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.

Happy love week. Keep reading to find something you really love. Continue reading

Initial Descent: November 11 – 17, 2018

ævangelist
Ævangelist

By the time this goes to print, I’ll be on the way back from the Holy City where I’ll have indulged in breweries, old architecture and a graveyard or two (hey, old architecture there too) but for sure will have several of this week’s new offerings in my ears for the duration. What exactly is new this week? Read on to find out…

Kicking this thing off in grand fashion is the ever suffocating and esoteric maelstrom of darkness that is Ævangelist on Matricide In the Temple of Omega, this is a band that defies categorization but always pushes the boundaries of black and death metal as well as its listener’s limits. Don’t just sample it, completely bury yourself in its hour of audio terror. Next up is Ghostly White from Deceased who over the course of 30 years and some change have put out consistently great death metal and this eighth full length is no exception but furthermore after all this time the band seems to have more energy than ever and dare I say the best chops yet. Moving along is Introvert from Norway’s Slegest which really scratches that black ‘n’ roll itch I get from time to time, this things just rocks. Period. Last in this week’s opening four is Arête with their debut full length Hymnal which expands on everything that made their 2016 EP such a hit. They’ve taken a genre tag, atmospheric black metal, and offered us the very definition of its parts – as the weather turns cold this is an outstanding companion to steal away from the surrounding world and its crazed pace.

Plenty more inside to explore so jump in and don’t miss a thing. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 23 – 29, 2018

Hexripper

Blasting into this week with a movie that if you’re a horror fan, is an absolute must: Mandy. You may have heard the hubbub over this thing but I’m here to tell you said hubbub is on point. I won’t spoil it but Nicolas Cage is a beast and there’s a nod to Celtic Frost. Grab it on your favorite VOD platform and get ready to come unhinged. Now, for what you came for: new metal and there’s a heaping platter of it this week so let’s jump in the fire…

Opening this week’s festivities is an album that dropped late last week but I’m including it here because it blew me away with its ferocious nod to the kings of heavy metal but one that we, as heavy metal fans, desperately need to remind us that staying grounded to our roots is extremely important so go immediately and grab a copy of Hexripper’s Demo 2018 – I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun with five songs or the last time I felt such a joyous rush of nostalgia. Next up is Bonehunter with their third full length Children of the Atom and if speed metal laced with black and punk interests you then this is a no-brainer – kick the tires and light the fires folks, the band certainly did here. Ambient black metallers From the Bogs of Aughiska grace us with quite possibly their best, darkest and harshest effort yet with Mineral Bearing Veins which still has my jaw planted firmly on the floor, just sayin’. Closing out these top four with a bang is Valdrin who return with their second full length of occult mythology by way of blackened death metal, Two Carrion Talismans.

So, there’s a peek but this list is longer than we’ve had in recent weeks and all we got is time – I mean, what else are you going to do on a Monday that’s better than this?! Get in there and click those links. Continue reading

Album Review: Cemetery Urn – “Barbaric Retribution”

Cemetery Urn - Barbaric Retribution

I come to you now with this confession, fully cognizant of the fact it may strip away what little metal cred I may’ve curried while writing for this website: I don’t really like Incantation.  I’ve tried, gone back and forth through their catalog and the most I’ve been able to muster is a half-hearted appreciation for Vanquish in Vengeance.  So it’s a doubly odd thing when I tell you that Barabaric Retribution, the latest from Australia’s Cemetery Urn – a band whose foundation lays within the muddy filth-ridden death metal Incantation calls home – not only got me to stand up and take notice, but revels in its muck in a way the former band never really got across to my ears.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 12 – 18, 2018

Trappist
Trappist – photo courtesy of Paul Lee

We are in the throes of a new week, like it or not. No need to get all bent out of the frame though, Monday means it’s time for new metal and for another week of showcasing some of it. Plus we’re on the downhill slide of the year and if the first half was any indication, the second half should be a knockout finish. Speaking of, we begin the week with a four pack of treats. Carry on…

We like beer and so does Trappist, who in the span of 21 tracks in 33 minutes, rip with crusty d-beat violence on their debut Ancient Brewing Tactics all in the name of almighty beer. It’s a supercharged juggernaut slam full of all star guests so make sure to check this one out – they’ve also included some pairings, nice guys. Just in time to extinguish the light from everything are two beasts of blackened doom and noise; Primitive Man and Unearthly Trance offer up a Split release that will leave indelible marks on any and all souls who dare to listen (over the top? nah). Black Tusk return with an all-guns-blazing attack of swampheavypunkmetal on T.C.B.T. and Cemetery Urn continue their reign of savage death metal on Barbaric Retribution.

As usual, we are far from done with what this week has to offer so head directly below to get your fill. Continue reading