Album Review: Taarkus – “Stones” (Single)

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Despite the number of significant releases that have already dropped this January, I recently decide to scour the depths of some of the smaller-scale albums this week in hopes to find something unique and, ideally, fairly decent. One of the first things that caught my attention was a band out of LA called Taarkus. Pitched as a doom metal band — cathedral doom to be more precise — I immediately sensed some potential in their debut single, Stones, based on description alone. After giving this 7″ a spin (ok, I’m not spinning anything, but you know what I mean), that potential rang true. A number of curious influences generate a doom metal sound that will definitely grab your attention, even if you’re not exactly sure what to make of it. Which is about where I stand. Continue reading

Album Review: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – “The Night Creeper”

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - The Night Creeper

Since their inception in 2009 Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats have traversed the fuzzed out, scuzzy, and psychedelic realm of the metal world over the course of three full length albums. Now with their fourth release, The Night Creeper, they continue this journey but delve deeper into the darkest corners of crime infested back alleys and bring to life a long lost time of grind house horror. It’s not new territory, but here it all has a more ominous, visceral, and dangerous tone. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 4’s New Releases in Brief

iron maiden 2015

Alright, kids, this is it. The new release Friday we’ve been waiting for. The heavyweight. The champ. The father of your future children. We’ve got four HIGHLY anticipated new releases to cover this week, so let’s not waste any more time. Here’s what’s dropping today! Continue reading