Initial Descent: September 1 – 7, 2019

Vitriol
Vitriol

Last week was a week. Stuff happened or didn’t, things fell apart or didn’t, story of our lives. But, stuff is happening right here with new metal and we’ve a lot to cover so let’s do that.

On the heels of a debut that I said “has the power to split the extreme death metal genre wide open,” Vitriol is back with their debut full length and trust me when I say that the future of extreme death metal is in great hands. For all the well-earned coverage and pieces on Mizmor over the last few years, this week’s new offering might just be their best yet – syrupy black metal and emotionally draining doom combine to perfection here. Lochness burst onto the heavy as lead doom yet fuzzy and psychedelic scene with their debut 4-track EP and it’s a banger, be sure to get on that asap. Sewing up the top slots this week is Vokonis who are yet another band this week releasing their best effort to date, progressive and psychedelic rub shoulders with forward looking doom and heavy metal and it’s a sweet, sweet sound. So, the only thing left to do is get in there and grab some of this week’s blazing inferno. Continue reading

Profile: Simon Ohlsson of Progress-edelic Metallers Vokonis

Vokonis

Progressive and psychedelic (hence progress-edelic), in metal, can mean varied results that most often lean towards too much effort and not enough payoff, but in the case of Vokonis’ third full length Grasping Time, it means a band that is forward thinking AND top of the class in these particular styles. The album effortlessly meanders between the sensibilities of Ufomammut and the heft of Khemmis without ever being a copy of either on this 45 minutes of sheer bliss – seriously, this album is great and the band finally has a clear and unique identity. On top of that, Grasping Time is their best and tightest effort yet; the songwriting is better and never falls flat, the riffs are huge, the melodies are addictive, and the vocals are pristine with exceptional range. Just ahead of the album’s release we reached out with our set of Profile questions to get the backstory and Simon Ohlsson (guitars, vocals) responded, so head directly below to see how it went down and DO NOT miss this opportunity to grab a copy for yourself – links contained within. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 29 – November 4, 2017

Throne of Heresy
Throne of Heresy

That chill in the air signifies the landscape surrounding us has begun its slow progression towards death. It also means that you need to sharpen your fire making skills because seriously, there’s nothing better than a crisp night under the stars with thought provoking metal and a roaring fire. With that, let’s begin: grim, frostbitten, technical and majestic all describe the black metal found on Throne of Heresy’s third full length Decameron, the heavy metal freight train that is Sweden’s Ram continues to barrel mightily down the tracks on Rod, on third full length and Colin Marston produced IAO 269 death metallers Corpse Garden show a new, outstanding, experimental side we’ve yet to hear and putting the final squeeze on this Halloween season is Autumns Eyes with their Type O Negative vibed Ending Life Slowly — dark, gloomy, goth tinged with a pinch of melodic death metal equates to a ton of fun here. Cozy up with us by this amazing fire we started (with lighter fluid, shhh – our secret) and explore all that this week has to offer… Continue reading

Second Circle: Throne of Heresy and Tetragrammacide

Second Circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

What do you think of when you see the term “blackened death” applied to a band or album?  Is it predominantly death metal, but “blackened” up a bit?  Is it black metal with traces of that good ol’ drop-D groove?  Is it once again just a silly attempt to pigeon-hole and categorize something for easier consumption?  Rhetorical questions one and all, but it helps to classify the theme for this edition of Second Circle as we check out the latest slab from Throne of Heresy and the debut from Tetragrammacide.   Continue reading

Stream: MaidaVale – “Colour Blind” from the North American Release of Tales of the Wicked West

MaidaVale - Tales of the Wicked West

The Sign Records has announced June 30 as the release date for MaidaVale‘s North American version of Tales of the Wicked West and today we are excited to bring you the second track from this album “Colour Blind.” The original version of this album came out last year (and can be heard here) but hopefully, with this stateside release, more listeners will get a chance to experience MaidaVale’s bluesy and psychedelic take on the late 60’s and early 70’s rock scene. Check out all the details after the jump. Continue reading