Initial Descent: December 15 – 25, 2021

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Krolok

Okay, here’s the scoop: Fearless Editor Josh™ who usually puts this things together is away on a family holiday, so backup Slightly Fearful Editor Chris™ is here to get Initial Descent together. And, um…it looks like real slim pickings for the end of the year, huh? So you only get one feature today, the black metal rumblings of Slovakia’s Krolok, who I recall had a damn fine album with 2017’s Flying Above Ancient Ruins. Looks like they’re back with some more evil in the form of Funeral Winds & Crimson Sky, which after a cursory listen sounds like it’s going to be a similar banger. There’s a handful of other releases coming out that I’m sure are worth your time and attention, so check out what’s coming Christmas week after the break and we’ll see you next time.

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Nine Circles ov…Black Metal in 2021

Sometimes it takes a little distance to bring you back to something. I spent a lot of 2021 listening to music that brought me back to simpler, less depressing times. “Harsh” wasn’t something I craved as I struggled with mental and emotional health – something I’m sure many of you did as well. So black metal wasn’t on my radar as much; not a problem when you have so many other writers on staff that have the genre covered. Leave the discovery and call outs to others; I’ll be content sitting back and nursing the wounds of the world with lighter fare.

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Album Review: Gaahl’s WYRD — “The Humming Mountain”

gaahl's wyrd - the humming mountain

When you start digging into black metal, Gorgoroth inevitably falls into the mix, and it was there that I first discovered Kristian Eivind Espedal, aka Gaahl. Blasphemy though it may be, the band as a whole didn’t stick with me, but as Gaahl moved on I stayed with him, following his brief aggressive burst with God Seed as well as his work with the more introspective Wardruna. But it wasn’t until Gaahl’s WYRD that the man found an outlet that really spoke to his increasingly divergent interests, and two years after a stellar debut we’re graced with the mini-album The Humming Mountain. Surprising no one, it’s really good.

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Video Premiere: Thy Worshiper — “Baba Jaga”

Happy Monday, everyone. Kicking the new week off a bit differently this time, we’re thrilled to premiere the new video from Thy Worshiper. Originating in Poland, now Dublin-based pagan black metal act Thy Worshiper are releasing their fifth studio album, Bajki o Staruchu, on November 17th through Pagan Records. “Baba Jaga, the video of which is available below, is the first offering from the upcoming new album.

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Profile: Callum John Cant of Tyrannus

Tyrannus

What do you get when you mix Absu and Mortuary Drape with crusty speed metal? Survey says: Scotland based Tyrannus. The band has a self titled EP and recently released three track It Taketh demo to their name thus far and comparing the two is like hearing a band trying to claw their way to idea fruition and hearing these ideas come roaring to life. Their demo may not be fully fleshed out as far as band members are concerned however, these three tracks are buzzsaws to the ears full of whipping black and death metal with a psychedelic lean and extremely high on octane. We wanted to know more so we posed our set of Profile questions to vocalist and guitarist Callum John Cant to get the scoop. Read on to see how it went down and be sure to show them some support via the links contained within.

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