Initial Descent: August 2 – 8, 2020

Faceless Burial
Faceless Burial

It’s Monday. Again. Just like last week and same for next week…maybe. Lucky for you, Monday means a fat stack of new metals to wrap your ears around and open your wallets for. As far as the top four, it’s a sick week if you like sick tunes and honestly, who doesn’t? Rhetorical, of course. Anyway, Australia’s Faceless Burial fly the 90s death metal flag like it’s their lifeblood but what they do with it is what makes this new album absolute GOLD, deathgrinders Stillbirth ride a razor thin line of brutal but technical death metal and grindcore with just a pinch of slam making this effort an easy choice for best of their career, another Australian band Yanomamo is making waves—or slinging mud—with their latest EP of psychedelic sludge, and Texas Murder Crew put an emphasis on the brutal aspect of brutal death metal on their latest. Go do the thing where you give bands all your money, tons of opportunities this week. Enjoy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 26 – August 1, 2020

Imperial Triumphant
Imperial Triumphant

Friendly reminder before we get into all the new metal, Enslaved is kicking off their Cinematic Summer Tour this week (Thursday) with the first of three scheduled shows, Chronicles of the Northbound, which can be streamed on their YouTube channel. Set a reminder, plug it in the calendar, just don’t forget. Alright, new metal this week consists of the next extremely extreme avantgarde look at NYC as seen through the eyes of Imperial Triumphant, the first full length from brutal death metallers Katalepsy in four years, a diverse and very satisfying platter of death metal from Valgrind, and some quality Finnish death metal from Sepulchral Curse. All that and a ton more to sink your teeth into. Do it. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 19 – 25, 2020

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Gaerea

If you’re reading this, I highly recommend doing your research on all the new metals we’ve got this week and particularly the lead off four albums. I’m not Australian but CRIKEY this is a good week. How good? Read on… Gaerea had a great debut album two years ago but now, on their sophomore effort, they have an excellent album that’s equal parts dark black metal and thundering melodies—they truly have found their calling here. Next up is a trio of death metal delights: Exhibit A is of the technical / brutal persuasion from Defeated Sanity which is a barnburner of epic proportions, if you can get past the production. Exhibit B is of the technical (not tech) variety from Ahtme and is a blast from start to finish, plus that crazy album art. And, Exhibit C is of the “all in but the kitchen sink” variety from Writhing and while it is very short, it’s a whole lot of ass kicking in six minutes. So, four down and tons more to go. Explore, explore and the more you will know. Poet and didn’t know it…and all…whatever. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 12 – 18, 2020

Väki
Väki

I know you missed me yesterday. Or, was it the new metals? Ah yes, the new metals; that you did indeed miss, more than me. Anywho, as usual, we’re overflowing with good picks so let’s get to it… back in 2017 Finland’s Väki put out a blistering EP of fierce yet cold black metal and with this week’s debut full length they up the ante in almost every aspect—expect utter chaos. The Czech Republic’s Oči Vlka offer up a scathing demo that defies any sort of easy categorization and it’s out on Caligari so you know it’s quality, Battalions continue their sludgy ass-kicking trajectory, and Mystras form of black metal is as fascinating as one might expect coming from Ayloss who you may know from Spectral Lore. So, several winners already and many, many more to follow. Enjoy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 5 – 11, 2020

Skeleton
Skeleton, photo courtesy of Mark Garcia

Now that we’re officially in the back half of 2020, the past six months has brought a wealth of outstanding metal spanning all genres. As for me, death metal is in the lead. What about this back half? Will the metal of death stay at the top? Who knows. But, I do know there’s no signs of the quality waning or quantity slowing down so that’s a good thing. Welcome, one and all, to the first full week of the back half and tons more new releases. Cases in point; a full length debut that’s an extreme display of punk, thrash, and death metal aggression from Texas based Skeleton, another entry into ‘negative wizard metal’ from Rebel Wizard (you figure that one out or ask our very own Charles who got me into it), and an outstanding third full length from Lantern that proves, yet again, that Finnish death metal is SO ON POINT. Much more below to sink your teeth into so go do that. Enjoy. Continue reading