Initial Descent: November 29 – December 5, 2020

the majestic chris voss as necrolytic goat converter
Necrolytic Goat Converter

Turkey day came and went and how much did you gain? Was it worth it? For me, yes. Granted it wasn’t the same as years past but it was still epic in the sense of amazing home cooked goodness. Hopefully you all experienced similarly. And for those of you reading this that don’t celebrate, I hope you had a good Thursday anyway. Alright then, new metal time and this week we’ve got a new one from Necrolytic Goat Converter and while this is black metal it is an extremely personal outing from our very own Chris Voss which we are extremely proud of so please, get on this asap. Next up we’ve got an ass kicking EP from Soilwork, an incredible split between psych grungers Ghost:Hello and noise metal’s new saviors Night Goat, and a filthy death metal entry from Undergang that’s sure to please the old guard purists. Do all of those and all of the rest in this lengthy list. Enjoy.

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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