Initial Descent: September 6 – 12, 2020

Dead Quiet
Dead Quiet

It’s Labor Day but my guess is that a lot of you are laboring away like it’s not a holiday. The advantage of not laboring today is getting a jump start on this week’s list of new metal, otherwise you’ll have some catching up to do. Anyway, for some truly enjoyable and fun heavy metal by way of the good ol’ classics look no further than Vancouver’s Dead Quiet who offer a full length jam packed with it. For anyone looking for soul crushing sludge and doom, Jupiterian have you covered with six tracks of earthquake inducing jams. The Death Wheelers are like listening to a metal version of sleazy outlaw biker movie soundtracks straight out of the 70s but that’s the point and this week’s full length is all that and a bag of 30 weight oil, or DTA in this case. Last up top this week is Mastodon who share some rarities and a new track—-it’s Mastodon so it’s an automatic in for me. Whether laboring away or not, there’s a ton to dive into here, enjoy.

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Album Review: Poema Arcanvs — “Stardust Solitude”

Poema Arcanvs - Stardust Solitude

When I think of Chilean metal bands, I think of the heavily influenced and highly political thrash bands that cry about government corruption that was heavily exacerbated by Pinochet’s regime, rail about the current Chilean government, and comment on the current state of things. For a country filled with such a bloody history, it would make sense that their music would be energetic and angry, even when raising funds for earthquake relief. However, if you decide to look under the surface, that strife and anger can also translate well into a deep melancholy that permeates well into corta venas territory. Stardust Solitude, the sixth album by Poema Arcanvs (“Arcane Poem”) is an album whose sheer weight will sink you straight into an abyss of funeral dirges and riffs. Continue reading

CANTO: MRTVI, Novarupta, Isolert, and More

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“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Receiving the Evcharist: Atræ Bilis and Oak Reserve Gin

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Well folks, it’s Ian again.  Capitalism has stricken my esteemed colleague and brother down, so it’s up to me to carry the torch this glorious Friday.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Atræ Bilis’ Divinihility and Blaum Bros Distilling Company’s Oak Reserve Gin. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 26 – August 1, 2020

Imperial Triumphant
Imperial Triumphant

Friendly reminder before we get into all the new metal, Enslaved is kicking off their Cinematic Summer Tour this week (Thursday) with the first of three scheduled shows, Chronicles of the Northbound, which can be streamed on their YouTube channel. Set a reminder, plug it in the calendar, just don’t forget. Alright, new metal this week consists of the next extremely extreme avantgarde look at NYC as seen through the eyes of Imperial Triumphant, the first full length from brutal death metallers Katalepsy in four years, a diverse and very satisfying platter of death metal from Valgrind, and some quality Finnish death metal from Sepulchral Curse. All that and a ton more to sink your teeth into. Do it. Continue reading