Retrocution: Dance With the Dead’s “Loved to Death”

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I’m going to start this post by talking about a Missouri sludge band called The Lion’s Daughter. Now, this may seem like an odd way to start a post that is, ostensibly, about California synthwave duo Dance with the Dead and their new album, Loved to Death, but bear with me here… Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 15 – 21, 2018

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Kicking off another week, first thing, here on Initial Descent. None of you spoke up and said you hated the move to Monday so you’re stuck with it but I can’t think of a better way to get the momentum going than some new metal. Let’s do this.

First up is the fantastic debut, Seasons of Salt, from Khôrada which sees ex Agalloch and Giant Squid members unite to form a dark and challenging but beautiful piece of work. Mutilation Rites return with their fiery and filthy brand of black / death metal on Chasm, Future Cult sees The Lion’s Daughter mix extreme metal with 80s style slasherwave which equals a big score, and Wölfblood pull all the stops on their motorpunk, speed warped EP Nightriders which finally sees physical release so get on it.

There you have it, week is officially kicked off. Great openers but there’s many more to get into so stick around. We’ll be seeing you here throughout the week. Continue reading

Best of 2016, Q1: Dan’s List

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So, yaeh…where the hell did the first three months of the year go? It’s April already? Really? Time flies when you’ve got a lot of good music to get through, and man, did we ever have that in Q1. All the death metal, and black metal, and death metal, and sludge, and death metal. Seriously, it was a good three months for death metal, y’all.

Corey and I already got started on our lists earlier this week in Episode 37 of the podcast, but now it’s time for my full breakdown. Same deal as usual from me — a Top Five, followed by five honorable mentions — so let’s dig in. Here’s my best of Q1 list: Continue reading

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 30

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Big news about Behemoth‘s plans to tour The Satanist (in full!) this spring, then a breakdown of new albums from Hostium and The Lion’s Daughter. Plus, the guys pay tribute to fallen cultural heroes David Bowie and Alan Rickman in our Heaven & Hell section.

All that and much, much more in Episode 30, so check it out!

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Keep it heavy,
Dan

Album Review: The Lion’s Daughter – “Existence is Horror”

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2015 is barely behind us, but The Lion’s Daughter have wasted no time in making a grand entrance to the new year. With their second full length, Existence is Horror, the band has crafted an album that will have staying power. Pulling from influences as varied as Converge, early Neurosis and Tombs this thing absolutely bludgeons. But instead of simply paying homage to these influences, the band takes the best of each and molds into their own relentless fantasy. Continue reading