Initial Descent: January 3 – 9, 2021

Definitely not the news any of us wanted to hear: Children of Bodom front man and one of metal’s best guitarists, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. No doubt the reverberations of this will be felt for a long time and he will certainly be missed, 41 is way too early to go. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. RIP.

Tough to muster new metal speak but here we are. First up is the full length debut from Frozen Soul who were on Maggot Stomp (this is your “quality” hint) but are now on Century Media and as good as their demo was, this is not only better but more of it. Second, we’ve got a physical release from Exsul by way of Caligari (again, quality) and if you missed the digital, rectify that now. Beyond that, another short list of entries to follow.

Frozen Soul – Crypt of Ice (Century Media) – death metal

Exsul – S/T (Caligari Records) – death metal

Also on tap:

Funeral Winds – Essence (Avantgarde Music) – black metal

Malakhim – Theion (Iron Bonehead) – black metal 

Nicarus – Coal People Coal Puppets (Independent) – rock

Nomadic Rituals – Tides (Cursed Monk) – doom / sludge

Samtar – The Curse of Infinite Luminosity (Independent) – experimental 

Severoth – Vsesvit (Avantgarde Music) – atmospheric black metal

Stellar Death – Fragments of Light (Independent) – post-metal / prog

Throwing Bricks – What Will Be Lost, Vinyl Edition (Tartarus) – sludge / black


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