Initial Descent: June 24, 2016

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Forteresse (Photo by Catherine Leclerc)

Morning, y’all. What a weird world we’re waking up in. #Brexit actually happened yesterday, and while I hesitate to make knee-jerk, YOU’RE ALL FUCKED pronouncements here — I won’t pretend to know enough about the intricacies of it all to do so — it’s admittedly hard not to focus on it in the aftermath. I spent last night glued to Twitter in the wake of it all and didn’t get a ton of sleep, so our weekly whole new-metal distraction is most definitely a welcome one.

So, the new-metal distraction. What’ve we got this week? Well, somewhat appropriately, we start with Thèmes pour la rébellion, the latest from Québécois separatists Forteresse. Beyond that, we’ve got a new album from Mercyful Fate legends Michael Denner and Hank Shermann under their Denner / Shermann moniker, and new stuff from VölurKayo Dot and more. Check all that out below. For now, I’m back to the Twitter:
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Album Review: Countless Skies – “New Dawn”

Countless Skies New Dawn Artwork Carl Ellis

One of the great things about music, especially metal in its infinite subgenres, is how personal it can be on a situational level. Be it a physical environment or a state of mind, we create certain playlists that apply to certain situations and there really can be no substitute. Enter Countless Skies. The latest effort (and debut full length) from the English group, titled New Dawn, is an uplifting barrage of melodic death metal that forces an audience to reach a new level of existence. From the imagery to the music, it both inspires and creates a peaceful energy that is extremely difficult to turn away from. Continue reading

CANTO: Ne Obliviscaris tour, AC/DC U.S. dates, a taste of new Behemoth, and more!


“The constant struggle for a moment of quiet indulgence eventually stirred and quaked the earth so hard. It swallowed him in a dark and heavy cloud, slowly and gently starving him into insanity.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey