Initial Descent: February 19 – 25, 2023

Bodyfarm – image courtesy of Stefan Schipper

Just like the redneck uncle that always crashes every family get together drunk and full of piss and venom (we all love this uncle, and you know it), we’re back with another rowdy bunch of new metal albums. This week we’ve got death metal debauchery from Bodyfarm, entrancing melodic death from Insomnium, goreific death from FesterDecay, and some experimental heavy from Big|Brave. As usual though, there’s way more in the list below that will tickle nearly every fancy out there so get to digging and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

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Album Review: Nothingness — “Supraliminal”

Nothingness - Supraliminal

I’m pretty pleased that the first review I put out in the new year is for an album I’ve been patiently hoping for for quite some time. NothingnessThe Hollow Gaze of Death was an album that absolutely blew me away upon first listen, albeit well after the album was originally released, but now I get to be in on the ground floor and say that Supraliminal, the band’s sophomore release and first new album in close to four years, ups the ante by a considerable bit. If you’re even remotely a fan of death metal, you’re going to want to get in on that ground floor with me.

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Initial Descent: January 15 – 21, 2023

Katatonia – image courtesy of Mathias Blom

In this, the third full week of new releases, if anyone thought Katatonia wouldn’t be at the top of said third week list, you have been hiding under a rock. This will sound weird but Sky Void of Stars is the most current Katatonia sounding album ever, and I mean that in the best possible way. However, there are more excellent releases that need your attention in the form of death metal from Nothingness, deathdoomgrind deliciousness from Turbid North, and melodic black metal from Inherits The Void. Speaking of knowing us or not; what am I going to say next? Yep, you guessed it…and there’s many more in the list below that are definitely worth seeking out. Ok, ok, trivia time is over. Happy hunting and see you here throughout the week.

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Initial Descent: July 3 – 9, 2022


Here in the States we’re celebrating Independence Day which means a lot of things that…you can look up on the interwebs. These days, it’ll be celebrated with tons of fireworks that will go on for far too long, all the breweries will be kept afloat for the next month or so just off this one day, and many of us will have the day off. Whether you celebrate or not, today also means a fresh new batch of metal releases that kicks off with a trio of death metal albums; first up is a vicious one from Altars, second up uncovers some delicious deathgrind from Defect Designer, and the last of this trifecta is of the brutal death and slam variety from Organectomy. Then we’ve got a wicked stoner doom effort from Telekinetic Yeti, and, as always, a long list of other releases worthy of tracking down. Whatever you’re doing today, enjoy, and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week.

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Receiving the Evcharist:  Ritual Necromancy/Fossilization and Breckenridge Brewing’s Raspberry Vanilla Porter

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Hello friends!  We are closing the book on February and with Ostara less than a month away, it is time to enjoy the last taste of winter before the descent of spring.  Let us drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offerings:  Ritual Necromancy/Fossilization‘s Split and Breckenridge Brewing’s Raspberry Vanilla Porter.

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