Embracing the Descent: March 17 – 23, 2019

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We’ve been regular here on Embracing the Descent but for first time visitors or those with short memories and/or attention spans; this is where we briefly discuss a handful of the current week’s new releases that stood out for whatever reason. We say handful since going all in for 40 – 60 albums just ain’t happening. Since that brief reminder is out of the way, let’s jump into a few from this week and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent. And do leave us a comment if you have thoughts or gripes. Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 17 – 23, 2019

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First full week of this time change and I already feel better. Under the guise of having a hard time with it, did you miss anything we had last week? Go back and research but do, at the very least, catch our February album of the month chat for Ithaca’s The Language of Injury, and I’ll make it easy for you – link here. New week and new metal, GO.

Leading this charge is NY’s Sigils with their spine tingling doom debut You Built the Altar, You Lit the Leaves, its soaring melancholy meets occult themes and personal backstory makes for a splendid experience. Next up, Gods Without Name from Aoratos (new offering from the mind behind Akhlys) is a whirling maelstrom of black metal with a terrifying atmosphere, no surprise here from Naas Alcameth. Moving right along, Tempel who combine good-time old school metal, rock and hardcore for a sound that’s, well…, a damn good time on Tempel. Last up top is California’s Tryptamyne who recently found a home for Tryptamyne with upstart label Vargheist Records and since the label deals in a niche corner of the extreme, this blend of grind and progressive elements with an experimental flair is a perfect fit.

Beyond these four, a massive pile awaits… Continue reading

Profile: Tom Colello and Salvatore Rex of the Awe Inspiring Doomtroop Sigils

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One listen to “Faceless” is all it took to hook us completely on Sigils debut full length You Built the Altar, You Lit the Leaves. Pallbearer and YOB are the obvious RIYL jump off points but those only scratch the surface of the emanations from a band that’s endured a world completely devoid of feeling for anyone or anything different from what is tragically considered the norm. These four songs are occult, haunting, lonesome, methodical and strangely uplifting at the same time but always seem to be reaching for the stars like a young kid would reach for understanding of such a large and unknown world. And the fact that the album was recorded and mixed in a house that’s been in guitarist Tom Colello’s family for four generations just lends a personal touch to the proceedings that no one else can even get close to. Ahead of the band’s debut we had a chance to pose our Profile questions to Tom and vocalist Salvatore Rex to get their backstory so head below to see what they had to say and whatever you do, don’t miss this album. Links are included to help out in this endeavor. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 64 (01.26.2019)

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We’re going to keep things short and sweet today.  Normally I’d be more wordy in these things, but I’m dead tired today.  Last night (as of this writing) I caught the LA date of the Primitive Man & Ulthar mini-tour.  It was an insanely cool show; it was my first time seeing Ulthar and they did not disappoint in the slightest, and the songs from Primitive Man’s upcoming split with Hell (more on that from yours truly later on down the line) sound uglier and more heavy than getting an anvil dropped on your face.  Local support from grind/powerviolence crew Whelm and doomy death metal purveyors Teeth rounded out the night in fine form.  All in all a great night, but getting home later than my Old Man Body can handle on a weeknight isn’t doing me any favors today.

Maybe that wasn’t as short as I had expected.  Oh well.  Time to let the music speak for itself.  Catch you next time.

– Vincent