Initial Descent: November 5 – 11, 2017

Vitriol
Vitriol – courtesy of Charlotte Gane

Darkness falls way too early now and it feels as though there’s not enough time to get anything done. Yea, I’m complaining a bit but honestly I hate the time change. But on the plus side, this is the time of year I always seem to revisit some of my favorite frostbitten and grim metal albums but also revel in finding new favorites as well. And with that let’s get to it. Leading us off this week is the astounding Pain Will Define Their Death EP from death metallers Vitriol and believe me when I say these three tracks WILL turn your head, Cloak offer up their charred and extremely addictive take on heavy metal with debut To Venomous DepthsSomnuri also offer up a great full length debut with Somnuri which is sludgy, noisy, heavy and forward thinking — hard to pin down but fun to try, and Swedeath torch runners Under the Church return with their second full length Supernatural Punishment which, astoundingly, bests their ridiculously good debut. Well, I’m off to see Primitive Man and life is good. Dive in and stick around for awhile, there is much to explore… Continue reading

Album Review: Somnuri – “Somnuri”

Somnuri - Somnuri

The NYC/Brooklyn metal scene is nothing if not vibrant, but I’ll admit my gut instinct if asked to described a common sound or characteristic is not to go with the sludgy, progressive metal/doom hybrid that Somnuri are cooking up on their debut self-titled album.  And yet, a closer listen to Somnuri the album reveals a lot of what makes the scene so alive: a wicked blend of styles and technicality that doesn’t overshadow song structure, respect to influences without being overly slavish, and – above all – the innate ability to kick ass at any tempo.   Continue reading

Profile: Somnuri

Somnuri
Somnuri

Comprised of current and former members of Blackout, Hull and Family, Brooklyn based Somnuri are set to release their self-titled — not easy to tag — debut full length later this week. And so far, this year has seen its fair share of bands defying easy categorization, this one is no different. Their sludgy stoner grooves are elevated greatly by technical song structuring as well as an inherent ability to shape-shift from galloping destruction to a slow rolling pace in an instant. Ahead of the album’s release, Somnuri were kind enough to answer our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say and stay tuned later in the week for a full rundown of this album. Continue reading