Initial Descent: January 19 – 25, 2020

midnight 2017

Last week I was reminded that it’s always the small things, the seemingly inconsequential details that usually make the biggest impact. So much so that I’m still thinking about it. Translation here: put an emphasis on the small things and little details, trust me. Any way, NEW METAL is why we’re here and this week is the first ridiculously memorable one of 2020 so take notes. Or just read and click. Whatever. Moving on, we’ve got raunchy and raucous new stuff from Midnight, caustic blackened noise from T.O.M.B., technical death metal (not tech-death) mastery from Defiled, and sweepingly epic experimental metal from Nero Di Marte. Get some. Continue reading

Initial Descent: January 12 – 18, 2020

The Osedax
The Osedax

I’ve got little in the way of words other than this list is a bit longer than it has been lately so if anyone’s missed several weekly picks, we got you. For fans of really slow build sludge and doom with post-metal thrown in for good measure The Osedax has you covered – patience is a virtue and here it will pay off in spades, Lebanese blackened death metallers Kaoteon have teamed up with members of Obscura and At the Gates so there’s that, and punk rockers The Good the Bad and the Zugly offer up a balls out rocker of an album, if that’s your kind of thing. Wide swath of stuff covered here and the list below continues in this same fashion so get your fix, there’s more than just one. (Bonus points if you actually get that) Continue reading

Initial Descent: January 5 – 11, 2020


The ball has dropped, the headaches are gone, the messes are cleaned up, and it’s time for some new metal now that the lists will be growing in quantity. Killer week so let’s get to it.

Metal’s busiest band, Haunt, are back with another supercharged dose of heavy metal but this time we get some synth. And, it’s great. If you’re in the market for some soul crushing blackened doom that has no idea how to take it easy then Plague Weaver has you covered, and Lotus Thief are rounding out the top slots to cleanse the palate with some floating orbs of post-rock atmospherics. All that and more awaits below. Continue reading

Initial Descent: December 29, 2019 – January 4, 2020


Happy New Year, almost. Just think, 51 more of these and we’ll all be reading lists again. Oh wait, we’ve still got several so no worries. Will this year in metal eclipse the last one? Will this year be better than last year in terms of everything else? Is this the year that fire burns us all? So many questions with no answers, yet. Moving on, if you expected a slow week of releases you will not be disappointed but Germany’s Grin bring the haze, fuzz, and battle ready doom that the first week of a new year needs, and Spanish death metallers Unbounded Terror break the seal on their first new material in 28 years and based on how it sounds I’d say they’ve aged like a fine bottle of Pappy.

Go and support some of these bands and the bands you love. Enjoy a light week and catch up a bit, the road from here will get more adventurous as we careen deeper into 2020. Continue reading

Initial Descent: December 22 – 28, 2019


As we slowly kick 2019 to the curb and look ahead to 2020, there’s one thing to NOT do and that’s making a New Years resolution. If you want to be better, do it. If you want to be healthier, do it. If you want to be drunker, do it. Whatever your aspirations are, just do it. Resolutions are for one thing and one thing only: to be broken and forgotten about by the end of January. Ok, ok, I know you didn’t come here for a pep talk and we do have a very abbreviated list of new metal so we’ll do that instead. South American death metal is generally some barbaric stuff and Verthebral doesn’t disappoint on their sophomore outing, and how about some bestial metal to end the year with? Goatblood have you covered with their third full length of war, blood, and gore. Not much below but still, there’s a few worth checking out. Continue reading