Embracing the Descent: September 5 – 11, 2021


Been awhile since we did one of these. Extra day off, extra time, all that jazz. Whatever. You know how this rolls, we pick a fresh batch of albums that struck a chord and you go binge on them. Simple, right? We don’t need to tell you but will anyway; 2021 has given us some gems and will continue to do so and for that we all need to thank the dark lord that bands are even still making music after the shit everyone has been through and still going through. New favorites are coming out every week with no end in sight. This week we’ve got five that struck like lightning; two of them are from last week, but demand your prompt attention. Head inside to see what’s in store and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent.

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Album Review: Ænigmatum — “Deconsecrate”

A famous linguist once said that of all the phrases in the English language, of all of the endless combinations of words in all of history, the most beautiful phrase is “cellar door.”  Well, I don’t know who that guy was but he’s wrong and stupid.  The most beautiful combination of words in any language is “bass solo” and no, I will not be fielding any questions or criticism.  Don’t believe me?  You obviously need to be listening to more Ænigmatum, then.  Deconsecrate is chock full of the aforementioned good stuff, but that’s not the only thing that you’ll find pleasing to the ears.

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Profile: Lindsay O. from Eyes of Perdition

Eyes of Perdition by Krook9
Image courtesy of Krook9

Razor sharp death metal with the attitude of the most incendiary hardcore on the planet is what you can expect from the impending debut EP, Incendiary Truths, from Las Vegas, Nevada’s Eyes of Perdition. Seriously, these five tracks and some 17 minutes and change of straight up explosive death metal not only resonates with the desert it comes from but burns hotter than said desert on the hottest day of the year. And, cap it off with one of the most bludgeoning vocalists this side of Capra’s Crow Lotus with Lindsay O. and honestly, this band is untouchable. Her range matches lock step with the music whether it calls for growls, shrieks, barks, or absolutely commanding roars, and with this being just their debut EP, the fiery sky won’t be able to contain them in the future. Just ahead of their EP being available for the masses, we had the chance to pose our Profile questions to Lindsay to find out some backstory on the band and her background as well, so head below to see how it went down and whatever you do, hit those links contained within to grab a copy for yourself. You can thank us later. IT. IS. THAT. GOOD. Trust us.

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Album Review: Ingested — “The Surreption II”

British death metal veterans Ingested have been spewing out some of the sickest, nastiest death metal for over ten years now, and this year marks an important milestone for the band: the ten-year anniversary of their sophomore effort The Surreption.  However, it hasn’t exactly been a year for much celebration, even if the Manchester foursome want to get out there.  How, then, to best commemorate this experience from the comfortable confines of home while still doing justice to the album?  Completely rerecord and reimagine the whole thing from the ground up, of course.  Enter The Surreption II.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Qrixkuor and Pure Bred

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: Qrixkuor’s Poison Palinopsia and West Coast Wine Group’s Pure Bred.

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