Initial Descent: March 28 – April 3, 2021

Wode – image courtesy of Phillip James Torriero

We’ll be crossing April Fools Day this week and maybe this is when we find out that all this shit has been a cruel April Fools joke. We won’t and don’t get your hopes up. One thing that isn’t a joke is this week’s list of new metal, let’s do that now; first up is a new one from black metallers Wode who absolutely kill it, again. Next up is a pair of black metalish albums; a weird but good one from Sleepwalker and a death metal leaning one from Unflesh, and rounding out the top slots in intergalactic death metal form is The Beast of Nod—think of a favorite sci-fi space flick then put this on as the soundtrack. Tasty. So, brave the jokes this week with some extra smart ass and go buy some stuff off this list. 

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CANTO: Wode, Genghis Tron, The Lion’s Daughter, and More

Today was less bad than yesterday!

  • Spanish thrash collective Angelus Apatrida have announced a livestream event scheduled for March 20th. They’ll be performing their new self-titled album, which can be picked up here, live for the first time. Tickets are available here, with an exclusive merch option as well.
  • Burn In Many Mirrors, the latest from Wode, will end up being one of the best albums of 2021. As such, I obviously need to share every track they drop in advance of the April 20th release date. This time, it’s “Lunar Madness”. That album will be out through 20 Buck Spin, and you can pre-order it here.
  • And then we have a bunch of new videos out there, so I’ll choose a couple to share here. First, we’ll start with The Lion’s Daughter, who shared another one from their upcoming new album, Skin Show. That album is out April 9th through Season of Mist, and the new video for “Curtains” is available now.
  • And then we have the latest from Genghis Tron, a kaleidoscopic video for “Pyrocene”. Dream Weapon is out on March 26th through Relapse Records, and I know this is one we are keeping an eye on in the Nine Circles camp. Check out that video directly below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Epica, Wode, Big | Brave, and More

What’s everyone drinking tonight? I’m curious.

  • The latest installment from Wode, titled Burn In Many Mirrors, drops on April 2nd through 20 Buck Spin, and pre-orders are up for digital and physical formats. More importantly, at least terms of today’s relevance, they dropped a new track called “Fire In The Hills”, and it is expectedly awesome.
  • Big | Brave have a new LP coming soon. Vital will be released on CD and digitally on April 23rd, with a vinyl format following on July 9th, from Southern Lord. For a glimpse into what’s to come, check out the video for “Half Breed”. It’s a Friday, so there are new videos to share all over the place, but make sure this one is on your list.
  • Oceans has a new EP scheduled for an April 30th release through Nuclear Blast, titled We Are Nøt Okay, and today they released a video for the title-track. Andy Dörner of Caliban jumped in to provide some vocals on that one, which is pretty cool.
  • And lastly, this has been coming for awhile, today is the official release date for Ωmega, the latest studio album from symphonic metal legends Epica. To celebrate the album’s arrival, they’ve also released a new music video for “Skeleton Key”, which has been embedded immediately below. Check it out.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Gravesend — “Methods of Human Disposal”

What do you think of when you think of New York City?  Perhaps it’s fashion, architecture, high culture, some of that Vile Luxury people are always talking about these days.  Perhaps it’s adorable, pizza-loving sewer creatures, both furry and smooth skinned, just trying to make it in the world.  Well, put any thoughts of a happy and bright city out of your mind, at least for the next twenty-something minutes.  Gravesend are back with their anticipated debut full-length Methods of Human Disposal, and they aim to paint a picture of a very different New York City than you might imagine.

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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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