Initial Descent: February 14 – 20, 2021

Dopelord

Did you shower your Valentine with all the good stuff yesterday? Call your mom? How about gift some grindcore or doom or death metal? No? WTF! If the answer was no to any of those, literally no one cares so you’re good. Anyway, new week means new metal and we’ve got plenty of it, so maybe a late gift?….haha. Kidding. Kicking things off in play low and play slow style are the Polish quartet Dopelord with a smokin’ new EP—see what I did there—that really has me in its grasp, next up is a bone cruncher of blackened-deathgrind from Gravesend, following that is a proggy death metal come psychedelic ambient number from The Lylat Continuum, and last up top is Harakiri For The Sky with their new full length that weaves post-everything and a pinch of black and folk metal—it hasn’t tripped my trigger yet, but maybe your mileage will be better. We’ve got all that and a ton more, so get to digging.

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Initial Descent: February 7 – 13, 2021

Hello one and all to another edition of Initial Descent where I’ve got nothing quippy due to it being Monday and all. And, I’d love one more weekend day but that ain’t happening so here we are. New stuff, we got it and you want it so let’s get after it… This week we’ve got a couple of tech death albums from Abiotic and Demon King, but holy crap look at that Abiotic album artwork! Kung Fu movies anyone? The answer is yes with this playing in lieu of the tv sound. Elsewhere we have a death metal banger from Humanity’s Last Breath and one that has made our very own Zyklonius happy; the misery pop of Emptiness who travel waaaaay outside the lines of expectations and offer up a whole lot of something, or in Zyklonius’ words: ‘something and nothing at the same time.’ Decode that and you win the week. Speak with him for your prize. As always, much more follows these four so dig in.

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Initial Descent: January 31 – February 6, 2021

Chaos Echœs

You may ask “why feature Chaos Echœs now?” and the answers are: 1) because they are releasing an astounding live soundboard recording from 2018 on glorious vinyl and 2) because they were masters of their craft. Period. Must own situation so go do that now and then finish up here. Other, of note, new releases this week come in the form of entrancing black metal from The Ruins of Beverast, upbeat folk metal from Korpiklaani, and epic post-metal from Cult of Luna—it’s an EP so maybe half epic? All that and much more directly below.

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Initial Descent: January 24 – 30, 2021

Tribulation

I don’t know if the best of 2020 glut has me temporarily bloated on music or what, but it’s been tough to really focus on new albums for more than a cursory spin. Instead, I’ve been catching up on some long overdue reading and burning the midnight oil in the mountains and it’s been a head clearer, to say the least. However, this week’s new release haul has offered at least a few that have me refocused and paying close attention. The first of which is the new gothic barnburner from Tribulation, progressive metallers Soen have given reason to pause, neofolk group Rome give much to reflect on as well as a bevy of amazing tracks, and Werewolves’ brand of intense yet melodic yet groovy death metal has been loads of fun. So, you could say that just when I need it the most, the artists have come through with precisely what I need and right on time. Obviously, there’s a ton more included below so there’s something here for everyone. Thrill of the hunt type of deal. Or whatever. Just do it.

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Initial Descent: January 17 – 23, 2021

Asphyx

Maaaan, if you missed that sneak attack from Gatecreeper last week, GO FIX THAT. Exactly what I needed and they do a thing at the end that was a shocking, but excellent, surprise of a thing. Anyway, get it. This week brings us new death metal jams from Asphyx, ecclectic-doomy-bluesy-riffy-psychedelicy tunes from Here Lies Man, and a balls out two track banger from Sumeru. Beyond that, we’ve got a lengthy list to peruse that has a little something for everyone. And don’t forget, there’s a whole host of bands putting out killer stuff that crops up unannounced so keep your finger on the metal new release tab over at Bandcamp.

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