Initial Descent: July 16 – 22, 2017

Sun of the Sleepless - Schwadorf
Sun Of the Sleepless (Schwadorf)

Another moment in time and another terrible loss with the tragic death of Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)…and another reason that if you know someone who is struggling reach out, without judgement, and do something…anything, you can to help. Our thoughts go out to family, friends, bandmates and everyone else affected by this.

This week here on Initial Descent we have much to explore but kicking things off is the black metal meets poetic beauty of To the Elements from Sun Of the Sleepless. Next up is the bone rattling death metal of Whore of Bethlehem on Extinguish the Light, more death metal follows from Decrepit Birth with Axis Mundi and rounding out the top slots this week is the darker yet slightly more punk infused Pillar of Fire from Tau Cross. But wait, there’s more to follow so keep reading and keep listening. Continue reading

Concert Review: Maryland Deathfest XV, Part One

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For the fifth year in a row, I found myself down in Baltimore over Memorial Day weekend for Maryland Deathfest. Although this year, things were a little different. For one, there was no outside stage — an omission that, I hoped, wouldn’t prove to be a death knell for “America’s Biggest Metal Party®.” For another, my two longtime MDF-attending colleagues — our co-host emeritus and Literati Overlord — decided not to partake in this year’s festivities.

Still, with a compelling enough lineup and plenty of other metal comrades flying in for the weekend, I decided to take the plunge again. And, lucky you, you get to hear all about it! (SPOILER ALERT: Reports of Maryland Deathfest’s, erm… death… were greatly exaggerated.)

I was going to try to write up these recaps as I go, but the reality is, that was never going to be possible. (You know, because of concerting and catching-up-with and other shenanigans. And maybe sleep, too.) Oh well, with all that said, here goes…

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Throwback Thanksgiving Thursday: Excess via Death Metal

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It’s turkey time again and we all know this holiday in particular can push our limits as well as expand our waistlines. For this edition of #tbt we take a look at the excess of it all in three phases — via classic death metal song titles. A genre full of gore is of ripe for this sort of thing but it’s all in lighthearted fun. Rest assured no animals, humans or stomachs were harmed during the making of this post. So hit the playlist at the bottom and follow along. Continue reading