Initial Descent: July 7 – 13, 2019

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Sure hope your 4th didn’t consist of off-time fireworks, as in until 1 or 2am for the entire damn weekend. If so, I have a roll of razor wire with your name on it but you’ll have to share with tons of folks surrounding me – no worries, I’ve got many rolls to go around. For those of you who didn’t have the day off or don’t celebrate, I’m sure it was just another Thursday. Anyway, new metal time and it’s another stacked week so here we go…

False turn in a blistering and all encompassing performance on their second full length of long form black metal and in case you missed it: False rule. Torche may be the AC/DC of party-fuzz-sludge but their fifth full length finds them back in fightin’ strength and rockin’ like it’s 2012 all over again (do some diggin’). If you’re still reeling from the battle of the Batushka’s consider this week’s offering as yet another hot bomb of epic, dark, and spiritual black metal to keep the irons of war hot. Last up top, but not least in this list, is the wonderful chainsaw buzz of Swedeath on Burial Remains’ killer debut.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Immortal Bird and Sanctification

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Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Immortal Bird’s Thrive On Neglect and Russian River Brewing Company’s Sanctification. Continue reading

CURSED IMAGERY: The Week in Album Art (July 5, 2019)

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Man, do we have a loaded week for y’all this time out. I don’t wanna pretend all of them are bad or that I’m gonna have snarky comments for each one; it’s just a nice, well-rounded group of album covers for your viewing (and, occasionally, joke-reading) pleasure this week. EIGHT of them, to be exact. So let’s not waste any more time with this post intro — here are our highlights from the July 5 new release crop!

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Embracing the Descent: June 30 – July 6, 2019

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Welcome back to another edition of Embracing the Descent. Miss us? Rhetorical question of course. It has been a minute so as a refresher or if it’s your first visit, we briefly discuss a handful of this week’s new releases that stood out for whatever reason and maybe, from time to time, a week behind. We won’t be hitting everything because a 40 – 60 entry piece ain’t happening and seriously, who’s got that kind of time. Head below to see what’s got our knickers in a bunch and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent. Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 30 – July 6, 2019

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Abbath – pic courtesy of our own Corey Butterworth

We made it through another week. And, are now head first into the next. Reggie Jackson once said “A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that.” This ain’t baseball but it is a crap ton more metal each week so let’s get some more of THAT repetition.

Both Abbath and Immortal Bird have new albums out this week and putting one over the other was tough, really tough. The former turns in a solid and grandiose rock star performance while the latter has truly come into their own…just get them both is my advice. Elsewhere, Hex offers up hard hitting death / doom and 3Teeth crank the gears of industrial metal with aplomb. Annnnd, we’re far from done. There’s so many albums you’ll want to pick up this week so go ahead and apologize to that last bit of dust in the ol’ wallet right now. Continue reading