Initial Descent: December 6 – 12, 2020

Deeds of Flesh
Deeds of Flesh

It’s that time of year where we reflect on our metal choices over the past twelve months to separate the wheat from the chaff. BUT, as this week’s list of new metal will show you, DO NOT finalize any lists until you’ve seen what lies in wait. Or you can be content with your choices, tune out and miss the next two weeks, and then decide you fucked up. Free country and all. Anywho, a band we thought we may never hear from again, DEEDS OF FLESH, return in all their extreme death metal glory with a stunner, Heads for the Dead pump their brand of death metal full of gory fun, Heretical Sect mix black, death, and doom metal to complete success, and Folterkammer puts out a very unique album that showcases black metal as a backdrop with dark vocals and even darker atmospheres at the forefront. So yea, see? Tried to tell you. And, there’s a ton more lingering just below so get in there and do your thing.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Mizmor and Andrew Black — “Dialetheia”

mizmor andrew black dialetheia

“Unprecedented times.”  The phrase we’ve all seen more than we care to in the last nine months.  From email greetings to official press briefings, there is ample reminder at every turn that what we as a collective are going through right now is something many people never even imagined.  The loss of tangible connections to the communities we had built for ourselves, especially in times that are already turbulent enough on their own, is perhaps the most devastating aspect of having to shelter in place in the middle of a pandemic, and musicians, for whom community is both their raison d’etre and their livelihoods, have been feeling this loss harder than many other people have.  Yet in our strange age where physical presence is a danger, we are more connected to each other than ever before through our technology, allowing many to find the kinship they seek and a shared purpose to keep their artistic visions alive.  Thus, did A.L.N. and Andrew Black, founder and live bassist for Portland, OR’s Mizmor respectively, share a vision for an album created by and for our unprecedented times, a colossal ambient work called Dialetheia.  

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CANTO: Pessimist, Avatar, Heretical Sect, and More

It’s getting nice and dark out there these nice. Grimmmmmm, if you will.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Receiving the Evcharist: MSW and O’Malley’s Irish Stout

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: MSW’s Obliviosus and Indie Brewing Company’s O’Malley’s Irish Stout.  
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CANTO: Heretical Sect, PG.Lost, Harlott, and More

Everything is weird but at least Fall has arrived!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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