I’ll assume we all made it out of the holiday weekend with just a few pounds gained and no bodily harm due to drunken turkey frying or Black Friday. I did say assume, so there’s that. One month to go until we turn the page on 2022 and we’ve STILL got heaters landing; this week gives us frozen death from Qrixkuor, black metal of the avantgarde sort from Veilburner, thrash from Hammers of Misfortune, straightforward black metal from T.O.M.B., and more in the list that follows. So, go forth in your carb comas and pick up some of these. Happy hunting and see you here throughout the week.Continue reading
Initial Descent: November 20 – 26, 2022
Turkey time. And, that’s about all we’ll say about that. Hard to believe it’s almost another year down, but we’ve still got a few more weeks of releases to go before we flip the page and this week we’ve got some crossover thrash from High Command, death metal from Lucifericon, gloom and funeral doom from Estrangement, more death metal from Sépulcre, and a ton more in the list that follows. Again this week, there’s tons across the spectrum to tickle every funny bone out there so no excuses. Dig in and we’ll see you here throughout the week.Continue reading
Initial Descent: July 24 – 30, 2022
We’ve featured some best of mid year picks recently and thinking about those along with my own running list I keep throughout each year, it is absurd how much really good metal we’ve been handed thus far in 2022. I mean, ABSURD… in a good way of course. And, the last half is looking pretty damn good as well. So, there’s that. Speaking of good stuff, this week’s list of new releases offer up more of that from Krisiun, Triumvir Foul, Chat Pile, and Grima. As usual though, there’s a loaded list that follows these four that are certainly worth exploring. Go do that and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week.Continue reading
Initial Descent: March 24 – 30, 2019
Had an interesting and funny conversation amongst the staff last week (our water cooler conversations are always golden) regarding tech death versus technical death metal which led into the myriad of varying genre tags. Out of nowhere came “I consider Judas Priest heavy metal, all else is just metal” which is accurate and great and made me roar with laughter – score. Really, it is that simple if you think about it…and then it’s not, everyone wants to know what they’re getting into up front. Either way, get into what this week has to offer.
To say I’ve been carried away by Moon Tooth’s Crux is the understatement of the year – it’s rock, it’s metal but most of all it’s MEMORABLE which is something we don’t get enough of these days so by all means, get yourself a copy STAT. Next up is the debut, Something Wicked Marches In, from Vltimas and I knew to expect a pummeling mixture of death and black metal based on the membership here but I didn’t count on this thing being as addictive as it is. Sliding into some nastier territory is Triumvir Foul with their blend of bestial black, death, and noise on Urine of Abomination, definitely drink this one in folks. Last up top is the third full length, Departed Souls, from Boston’s Magic Circle who show that a four year gap doesn’t mean a thing when a band can churn out doomy heavy metal as good as this, another MUST own so do that.
Those four could be the entire week but ALAS, there’s much more. Get in there with all the grind, death, core, post, black, rock, atmospheric, symphonic, heavy, power, instru-metal…I could go on for days. But I won’t. Continue reading
Initial Descent: November 18 – 24, 2018
A week removed from being back in town, back to reality and back to…freeze warnings. I got nothing good to add here. So, how about another blast of new metal? That’s what were here for so let’s get to it…
Spearhead breaks a seven year silence with their in-your-face militant death metal on Pacifism Is Cowardice, brutal death metal vets Corpsefucking Art are back with another entry in their 20 plus year catalog with Splatterphobia, progressive by way of black metal Norwegians In The Woods… return with Cease the Day and it’s just as good if not better then Pure, and Corpsessed keep their death metal dingy and dirty on Impetus of Death. As always, thats’s not all. We’re just getting started so head inside to see what else is upcoming. Oh, one other thing…
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