Initial Descent: June 9 – 15, 2019

Beheaded
Beheaded

With summer in full swing, families overcrowding vacation destinations and the rest of still toeing the line, some things change yet others stay the same. Such is life. Make the most of it or someone else will…and make you pay for it. The more you know right? Speaking of things that DON’T change, metal keeps toeing the line but man has it ever been a banner year. As long as it keeps toeing THIS kind of line I’m all about it. With that said, we’ve got tons MORE new stuff this week starting off with death metallers Beheaded’s and their best album to date, Sadistic Ritual holds a class on how thrash is done in Hotlanta, Temple Koludra bring the tribal to blackened death metal, and Baroness continue to ride the skinny rail between metal and rock. Wait, you’re surprised? Surely not. But rest assured, if the last couple of “colors” were your bag, this “double dose of color” will be too.

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Giveaway: Death of Kings – “Hell Comes To Life” (7″ EP)

Death of Kings - Hell Comes to Life

Atlanta Georgia based thrash metal band Death of Kings has announced their EP Hell Comes to Life which will be released March 31 via Atlanta based Boris Records and today we have a giveaway of two of these 7″ EP’s. All you have to do is share, like, retweet or whatever it is you do on social media these days and a winner will be chosen at random. Death of Kings has been around the southeastern metal scene since 2009 and have a handful of quick hitters available but also have shared the stage with several bands over the years such as Morbid Angel, Mastodon and Skeletonwitch to name a few. As someone who has seen the band in action I can say their high energy set is one that is not to be missed. The band is working on their debut full length Kneel Before None but in the meantime we have Hell Comes to Life as a neck snapping stop gap. Like it, share it, retweet it or send some snail mail on it and you might get picked as one of two winners of this sweet 7″. Dive in for a stream of “Descent Into Madness” off of the band’s 2015 demo Regicidal. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 11 – 17, 2016

High Spirits
High Spirits
Welcome to another Initial Descent and yet another stacked batch of releases. Hopefully you spent yesterday getting a head start because there’s enough on tap here to keep most anyone busy. We all could use some happiness so do yourself, and those around you, a favor and check out High Spirit‘s latest full length Motivator. On the opposite spectrum, if you just recovered from Subrosa’s latest dive into Light Falls from Wrekmeister Harmonies and keep that heavy yet somber feeling alive. Blister your eardrums with Cara Neir and Wildspeaker‘s latest Split on Broken Limbs Recordings, who actually have several out this week that warrant your time. Sumerlands debut Sumerlands deeply satisfies the traditional heavy metal craving and Mare Cognitum returns with their hypnotizing take on atmospheric black metal with Luminiferous Aether. All that and much more so click that “continue reading” link. Continue reading

Sepulchral Saturday: Mangled – “Involuntary Organ Donor” (EP)

Mangled - Involuntary Organ Donor

It’s not everyday I get to talk about a ‘local’ band but Atlanta has some strikingly great metal bands and even better death metal bands that more than likely you’ve never heard of. So color me blood red that Mangled are seeing a proper release (on a local label no doubt) for their latest death metal EP Involuntary Organ Donor. It’s short and doesn’t offer any theatrics or crazy complicated technicality but what it does offer is a nod to the simpler more straightforward era of the genre. Back when simply making a few heads nod was considered a success. Continue reading

Album Review: Morbid Slaughter – “A Filthy Orgy of Horror and Death”

Morbid Slaughter - A Filthy Orgy Of Horror And Death

Situated south of Colombia on the doorstep of the Amazon Jungle lies Peru, the birthplace of Morbid Slaughter. Formed in 2009, they have a handful of demos, an EP and now, their full length debut, A Filthy Orgy of Horror and Death. Morbid Slaughter are ready to get foul with the world. This trio mixes some of the best aspects of early black metal and punk—when punk was still considered dangerous. Continue reading