Initial Descent: February 14 – 20, 2021

Dopelord

Did you shower your Valentine with all the good stuff yesterday? Call your mom? How about gift some grindcore or doom or death metal? No? WTF! If the answer was no to any of those, literally no one cares so you’re good. Anyway, new week means new metal and we’ve got plenty of it, so maybe a late gift?….haha. Kidding. Kicking things off in play low and play slow style are the Polish quartet Dopelord with a smokin’ new EP—see what I did there—that really has me in its grasp, next up is a bone cruncher of blackened-deathgrind from Gravesend, following that is a proggy death metal come psychedelic ambient number from The Lylat Continuum, and last up top is Harakiri For The Sky with their new full length that weaves post-everything and a pinch of black and folk metal—it hasn’t tripped my trigger yet, but maybe your mileage will be better. We’ve got all that and a ton more, so get to digging.

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CANTO: Darkthrone, Gatecreeper, Årabrot, and More

Darkthrone

At least the snow is pretty today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Harakiri For The Sky, The Amenta, Pupil Slicer, and More

harakiri for the sky

I should probably go outside one of these days.

  • So this is different and definitely worth a few minutes of time. Members of Archspire have launched an online cooking show? It’s called Good Morning Handsome, and you can check out episode 1, “Friends With Benny’s”, right now.
  • Harakiri For The Sky released a new single today, with accompanying drum playthrough. “I’m All About the Dusk” is, of course, taken from Mӕre, which is now set for a February 19th release through AOP Records.
  • Pupil Slicer, who just signed on with Prosthetic Records last year, have announced the release of their debut album, Mirrors, on March 12th. They’re streaming a new single today, “Wounds Upon My Skin”, if you’re interested in a preview.
  • And we’ll close with a video from The Amenta for “An Epoch Ellipsis”, a track taken from Revelator. That album drops on February 19th through Debemur Morti Productions. Get your pre-order on over at their Bandcamp link.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Cult of Luna, Dark Tranquillity, Harakiri For The Sky, and More

Dark Tranquillity

Wasn’t much going on yesterday, but fortunately there’s plenty to share on today!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Amenra, Gaerea, Harakiri For The Sky, and More

What a freaking day. But it’s all good… back on trails tomorrow.

  • Amenra have signed on with Relapse Records and are preparing for a new full-length album sometime in 2021. This is one of my favorite projects going, so I’m excited about this news.
  • We have a whole slew of new tracks and/or videos to share. Let’s start with Katla, who released a new track from their upcoming EP, Blótar gömlu goðin. This one is called “Farg”, which refers to a heavy burden. As a heads up, that EP is only available with premium editions of the upcoming full-lengh, Allt þetta helvítis myrkur, which is out on November 13th.
  • And then we have Harakiri For The Sky, who are releasing their next album, Mӕre, early next year through AOP Records. Check out the video for “I, Pallbearer”, from that upcoming release.
  • Finally, Gaerea, who released a new music video for “Urge”. That track is taken from Limbo, which dropped earlier this year through Season of Mist. And if you haven’t checked it out in full yet, you’re missing out.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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