Initial Descent: July 25 – 31, 2021

King Woman
King Woman

By the time this goes to print, I’ll be knee deep in my once a year “Great Reset.” It has been a grueling and ridiculously stressful first half of 2021, on so many fronts, so this will be a much needed thing to unfray the frayed ends of sanity. I’m pretty sure most of you reading this can relate. Anyway, the new metal listings this week kick off with an impeccable second full length from doomgazers King Woman that, to my ears, is leaps and bounds over the debut, just incredible. Next we’ve got post-black metal from Lantlos, and two death metal entries from Fetid Zombie and Galvanizer. And, of course, a full scroll of entries follows. Plenty to dig into here, go get some. See you back here after the reset.

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Second Circle: Withered and Diabolizer

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

It’s almost July and we’ve eclipsed the mid point of 2021. It has been one hell of a year thus far in the world of metal and as usual, it has followed the hellish landscape we’ve all been trying to live in, but no news there as music generally follows whatever fresh hell we find ourselves in and rides the anger and angst surrounding it all. We’ve definitely weathered some pre-apocalypse type shit and somehow, the world still turns. So, enough small talk. This edition of Second Circle focuses on the likeminded obliteration of Withered and Diabolizer who both find a way to sever any thoughts of happy endings.

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Initial Descent: June 27 – July 3, 2021

Diabolizer

Much like past new release lists of late, this is another one as packed as I am when readying bourbon for a vacation…or just a weekend away…or, you get the idea. Anyway, Diabolizer kick things off with one of the best examples of ass kickin’, speed demon death metal that I’ve heard all year. ALL. YEAR. Next up, Sewer Fiend get nasty on their all too quick death metal EP that I wish had at least 30 more minutes of runtime, Year of No Light continue to expand post-metal’s limits, and brutal death metallers Anthropophagus Depravity (say that 10 times fast) snap necks and cash checks. I DON’T KNOW, it just came out of my head, sounded good, and here we are. Moving on, the comment section is open so you can flood us with all the shit we missed or need to hear. After all, we’re one site and can’t know or hear them all despite what anyone else tells you. Pop a top, folks.

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CANTO: Fear Factory, Lacuna Coil, Endseeker, and More

Drafting this a bit early because there’s a certain Roadburn Redux set I need to catch right after work.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Receiving the Evcharist: Fractal Generator and Adroit Theory Brewing Company’s The Death of Civilization in Slow Motion I

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Fractal Generator’s Macrocosmos and Adroit Theory Brewing Company’s The Death of Civilization in Slow Motion I. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Fractal Generator’s Macrocosmos and Adroit Theory Brewing Company’s The Death of Civilization in Slow Motion I. Continue reading