Initial Descent: December 22 – 28, 2019

Verthebral

As we slowly kick 2019 to the curb and look ahead to 2020, there’s one thing to NOT do and that’s making a New Years resolution. If you want to be better, do it. If you want to be healthier, do it. If you want to be drunker, do it. Whatever your aspirations are, just do it. Resolutions are for one thing and one thing only: to be broken and forgotten about by the end of January. Ok, ok, I know you didn’t come here for a pep talk and we do have a very abbreviated list of new metal so we’ll do that instead. South American death metal is generally some barbaric stuff and Verthebral doesn’t disappoint on their sophomore outing, and how about some bestial metal to end the year with? Goatblood have you covered with their third full length of war, blood, and gore. Not much below but still, there’s a few worth checking out. Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 24 – March 02, 2019

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Pig’s Blood

Made it out of the mountains and not one Bigfoot to be found. Oh well, guess we’ll have to wait for the next hodgepodge video to surface so we can call bullshit on it. Anyway, I did exactly as I said and had one hell of a soundtrack for the weekend and this week is no different. Why you ask? Well, dear reader, we have treasures for you…

First up is Wisconsin’s Pig’s Blood with their second full length of war tattered death metal, A Flock Slaughtered, and if you thought their self titled debut was good (it was) this is going to blow your ears clean off your cranium. Next is Colombia’s Lucifera who wowed me with Preludio del Mal and its fierce take on blackened death with a slight lean towards thrash but on La Caceria De Brujas, their fourth effort, the band is at their deadliest – the vocals alone are enough to cause bodily harm and add in the d-beat touch? GOLD. Moving along: Fange, France’s answer to a nasty strain of sludge induced doom and death metal, return with Punir and this time they introduce a touch of noise and an industrious feel to the mix – Fange has been a favorite for awhile now and this album seals the deal. Last up top is yet another album, Heretical Sect, full of blackened death / doom from a reclusive bunch called Heretical Sect and again, go now and get it – multiple formats on multiple labels so do that and stop making excuses.

Much more below so don’t delay. Continue reading