Initial Descent: October 28 – November 3, 2018

The Ocean
The Ocean

The best month of the year winds down this week and that sucks. But you know what doesn’t suck? New metal and, yet again, the list is longer which means more to get into. Read on to see what’s in store…

First up and FINALLY, The Ocean returns in epic fashion with Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic and if you have the slightest doubt a step has been lost, forget about it. This thing is master class level post-metal and should be in your collection already so go, NOW. Next up is Piach from Gorycz which is their debut but you’d never know it as their brand of dark and brooding black / death is as mesmerizing as it is immersive, death metal vets Cancer return with Shadow Gripped and after all this time they still have some damn gnarly chops, and rounding out these top slots is occult doom rockers Alastor who pull off the perfect album for those Halloween night scares with Slave To the Grave.

As previously stated, these four are just the tip of the iceberg and this iceberg runs deep. Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 6 – 12, 2018

Flesh Hoarder
Flesh Hoarder

Satan poked a hole in the top of hell and let some heat out this week. No complaints from me but I know plenty that haven’t been happy with seeing 90 degree marks this week. Two ways I recommend to combat this early warmth: stick around with us for all the new metal we have on tap this week, then watch Terrifier and Pyewacket. Back to back. I heard about these beauties, earlier in the week, from Necromaniacs Podcast which would be a solid third option to stay in the AC. Moving on, this week’s new metal starts with Texas based brutal death metallers Flesh Hoarder on their debut Homicidal Necrophile which grabbed my attention very quickly — depraved, horrific and an excellent debut. Next up is De Profundis who take a look at the impact of religion through the lens of their best and most progressive death metal thus far in their career on The Blinding Light of Faith. Skinless return with their sixth full length Savagery and after all this time, their brand of death metal brutality still hits extremely hard and leaves an indelible mark. Rounding out our top slots, The Death Wheelers offer up their brand of instrumental sleaze n’ roll on debut I Tread On Your Grave which as a fan of 70s ‘sploitation films and greasy rock n’ roll, this one has received tons of spins from me. Whether you’re enjoying the heat or not, there’s plenty more to explore below so hang around, kick your feet up and enjoy. Continue reading

Interview: Max Tremblay of Sleaze n’ Rollers The Death Wheelers on Their New Album “I Tread On Your Grave,” Bikesploitation Aesthetics and Instrumental Ecstasy

The Death Wheelers

Remember the sleazy biker / horror (aka: bikesploitation) movies from the 70s that had some of the best soundtracks? Whether you do or have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re in luck — Canada’s The Death Wheelers will be releasing their debut full length, I Tread On Your Grave, this week via RidingEasy Records and it’s a picture perfect homage to this era and its aesthetic. Along the album’s eleven tracks the band weave a tale of a motorcycle club being wiped out by authorities then returning from the grave to exact revenge. And it all unfolds over some of the most raucous sleaze-n-roll jams around — not to mention successfully pulling this off as an instrumental band. From the album art to the song names to the sordid riffs contained, The Death Wheelers bust this genre wide open for a new look from new fans. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to sit down with bassist Max ‘The Axe’ Tremblay to discuss the new album, the band’s tie in with bikesploitation and the ecstasy of being an instrumental band. Read on and don’t forget to pick up your own copy May 11. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 24 – 30, 2017

Archgoat 1
Archgoat

Saturday is synonymous around here with new metal but if you’ve been following along you know that already. This week was long and slow so I need this as much as you do, thankfully there’s a multitude to get to this week so let’s get after it. Leading the charge is our favorite Finns, ARCHGOAT, with their quick hitter Eternal Damnation of Christ. Two songs of black metal damnation…what? You’re worried about it only being two songs? It’ll be the best two songs of the week, period. Next up is the heavyweights of noise rock Unsane with Sterilize, it’s been five long years but this bludgeoning is worth the wait. Moving on is the monolithically inclined Monolord with their all killer-no filler doom metal on Rust and closing out the top slots is the wickedly nasty doom/black/death debut Cosmos Comedenti from Antiversum. Just because we’re done with the initial volley doesn’t mean we’re actually finished — far from it. So grab a chair and stay awhile, we have much to explore. Continue reading

Album Review: Monolord – “Rust”

Monolord - Rust

Much like the cover of Monolord‘s third full length Rust the contents found within make you stop and take notice. This Swedish trio has been very busy since their 2013 inception and including this album have yet to put out anything sub par. The two rusting monoliths depicted on the album cover speak volumes to the band’s output, it’s no-frills doom metal that is as close as anyone will find to being pure and unfiltered and without a slew of genre tags attached. Put plainly it is simple, classic and traditional doom metal that doesn’t waste any time getting to the point. Continue reading