Initial Descent: December 25 – 31, 2022

Abysmal Lord

The new release pickings today are slimmer than Santa’s present bag. Seeing as it’s the day after Christmas and all… Anyway, different variations of black metallers are taking advantage of the holidays with some last minute blasphemy and leading that pack are Abysmal Lord and Sammale. However, there’s a few more below that ride the crooked cross so if that’s your thing, you’ve got some exploring to do. In the meantime, don’t forget to make all those shallow New Year’s resolutions that will be in the rear view by the second week of January. As for us, we’ll have some more lists coming your way so stay tuned for that and see you here throughout the week.

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CANTO: Boris, Katatonia, Distant, and More

WordPress is asking me what my two favorite things to wear are. Huh. Never thought about it before.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

CANTO: Interesting Times Gang, Abysmal Lord, Exocrine, and More

And now the Acadia countdown is officially on.

  • We’ll start with a new signing announcement over at Season of Mist. French tech death collective Exocrine have joined their roster, fresh off the release of The Hybrid Suns, their fifth full-length. You can stream that here, and get a sense of what’s to come.
  • Over at Hells Headbangers, Abysmal Lord revealed the first track from their upcoming third album. Give “Antisemen of Ceremonial Pseudochrist” a listen here, and prepare for the release of Bestiary of Immortal Hunger before the end of the year.
  • Interesting Times Gang, the solo project of Kowloon Walled City’s Ian Miller, will release The Spirit Of Science Fiction on November 18th through Pax Aeternum. Give “If You Don’t Wanna Play” a listen over on Bandcamp. And pre-order it, obviously.
  • We can end our Monday on more of a punk note. Below is the new music video from Sator for “Brown Eyed Son”. That track is taken from Return of the Barbie-Q-Killers, which dropped earlier this year through Sound Pollution.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

Album Review: Abysmal Lord – “Disciples of the Inferno”

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As time cycles and the early 1980’s become popular once again, it’s not only the flourescent tube socks and catfish gloves that have come back in style. Abysmal Lord have proved that those bands who founded the second wave of black metal hit upon a sound that would remain fresh for decades to come. On Disciples of the Inferno Abysmal Lord use musicianship, aggression and an unrelenting passion for black metal to create an album that is as fresh and instant as the sound they are drawing off of. Prepare yourself for the rituals of unyielding and unforgiving black metal blasting.

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Album Review: Grave Ritual – “Morbid Throne”

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It has been five long years since Montgomery, Alabama death metal merchants Grave Ritual put out a full length. Or any music at all. In their defense they were a bit busy with their absolutely filthy, putrid black metal outfit Abysmal Lord (who drop their debut LP on 11.27.2015). Morbid Throne is a geniusly titled album in that Grave Ritual now deserve a darkened throne among the greats of blackened death metal. Morbid Throne is a work that is at once familiar, recognizable and infectious. An absolute must for any death metal fan. Continue reading