Album Review: Inferi — “Of Sunless Realms”

2020 is a year that, as we know, is chock full of surprises, and it seems that the overwhelming majority of them are of the unpleasant variety.  It seems that all we can do to keep sanity and optimism hanging around is to do for each other and look out for the ones who are in it the deepest, not the least of which are the artists and musicians among us.  While not a complete surprise, tech-death darlings Inferi have decided to give back and spread some good vibrations with the release of their impromptu EP Of Sunless Realms.

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Initial Descent: October 4 – 10, 2020

Johansson & Speckmann

Huxley once said “Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.” Think about that for a second, the current perspective is surreal. Anyway, another load of new metal this week and a load of it presented below is, yet again, outstanding. Speaking of outstanding, the death metal dream duo of Johansson & Speckmann deliver their fifth full length, Tennessee’s tech-death titans Inferi roll out an EP, Venom Prison offer up a collection of re-recorded EP’s and two new tracks, and an anthemic yet melodic post-punk return from Bootblacks. Read through the list, pick out several that strike a chord, then go give them your support. They’ll appreciate it and you’ll have some shiny new tunes to enjoy, SCORE.

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Album Review: Myth of I — “Myth of I”

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Forged at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass by a group of highly skilled musicians, Myth of I was born. And now, seven years later, Myth of I is an “…eclectic album with influences from all over the world and is sure to be something you can’t find anywhere else” as described by the band, and I’ve found that statement to be true. It’s a creative blend of musical styles from progressive metal, to black metal, to jazz fusion, to electro—with expert instrumentation by four talented musicians and no vocal tracking.  Myth of I bring such strong power and expression through their instruments that vocals are not needed and are not missed, surprisingly. Continue reading

Album Review: Sutrah — “Aletheia”

Sutrah - Aletheia

All too often, technical death metal may feel soulless, as if its impressive technicality lacks a pulse. Similarly, progressive strains of death metal may end up meandering without proper direction, impetus or impact. Both styles strive to push the envelope, but frequently fall short. With a new 4-track EP Aletheia, Sutrah shows how all this is done with resounding success and spectacular results. Continue reading

Initial Descent: November 3 – 9, 2019

Schammasch
Schammasch

Still in the afterglow of another Devil’s Night. I’m planning on keeping the pumpkins out and the spirit alive to push back against the thought of Christmas rearing its head before it’s even December. Feel free to do the same, you rebels. Anyway, the list is a little shorter this week but there’s no shortage of good metals to wrap your ears around and spend your cabbage on so let’s get to it.

Avantgarde black metallers Schammasch really can do no wrong and prove it with yet another epic length, mind bending journey into the deepest recesses of the psyche. This one will be an EOY list buster for so many. We featured a track premiere from Forest of Tygers recently and in case you missed it, this band’s approach to blackenedpunksludgenoise is some of the best you’ll hear this year so do jump on this new release. Very few bands fold melodic and progressive into their death metal as successfully as Iapetus do and on their sophomore effort they do it better and more cohesively than on their debut – this is another epic length album that is a MUST. Closing out the top slots, Immanifest wield a seriously sharp edge of symphonic black / death metal on their incendiary full length debut that’s full of twists and turns and nightmarish speed. Yea. 

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