CANTO: Botanist, Vreid, Asphyx, and More

Day 2: Shenandoah is an area that does not suck. Can confirm.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: October 11 – 17, 2020

Spirit Adrift
Spirit Adrift

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting something to get excited about—let’s face the fact that there’s a critical shortage of that—it’s Spirit Adrift week, FINALLY. Their fourth full length is everything you love about them but better, bigger, and just a damn joy to listen to. Beyond that, we’ve got Wayfarer who finally clicked for me with album number four which sees the band really deliver a picture perfect vision of a dust laden, dark Wild West. Bringing forth a killer modern day version of Burnt By The Sun and Origo era Burst is Kneel with their second full length and holy crap I’m all here for it, and prog metallers Calyces offer up an intensely catchy debut. Stellar top four here but there’s much more to explore so head below and enjoy yet another wealth of treasures.

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CANTO: Shadows Fall, October Falls, Havok, and More

Tomorrow’s my Friday, but it doesn’t matter much because I don’t think today will ever end.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Voivod, Blind Guardian, Accept, and More

Finally. We slide, or stumble, into the damn weekend.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: September 13 – 19, 2020

Napalm Death

I find it amusing how deadlines get tighter and tighter yet info to meet these deadlines gets later and later. If you feel this pain, gimme a hell yeah in the comments. Anyway, as we journey deeper into the backside of 2020 the new release lists grow longer which just means more to choose from. Or overload, depending on perspective. But, either way, we win. This week sees the legendary grind masters Napalm Death return with their sixteenth(!) full length and it’s, as expected, a mindblowing experience—might just be their finest since we turned a new century, Hostia puts up their second full length of deathgrind and it’s clear these guys have honed their skills since their debut, generally a Various Artists album wouldn’t make top billing but Dirt, Redux is a fantastic homage to Alice In Chains with a fantastic list of contributing bands so do it, and Atlanta’s Palaces offer up some brutal, nasty noise metal. And, tons more to follow so get in there and spend some cabbage.

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