Initial Descent: May 20 – 26, 2018

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I’ve been experimenting with some bottom shelf bourbons as of late. Most of which should just stay at the bottom but I have found a couple of real gems that will be occupying space in my cabinet until everyone else finds out about them and they quadruple in price. And no, I’ll not tell. Anyway, if experimenting with new things is something you do we have a treasure trove of new metal this week. Kicking this list off is Oregon’s melodic black metallers Uada with their second full length Cult of a Dying Sun and they’re still melodic, still crushing but with an extra pinch of experimentation. Next up is Witch Mountain with their first full length since acquiring a new vocalist and yes, she KILLS IT so check out Witch Mountain and see how good their bluesy doom really is. Moving along is Svalbard with their, vicious hardcore / black metall..ish sound and a very important message in regards to the times we live in, new album It’s Hard To Have Hope — not only is the music a kick to the face but the message is a kick in the pants to dust yourself off and fight the good fight. Last up in the opening slots is New Hampshire’s technical (NOT TECH) death metal band Unflesh with their debut Savior which is not just technical but melodic in all the right places AND it’s a ton of fun so hopefully these guys will get signed soon. There you have it, the opening four. But — you guessed it — we have much more in store so stick around. Cheers! Continue reading

Album Review: Witch Mountain – “Witch Mountain”

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Metal bands replace lead singers with some regularity, but seldom does a transition come with the stakes before Portland doom favorites Witch Mountain on their upcoming Witch Mountain.

When the peerless Uta Plotkin announced in 2014 that she was leaving the band, it had come on the heels of a phenomenal run of albums, capped off by Witch Mountain’s breakthrough, Mobile of Angels. Given the band had been on hiatus for a minute before her entry, Plotkin’s sensational voice inarguably breathed life into Witch Mountain in 2009 and helped it score its greatest achievements over her career with the group. Major media coverage, big festivals and a devoted following were among the rewards for a brisk live performance schedule and steady output. Around the same time of Plotkin’s exit, bassist Charles Thomas, a replacement for longtime bass player Dave Hoopaugh, bid his farewell, too. Continue reading

Concert Review: YOB, Witch Mountain and Strategic Warheads (March 28, 2015)

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YOB, Witch Mountain and Strategic Warheads descended upon The Earl in Atlanta this past Saturday and yours truly happened to be in attendance. In all of the shows I’ve been to over the years, I can’t think of a better venue to have my first experience seeing YOB. The Earl boasts a smaller, more intimate setup than most spots in the area, and the staff was incredibly accommodating and patient with the crowd on hand. It was a great night through and through, and to both share and relive the experience, I’ve put together a little photo essay for you all. Take a look: Continue reading

Throwback Thursday – Some old-school Witch Mountain!

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As you read this, Witch Mountain is out on the road supporting the mighty YOB, so I can’t think of a better time to get them in here for a Throwback If you haven’t heard of the Portland doomsters by now, my question to you is…where have you been? With four full-lengths and two EPs to their credit, the band’s carved quite the swath across the doom landscape, particularly following last year’s stellar release, Mobile of Angels. This #tbt focuses on “South Sugar”—a song from 2011’s South of Salem, which was my introduction to the band. To this day, it’s still the song I think of whenever the band is mentioned. Continue reading