Entheos – Dark Future

Progressive death metal outfit Entheos have had a productive three years, to say the least. 2015 saw their formation, shortly followed by the release of their debut EP Primal. 2016 saw the departure of founding guitarist Frank Costa and the introduction of their new guitarist, Malcolm Pugh. Frank had already recorded all of the rhythm guitars for the bands first full length album, so Malcolm came in and knocked out the lead guitars so that The Infinite Nothing could be unleashed upon the world. Only two months after the album’s release, the band announced the departure of Malcolm Pugh and in the same breath announced that former Scale the Summit guitarist Travis LeVrier would be taking his place in the band permanently. Now, in the latter half of 2017 we have received their second album, Dark Future, recorded in the early part of this year.

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Wess Meets West – “Direct Experience”

Since the release of their third studio album Barricades in 2015, New Haven, CT’s Wess Meets West have been on a consistent upward trajectory. An appearance on the highly-regarded Audiotree Live series in 2016 placed them squarely on many listeners’ radars. They have been further bolstered by placement in the Spotify Deep Focus playlist, as well as on programming such as NPR Morning Edition and ESPN’s X-Games. A mainstay in the New England music scene, they have often shared the stage with fellow rising post-rock act Pray For Sound, and also recently supported This Patch of Sky prior to that band’s appearance at dunk!usa this past October. It doesn’t hurt that their home base of New Haven features the highly-regarded venue The Outer Space, which consistently pulls in fantastic touring bands.

Calligram – Askesis

Stop paying attention for a minute and a slew of underground acts with immense talent will pass by. There’s just a lot of music out there. Obviously. When Basick Records pulled the pin on Askesis, the label debut of multi-nation marauding powerhouse Calligram, they dug deep into the ground, wrenching out a wholly satisfying genre blender of most unholy nature. And there’s so many big dirty riffs, before the stiff upper lip of review speak gets too much. Riffs and beats and grooves, too. The opening six minute salvo of “Della Mancanza” discharges all of the bite and snarl of…

Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained

After finally listening to Kingdoms Disdained, its clear that guitarist Trey Azagthoth’s deterioration as a songwriter has been a key, unaddressed factor that’s affected Morbid Angel’s recent output. While he may have written some of death metal’s greatest riffs during the band’s heyday, Kingdoms Disdained is the best case study thus far in terms of demonstrating Azagthoth’s slipping capability as the driving force of Morbid Angel’s sound. It was easy to overlook Heretic given how generally forgettable it was, and the predominant critiques of Illud Divinum Insanus revolved more around the band’s decision making than anything else. But now that Morbid Angel have entered into the perfect setup for a successful comeback, it’s difficult to overlook how complacent Azagthoth’s songwriting is across the entirety of Kingdoms Disdained. There’s no denying the album is an incomparable improvement over their industrial metal excursions, but it’s also difficult to avoid comparing the album’s aggressively average delivery with the milestone records that have preceded it in the band’s discography