Receiving the Evcharist: NATHR and Big Muddy Brewing Company’s Blueberry Blonde

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offerings:  NATHR‘s Beinahrúga and Big Muddy Brewing Company‘s Blueberry Blonde.

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Initial Descent: October 2 – 8, 2016



First full week of October is upon us and, in case you missed it, there’s a hurricane that has ripped a swath of destruction everywhere it has touched. Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone that has been affected by this. But thankfully it’s moving on, so GOOD RIDDANCE to Matthew. Now, onto Initial Descent. Which means new metal by the truckload. Actually this week isn’t quite as stacked as previous weeks but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. We’ve got Meshuggah‘s The Violent Sleep Of Reason which has a more organic sound to it but nonetheless as alienesque as they’ve ever been, Gatecreeper have released their debut Sonoran Depravation which is arguably the catchiest death metal of 2016, Endalok is terrifyingly atmospheric on their black metal album Englaryk, Ortega gives us a fantastic doom album in Sacred States and Swampcult dedicates the entirety of their latest dark doom album The Festival to the H.P. Lovecraft short story of the same name (it translates very well in case you were wondering). Those and many more await after the jump. Continue reading

Album Review: Endalok – “Englaryk”


If you know me personally, you already know how hard I ride for anything coming out of the Icelandic metal scene these days. Ever since my first taste of Svartidaudi’s menacing and psychedelic Flesh Cathedral I have been obsessing over the tremendous amount of quality output of this relatively small scene. From the crushing riffs of Sinmara, the jazzy death metal tinged nuances of newcomers Zhrine, to the new darlings of the metal world Misthyrming it seems that Iceland can do no wrong these days. Enter Endalok — a band with a sound as mysterious as their persona — who keep this tradition of excellence alive on their debut demo Englaryk. Continue reading

EP-Attack: Blood Challice, Snorri and Segregación Primordial

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Photo Courtesy of Nine Circles’ own Corey Butterworth

Today we’ve got a brutal three-tape attack from the fine people over at Signal Rex. These are some pretty filthy releases. Three pretty short demo-style EPs from three pretty diverse bands from around the globe. Take some time to check them out and be sure to order the cassettes if you’re into that sort of thing as they are limited. Continue reading

Album Review: Urðun – “Horror and Gore”

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Demo EPs are rarely anything to marvel at, but sometimes a band puts something out—maybe even a mere handful of songs—that makes people stop and take notice. That’s what Urðun have done with Horror and Gore, their new three-song demo, which comes to us via the a la mode distribution method—a limited cassette release. (For those who are cassette challenged, the brief EP will be available on Bandcamp.) It’s a modern take on classic death metal with a raw, gritty, straight-ahead sound. Continue reading