Initial Descent: January 10 – 16, 2021

Fractal Generator

Well…that was a week. And, we’re still here. Crazy right? Whatever. Today’s new release list is a bit longer than the last couple, but we’re getting a slow start to the ‘heaters’ that come through and melt your face off. Bit much? Yes, it is, but who cares. However, there are a few that breach the category. Right, let’s kick it off with dark, sci-fi death metal from Fractal Generator, horror inspired punk/doom from Bloody Hammers who know it’s always the right time for horror, and some gory brutal death from Infected Humans. These three bring the heat, but do peruse the rest below. See you here next week.

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Initial Descent: January 3 – 9, 2021

Definitely not the news any of us wanted to hear: Children of Bodom front man and one of metal’s best guitarists, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. No doubt the reverberations of this will be felt for a long time and he will certainly be missed, 41 is way too early to go. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. RIP.

Tough to muster new metal speak but here we are. First up is the full length debut from Frozen Soul who were on Maggot Stomp (this is your “quality” hint) but are now on Century Media and as good as their demo was, this is not only better but more of it. Second, we’ve got a physical release from Exsul by way of Caligari (again, quality) and if you missed the digital, rectify that now. Beyond that, another short list of entries to follow.

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Initial Descent: December 27, 2020 – January 2, 2021

Assuming you’ve all had a merry, merry and happy, happy, and now have an engorged wallet just burning a hole in your pocket to spend some cash on new metal. Assuming, of course. We’ve got the path of said new metal to lighten the wallet. Very short list this week but still some ragers, to be sure. Argentina’s Cemetery Dwell have hit the Redefining Darkness stable and are offering their three track, Finnish inspired, destructive death metal demo, and Depression are loading the deathgrind coffers with a 30 track beast that’s sure to rip eardrums right off heads. And, as always, there’s more to explore just below. Not a lot more, but we’ll be back to elongated lists in the next week or two but for now, enjoy. Happy New Year.

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Initial Descent: December 20 – 26, 2020

Beaten To Death
Beaten To Death

Today, it’s officially winter and while I’m no fan of cold temps, I am strangely at peace with whatever winter brings this time around. There’s something about the serenity a hard snow brings BUT where I live that won’t happen soooo. Anyway, it’s the last full week of the year which means the new release lists for the next two weeks will be slim, but still a few nuggets to be found if you take the time. This week we’ve got another new one from grinders Beaten to Death who’ve been insanely busy this year with a handful of releases, and we’ve got a goat assault from Bestial Warfare because who doesn’t like a goat assault in December? As always, there’s more below, but not many. Oh and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and to those who don’t, Merry Friday. 

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Initial Descent: December 13 – 19, 2020

Akhlys
Akhlys – photo courtesy of Kuba Leszko

I know; lists, right? We’re in that season and you’ve probably read a ton and will read a ton more but this list is new stuff and if you’ll remember, last week I said the hits just continue to roll in. Now, I prove it with more of those new hits. Black metallers Akhlys are back to wreck the sleep/dream continuum as only they can, Wombbath and Pillory keep death metal brutal and nasty, and Grayceon offer something vastly different in the form of prog rock but as the album cover eludes, it’s got way more depth than just prog and rock. Yep, hits. And lots of them. Roll through all the goods below and go support as many as you can. You can also gift them to your friends and enemies since we’re in that season too, just a thought.

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