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

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…

If you read this regularly or are a first time visitor, let us know if you love it, hate it, want to see something different, something new, or none of the above. In that case, just leave us a comment. We’d love to hear from you. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 7 – 13, 2018

vanhelgd
Vanhelgd

I’m seeing tons more people getting into the whole 31 days of horror extravaganza this year and want to remind everyone to not miss the Blood Red series from Chris where he goes all in for Hooptober. This is the month where horror and metal collide in an evil symphony and needless to say, I’ll drink to that. Speaking of metal, there’s plenty of it this week so let’s get to it…

Swedish death metallers Vanhelgd offer up their fifth installment of insanely good death metal on Deimos Sanktuarium and yes, it is better than Temple of Phobos. NY’s King Buffalo may tag themselves as heavy blues but after spending much time with their second full length Longing To Be the Mountain I would add ‘explosion’ to that tag – it’s an explosion of ideas; a psychedelic cousin and a blues brother meet up to grab drinks with a rocker friend and a metal head uncle. Great second effort here. Vermithrax make their brand of thrash pulse with the soul of classic heavy metal on Imperium Draconus and Solium Fatalis return with a crunchy, melodic blast of death and black metal on Genetically Engineered To Enslave – the production on this thing is unbelievable which is good news for eardrums all around the world.

Stacked week so far but there’s much more candy to enjoy below, go get them. Continue reading