review: Majestic Downfall – “…When Dead”

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To be a fan of doom metal, one must have a certain acceptance and appreciation of their own self-loathing. It’s the tangent of the metal web that generally focuses negative energy inward. As such, it’s a form of music that tends to be subject to situational appreciation. But when an album with real quality hits, it implants itself in its listeners consciousness. And that’s what we have here with …When Dead, the latest release from Majestic Downfall, which leaves its mark as one of the better doom metal albums we’ve heard so far this year.

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