I was just talking about how we had crossed into December and BAM! it’s cold and snowing a little. For those of you up north, feel free to make fun of me for my thin blood and thin skin. Me and cold don’t get along very well anymore but as the weather cools down the metal heats up so let’s get to this edition of Initial Descent. Leading us off is Retrocausal which breaks a seven year silence from Cleric and they waste no time showcasing their ability to effortlessly bend sound at will as well as stretch their jagged experimental legs with longer tracks. Next up is the mysterious DSKNT with their debut album PhSPHR which can best be described as bleak and chaotic black metal. Moving along is a three way split, Shades of Sorrow, between Suicide Wraith, Necrolytic Goat Converter and Uncanny Reality — expect a wonderful black metal ear bashing here. Last up in the opening slots is The Line Between from Blood Oath which saw cassette release earlier this year but is being reissued on CD this week so there’s no reason not to get your hands on this amazing blast of raw and pure death metal. That’s a killer opening four but as usual we have way more to discover so slap a hoodie on and cinch up the headphone cords, it’s time. Continue reading
I love split releases. Whether its similar bands playing off of each others’ strengths or two totally different bands going toe-to-toe, there is a sense of community and camaraderie that makes split releases a joy to listen to. Plus it just feels like you’re getting more bang for your buck, right? Today, I have the pleasure of talking about Shades of Sorrow, a split that certainly delivers on the “bang,” a three-way offering of depressive black metal from the UK’s Blackened Death Records featuring Suicide Wraith, Uncanny Reality, and our very own Necrolytic Goat Converter. Continue reading
Those words stand as the rallying cry for Blackened Death Records, a UK label founded and run by Richard Weeks, a stalwart of the online metal community and a whirling dervish of musical activity, recording under various names and styles for the label, as well as taking over bass duties for The Meads of Asphodel. The label specializes in extreme metal and noise, with an eye to off-kilter and truly independent passion projects, many headed by Weeks himself, who proves adept at a number of different genres and styles.
All that plus a regular podcast where Weeks raps rhapsodic on anything under the sun (as long as its metal), unique merchandise such as the popular “Stop Supporting Racist Bands” t-shirt and various compilation albums featuring new and upcoming bands. It’s a huge output from anyone, let alone a solitary dude so we’re bringing back Nine Circles ov… to not only spotlight a true soldier of metal, but to help immerse you in some of our favorite offerings from Blackened Death Records. Let’s do this. Continue reading