Embracing the Descent: March 8 – 14, 2020

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Welcome back to another edition of Embracing the Descent and another opportunity to see a post that’s been collecting dust for quite some time but will give you reason to second glance the albums contained within. Quick recap: brief discussion on a handful (small handful) of the current week’s new releases that stood out for whatever reason and maybe, from time to time, a week behind or whatever.  Jump in and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent

Smoulder - Dream Quest Ends

If you will, return to last year and soak in Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring. Breathe it in and let it wash over you. To put it lightly, Ontario’s Smoulder incinerate trad metal territory and that debut proved it. I’m still slapping my own face for not including them in my EOY list, so take that as you will. Anyway, they’re back with a quick hitting EP called Dream Quest Ends which builds on their already stellar chops. The title track is a mean, riff heavy affair while their “Cage of Mirrors” Manilla Road cover flat out rules in typical Smoulder style. “Warrior Witch of Hell” recalls some serious Sad Wings vibes with its slow, doomy approach and on top of that, we get three demos of previous gems that show how far this band has come in a short time. Bottom line, Smoulder rules and this EP is worth the price of admission just on the two new songs alone.

Disembowel - Echoes of Terror

Death metal you say? Sure. Get a good grip on the new Disembowel called Echoes of Terror. It’ll satiate that need for grimy, brutal AF, old school vibe having death metal that us old death heads need mainlined into our veins. Leave it to Maggot Stomp to produce this gem of an album and leave it to the rest of us to make it a hit – in other words, buy it. Shades of old Obituary, and Bolt Thrower grace the eardrums as “Putrified Remains” and “Sadistic Pleasure” tick by. These Oregon based death metallians ain’t messing around with softness, they opt to go whole hog – blood and all. It’s meaty like a big ol’ rack of baby back ribs with blood pooling in the plate. Get your fix asap.

Internal Rot - Grieving Birth

That 80s inspired horror album art should give some indication of what’s to come on Internal Rot‘s Grieving Birth. But, in case you completely missed it, deathgoregrind is the course du jour and it’s an appetizing platter indeed. Their last full length was six years ago and the time away has really been well spent. Where their last album lacked in violence meets cohesive delivery, Grieving Birth hits the nail square on the cuticle and quickly, I might add. Grind is the base here so expect lightning fast songs but the quality is what surprised me the most. These Aussies pull zero punches in getting to the point and kudos to them for not making me wait for the “good good.” If you dig death and gore and grind this will be a new favorite. You’re welcome.

– Josh

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