Initial Descent: April 22, 2016

Goddammit. This is the first time in I don’t know how long that I actually get to write this post the Thursday evening before it runs, rather than hastily cobbling it together the morning of. And I can’t even feel happy about that because we lost Prince today and all I wanna do is listen to Purple Rain and Sign O’ The Times. Is there metal coming out this week? I don’t even know anymore.

Okay, that’s a lie. There’s some. Aborted has a new album out. There’s also some hip-hop being released on a metal label —otherwise known as Dälek‘s new album, Asphalt for Eden, which is coming out on Profound Lore. So dive on in and take a look. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, April 22:
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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