Initial Descent: August 21 – 27, 2022

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We start with a non new release related item: seek out the 2022 Joe Barresi Remix of Dio’s Holy Diver. Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of remixes or reimaginings or re-recordings but THIS is a remix I can get behind. And now for the new release items: most of these opening four have been highly anticipated and hotly hyped, but that hype is well deserved in the black metal of Blackbraid and Sigh, in the progressive metal of Dreadnought, and in the destructive black metal meets hardcore force of Hexis. Moving on, and as always is the case with these lists, there’s a ton lying in wait below so there’s plenty to keep everyone busy. Enjoy the search and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

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CANTO: Tankard, Virtual Symmetry, Outline In Color, and More

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Hustling through this so that I can get to the damn brewery. It’s Friday, ya’ll.

  • We’ll lead off with some progressive metal, in the form of Virtual Symmetry. The quintet revealed “Come Alive” today, taken from their upcoming self-titled album. That one is out on September 16th through Sensory Records.
  • I’ve been listening to False Light a lot this week, so we’ll jump to new a new lyric video from White Ward next. Check out the visualizer for “Phoenix” here. That album, by the way, dropped a couple weeks ago through Debemur Morti and it is incredible.
  • Moving in a completely different direction next, dark rockers Scarlet Dorn unveiled a new single titled “Unstill Life”. That’s taken from a new album dropping on September 30th through SPV Recordings titled Queen Of Broken Dreams.
  • If post-hardcore is your jam today, check out the latest from Outline In Color. The new single and video, “Quicksand”, is available here. If you dig it, they’ll be on the road for much of the remaining year. Tours are back, in case you weren’t aware.
  • Since we opened with beer, we shall also close with beer. Check out the new video and track from Tankard for “Beerbarians”. Pavlov’s Dawgs will be out on September 30th through Reaper Entertainment, their debut with the label.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Zeal & Ardor, Rob Zombie, Pestilent Hex, and More

Considering my next couple days will be spent in Boston, these will be sparse this week.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Reeking Aura, Bacchus, In Grief, and More

And the Wyoming countdown is officially on.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: White Ward — “False Light”

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White Ward is not afraid of change. From the adventurous and heartbreaking Futility Report to the intricate, dangerous intimacy of Love Exchange Failure White Ward is mutable, changing sound according to their experiences – a testament to a moment in time. With an atmosphere akin to fluorescent lights illuminating a dark hallway, the band continue to push their musical limits, blending their brand of post-black metal with dark jazz and synth sections making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. False Light, their third album, is a continuation of their sonic explorations on Love Exchange Failure with a new, refined eye, one that speaks deeply to my avant-garde tastes.

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