Initial Descent: May 1 – 7, 2022

God Mother
God Mother – image courtesy of Annie Månsson

Draft day was last week, it’s finally warm, we’re still getting an obscene amount of good metal, and, needless to say, all this makes me happy. And, the fact that it’s Monday doesn’t phase me one bit. Alright then, new metal and we got it and you need it so dig in and see what’s up this week…everyone’s favorite d-beat-grind-hardcorists God Mother are back with an absolute steamroller of an EP, the undisputed kings of power doom, Ufomammut, grace us with a killer album, Tzompantli offers up a very unique and very heavy take on death-doom, Tenebro goes whole hog on the Italian horror movie love by way of gritty and nasty death metal, and there’s an unbelievably long list that follows to entertain any tastes. No excuses, go get them. Oh, want to see your band here in the future? Get in touch, contact info awaits on the about page. See you here throughout the week…

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Initial Descent: April 10 – 16, 2022

Analepsy
Analepsy

Feel free to feel how you want about this statement, but I’m just over here basking in the glory of the metal 2022 has brought us thus far and several you don’t even know about yet that will knock the socks clean off your crusty feet. Speaking of new metal, we’ve got a full listing and a few of these are at the level of ‘knocking socks off’ so let’s get to it… Kicking things off are a couple of top tier brutal death metal entries from Analepsy and Atoll which have my full attention. Then, we’ve got another MASSIVE doom outing from Seer, a progressive and slightly technical outing from Monuments, and a bloated list of other records worthy of your time and hard earned dollars. Just keep some of that change for new socks, eh?!

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Initial Descent: March 20 – 26, 2022

Absent In Body

Churchill once said “Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.” I’ll leave you with that to ponder and apply at will. Moving on, new releases this week are yet again on fire with a much anticipated debut from Absent In Body that features none other than a mix of Amenra and Neurosis and is, as expected, amazing. We’ve also got new stuff from Abbath which is always fun, Kontusion offer up a devastating debut death metal EP, Falls Of Rauros continue to reside on top shelf in the progressive black metal genre, and a whole host of other stuff hiding in the list below. Seek and destroy…your wallet.

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Profile: Mark Bronzino of Kontusion

Kontusion
Kontusion – image courtesy of Aaron Brown

Sometimes an album cover can give honest insight into its contents and one look at the cover of Kontusion’s self-titled debut EP clearly states ‘primitive’ death metal. If for some reason you missed that cue, the four tracks that comprise this effort will make anyone a believer. Honestly, it should come as no surprise as Mark Bronzino and Chris Moore are the duo behind it and together they’ve been involved in bands such as Repulsion, Mammoth Grinder, Coke Bust, and Ghostemane just to name a few. This slab of putrified death is at once raw and classic yet fresh and morbid as hell, just BEGGING for fans all across the more extreme side of metal to experience the thrill ride that’s been nearly fifteen years in the making. Just ahead of the EP’s release, we had the chance to pose our Profile questions to Mark so read on below to see how it went down and do grab a copy from the links contained within! Trust us on this.

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Album Review:  Mur — “Cut The Rivers Vein”

Heavy doom riffs, wailing clean vocals, menacing growls, sludge textures, black metal interludes, and dark acoustic folk guitar—what more could a girl want?  Mur has delivered all of these eclectic elements into the six-track album Cut The Rivers Vein and I am here for it.  Even more impressive than this combination and the music itself is the fact that it was all created by one individual.  Cam Sather is the mastermind behind Mur and his latest release is a creative cumulation of heavy Romantic-era themes, quiet folk passages, hypnotic soundscapes, and head-banging metal dramatics.

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