Initial Descent: October 17 – 23, 2021

Massacre
Massacre

As we inch closer and closer to Devil’s Night, this week of new metal absolutely has any and all soundtrack needs covered. And, we’re cranking the chainsaw with a smattering of death metal and a pinch of doom thrown in for good measure. First up is a band that, to me, is legendary in death metal and has always encapsulated what that genre tag means: the mighty MASSACRE. Am I excited? Damn right. It’s been too long, but they’re back with a great album. Following that is an absurdly nasty death doom outing from Worm, a 50/50 merge of Swedish and Floridian leaning death metal from Lovecraftianists Bizarre, slamming death groove from Waking The Cadaver, and, as always, a ton more in the list below. Dig in and enjoy!

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Initial Descent: October 10 – 16, 2021

Aeon
Aeon

Boomsticks, broomsticks, machetes, kitchen knives, chainsaws, meat hooks, ouija boards…are we having fun yet? Yep, still peddling spooky season and will be for at least a couple more weeks. So, at least I’m having fun. And for the reason you’re here, we do indeed have another list of new metal on tap so let’s get to it. Aeon are nothing if they aren’t consistent, and any death metal band that’s consistently in Deicide’s corner is a very good thing so this week’s full length is all that and a bag of chips. Next up is a killer noise rock album from Tunic that we so happen to have a Profile for so dig that, Hate bring the black / death metal pain in epic form (as they always do), post-metal has a new heavy hitter in its corner with Hippotraktor, and tons more lie in wait just below this excellent four pack. Dig in and find your new favorite(s). Enjoy.

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Initial Descent: September 26 – October 2, 2021

Bummer

Did you find a ton of metal from last week that still has you reeling? I, for one, certainly did and between all the new release lists out there, Bandcamp, unknown, and surprise releases, if you didn’t find something I’d be shocked. And here we are with another new week and another new list of releases to sink your teeth into, as we do. This week we’ve got Bummer who continue to harsh your mellow with grueling sounds, Full of Hell return with another deathgrind beast, Xenosis successfully tick off all the tech death boxes, Enslaved are back with an EP that dives deeper and deeper into their progressive black metal, and, as always, there’s a ton more lying in wait below. So, another stacked week here on Initial Descent that’ll have everyone walking away with something. Enjoy.

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Initial Descent: September 12 – 18, 2021

Carcass

Another week, another unending set of problems. Yep, that simple folks. Anyway, new metal time which means it’s finally CARCASS week. Whether you fell off long ago or keep on keeping on, Carcass keep doing their thing and this week they’re, again, doing it extremely well as they travel further along the melodi-carcass path. Plus, who doesn’t need some fun in their death metal these days? Rhetorical question of course, not in my bucket to care who does and who doesn’t. For a twofer of melodic death metal, we’ve got the latest from Insomnium which “good” is understood automatically, how good? Find out. Then we’ve got some brutalicious death metal from Vulvodynia and some wicked deathgrind from Dickless Tracy. Last but not least are the remainder of releases hiding out below these top four. Go. Do it.

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Initial Descent: September 5 – 11, 2021

Aborted

First up; as you may know, Louisiana got ripped up from Ida which means they could use all the help they can get seeing as it might be days/weeks before running water and power is established in some areas. If you can, go here to donate and trust me, every little bit helps even if it’s five bucks. Further, more areas were hit hard so do some research and find other donation links for these areas. Alright then, new metal time and of course, we got it. One might say Aborted was the easy choice to kick things off since it’s first in alphabetical order but, order means nothing when it comes to this hotly anticipated slab o’ death metal from these titans! What matters is quality, and they got it. Moving on, UK bruisers Mastiff got signed to a biggie and got heavier, honestly I had no idea they could get heavier yet here we are so be sure to grab this one. Then we’ve got a powerviolence meets sludge meets fastcore meets hardcore split from Trappist and Connoisseur and maaaaan what an anvil this thing is! Last up top but not least in this list is Cult Burial with a slappin’ EP of death metal that leans towards the sludgy side, and it rips. Obviously, much more awaits in the list below. So, if you’re in the US and celebrating a day off, there’s no excuse not to unload some cash on several of these albums. If you’re elsewhere, you still have zero excuse. So. Much. Good. Metal. DO IT…

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