Initial Descent: August 4 – 10, 2019

Lord Gore
Lord Gore

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

Appalling

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

Initial Descent: November 18 – 24, 2018

Spearhead
Spearhead

A week removed from being back in town, back to reality and back to…freeze warnings. I got nothing good to add here. So, how about another blast of new metal? That’s what were here for so let’s get to it…

Spearhead breaks a seven year silence with their in-your-face militant death metal on Pacifism Is Cowardicebrutal death metal vets Corpsefucking Art are back with another entry in their 20 plus year catalog with Splatterphobiaprogressive by way of black metal Norwegians In The Woods… return with Cease the Day and it’s just as good if not better then Pure, and Corpsessed keep their death metal dingy and dirty on Impetus of DeathAs always, thats’s not all. We’re just getting started so head inside to see what else is upcoming. Oh, one other thing…

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Album Review: Abhorrent Deformity – “Slaughter Monolith”

Abhorrent Deformity - Slaughter Monolith

When it comes to death metal I don’t ask for much.  As much as I enjoy exploration and stretching boundaries in other genres when I get that death metal itch I look for a guttural stench that recalls the old school technical groove I grew up with: Cannibal Corpse, Immolation, Suffocation…meat and potatoes metal that doesn’t cop to this new-fangled penchant for cavernous recorded in a well howling so many folks seem to be enamored of.  Lucky for me Abhorrent Deformity feel the same way, because Slaughter Monolith digs straight into that period with a lurching gait that satisfies my cravings and makes it rain sweat and blood.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 29 – August 4, 2018

dan jackson - void ritual
Void Ritual – Dan Jackson

This week, we cross into August and amazingly this rock we call earth is still here. Ten thousand wonders. As we spiral further into the abyss, stock in the metal we love goes up, obviously, because what else can we fall back on that will always be there like a glowing beacon of eternal fire? With that said, it’s time to see what this week has in store. Carry on…

Void Ritual leads the charge and rightfully so, Death Is Peace is not only a tour-de-force of melodic second wave..ish black metal and arguably the band’s best work to date but the revenue from its sales will go to The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women so GO BUY IT! Rhode Island’s gory death metal duo Blight House give us their debut Summer Camp Sex Party Massacre just in time for memories of an actual summer camp with a killer running around to still be relevant. And, Abhorrent Deformity offer up yet another gory platter of technically brutal death metal in the form of their second effort Slaughter Monolith.

An outstanding black metal album and two horrifically gory death metal albums up here for you to chew on. AND, there’s much more to digest below so hang around and start clicking. You’re welcome. Enjoy your Monday and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week. Continue reading