Best of 2016, Q1: Manny-O-War’s List

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I’m not going to lie to you people. I think 2016 might be the best year in metal (particularly death metal) in a very, very long time. This is something I’ve been ranting about in my monthly recaps but it needs to be said as much as possible: each month in 2016 has provided an endless amount of terrific albums. Picking a top 18 for any month this year wouldn’t pose a significant hurdle. That’s just how good it’s been. So, with that in mind let’s take a look back at the last three months in metal. Continue reading

Nine Circles Ov… February 2016

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It’s not just rumor that I listen to an asinine amount of music. Previewing almost every single promotional album that comes through the door fits in with my obsessive personality. February 2016 really tested me. No less than one hundred and forty-two albums came through our rotating doors. And one hundred and forty-two is the number of albums I clicked play on to test them and suggest for review. So I’m a bit tired in an auditory sense. But I digress. In today’s post we will run through a bunch of larger releases that I hope no one missed and then feature nine smaller releases that are top notch. February was a great month. And another sign that 2016 is headed in very much the right direction. Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 26, 2016

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Awws, look at how grey Scott Ian’s dumb goatee is now. If it weren’t so stupid, it’d be kind of adorable. Anyway, it’s Friday, and a packed one at that. Loads and loads of new releases to get to this week, not just from Anthrax, but also VoivodDeströyer 666 and a ton more. That’s all outlined below, so let’s not waste any more time than we need to. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, February 26:
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Album Review: Ritual Chamber – “Obscurations (To Feast On The Seraphim)”

Ritual Chamber Obscurations (To Feast on the Seraphim)

Numinas (Dario Derna) has played black metal as the one-man band Krohm since 1995. You may be familiar with his work as the keyboardist in the doom/death metal band Evoken from 1995-2002. He also played drums in Drawn and Quartered from 2002-2012. He returns this year with the debut full-length release Obscurations (To Feast on the Seraphim) from Ritual Chamber, another one-man project that he started in 2013. Ritual Chamber released a roiling demo in 2014 titled The Pits of Tentacled Screams. Obscurations (To Feast on the Seraphim) continues where that demo left off, pounding you with death metal tinged with doom and black metal tremolo picking. Continue reading