Initial Descent: July 8, 2016

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Inter Arma (Photo courtesy of the band)

Another week of new releases is upon us. And while it’s a bit top-heavy, the top’s got such quality as to make it a total doozy. What’ve we got up top?

Well, for starters, there’s Inter Arma. The Richmond quintet continue their genre-bending brilliance on full-length no. 3, Paradise Gallows. And guess who’s seeing them tonight at St. Vitus? That’s right — this guy. We’ve also got the debut full-length from Brooklyn’s Anicon, who kick so many different kinds of ass. Gilead Media done good with this one, folks. Also, depending on who you ask, Vanhelgd may be dropping their killer new album, Temple of Phobos today! (They also may not be dropping it until July 22, or may have dropped it last Friday — we’ve been told 3-4 different things and have no idea which one is correct. Fun!)

Plus, there’s some new stuff from CentinexMonolithe…hell, there’s even a Cradle of Filth reissue (reimagining? original imagining?) if you’re into that kinda thing. So enough talk; here’s what’s on tap for July 8:
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Album Review: Wolverine – “Machina Viva”

Wolverine - Machina Viva

Machina Viva marks the end of a five year silence from Sweden’s Wolverine. A long time indeed to go without their blend of utterly beautiful melodies and emotionally charged songwriting. They’ve come a long way since their first demo way back in 1996 but they never cease to amaze with the amount of progress from one release to the next. This album, while being a natural next step from their last, is no different. Somehow they’ve found a way to get a little closer to the heart while fully engaging the mind with their intricate passages and subtle nuances. Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Wolverine – “Our Last Goodbye”

Wolverine - Our Last Goodbye

Our Last Goodbye is the first peep anyone has heard from Wolverine in 5 long years. Their fifth full length Machina Viva, is due out this week and judging by this track alone, it will be nothing short of epic. For a band that started out with death metal intentions, Wolverine is about as far away from that now as possible. But their transformation over the years has been one of constant exploration in melodicism and progressive metal, each release better than the last, and now — as this track proves — they’ve progressed once again. And have never sounded better. Continue reading