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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Initial Descent: July 12 – 18, 2020

Väki
Väki

I know you missed me yesterday. Or, was it the new metals? Ah yes, the new metals; that you did indeed miss, more than me. Anywho, as usual, we’re overflowing with good picks so let’s get to it… back in 2017 Finland’s Väki put out a blistering EP of fierce yet cold black metal and with this week’s debut full length they up the ante in almost every aspect—expect utter chaos. The Czech Republic’s Oči Vlka offer up a scathing demo that defies any sort of easy categorization and it’s out on Caligari so you know it’s quality, Battalions continue their sludgy ass-kicking trajectory, and Mystras form of black metal is as fascinating as one might expect coming from Ayloss who you may know from Spectral Lore. So, several winners already and many, many more to follow. Enjoy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 14 – 20, 2020

Aversio Humanitatis
Aversio Humanitatis

And, we shall march forward. Forward to an unknown future. Forward to an unknown new norm. Forward to some more bullshit. How about forward to some new metal? That’s my jam, so let’s roll. Aversio Humanitatis grace us with their second full length and I say grace us because it’s an epic level outing of black metal that cracks skulls as easy as it mesmerizes with grandiose skill and songcraft; dark, atmospheric, and sharp as an axe so, do the thing. Then we’ve got Zebadiah Crowe with an excellent name, excellent album cover, and equally as excellent blackened thrash with an industrial tinge, do this one too. Moving along, Ritual Mass offer up a quick ass kicker of death metal and honestly since it’s on Caligari that should tell you all you need to know about its quality. Last but far from least is a vinyl issue of one of the filthiest death metal names in the game, Cryptworm. No excuse to not have this on your turntable. And there you have it, the top four this week but there’s so much more below that awaits your hard earned dollar. Keep your heads on straight and keep trudging, we’re all in the same stinking ass boat. Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 23 – 29, 2019

Tombs
Tombs

Last week’s Cirith Ungol announcement got me all sorts of giddy. Which prompted me to pull out my dusty copies of their classics and go crazy. It also reminded me of having to rely on some dude named Gutted Stench to come through on a tape trade way back in the day…I digress. Anyway, the only trading nowadays is hitting the ‘buy now’ button and trading green backs for files or physical media and since it’s Monday, we’ve got a plethora of releases for you to do just that with. We’ve got new stuff from Tombs that might be their most incendiary yet, true swamp death / doom from Muscipula, speedy black metal from Kvaen, and crusty fun from Hot Graves and with a bonus to boot if you splurge for the physical copy. You know what to do folks, click those buy buttons and get the music. All of it.
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Initial Descent: February 24 – March 02, 2019

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Pig’s Blood

Made it out of the mountains and not one Bigfoot to be found. Oh well, guess we’ll have to wait for the next hodgepodge video to surface so we can call bullshit on it. Anyway, I did exactly as I said and had one hell of a soundtrack for the weekend and this week is no different. Why you ask? Well, dear reader, we have treasures for you…

First up is Wisconsin’s Pig’s Blood with their second full length of war tattered death metal, A Flock Slaughtered, and if you thought their self titled debut was good (it was) this is going to blow your ears clean off your cranium. Next is Colombia’s Lucifera who wowed me with Preludio del Mal and its fierce take on blackened death with a slight lean towards thrash but on La Caceria De Brujas, their fourth effort, the band is at their deadliest – the vocals alone are enough to cause bodily harm and add in the d-beat touch? GOLD. Moving along: Fange, France’s answer to a nasty strain of sludge induced doom and death metal, return with Punir and this time they introduce a touch of noise and an industrious feel to the mix – Fange has been a favorite for awhile now and this album seals the deal. Last up top is yet another album, Heretical Sect, full of blackened death / doom from a reclusive bunch called Heretical Sect and again, go now and get it – multiple formats on multiple labels so do that and stop making excuses.

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