Initial Descent: August 23 – 29, 2020

Necrot
Necrot

Catch that Enslaved Below the Lights stream last week? Maybe it’s still up but if not, and you missed it, shame on you is all I can say. Anyway, another new week and another massive pile of bloody metal to sink your teeth into. Shall we? Rhetorical, of course. The Bay Area’s death metal behemoths Necrot are back with a vicious slab of old school infused death that’ll set your head on fire and make your ears bleed, everyone’s favorite grind masters Pig Destroyer have an EP that is at once familiar but boundary pushing on the backside, Exist chair an all star class on how progressive metal should be done, and Panzerfaust hit us right in the raw yet hypnotic black metal feels and those are good feels, to be sure. See? I told you this week would be massive, and there’s still a ton more below. Enjoy.

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Exist’s Max Phelps on new album “Egoiista,” life for the band since their last album, advantages of longer songs, music teaching, Chuck Schuldiner’s lasting legacy, and so much more!

Exist

Baltimore, MD’s Exist have a deep lineage across the metal spectrum and with some of the most heralded bands in history. So it should come as no surprise they’ve made a splash since their mid 2000s debut or that they’ve shared tours with many elite bands. Their first two albums were an encyclopedia of how progressive metal is done and now with their third, Egoiista, ready to roll they, yet again, hold a masterclass in how to stay atop this crowded genre and dive deeper into their own mechanics to make this junior effort their best yet. Continue reading

CANTO: Spirit Adrift, Exist, Amaranthe, and More

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A whole slew of new tracks to share today. Keeping Friday easy for me!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Rotting Christ, Imperial Triumphant, Exist, and More

Imperial Triumphant

“Now you bless, now you pray for, now you pray for the new God they sent you. Sons of God will forgive you, and the weapon for new wars will give you.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Lamb of God, Inkcarceration, Darkest Hour, and More

lambofgod

I’ve been listening to a lot of Type O Negative today.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb