Initial Descent: May 6, 2016

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It has rained every single damn day this week. Which, really, is just what I need less than two weeks removed from a breakup. Good job, universe! Oh well, May’s upon us. There’s no way it won’t improve upon April from a lifeical standpoint, but it may also do so from a metallic perspective as well. Quite a bit to look forward to over the next 25 days.

That starts today, with new stuff from U.K. death crew Grave Miasma, who release their gnarly new EP, Endless Pilgrimage. I’ll have a full review of that thing up early next week, but as a pre-emptive TL;DR — it’s worth your time. We’ve also got new albums from AlaricVektor…hell, even one from not-metal-but-yes-awesome synthwave mainstay Perturbator. It’s a solid week, so let’s jump in. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, May 6:
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Album Review: Rhin – “Passenger”

Rhin - Passenger

West Virginia’s noise rock trio Rhin broaden their already vast array of influences on their third full length Passenger. They’ve come a long way since their somewhat disjointed self titled debut that while good in its own right didn’t display a band with a sole identity. On Bastard their identity was realized with a fuzzy mix of Melvins meets Unsane on a Steve Albini curated jukebox but with little in the way of experimentation and heavy on filling every moment with angst. Their patience here has improved as well as their desire to try new things has finally flourished and all told its a successful effort. Continue reading