Initial Descent: February 3 – 9, 2019

Kicker
Kicker

I’m here to show you new metal and chew bubblegum and I’m all out of bubblegum, lucky for you.

And it’s that kind of attitude that Kicker, comprised of seasoned vets across genres (look them up, pal), emits on their rowdy ass kicking, instant cult classic punk album Pure Drivel. Downfall of Gaia inject just the right amount of melody and a heaping dose of thick atmosphere between their blastbeats on Ethic of Radical Finitude, Yerûšelem spits forth a throbbing mass of industrial post-punk laced with black metal and electronica on The Sublime, and Ad Patres go the meat and potatoes death metal route on A Brief Introduction To Human Experiments but with that said, who doesn’t love some well done meat and potatoes death metal?!

More to follow below so don’t get lost in there and hang around as long as you like. No bubblegum in sight so you’re safe. Continue reading

Album Review: Ghoul / Ill Bill — “Split”

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When Anthrax released its 1987 EP I’m The Man, you could have heard a pin drop on what was called then Album Oriented Rock radio. By then, Anthrax had cemented itself as one of thrash’s Big Four with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth. Joey Belladonna’s vocal dexterity led the band to their greatest heights on AOR with songs like “Caught in a Mosh,” “I Am the Law” and “Madhouse.” Back then, radio was less avoidant of metal, and many of the legendary bands we know today benefitted greatly by this more tolerant era in media. Such is the case with Ghoul and Ill Bill‘s Split release. Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 4 – 10, 2017

Triumvir Foul
Triumvir Foul

It’s Saturday and that means a lot of things for a lot of folks but for us it means NEW METAL. And once again we are stacked beyond ceiling height with it this week. Triumvir Foul leads us off (because they rule) with their second full length, Spiritual Bloodshed, and it finds them once again displaying some dangerous death metal chops but it’s darker than their first and they sound better than ever, you know what to do. Next up is the perfect soundtrack for a Saturday with Space Witch‘s space prog take on the stoner doom metal genre Arcanum and the band actually does the impossible in this crowded scene — they stand out! Rolling on is Abrams who truly find their identity with a career defining heavy rock album on Morning, it’s heavy and beautiful and well…I could go on but trust me here — GET IT. Anathema return with a further journey into their moody, melodic and astounding alt-rock on The Optimist and old school death metal darlings Necrot with their debut full length Blood Offerings — and I use darlings here because this band has that something special when it comes to bringing the death metal of yesteryear screaming into 2017. They combine all the high points from their limited material thus far into a fist pumping, hair raising album. But wait, there’s more — much, much more so dive in and find all the gems this week has to offer. Continue reading

Album Review: Ghoul – “Dungeon Bastards”

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A mad scientist reveals a patrol of wolf-headed soldiers. Four masked creatures worship some sort of radioactive slug emerging in front of a severed head. And then, front and center, a gas-mask-wearing, cudgel-wielding demon figure forebodingly raises some sort of…anchor? If all this seems to toe the line between creepy and tongue-in-cheek, well…it’s all from the cover illustration of Dungeon Bastards, the latest album from Ghoul. And luckily for listeners, the band’s latest set toes that line nicely as well — setting campy horror themes overtop some of the catchiest tunes the band’s given us to date.  Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 29, 2016

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Ghoul release their new album, “Dungeon Bastards” on July 29. (Image courtesy of the band)

It’s Friday! And I’d like to talk about Ghoul for a second. You see, Ghoul are releasing their fifth full-length, Dungeon Bastards, today. The vinyl edition of the album comes with a gatefold jacket that opens into a board game, which they described as follows in the August 2016 edition of Decibel:

“Essentially, it’s a board game in the style of Candyland or the traditional Creepsylvanian game, ‘Ivan Must Escape from the Pederast.’ It can truly be said that when playing this game no one gains anything and there are no winners. The only thing you will gain is a drinking problem, and you will certainly lose friends.”

Welp, sign me the fuck up. If you don’t love this band after reading that, you’re doing it wrong. That’s all there is to it. Anyway, there’s some other stuff out this week, too! Like A.M.S.G. and Ringworm! And also Descendents, even though, okay, they’re not metal. So let’s dig into it. Here’s what’s on tap this week:
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