CANTO: Darkness Everywhere, Cryptum, DiAmorte, and More

New year, same pessimism!

  • In case you weren’t aware, Striker is cruising around North America with Beast in Black and Seven Kingdoms. Those dates mostly occupy April, and you can find the full schedule here. They also dropped a video for “Deathwish” not too long ago, just in case you missed it.
  • California-based melodic death metal crew Darkness Everywhere has completed production for their debut EP, The Seventh Circle. That is set for a release late next month through Creator-Destructor. You can pre-order that, and check out a new single titled “Reign of Chaos”, over on their Bandcamp page.
  • Let’s check in with Cryptum, the thrash/death metal collective from Illinois. Their new EP, Vile Emergence, will be out on February 24th through Caligari Records. You can pre-order that, including CD and cassette formats, at their Bandcamp. Be sure to check out the title-track while you’re at it.
  • Wrapping up this miserable Monday with something more… theatrical, we have the new video from DiAmorte for “Where The Light Grows Cold”. Give it a watch below, and be sure to check back in with us tomorrow… and every day after that.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: December 12 – 18, 2021

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We’ve reached that point in the year where the quantity of new releases dwindles. So, enjoy this week while you can since the next two will be slim pickings. As a reminder, there’s a ton that came out this year you probably missed so be sure to catch up, find some favorites, and go drop some cash on them. For this week’s new release festivities we’ve got death metal from Haalbuaer, black metal from Ustalost, deathened doom or doomened death from Slog, black metal from Beyond Death’s Throne, and several more in the list below. From here, you know what to do…copy/paste and get some.

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Initial Descent: July 11 – 17, 2021

Cognitive

Nose still on the grindstone, still salty from last week with a few more wounds that received extra doses of salt over the past seven days, and in serious need of a vacation. At least one of those will be remedied in short order, and hopefully that will reset the others. Hopefully. Moving right along, new release list time and this week we’ve got a bit of a longer list than last week so there’ll be plenty of happy hunting for many of you. Score! We’ve got tech death from both Cognitive and Ophidian I, insane death / doom from Severed Boy, melodic death metal from Dungeon Serpent, and a whole host of stuff from nearly every genre and branch out there. Dive in, delight your earholes, and lighten your wallet.

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Initial Descent: January 3 – 9, 2021

Definitely not the news any of us wanted to hear: Children of Bodom front man and one of metal’s best guitarists, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. No doubt the reverberations of this will be felt for a long time and he will certainly be missed, 41 is way too early to go. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. RIP.

Tough to muster new metal speak but here we are. First up is the full length debut from Frozen Soul who were on Maggot Stomp (this is your “quality” hint) but are now on Century Media and as good as their demo was, this is not only better but more of it. Second, we’ve got a physical release from Exsul by way of Caligari (again, quality) and if you missed the digital, rectify that now. Beyond that, another short list of entries to follow.

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Initial Descent: September 27 – October 3, 2020

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Enslaved

Not much small talk to be found. It’s early. And, I’m only on my second pot of coffee. So, let’s skip it. Now, if you’re an Enslaved fan, this is the week you’ve (we’ve) been waiting for as their fifteenth full length lands on Friday. It’s epic but that’s a surprise to literally no one. Anaal Nathrakh return with their most varied output to date and dare I say their most…progressive? On first blush it seems that way but you’ll have to decide for yourself—you know, your own opinion. Gorephilia nail the 90s death metal aesthetic and Fate plug into some seriously high voltage metal and punk to close out the top slots with a BANG. You know the drill by now but just in case, there’s a ton more to dig into below so go shuck cash at these artists and support them.

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