Initial Descent: November 19 – 25, 2017

In-Defilade
In-Defilade

I didn’t go as crazy on the turkey this year like I have in the past which means I’ve been comfortable ever since turkey day. I know that some of you can’t say the same and for you I say: “been there, done that and it sucks.” I am, however, going crazy over all the great new metal we have this week and I’ve got a feeling you will too. Let’s get to it: Leading us off is the absolutely merciless and militant death metal from NC’s In-Defilade on their second full length Elude, exquisite atmospheric black metal is what Almyrkvi have to offer on their debut full length Umbra, on their second full length, Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta, Kohti Tuhoa offer up twelve tracks of blistering punk / hardcore and rounding out the top spots this week is the masterfully chaotic and avant-garde black metal of Thantifaxath on Void Masquerading as MatterIn this one paragraph extreme metal is more than well represented but, as always, we have so much more to get into. Dive in and enjoy these desserts instead of those leftovers you were just about to polish off. Continue reading

Album Review: Thantifaxath – “Void Masquerading as Matter” (EP)

Thantifaxath - Void Masquerading as Matter

For this review of Thantifaxath‘s Void Masquerading as Matter both Vincent and Zyklonius share their thoughts and strangely, no arm wrestling or game of knuckles were involved to decide who would go first. If this happens in the future we’ll bring you the footage. Anyway, make sure you stick around and read both takes. Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Moon Tooth, Void Ritual, Meshuggah and more!

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Moon Tooth

April 19, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • Leading off, here’s a tour announcement you won’t see every day: Moon Tooth has revealed that they and Tombs will be supporting…Fit for an Autopsy? And hey! They’re coming to my hometown, so I can do one of my patented “catch both the opening bands, then Irish exit before the headliner” routines!

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Satisfy My Erratic Whims, 2017 – Zyklonius’ Anticipated Albums

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Following a phenomenal metal year that I went on record declaring the best in recent memory, 2017 sure has a lot to live up to. Without any unnecessary prefacing, I present to you my veritable murderers’ row of bands I expect to slay and decimate with their upcoming releases. Continue reading

Daily ‘Bang: Dan’s Top 25 Albums of 2014 — in One List!

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So remember a week ago, when I said we’d each be listing out our Top 25 albums in a single, coherent list? (You know, to make amends for the three-a-day-on-the-blog, plus three-three-and-then-four in our three most recent episodes of the podcast approach that we ended up going with?) Welp, with the holidays coming around, that became a bit of a tall order. But fear not, a week later, here are my Top 25 albums of 2014, listed out in a normal fashion!

— TOP FOUR —

Panopticon – Roads to the North

Cretin – Stranger

Behemoth – The Satanist

Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

— REST OF THE TOP 10 (ORDERED) —

Agalloch – The Serpent and the Sphere

Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite

Sólstafir – Ótta

Winterfylleth – The Divination of Antiquity

Tombs – Savage Gold

— REST OF THE LIST (UNORDERED) —

Alraune – The Process of Self Immolation

Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry

YOB – Clearing the Path to Ascend

Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

The Atlas Moth – The Old Believer

Inter Arma – The Cavern

Thou – Heathen

 Saor – Aura

Devin Townsend Project – 

Earth – Primitive and Deadly

Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise

Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire

Misery Index – The Killing Gods

Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

I’m leaving to catch a bus, so I didn’t really have time to Spotify all of these. The good news is: I’m sorry! And also, we’ve embedded these playlists before. So if you haven’t heard any of these yet, for whatever reason, look ’em up in our archives and give ’em a spin. Corey will be back with his Top 25 list later today, so keep eyes peeled. Until then!

-Dan

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.