Initial Descent: July 3 – 9, 2022

Altars

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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Second Circle: Rotborn and Tormentor Tyrant

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.

Time files, but one thing remains constant: death metal will flow and I will apparently do a Second Circle around the middle to end of January. This time of year I’m usually still recuperating from EOY List syndrome, but ever since digging the Necrophagous album I reviewed a few weeks back I’ve been bitten by the death metal bug. So this one is a bit off the cuff: two new death metal EPs that I haven’t listened to yet. You’re getting this review fresh off the old brainpan. Let’s turn the volume up and do this.

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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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