Initial Descent: April 18 – 24, 2021

Capra

No bitchin’ this week. I could, don’t get me wrong. Rather, I’ll just keep it all in my head and see visions equal to that Cannibal Corpse album that came out last week. As the kids say, what a banger. Moving on, new week and new metal so let’s do it…Capra explodes with some vicious hardcore and punk infused metal this side of, well, a very long time and the fact that this is a debut? Snap! A name I was excited to see that I haven’t in a long stretch is Bongzilla who returns with an album I’m stok(n)ed on and you should be too, Akiavel are back with a blistering sophomore death metal effort, and Altarage keep the violence going with their brand of blackened death metal that keeps the needle pegged to extreme. Alrighty then, these top four are worth your time, but there’s a lot more to follow that bears the same worth. Do it.

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Profile: Andrew Lanza of Chain Gang Grave

Acidic and grimy are just a couple of ways to describe Chain Gang Grave‘s sound on their debut full length Cement Mind. But, even that is a bit of a limiter. Death rock, death metal, sludge, noise, punk, and hardcore are the genres covered across these nine tracks which, on paper, sounds ludicrous but the way this two piece approaches this amalgamation is nothing short of astounding and electric. The production trudges through the sewers and that’s just part of this album’s glory; it’s nasty yet holds a ton of fuck you punk energy, its fangs are sharp yet wildly off kilter. This is one of those albums that comes along and kicks your teeth in but never lets go. What more can you ask for? Just ahead of this beast seeing the light of day we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to guitarist, bassist, and vocalist Andrew Lanza and the results can be found below. So, dig in and get your fill. Be sure to snag a copy from the links provided within.

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Initial Descent: April 11 – 17, 2021

Cannibal Corpse
Cannibal Corpse

Saw something last week that I had to comment on; if you’re still falling prey to “don’t listen to (insert name) band because they’re not an a label” or “skip (insert name) band because they suck or not worth the time,” STOP IT. Do your own research and come up with your own conclusions. If you don’t like it, fine. But at least, for you, there’s a reason beyond some gatekeeper spouting bullshit on a social media platform. Agree or disagree, I don’t care, but find what you like for your own reasons and if you don’t like it, move on. Or, start a blog and explain. Whatever. Moving on with new metal, Cannibal Corpse are death metal elite on their own but with Rutan in the fold they are GOD-TIER—go now and preorder that. If black ‘n’ roll is more your style, Bewitcher has you covered, post-rockers Crown have made a splash with us and I’m sure many of you will have the same experience, and Chain Gang Grave offers up a little something for the punk / metal / death rock / hardcore crowd with an explosive debut full length. Again, plenty here to research and plenty of excellent albums in the top slots as well as the list that follows. Go, get your fill.

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Profile: Chris and Butch of French Death Metallers Akiavel

Akiavel

France’s Akiavel may be a relatively new band but the impact they’ve made on the death metal scene with a self-titled EP and follow up full length V cannot be denied. The band’s touring plans may have been cut short due to the pandemic but their creative fire is at an all time high seeing as their upcoming second full length Væ Victis comes just over a year removed from their last. And, it’s a BEAST. Death metal that is brutally vicious yet ominously atmospheric is tough to pull off but this band wildly succeeds and charts a path all their own. V was a great record but Væ Victis is an excellent record with sharp songwriting and laser precise instrumentation. Definitely one you don’t want to miss. Just ahead of the album’s release, we posed our set of Profile questions to drummer Butch and guitarist Chris so head below to see how it went down.

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Initial Descent: March 28 – April 3, 2021

Wode – image courtesy of Phillip James Torriero

We’ll be crossing April Fools Day this week and maybe this is when we find out that all this shit has been a cruel April Fools joke. We won’t and don’t get your hopes up. One thing that isn’t a joke is this week’s list of new metal, let’s do that now; first up is a new one from black metallers Wode who absolutely kill it, again. Next up is a pair of black metalish albums; a weird but good one from Sleepwalker and a death metal leaning one from Unflesh, and rounding out the top slots in intergalactic death metal form is The Beast of Nod—think of a favorite sci-fi space flick then put this on as the soundtrack. Tasty. So, brave the jokes this week with some extra smart ass and go buy some stuff off this list. 

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