Initial Descent: October 9 – 15, 2022

Daeva – courtesy of Scott Kinkade

Are we all knee deep in our 31 days of horror? Of course we are (just nod and carry on). On that; for those unaware, our man Chris is knee deep in his Blood Red column so be sure to keep up with that. Alrighty then, new metal and we got it yet again this week. We kick things off with a nasty speed demon from Daeva, a wicked deathcore outing from Lorna Shore, ripping death metal from both Ripped To Shreds and Catalyst, as well as many more in the list that follows. And yes, it’s another stellar week for new releases so dive in, turn up, and get some. We’ll see you here throughout the week.

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CANTO: Rivers of Nihil, I Am, Catalyst, and More

Rivers of Nihil


Mondays don’t tend to be particularly interesting, but let’s see what I can find…

  • As part of their extensive North American tour supporting The Contortionist, Rivers of Nihil have also worked in eight headlining dates spread through September and October. They’ll still be performing The Work in full, but with a special encore.
  • If you haven’t familiarized yourself with Texas death/thrash outfit I Am yet, here’s another opportunity to do so. They’re streaming a new video for “Surrender to the Blade” over at Decibel, a track taken from Eternal Steel. That album is set for a September 9th release through MNRK Heavy.
  • Moving to the technical side of death metal, Catalyst are preparing an October release for their second album. A Different Painting For A New World will be out through Non Serviam Records, and I recommend pre-ordering that one here.
  • And we’re rounding things out with some black metal. Skare are releasing their self-titled debut on vinyl through Amor Fati Productions on September 12th. Naturally, we have a track from that album below. Give “Threshold Into Death” a listen right now.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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