Initial Descent: May 15 – 21, 2022

Cave In

Here’s hoping no more devastating news this week. You know how this works, it’s Monday which means it’s new metal release time and we kick things off with a long awaited album from Cave In that hits all the right buttons, Mortal Thrall very successfully trip the post-black metal trigger, Stjärnfält warps the typical black metal tropes with an excellent effort, Sadistic Ritual keeps the thrash fires burning oh so high, and, as always, a hefty list follows. If we missed anything, let us know and if your band or label wants to be feature here in the future, hit the about page and send us an email. Happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the week…

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Album Review: Oceansnow — “Vivienne”

Oceansnow - Vivienne

Before diving into this write-up, for the sake of context, I do think it’s worth acknowledging how long it has been since I’ve isolated myself with an album with the intent of piecing together a full review. I eventually gave up scrolling back in our posts trying to find my last album review. Yes, it has been that long. So, drawing inspiration from other members of our team, I opted for an album on this week’s release lineup virtually at random. That, my friends, is how we got here today… a deep dive into the debut full-length from mysterious United States ambient black metal project Oceansnow. And all told, if Vivienne serves as the beginning, the emergence of this project will prove to be a welcomed one.

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Initial Descent: April 3 – 9, 2022

Terzij de Horde

I told you last week the memes would come hot and fresh and that, at least, did not disappoint. Anyone know what fresh hell will be the new topic no one can shut up about? Ahh, that’s right… no one cares. Anywho, we do have a fresh and hot list of metal new releases this week that kicks off with a black metal favorite in Terjiz de Horde, slappin’ new metal from End Boss, more black metal from Oceansnow, an avant and difficult yet satisfying outing from Abhorrent Expanse (album cover of the week?), and a whole jam packed list that follows. Tune out of the buzz of everything and tune in to all these, you won’t regret it. See you here throughout the week…

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Rainbows in the Dark: Sivyj Yar — “Golden Threads”

It sure has been a while since we’ve done one of these, huh?  To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be writing this column when I picked up the promo for the newest release from St. Petersburg’s Sivyj Yar.  The Russian one-piece came on my radar quite some time ago because of their unique, delicate and highly melodic brand of folksy black metal.  When I saw the name on our list, I knew I had to snag it, but Golden Threads has turned out to be pretty far from what I had originally anticipated, in all the best ways.

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Album Review: Mesarthim — “CLG J02182-05102”

Aah, space; the final frontier.  Cosmic black metal might not be new and uncharted territory, but arguably there’s no one who voyages deeper into the black depths of space as Mesarthim, the Australian powerhouse project that never seems to take a break for anything.  On their newest release CLG J02182-05102, which came out digitally in July but is seeing a physical release this week, they manage to literally and figuratively journey farther out into space than they have ever managed to before, and somehow still keep everything fresh.  The title might not roll off the tip of the tongue, but this is an album that will be caught in your brain for a long time to come.

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