Nine* Circles ov…What “Didn’t” Make My 2018 End of Year List (But Could Have)

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* SPOILERS: it’s gonna be 20 albums…buckle your seat belts.

I told myself this year I was going to take it easy – do the Honorable Mentions, get the final list out, and put 2018 to rest.  On a global, national, and personal front the year’s been pretty much a disaster from the start, and the quicker I can put it in my rearview mirror the better.  But the more I tweaked and played with my end of year selections (thank you Trello for making that shit so easy) the more I realized that – like always – music was the thing that propped me up and made every setback if not better, at least tolerable.  And when the dust cleared from all the list building I found a huge excess of albums that didn’t make my lists but easily could have on another day.  Everything is interchangeable; we are not the people we were even a moment ago, and those experiences constantly inform our perspective on the world, metal albums included. Continue reading

CANTO: Rammstein, Terrorizer, Hatebreed, and More

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The day before the day before Thanksgiving.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: April 8 – 14, 2018

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Møl – photo courtesy of: Marika Hyldemar / @MarikaConcertPhoto Edit: Kim Song Sternkopf / @HeartMatter Artworks

Well, the whole iTunes debacle of ceasing their store function for new music has resurfaced. Again. Reminds me of that new Tool album; might happen / might not. Either way, glad we all know and love Bandcamp. Anyway, it’s another seam busting week here on Initial Descent with tons of new stuff to get to and leading the charge is Møl with their debut full length Jord and this is one of those unique albums that all the pieces fit perfectly; black metal and shoegaze come together in a lightning rod of AMAZING, make sure you check it out as you will definitely be hearing much more about this one. Up next is the third album, Devouring Mortality, from death metal juggernauts Skeletal Remains and after spending some quality time with it I can attest that this is another must own kind of deal. Moving along is Wrong with their ‘oh so right’ (just couldn’t help myself there) latest effort Feel Great which takes all the good parts of their self-titled album and magnifies it by 1,000 making this the noise rock album to own right now. Closing things out and just in time for a party filled, pop-a-top weekend is the heavy / power / hair infused Evil Hunter from Evil Hunter, ’tis good, very good. So, the weekend is officially here and we’ve got the tunes so stick around and find a few to support. Continue reading

Album Review: Skeletal Remains – “Devouring Mortality”

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Hey there modern scuzzy death metal bands!  Guess what?  “Groove” is not a dirty word! In fact when it comes to death metal it can be a very, very good word indeed.  Need proof?  Just check out the latest release from Skeletal Remains, whose third full length Devouring Mortality is chock-full of groove despite also being extremely technical and punishing and knowledgable about how to structure a song so you’re not bored 30 seconds in….

Oh, did I mention that sweet Dan Seagrave cover, too?   Continue reading