Initial Descent: December 4 -10, 2016

Zao
Zao

December came in like a rowdy drunk with the first real blast of cold air we’ve had. Between that and the already horrible traffic made far worse by the throngs of christmas shoppers armed with their lists and checking it twice I’m severely longing for summer to return. But, like always, I’ll impatiently await its return. As we get closer to kicking 2016 to the curb new releases are slimming but that doesn’t mean quality is taking one on the chin. For example, the mighty Zao are back from a 7 year absence with The Well Intentioned Virus and within the first 3 minutes it’s crystal clear how much their brand of thoroughly engaging metallic hardcore has been missed. Moving on, Bearstorm kick up some serious southern swagger on their EP Biophobia but of note is how well they combine that with black metal and death metal (bonus points for that beautiful album cover), avantegarde noise drone duo OvO offer up Creatura and honestly if you’re looking for something completely different from the norm and terrifying at the same time look no further, along the same lines but harsher is Gnaw Their Tongues Hymns For the Broken, Swollen and Silentand Terra take a chance on their 2 song album, Mors Secunda, but the risk pays off with intense yet brooding black metal peppered with post rock and heavy atmosphere. As stated before the quality hasn’t waned in the least but the list that follows is a bit shorter so jump in and see what’s left. Continue reading

Horns Up’s Best of Q1: Corey’s List

horns up best of q1

Three months down already, nine to go. I could have sworn I was just wrapping up my “Best of 2014” list last week; it’s been a blitz so far and I really don’t see things calming down anytime soon. It may still be early in the year, but I can’t express enough how impressed I’ve been with the quality of new metal I’ve already heard this year. Veterans have re-emerged with powerful new releases while simultaneously we’ve seen an influx of new artists holding their own in the diverse landscape that of metal. It’s been a hell of a winter. Here are some highlights in no particular order…  Continue reading

Album Review: Terra – “Untitled”

terra untitled

Today’s black metal exploration takes us to the United Kingdom. Since its early days in the 1990s, the genre’s seen plenty of quality and diversity arise out of this scene. And even today, bands like Winterfylleth, Saor and—as we touched on yesterday—Crom Dubh, have done their part to ensure the isles remain a vibrant, consistent source of black metal that is consistently on notice. Terra, however, is a recently developed project out of Cambridge that has only just emerged onto the scene with their impressive debut EP, Untitled. I’ve gotta say, calling an album “Untitled” is awesome; after all, what’s the most brutally dark gift ever? NOTHING. Plus, my curiosity’s automatically piqued at anything that remains nameless, as the potential contents that lie within are infinite…

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