Embracing the Descent: September 5 – 11, 2021


Been awhile since we did one of these. Extra day off, extra time, all that jazz. Whatever. You know how this rolls, we pick a fresh batch of albums that struck a chord and you go binge on them. Simple, right? We don’t need to tell you but will anyway; 2021 has given us some gems and will continue to do so and for that we all need to thank the dark lord that bands are even still making music after the shit everyone has been through and still going through. New favorites are coming out every week with no end in sight. This week we’ve got five that struck like lightning; two of them are from last week, but demand your prompt attention. Head inside to see what’s in store and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Jenn Taiga — “Plight”

Admittedly, while I do listen to and play a fair bit of music that heavily features synthesizers, I don’t have a whole lot of experience with synthesizer music in general.  Still, there was something compelling about the look of Plight, the sophomore release from Western Massachusetts’s synth wizard Jenn Taiga, so I took a chance on something outside my comfort zone and I’m really happy I did.  No matter what the genre, I’m always happy to find artists that push their craft into new places.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

Profile: Kelly Moran

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These profiles are a great opportunity to get to know artists that you may or may not be familiar with. Furthermore, these artists may be only somewhat related to metal (usually by association). Today we have a special treat in store with multi-instrumentalist Kelly Moran. Moran has just released her fourth full length album, Optimist, an expansive journey into what can be done with piano, synth and atmosphere. Optimist is solely from her own making, making all successes wholly attributable to Moran herself. We recently had the opportunity to ask Moran our set of profile questions so read on to find out more about this extremely talented artist. Continue reading