Initial Descent: March 17 – 23, 2019

Sigils
Sigils

First full week of this time change and I already feel better. Under the guise of having a hard time with it, did you miss anything we had last week? Go back and research but do, at the very least, catch our February album of the month chat for Ithaca’s The Language of Injury, and I’ll make it easy for you – link here. New week and new metal, GO.

Leading this charge is NY’s Sigils with their spine tingling doom debut You Built the Altar, You Lit the Leaves, its soaring melancholy meets occult themes and personal backstory makes for a splendid experience. Next up, Gods Without Name from Aoratos (new offering from the mind behind Akhlys) is a whirling maelstrom of black metal with a terrifying atmosphere, no surprise here from Naas Alcameth. Moving right along, Tempel who combine good-time old school metal, rock and hardcore for a sound that’s, well…, a damn good time on Tempel. Last up top is California’s Tryptamyne who recently found a home for Tryptamyne with upstart label Vargheist Records and since the label deals in a niche corner of the extreme, this blend of grind and progressive elements with an experimental flair is a perfect fit.

Beyond these four, a massive pile awaits… Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 3 – 9, 2019

Kicker
Kicker

I’m here to show you new metal and chew bubblegum and I’m all out of bubblegum, lucky for you.

And it’s that kind of attitude that Kicker, comprised of seasoned vets across genres (look them up, pal), emits on their rowdy ass kicking, instant cult classic punk album Pure Drivel. Downfall of Gaia inject just the right amount of melody and a heaping dose of thick atmosphere between their blastbeats on Ethic of Radical Finitude, Yerûšelem spits forth a throbbing mass of industrial post-punk laced with black metal and electronica on The Sublime, and Ad Patres go the meat and potatoes death metal route on A Brief Introduction To Human Experiments but with that said, who doesn’t love some well done meat and potatoes death metal?!

More to follow below so don’t get lost in there and hang around as long as you like. No bubblegum in sight so you’re safe. Continue reading

Album Review: In the Woods… – “Cease the Day”

In the Woods... - Cease the Day

Most bands coming out of an extended period of inactivity are applauded for not missing a beat…in other words, sticking firmly to the formula that worked for them.  If Norway’s In the Woods… had a formula at all, it was moving adventurously forward, mixing death, doom, folk and black metal in a way that didn’t sound like anyone else at the time. Since reuniting and coming back with 2016’s excellent Pure (an album that made both Corey’s and my Best of 2016 lists) the band feels completely revitalized, honing their progressive mix to larger extremes.  New album Cease the Day further refines that sense of exploration in extremes, to fantastic results. 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: September 9 – 15, 2018

Archgoat
Archgoat

What album grabbed you last week? And I mean, really grabbed hold and wouldn’t let go? One, several, all? Well, just as you thought it was safe to keep listening to that or those, here we have a whole new list of metal to sink your teeth into. It’s what we do, you’re welcome. Enough small talk, there’s much to get to. What, you ask? Keep reading…

If you ride with #ArchgoatArmy – and you should – you’re in for a treat since they’re back with The Luciferian Crown which turns over more of their hypnotic groove but never lays off the twisted black / death we’ve come to know and love. Deicide’s Satan loving might be a tad blasé but with Overtures of Blasphemy they prove that after nearly thirty years they can still make some damn good death metal. Switching gears a bit with black metal and violins (yes, you read that right) is Alma from Windfaerer and on this, their third full length, the folk aspect and black metal are a perfect marriage. One more switch up before I officially unleash you on the rest of the list: Mankind Woman from Brant Bjork is some damn sweet desert rock that recalls the early days of the genre he helped to build but combines all his talents under one roof and the album is phenomenal because of it.

NOW you are officially unleashed. Enjoy. Continue reading