Initial Descent: September 27 – October 3, 2020

EnslavedEnslaved
Enslaved

Not much small talk to be found. It’s early. And, I’m only on my second pot of coffee. So, let’s skip it. Now, if you’re an Enslaved fan, this is the week you’ve (we’ve) been waiting for as their fifteenth full length lands on Friday. It’s epic but that’s a surprise to literally no one. Anaal Nathrakh return with their most varied output to date and dare I say their most…progressive? On first blush it seems that way but you’ll have to decide for yourself—you know, your own opinion. Gorephilia nail the 90s death metal aesthetic and Fate plug into some seriously high voltage metal and punk to close out the top slots with a BANG. You know the drill by now but just in case, there’s a ton more to dig into below so go shuck cash at these artists and support them.

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Initial Descent: August 2 – 8, 2020

Faceless Burial
Faceless Burial

It’s Monday. Again. Just like last week and same for next week…maybe. Lucky for you, Monday means a fat stack of new metals to wrap your ears around and open your wallets for. As far as the top four, it’s a sick week if you like sick tunes and honestly, who doesn’t? Rhetorical, of course. Anyway, Australia’s Faceless Burial fly the 90s death metal flag like it’s their lifeblood but what they do with it is what makes this new album absolute GOLD, deathgrinders Stillbirth ride a razor thin line of brutal but technical death metal and grindcore with just a pinch of slam making this effort an easy choice for best of their career, another Australian band Yanomamo is making waves—or slinging mud—with their latest EP of psychedelic sludge, and Texas Murder Crew put an emphasis on the brutal aspect of brutal death metal on their latest. Go do the thing where you give bands all your money, tons of opportunities this week. Enjoy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 5 – 11, 2020

Skeleton
Skeleton, photo courtesy of Mark Garcia

Now that we’re officially in the back half of 2020, the past six months has brought a wealth of outstanding metal spanning all genres. As for me, death metal is in the lead. What about this back half? Will the metal of death stay at the top? Who knows. But, I do know there’s no signs of the quality waning or quantity slowing down so that’s a good thing. Welcome, one and all, to the first full week of the back half and tons more new releases. Cases in point; a full length debut that’s an extreme display of punk, thrash, and death metal aggression from Texas based Skeleton, another entry into ‘negative wizard metal’ from Rebel Wizard (you figure that one out or ask our very own Charles who got me into it), and an outstanding third full length from Lantern that proves, yet again, that Finnish death metal is SO ON POINT. Much more below to sink your teeth into so go do that. Enjoy. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Blood Incantation and Chasing Ghosts

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Blood Incantation’s Hidden History of the Human Race and Epic Brewing Company’s Chasing Ghosts.  Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 8 – 14, 2019

Crypt Sermon
Crypt Sermon

Honestly, I’m still reeling over the 1-2 punch of Vitriol and Mizmor from last week. And probably will be for some time to come. But, there’s a whole load of killer releases this week so my, and your, listening habits will be crowded and our wallets will be empty. ‘What is this sorcery?’ you ask…well, keep reading dear readers.

When a doom leaning heavy metal band comes out with a debut so impressive it makes waves everywhere, it’s hard to assume their follow up will live up to that hype but Crypt Sermon‘s more than lives up, it surpasses and crushes. Nightfell perfectly capture the darkness and turmoil of current times on their wickedly bleak third album, yet another crusher. I’ve seen Haunter‘s new outing called ‘current day old Opeth’ and that’s a fair assessment but misses a ton of the whipping black metal and visionary songwriting so please go and assess for yourself. Last up top but certainly not least is new stuff from death metallers Baest and if you thought they might soften a bit – WRONG. There you have it, four you need and way more of that below so hop to it. Continue reading