Initial Descent: May 24 – 30, 2020

Centinex
Centinex (photo courtesy of Jelena Sulce)

New metal, long list, you need it, we got it, let’s do it. Alright then, if you had to ask yourself who that is in the header image…FOR SHAME! It’s none other than Centinex who’ve been around for 30 years now and who continue to be a freaking PILLAR of death metal on their eleventh full length—just do it. Violent Hammer couldn’t have picked a better band name since the sound on their war/black/death full length debut hits like a damn hammer, Adzes take the all in approach with their sludge, noise, post-alot, gazey sound but it works and amazingly so, and Sorcerer shed the doom by numbers approach on their third full length and opt for the epic approach and, yes indeed, it works. There it is, four rotundly killer releases to kick things off AND we’ve got so much more hiding just below. Go now and drop all the cash on all the metals. Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 3 – 9, 2020

Forgotten Tomb
Forgotten Tomb

Another Monday in this godforsaken mess. New metal, we got it, you need it, let’s do it. Tenth time’s the charm, they say, and Forgotten Tomb have finally found their way around the perfect mix of black metal and doom. Seriously, if you’re in the camp of their more doomy ways, this is a must. Another must is the newest from cinematic prog rock masters Green Carnation, great is what this thing is. Spain’s finest death metal export, Aposento, return with another slab of raucous death and it’s worth every penny I know you’ll spend on it which leaves black metal vets Naglfar as the last band standing up top and it’s business as usual for them—top tier black metal…obviously. There you have it, great picks already and we’ve barely begun so GO GET SOME. Continue reading

CANTO: Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest, Wilderun, Mortiis, and More

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Only Canto this week. It’s what happens when you get back into town on a Tuesday night and immediately leave again the following Friday.

  • Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest 2020 has released the first round of bands — Converge, Satan, Napalm Death, Mayhem… — and breweries — Broken Goblet, 3 Floyds, Yards… — this is gonna be a party. Maybe this time I will make it.
  • Wilderun dropped a new song and lyric video from their upcoming new album, Veil of Imagination. The track is called “The Tyranny of Imagination”. Dabble, yes? That album drops November 1st, in case you needed a reminder. (You didn’t.)
  • Mortiis has been busy as well. A new album, titled “Spirit Of Rebellion”, will be out on January 24th. Furthermore, there are a decent number of live dates both here and in the EU penned for the rest of 2019 and early 2020.
  • Hour Of Penance dropped a new music video for a track called “Blight And Conquer”. Isn’t pixel art fun? Misotheism is out October 25th on Agonia Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Tool, Hour of Penance, Sólstafir, and More

tool 2019

I was in the woods all weekend and now I’m not. Which is a way worse situation.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Hour of Penance, KEN mode, DragonForce, and More

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Adobe has taken my soul.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb