Initial Descent: July 28 – August 3, 2019

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Excuse

Between Des leaving High On Fire, Rutger Hauer passing, and Call of the Void calling it quits, last week was a dumpster fire of epic proportions. But, we must carry on. All I can offer is new metal so sit down, read up, and hang on…

Finland’s answer to all things good in heavy and speed metal, Excuse, offer up their debut full length and if you missed out on their exceptional EP Goddess Injustice please go study up ahead of this slab of killer with zero filler. Speaking of killer, Sanguisugabogg (say that five times fast) do outstanding things to death metal on their EP and yes, I know it came out last week but we missed it and now we didn’t – you don’t miss it either. The sucking out of life force that graces Grogus’ debut full length exactly matches the intensity of the sludge, death, and hardcore contained within – plus, it’s a forward thinking album with many twists and surprises afoot. And, last up top is the third full length from England’s heavy metal bruisers Eradikator who shred their way through nine tracks of extremely catchy steel. 

More to follow so keep up. Continue reading

CANTO: Lacuna Coil, All That Remains, Chevelle, and More

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I am back from Wyoming and have returned to the pathetic existence that is routine.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: October 7 – 13, 2018

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Vanhelgd

I’m seeing tons more people getting into the whole 31 days of horror extravaganza this year and want to remind everyone to not miss the Blood Red series from Chris where he goes all in for Hooptober. This is the month where horror and metal collide in an evil symphony and needless to say, I’ll drink to that. Speaking of metal, there’s plenty of it this week so let’s get to it…

Swedish death metallers Vanhelgd offer up their fifth installment of insanely good death metal on Deimos Sanktuarium and yes, it is better than Temple of Phobos. NY’s King Buffalo may tag themselves as heavy blues but after spending much time with their second full length Longing To Be the Mountain I would add ‘explosion’ to that tag – it’s an explosion of ideas; a psychedelic cousin and a blues brother meet up to grab drinks with a rocker friend and a metal head uncle. Great second effort here. Vermithrax make their brand of thrash pulse with the soul of classic heavy metal on Imperium Draconus and Solium Fatalis return with a crunchy, melodic blast of death and black metal on Genetically Engineered To Enslave – the production on this thing is unbelievable which is good news for eardrums all around the world.

Stacked week so far but there’s much more candy to enjoy below, go get them. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 3 – 10, 2016

Colosso
Colosso

First off, happy weekend. Second, it’s Saturday and I’m sure you thought we weren’t running Initial Descent. Well, fooled you. If you have an opinion regarding this running on Saturday let us know in the comments otherwise let’s get on with it. Another week and another list of metal for you to check out; death metallers Colosso are back with their third full length Obnoxious, Divebomb Records is releasing Bewitcher‘s Self-Titled debut on CD format, Tardive Dyskinesia gets crazy with Harmonic Confusion and of course Devin Townsend Project return with Transcendence. But wait, there’s so much more, click that “continue reading” link. Continue reading