Initial Descent: March 12 – 18, 2017

Woe
Woe

I’m not going to ramble on this week because not only do we have some stellar music for you in the top four slots but we have plenty more in store beyond that. Oh and I’m heading out to the Atlanta Decibel Tour in a few short hours so expect some words on that in the coming days, should be epic. Stay tuned. Up first is Woe‘s incendiary Hope Attrition that basks in its ability to see the current state of affairs as they really are and calls for action instead of complacency, vicious black metal with a message. Next up, Fange return with their second full length Pourrissoir and somehow they’ve managed to retain all the nasty sludge qualities that made their debut so amazing but here they hone their song craft to a sharpened tip of extremity. Third up is legendary US death metallers Obituary with their tenth full length Obituary, and yes the band still has it after all these years and yes it will be a treat to see these guys tonight (had to throw that in there). Last but not least is Saille with their melodic yet epic black metal on Gnosis and if you’ve yet to experience this band now is as good a time as any, you won’t be disappointed. So there you have it with the top slots but there’s so much more to explore after the jump. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 23 – 29, 2016

Jagged Mouth
Jagged Mouth

Alright so, Monday is Halloween and surely by now you have your costume in order? In the midst of a horror movie marathon? Burning a skull candle? If not, why and my god what are you doing?! Anyway, it’s Initial Descent time which means more outstanding metal releases for your ears, souls, and minds. This week we’ve got the debut full length, Louring, from Jagged Mouth and honestly these guys rip a canyon in vile doom metal, highly recommended. Speaking of highly recommended, King Dude treats us to another top shelf album of satanic and dark americana with Sex, the always loud Whores kill it, as usual, on Gold, Ulcerate don’t deviate from their crushing and technical death metal on Shrines of Paralysis, Urfaust continue their mind bending exploration on Empty Space Meditation but do it with a bigger dose of black metal than we’ve come accustomed to recently, and Vermin Womb stay true to their despicable (in a good way) death metal selves on Decline. That was a mouthful. But it’s only the beginning so be sure to check out what else is on tap after the jump. Continue reading

Album Review: Fange – “Purge”

Fange - Purge

On debut full length Purge, France’s Fange offer up a downtuned platter of songs that pass up the jugular in favor of reaching in and destroying the soul. Instead of going strictly by the rules of doom or sludge, Fange favors a path similar to the likes of Primitive Man and Indian, a sort of death, doom, sludge hybrid. Any light available when pressing the play button is very swiftly and effectively extinguished and violently so at that. Dark, dank and devoid of any kind of emotion, Purge is an outstanding example of a band that lives to be as abrasive as possible. Continue reading

Album Review: Verdun – “The Eternal Drift’s Canticles”

VERDUN-TheEternalDriftsCanticles-WEBIt’s always a cool thing when expectations for a country’s metal scene are thrown by the wayside with the arrival of an album. In the case of the French outfit Verdun, their first full-length (following 2012’s The Cosmic Escape of Admiral Masuka EP) The Eternal Drift’s Canticles is quite the opposite of what we normally expect to come from France. In a country that is often recognized for its boundary-bending black metal, Verdun stick to a tried-and-true template of doom/sludge metal with occasional flourishes of stoner vibes ala Electric Wizard. While it has some really strong moments, The Eternal Drift’s Canticles primary weakness is one that plagues many other sludge acts – not knowing when to let an idea go and move on from it.  Continue reading