Initial Descent: January 30 – February 5, 2022

It is not today as I write this so maybe your team got in the Super Bowl, and maybe not. If so, I’m sure you’re still celebrating and if not, or maybe you just don’t care, welcome to another list of new metal. Glad you stopped by as we’ve got new stuff from Thorn who made my best of 2021 list with their genius take on death metal, straight forward and lacerating metal from Venom Prison and Mass Worship, another death metal album from Golgothan who I’ve seen some positive feedback on as of late, and of course a few more bangers in the list that follows. You know what to do from here…get in there and get some. 

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CANTO: Asgaard, Nihility, Primalfrost, and More

The year has started off a little slow, but let’s see what emerged today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

Initial Descent: August 1 – 7, 2021


Ah yes, the glorious return to the real world. Zero sarcasm in that…or not. Definitely was a much needed break that went by way too fast, but here we are with another new release list that’s sure to strike an arc with everyone. And, it’ll give me the swift kick in the ass I need on my first day back to reality. Score. First up we’ve got the masters of bleak blackened doom, Krigsgrav, with yet another stunner, then we’ve got death metal from Decrepisy and a vinyl edition from Perilaxe Occlusion (both of which I highly recommend), then we’ve got an intense mix of noise, black metal, and grind from Vessel of Iniquity, and of course, a ton more to follow. Happy hunting.

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CANTO: Suicide Silence, Visceral Disgorge, Sarcasm, and More

suicide silence

I ran another race this past Sunday. But it was only 4 miles, which meant I was allowed to get drunk the day before. It ended up going ok not great. Metal news!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Album Review: The Slow Death – “Ark”

Where men have failed to carry the melodic vocal load, women have aptly stepped in to show them the path. Bands like Ides of Gemini, King Woman, Myrkur and The Wounded Kings have shown that women are not only equally capable of fronting melodic metal acts but are often more effective than their male counterparts when it comes to stoner and doom metal.  Gone are the days of men singing like Brad Delp of Boston or John Spinks (RIP to both) of The Outfield.  Why have a man stretch his vocal range to the limit when a woman can provide a fuller experience at the upper registers? In support of that theory, Mandy Andresen, front-woman for Australian doom metallers The Slow Death (also of Crone and Murkrat) provides an absolutely stunning performance on the band’s third full-length, Ark.

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