Had the unfortunate and tired conversation over the weekend regarding rock/metal being dead. My first reaction was to belly laugh so hard I thought my rib cage was going to split wide open and my second was to proceed in regaling these folks with tales of all the ridiculously killer albums that have been released since 2018 began, all of which fell on skewed ears. But I also directed them to this very website along with a choice few others and politely asked them to get back to me after some much needed research. We’ll see if they oblige and I’ll update you if so but don’t hold your breath, I’m not holding mine. Anyway, another week is upon us which means we’ve got another full playlist of stuff that grabbed our attention last week and hopefully it’ll grab yours as well. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here and dive in below. Rock/metal is far from dead, it lives and breathes in all of us. Cheers to you and have a great week. Continue reading →
After a weekend full of criss-crossing the NC mountains, visiting breweries and eating some amazing food, it’s time once again to start a new week. I’m fine with this, for once, and am looking forward to more weekends just like this one. Anyway, we’re switching it up a little this week and highlighting some of our collective favorites from last month and a couple of extras as well. May do this on a regular basis and may not but we had fun discussing these and we hope it makes today just a little better. Music does have the power to do that. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here and head inside for a listen to what made our January better. Continue reading →
Busy week around these parts but at least it was good and a little warmer. Almost got spring fever but who am I kidding? Cold is coming back, blah. Must enjoy it while it’s here and speaking of enjoyment, we’ve got plenty of it in this edition of Initial Descent. Starting things off is Down Below from Tribulation which has absolutely consumed me and just when I thought their brand of black tinged goth inspired metal / rock couldn’t get any better it did and impressively so. Next up is Australia’s ultra experimental death metal band Portal with their latest mind bender Ion, Abyssal Vacuum gives us three songs of extremely complex yet fully hypnotic black metal on MMXVII and Somali Yacht Club (love that name!) create an album’s worth of pure escape and bliss on The Sea, seriously, this band knows how to milk atmosphere and stretch out melodies. GREAT start but as usual we have so much more to explore so get comfy, grab a drink and hang with us for a while. Continue reading →
So, what’s a band to do after putting out the rare ‘impossible to top’ album? In Tribulation‘s case, they crank out Down Below, their fourth full length since forming nearly 14 years ago. But in the case of this Swedish band, it’s a story of progression, rebirth and tinkering with a sound that began as death metal but since has carefully and methodically evolved into gothic, epic and downright morbid rock with an even darker heart. A lot was expected from this follow up and expectations were not only met but exceeded by leaps and bounds.Continue reading →
Alright, let’s try this again. You may recall that the list of projects I was anticipating in 2017 included one (well, maybe two) that weren’t quite ready. By a year. So, as we continue to bring in the new year, you can expect by 2018 list to feature some overlap. I apologize for that. Either way, this looks like it’s going to be an absolute monster of a year with some of the albums we expect to be released. Once again, I will highlight five that I am looking forward to most. In no particular order.