Embracing the Descent: April 25 – May 1, 2021

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Spotty this column may be, but fulfillments go unfilled, expectations ain’t what they used to be, and so on and so forth. So, expect the unexpected or whatever. Anyway, there’s a handful that flipped a switch this week and I had some extra time and here we are. Oh, and one from a couple weeks ago because…reasons. Try these on for size and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent.

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Profile: Stoner Metallers Silverlight Shadows

Silverlight Shadows

It’s been awhile since Australia’s Silverlight Shadows has had new material out but this week will see a new single, “Black the World,” to be released as part of a split 7” with Monarchus. The band is equal parts fuzz, stoner metal, grunge, high energy rock, and just the right amount of punk. They’ve garnered quite a fan base in their home country due to their full-octane live shows and are hoping to broaden that base in 2020. Just ahead of the single release we had the opportunity to pose our set of Profile questions so head below to see how it went down. Continue reading

Best of 2019: Chris’s Honorable Mentions List

Best of 2019

No meandering preamble.  Too much of 2019 was utter shit, and music was the salve to my battered and bruised soul.  Last week I touted 19 albums that helped me cope with the personal and global tragedies that the year brought, and this week brings another 15 records that, while not formally ranked all can on a given day act as my #26, or even my #1.  Don’t try to find reason or logic in a list.  Not only is it all subjective, but it’s all subject to change on a dime, on a given moment when the axis spins and tries to buck you off into orbit, and all you can cling to is the fragment of a melody, a riff or a lyric that tethers you to the world, keeps you grounded and ready for another day.

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Nine Circles ov…Metal on My Horror Break

Nine Cirlces ov.... October 2019

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been on here talking about metal.  That’s because I’ve been knee-deep in Blood Red, our annual horror series where I watch a crap-ton of movies and write them up for the Letterboxd Hooptober Marathon.  But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been listening to metal – I’ve been trying to keep up with the veritable glut of heavy offerings bestowed upon us so far this Autumn season.  So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I thought I’d jump in and share nine recent(-ish) releases that have been keeping the blood pumping…as it spurts out a major artery.

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Profile: Mike Scales of Chicago’s Stoner Riff Maestros The Hÿss

The Hÿss

It’s a little known fact that Black Sabbath has influenced so many bands over the years (KIDDING) but exactly what bands do with this influence makes music, and metal in general, interesting. The Hÿss take it on the hip as a base to start from and add a mean punk attitude, hazy stoner vibes, and some serious blues licks that could rouse the dead. On top of all that, their second effort Hound is head and shoulders above 2017’s demo for god snakes. That demo, while establishing the band in the doom and blues arena, didn’t showcase the breadth of their talents or capabilities but here, all the pieces congeal into a heaving mass of electrifying and thunderous metal. If you need additional incentive to check it out, Pete Grossman recorded and mixed while Brad Boatright (Audioseige) handled mastering. We recently had the chance to pose our Profile questions to drummer Mike Scales to get some info and between food trucks, Beavis & Butthead, and the Grateful Dead he offered up some nuggets. Check it out immediately below and don’t forget to snag a copy of Hound from the band. Continue reading