Initial Descent: December 20 – 26, 2020

Beaten To Death
Beaten To Death

Today, it’s officially winter and while I’m no fan of cold temps, I am strangely at peace with whatever winter brings this time around. There’s something about the serenity a hard snow brings BUT where I live that won’t happen soooo. Anyway, it’s the last full week of the year which means the new release lists for the next two weeks will be slim, but still a few nuggets to be found if you take the time. This week we’ve got another new one from grinders Beaten to Death who’ve been insanely busy this year with a handful of releases, and we’ve got a goat assault from Bestial Warfare because who doesn’t like a goat assault in December? As always, there’s more below, but not many. Oh and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and to those who don’t, Merry Friday. 

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Initial Descent: February 24 – March 02, 2019

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Pig’s Blood

Made it out of the mountains and not one Bigfoot to be found. Oh well, guess we’ll have to wait for the next hodgepodge video to surface so we can call bullshit on it. Anyway, I did exactly as I said and had one hell of a soundtrack for the weekend and this week is no different. Why you ask? Well, dear reader, we have treasures for you…

First up is Wisconsin’s Pig’s Blood with their second full length of war tattered death metal, A Flock Slaughtered, and if you thought their self titled debut was good (it was) this is going to blow your ears clean off your cranium. Next is Colombia’s Lucifera who wowed me with Preludio del Mal and its fierce take on blackened death with a slight lean towards thrash but on La Caceria De Brujas, their fourth effort, the band is at their deadliest – the vocals alone are enough to cause bodily harm and add in the d-beat touch? GOLD. Moving along: Fange, France’s answer to a nasty strain of sludge induced doom and death metal, return with Punir and this time they introduce a touch of noise and an industrious feel to the mix – Fange has been a favorite for awhile now and this album seals the deal. Last up top is yet another album, Heretical Sect, full of blackened death / doom from a reclusive bunch called Heretical Sect and again, go now and get it – multiple formats on multiple labels so do that and stop making excuses.

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Initial Descent: February 10 -16, 2019

Endorphins Lost
Endorphins Lost – courtesy of Jon Fett

It’s love week. Cupid, hearts….and all that. Who do you love? I say, who do you LOooOVE?! Whoa, the spirit of Bo Diddley got me for a sec. But, to further his point: we love metal and lists of new metal. We have both, in spades, right here. Keep reading, dear reader…

It’s been awhile since the last really good powerviolence fix but Endorphins Lost repair that missing element on the devastatingly vicious Seclusions – think Choose Your Way with more hate and venom. If you’ve been paying attention, speed metal with a heavy lean towards all things 80s is a very good thing and Chainbreaker do just that, tremendously so, on debut Lethal Desire. Saor don’t exactly break their own mold on Forgotten Paths but they still execute their brand of folk and atmospheric black metal well and if we we’re betting folks, we would bet that this album will be much better when played at Fire In the Mountains Fest. Last up top are the black ‘n’ punk phenoms Truchło Strzygi who offer one of the most seamless mixes of those two genres on Nad Którymi Nie Czuw Żaden Stróż.

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Initial Descent: September 16 – 22, 2018

Krigsgrav
Krigsgrav

Weekend is gone. I’m falling short on words so let’s just get to the week that is in new metal…

Don’t mess with Texas they said, somebody did and now Krigsgrav is back for revenge on Leave No Path To Follow and they’ve one upped themselves again here, no small feat since Waves of Degradation was a killer and likewise for The Carrion Fields but their brand of black metal laced with doom and gazey corners is a full on epic beast to behold. Fórn have been through all kinds of hell over the past two years and it shows in every pained note of Rites of Despair – this is a tremendous doom album that tests wills while keeping anticipations high for what’s to come next, highly recommended but you knew that so buy it already. Following on the heels of Sumac’s free form, on the spot collab with Keiji Haino is Love In Shadow which keeps that feel going but is a return to what they do best: crush souls with a bombardment of cerebral sludge. Last up in the top slots is Wisconsin’s Prezir with their war ready take on gritty yet memorable black metal on As Rats Devour Lions and the blood flows freely, just sayin’.

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Initial Descent: October 29 – November 4, 2017

Throne of Heresy
Throne of Heresy

That chill in the air signifies the landscape surrounding us has begun its slow progression towards death. It also means that you need to sharpen your fire making skills because seriously, there’s nothing better than a crisp night under the stars with thought provoking metal and a roaring fire. With that, let’s begin: grim, frostbitten, technical and majestic all describe the black metal found on Throne of Heresy’s third full length Decameron, the heavy metal freight train that is Sweden’s Ram continues to barrel mightily down the tracks on Rod, on third full length and Colin Marston produced IAO 269 death metallers Corpse Garden show a new, outstanding, experimental side we’ve yet to hear and putting the final squeeze on this Halloween season is Autumns Eyes with their Type O Negative vibed Ending Life Slowly — dark, gloomy, goth tinged with a pinch of melodic death metal equates to a ton of fun here. Cozy up with us by this amazing fire we started (with lighter fluid, shhh – our secret) and explore all that this week has to offer… Continue reading