Initial Descent: May 17 – 23, 2020

Revenge
Revenge

As of today, my Mortician facemasks have been delivered. Glorious day, folks. Anyway, new metal Monday so let’s do it. Canada’s Revenge have been called a lot of things but extreme and chaotic are among the most pertinent descriptors, and they’re back with a major label debut and if anyone thought that would mean a less striking platter of extreme, those kind of thinkers are dead wrong. Pile of Priests drop their self titled debut which is a stunning display of thinking man’s death metal that has cahones as big as a planet, Chepang doles out punishing grindcore on their sophomore effort that will bring the eardrum pain, and Cosmic Putrefaction offer an all encompassing journey through every imaginable metal arena—kind of an ‘all that and a bag of chips’ sort of deal. So, as I don my fresh Mortician face mask you go and drop some cash on today’s offerings, I’ll be there in a sec. Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 10 – 16, 2020

twilight fauna band 2020
Twilight Fauna

I’m out of witty shit. Whatever. New metal incoming and so much in fact that I had a tough time singling out four standouts but, here we are. Just know there’s so much to dig into this week. Alright then… yes, I do know that black metallers Twilight Fauna dropped the button on Foundations last Friday but it was a surprise so I’m featuring it here because I can and because it’s AMAZING and you do not want to miss this sort of turn in their chapter. Another black metal band with a new album that rules is on deck and that band is Horn, so do that now, too. Binary Code offer up one of the most emotional heavy albums of the year, and Paradise Lost show that they are ready to usurp their best work with…their best work. Yep, it’s that kind of week. We need it so go do it and do it all and do it hard. Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 3 – 9, 2020

Forgotten Tomb
Forgotten Tomb

Another Monday in this godforsaken mess. New metal, we got it, you need it, let’s do it. Tenth time’s the charm, they say, and Forgotten Tomb have finally found their way around the perfect mix of black metal and doom. Seriously, if you’re in the camp of their more doomy ways, this is a must. Another must is the newest from cinematic prog rock masters Green Carnation, great is what this thing is. Spain’s finest death metal export, Aposento, return with another slab of raucous death and it’s worth every penny I know you’ll spend on it which leaves black metal vets Naglfar as the last band standing up top and it’s business as usual for them—top tier black metal…obviously. There you have it, great picks already and we’ve barely begun so GO GET SOME. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 26 – May 2, 2020

Abrams
Abrams – photo courtesy of Mike Goodwin

Uncharted times, folks. Who knows what the right answer to any of this is or will be but I do know there’s a whole list of new metal to uncover so let’s do it. For those of you that like some rock to go with your metal, Abrams returns with their third full length and it’s heavy on the good time jams perfect for whatever you’re doing. Symphonic extreme metal gets a HUGE shot in the arm with Foretoken‘s debut, Pyre roll the death metal dice and come up with doubles, and Black Pestilence fire a shot of blackened punk amongst the masses. So, four really good albums up top and a slew of more down below. Enjoy it! Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 19 – 25, 2020

Katatonia
Katatonia

We all can use a pick-me-up at this point. And, this week we’ve absolutely got you covered with a multitude of stellar metal. What, you ask? Hang in there soldier… Katatonia return with another stone cold stunner that furthers their adventurous efforts into the ether, Cirith Ungol effectively silence a 29 year gap with an explosive fifth full length of high brow heavy metal, Ulcerate kick the death metal doors down and demand the spotlight, Vølus show us how dangerous death metal can be in the right hands, and Elder enlightens us with their algebraic approach to doom. A fantastic start for sure but we’re only getting warmed up to the plethora of amazing albums that await the adventurous. So, get to it. Continue reading