Receiving the Evcharist: Uprising and Tropical Darkroom

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Uprising’s II and Coronado Brewing Company’s Tropical Darkroom.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 7 – 13, 2020

Beyond Deth
Beyond Deth

My new favorite thing in the blackened thrash spectrum of metal is Georgia’s Beyond Deth and this week sees the release of their second full length, good for me and good for you since, plainly put, this is my favorite album of this ilk thus far in 2020—definitely do yourself a favor and check it out. Ulthar continue to push the boundaries of death metal far beyond its limits on their second outing, Uprising offer up their second effort of straight forward black metal (smack in the middle of digital and physical releases so get in on it now), and Curse the Son are back with what I call working man’s doom metal—dirty, gritty, fuzzy, and worth every bit of effort spent. Folks, right now we need an escape, any escape, and these top four, along with the remainder of the list below, offer just that. Enjoy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 24 – 30, 2020

Centinex
Centinex (photo courtesy of Jelena Sulce)

New metal, long list, you need it, we got it, let’s do it. Alright then, if you had to ask yourself who that is in the header image…FOR SHAME! It’s none other than Centinex who’ve been around for 30 years now and who continue to be a freaking PILLAR of death metal on their eleventh full length—just do it. Violent Hammer couldn’t have picked a better band name since the sound on their war/black/death full length debut hits like a damn hammer, Adzes take the all in approach with their sludge, noise, post-alot, gazey sound but it works and amazingly so, and Sorcerer shed the doom by numbers approach on their third full length and opt for the epic approach and, yes indeed, it works. There it is, four rotundly killer releases to kick things off AND we’ve got so much more hiding just below. Go now and drop all the cash on all the metals. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Jenn Taiga — “Plight”

Admittedly, while I do listen to and play a fair bit of music that heavily features synthesizers, I don’t have a whole lot of experience with synthesizer music in general.  Still, there was something compelling about the look of Plight, the sophomore release from Western Massachusetts’s synth wizard Jenn Taiga, so I took a chance on something outside my comfort zone and I’m really happy I did.  No matter what the genre, I’m always happy to find artists that push their craft into new places.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading