Initial Descent: September 16 – 22, 2018

Krigsgrav
Krigsgrav

Weekend is gone. I’m falling short on words so let’s just get to the week that is in new metal…

Don’t mess with Texas they said, somebody did and now Krigsgrav is back for revenge on Leave No Path To Follow and they’ve one upped themselves again here, no small feat since Waves of Degradation was a killer and likewise for The Carrion Fields but their brand of black metal laced with doom and gazey corners is a full on epic beast to behold. Fórn have been through all kinds of hell over the past two years and it shows in every pained note of Rites of Despair – this is a tremendous doom album that tests wills while keeping anticipations high for what’s to come next, highly recommended but you knew that so buy it already. Following on the heels of Sumac’s free form, on the spot collab with Keiji Haino is Love In Shadow which keeps that feel going but is a return to what they do best: crush souls with a bombardment of cerebral sludge. Last up in the top slots is Wisconsin’s Prezir with their war ready take on gritty yet memorable black metal on As Rats Devour Lions and the blood flows freely, just sayin’.

Jump in below, enjoy everything and stay as long as you like. We’ll see you back here throughout the week. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 9 – 15, 2018

Archgoat
Archgoat

What album grabbed you last week? And I mean, really grabbed hold and wouldn’t let go? One, several, all? Well, just as you thought it was safe to keep listening to that or those, here we have a whole new list of metal to sink your teeth into. It’s what we do, you’re welcome. Enough small talk, there’s much to get to. What, you ask? Keep reading…

If you ride with #ArchgoatArmy – and you should – you’re in for a treat since they’re back with The Luciferian Crown which turns over more of their hypnotic groove but never lays off the twisted black / death we’ve come to know and love. Deicide’s Satan loving might be a tad blasé but with Overtures of Blasphemy they prove that after nearly thirty years they can still make some damn good death metal. Switching gears a bit with black metal and violins (yes, you read that right) is Alma from Windfaerer and on this, their third full length, the folk aspect and black metal are a perfect marriage. One more switch up before I officially unleash you on the rest of the list: Mankind Woman from Brant Bjork is some damn sweet desert rock that recalls the early days of the genre he helped to build but combines all his talents under one roof and the album is phenomenal because of it.

NOW you are officially unleashed. Enjoy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 2 – 8, 2018

krisiun band photo
Krisiun

We’re hitting you with this one on Labor Day so hopefully all of today’s visitors have the day off and the time to actually go through this list of new releases. That also means NO MONDAY BLUES. Until tomorrow. Ugh. Nevermind that for now, keep reading.

Starting us off is everyone’s favorite Brazilians Krisiun with their eleventh full length, Scourge of the Enthroned, and honestly if it weren’t for the rest of this list, I could make a home inside their robust ass kicking death metal. But, there’s MA’s Morne up next with To the Night Unknown and I’m not sure if you’ve been following this band or not but you’ll want to now —- this band is doing truly amazing and unique things with doom and post-metal. And then there’s Pig Destroyer who cut the strings on a six year silence with the abrasive yet instantly catchy Head Cage, one thing I’ve learned over the past several years is these guys can do no wrong and whether you’re into grindcore or not GET THIS ALBUM. And on top of all that is And All Will Be Desolation from Allfather which I have tagged below as beard metal – it’s in their catch phrase, look it up – but in reality this thing is a smorgasbord of sludge, death metal and beat down hardcore that is the best work this UK band has done to date, check out “Citadels” for proof – good god man.

I told you today was good. And you haven’t sent the rest yet, much more of this to come below. If you’re off, enjoy and happy Labor Day. If you’re working…well, that sucks and happy Labor Day anyway. See you here throughout the week. Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 26 – September 1, 2018

Thou
Thou

Took part in a BMW performance experience last week in which I got to drive several different ‘M’ models extremely fast (you know, drive it like you stole it) which gave me great pleasure. And over the course of this half day excursion the top four albums below were my soundtrack. Tons of fun was had, you had to be there. Anyway, what’s out this week in the world of metal? Read on…

First up is NOLA’s favorite sons, Thou, with their magnificent take on sludge and doom but with Magus they really reach into progressive territory and it rules – if you dig this band and their recent trio of EP’s you will love this. Ken Mode are back with Loved which is a jagged pill of brutalicious noise rock that, no shocker here, also rules. In the midst of death/black/sludge/prog/djent tagsploitation it’s a nice change of pace to hear a fist pumping, adrenalizing, straight forward heavy metal album such as U.D.O.’s sixteenth full length Steelfactory – old guard or no, this is just a ridiculously fun album. Rounding out the top slots is Australia’s Descent on Towers of Grandiosity which is like pouring death metal, grindcore and crusty old hardcore punk into a vat of acid and watching it explode into a mass of blood red particles.

Now you know of four and there’s so much more…high hat please…anyway, stick around for the rest. Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 19 – 25, 2018

Bummer
Bummer

In case you missed it or just need a podcast to get you through Monday, we featured our July album of the month late last week and you can listen right here. It was nearly a full house and absolutely a ton of fun was had so check it out. Alright then, a new week means new metal and lots of it…

Kansas City’s noise rock champs Bummer offer up their debut full length Holy Terror which lands on the dirty, grungy side of the genre but – lucky for me – that falls squarely in my wheelhouse and simply put, this album is everything I look for in noise rock. King Dude returns with Music To Make War To and the Dude continues his journey as one of the best dark neofolk artists around. Netherlands are a busy bunch having not long ago released an EP and now are back with their next full length Black Gaia — there’s entirely too many good things to say about this wildly experimental band from Brooklyn so I’ll leave it at: GO BUY IT. And, closing out the opening slots is the chunky, heavy as concrete, violent as a hammer to the face metallic hardcore of Jesus Piece on their debut Only Self.

Stunning openers but there’s so much more to come so hang with us for a while and explore. Continue reading