What is it in music that makes certain songs, albums, bands really hit that sweet spot for you? This is a question I think about a lot that I haven’t come up with a really good answer for, yet. Case in point: I was a casual listener of Periphery until Periphery IV landed and now I’m all in. That album hit me like a ton of bricks in the best of ways and I’d consider it a desert island album at this point. Anyway, moving on to new releases and speaking of; Periphery hits us with another stone cold gem of djent power that is fast approaching my feels on the last album. Then we’ve got some tech death from Gorod, avantgarde black metal from The Lovecraft Sextet, and delectable brutal death from Depraved Murder. But, as always, there’s a ton more to dig into just below these four so do that and let us know what hits you in the feels. Also, let us know if you have a genuinely good answer to the opening question and I don’t mean “because it’s good, dummy.” See you here throughout the week.Continue reading
Initial Descent: June 27 – July 3, 2021
Much like past new release lists of late, this is another one as packed as I am when readying bourbon for a vacation…or just a weekend away…or, you get the idea. Anyway, Diabolizer kick things off with one of the best examples of ass kickin’, speed demon death metal that I’ve heard all year. ALL. YEAR. Next up, Sewer Fiend get nasty on their all too quick death metal EP that I wish had at least 30 more minutes of runtime, Year of No Light continue to expand post-metal’s limits, and brutal death metallers Anthropophagus Depravity (say that 10 times fast) snap necks and cash checks. I DON’T KNOW, it just came out of my head, sounded good, and here we are. Moving on, the comment section is open so you can flood us with all the shit we missed or need to hear. After all, we’re one site and can’t know or hear them all despite what anyone else tells you. Pop a top, folks.Continue reading
CANTO: Enslaved, Cirith Ungol, Okkultokrati, and More
At least I can still spend time outside?
- Alright, let’s start with some clarifying updates from Enslaved. Their next album, Utgard, will drop sometime this fall. They made the decision to postpone the release a bit with Nuclear Blast. The good news is that the first track and video will be ready for May 22nd.
- Cirith Ungol unveiled a new track today called “Before Tomorrow”. That one is taken from Forever Black, which is out on April 24th through Metal Blade (and marks the first collection of new material in 29 years).
- Okkultokrati are releasing their next record, titled La Ilden Lyse, sometime in May through Southern Lord Recordings. I don’t know the specific date, but the good news is you can listen to a new song called “Kiss of Death” right now.
- Finally, we’ll close with the latest video from Architectural Genocide for “Gorge on Deceased”. That little number was taken from Cordyceptic Anthropomorph, which dropped on March 13th through Comatose Music.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Initial Descent: August 4 – 10, 2019
In comparison to the last few weeks, this one is rather short on the new metal front. And honestly, I’m not mad about it. A time to breathe a bit is a good time indeed. Anyway, the deathgrind supergroup of sorts, Lord Gore, are back after a 15 year break and they’re as sickening as ever, blackened death metal commandos Trench Warfare rage against religion on their full length debut, and Strappado leave nothing to the imagination on their brutal, torture inspired death metal debut – I mean, just look at that album art below.
Beyond that, it’s a varied offering this week with rock and grind and even a little something for the maggots. Head inside to get the scoop. Continue reading
Initial Descent: April 28 – May 4, 2019
Monday. I got nothing. Well, I take that back – I’ve got new metal and lots of it so let’s focus on that…
Up first is a twofer of outstanding death metal. Appalling have a way about them that screams old school death yet sounds forward enough in their brash mix of blackened, thrashened (two in a row, fight me) death and not to mention their outstanding ability to write a killer song so give Inverted Realm a spin at max volume. Once that one’s done take a stroll through another album with incredibly memorable songwriting and death metal thick enough that even a chainsaw couldn’t cut through it, Parasitic Slavery from Body Harvest is one you’ll not want to miss. Kampfar has been around for nearly 25 years and still manage to put out some of the darkest black metal going today and on Ofidians Manifest they do it darker and better than ever. Last but not least is Mavradoxa on their melodic leaning atmospheric black metal filled Nightmarrow which is a beast on several levels and stay tuned for an in depth look at this one in the coming days.
See, I actually did have something. Here. Not elsewhere. Not today. Continue reading