Initial Descent: March 4 – 10, 2018

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Vile Creature

March. Already. Seems like yesterday we were regaling you with our favorite albums from last year. Then again, five years ago seems like yesterday to me so I’m a horrible judge of time. Be that as it may, 2018 has had a strong start musically and there’s no denying that regardless of taste and seemingly no let up in quality either. Which leads us right into this week with the absolutely riveting Cast of Static and Smoke from Vile Creature and its not only a great doom album but it’s centered around an excellent post-apocalyptic. Next up is Judas Priest with Firepower which, quite frankly, is the best thing they’ve done in a long time — you be the judge but for me, this is the heavy metal I wanted and needed to hear from the almighty Priest. Moving along, Eviternity from Kosmogyr is an unpredictable yet overwhelmingly powerful black metal debut that demands your attention but gives so much in return — not to be missed. Closing out the top slots this week is the debut, Purge, from India’s Killibrium which strikes a wicked balance between old and new school death metal with some killer grooves. As you read through and discover the rest of the list below you’ll understand how hard it was to not include at least 10 or so more up here so dive in and enjoy. Continue reading

Album Review: Lamb of God – “VII: Sturm und Drang”

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No matter what you normally think of Lamb of God, you have to admit: it’s been tough not to pay attention to updates on their new album, VII: Sturm und Drangover the last couple of months. After the turbulent three years they just had? After vocalist Randy Blythe’s manslaughter trial in the Czech Republic? Of course you’re going to be a little curious. And the good news is: for the most part, the album rewards that curiosity.  Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 24’s New Releases in Brief

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We’re trying something new with Initial Descent this week. As you may be aware, we moved this segment to Mondays last week (covering the previous week’s new releases) to accommodate the new, industry-wide “New Release Fridays” transition. Except that arrangement meant we’d be looking back rather than forward each week, which isn’t exactly ideal.

So instead, we’re going to make these roundups a bit more current and publish them on Fridays—the day of these new releases. Then in the forthcoming week’s podcast, we’ll both cover the albums we highlight here and look ahead to the following week’s new releases, which will be dropping around the time said episode posts.

Make sense? It does to us, I swear. You’ll catch on. Anyway, here are this week’s highlights:  Continue reading

Just the Tip: September 9’s New Releases in Brief

It’s new release Tuesday! Here’s what we’ll be checking out on this week’s episode:

September 9, 2014

In Flames – Siren Charms (Epic)

Funereus – ……Return of the Old Goat (Forever Plagued)

Striker – City of Gold (Napalm)

Take a listen for yourselves and check back later this week for our thoughts in Episode 21!


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