Initial Descent: August 19 – 25, 2018


In case you missed it or just need a podcast to get you through Monday, we featured our July album of the month late last week and you can listen right here. It was nearly a full house and absolutely a ton of fun was had so check it out. Alright then, a new week means new metal and lots of it…

Kansas City’s noise rock champs Bummer offer up their debut full length Holy Terror which lands on the dirty, grungy side of the genre but – lucky for me – that falls squarely in my wheelhouse and simply put, this album is everything I look for in noise rock. King Dude returns with Music To Make War To and the Dude continues his journey as one of the best dark neofolk artists around. Netherlands are a busy bunch having not long ago released an EP and now are back with their next full length Black Gaia — there’s entirely too many good things to say about this wildly experimental band from Brooklyn so I’ll leave it at: GO BUY IT. And, closing out the opening slots is the chunky, heavy as concrete, violent as a hammer to the face metallic hardcore of Jesus Piece on their debut Only Self.

Stunning openers but there’s so much more to come so hang with us for a while and explore.

Bummer - Holy Terror

Bummer – Holy Terror (Learning Curve Records / High Dive Records) – noise rock [profile]

King Dude - Music To Make War To

King Dude – Music To Make War To (Ván Records) – dark neofolk

Netherlands - Black Gaia

Netherlands – Black Gaia (Records and Tapes Records) – experimental [interview]

Jesus Piece - Only Self

Jesus Piece – Only Self (Southern Lord) – metallic hardcore [full review]

Also on tap:

Alice In Chains – Rainier Fog (BMG) – rock

Capital Enemy – Knowledge of the Wicked (10-54 Records) – hardcore

Crawl – Rituals (Transcending Obscurity Records) – death metal

David J – Back to Beck (The Crucible of ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead) (Independent) – avantgarde

Devil’s Teeth – Suki Yaki Hot! (Triple Eye Industries) – punk / surf rock

Esoteric – The Pernicious Enigma, Reissue (Aesthetic Death) – doom

Exhalants – S/T (Self Sabotage Records) – noise rock

Farooq – Heat (Glacier Recordings) – hardcore / metal

Gnaw Their Tongues & Crowhurst – Burning ad Infinitum (Crown and Thorne Ltd / Tartarus Records) – experimental / noise
Jody Seabody & The Whirls – Hawksamillion (Artificial Head Records) – psychedelic punk

June Divided – Body Wars, EP (Revival Recordings) – indie rock

Leeched – You Took the Sun When You Left (Prosthetic Records) – grind

Lord – Desperation Finds Hunger In All Men (Heavy Hound Records) – thrash / sludge [premiere]

Lords of the Trident – Shadows From the Past (Independent) – adventure metal

Manes – Slow Motion Death Sequence (Debemur Morti Productions) – avantgarde metal

Mantar – The Modern Art of Setting Ablaze (Nuclear Blast) – death n roll

Mountain Tamer – Godfortune Dark Matters (Magnetic Eye Records) – stoner psych [profile, feature]

Never Back Down – Black & White (Dedication Records) – hardcore

North of South –  New Latitudes (Rockshots Records) – progressive metal

Nothing – Dance On the Blacktop (Relapse Records) – alt gaze

Pharaoh – After the Fire, Reissue (Cruz Del Sur Music) – melodic metal

Psykopath – Primal Instinct (Loyal Blood Records) – thrash

Sarcófago – The Worst, LP & Cassette Reissue (Greyhaze Records) – black / thrash

She Spread Sorrow – Mine, CD Version (Cold Spring) – industrial

Solitary – Nothing Changes, 20th Anniversary Edition (DOC Records) – thrash

Stern – Missive: Sister Ships (Sleeping Giant Glossolalia) – doom pop

Subtype Zero – The Astral Awakening (Seeing Red Records) – thrash

Tombstones In Their Eyes – Nothing Here (Send Me Your Head Records) – indie psych rock

Ulven – Death Rites Upon a Winged Crusade (Folkvangr Records) – black metal

Wild – Sin Piedad (Fighter Records) – heavy metal

Woorms – The Math Says, Yes (Hospital Records) – noise / sludge

– Josh

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