Initial Descent: August 1 – 7, 2021

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Ah yes, the glorious return to the real world. Zero sarcasm in that…or not. Definitely was a much needed break that went by way too fast, but here we are with another new release list that’s sure to strike an arc with everyone. And, it’ll give me the swift kick in the ass I need on my first day back to reality. Score. First up we’ve got the masters of bleak blackened doom, Krigsgrav, with yet another stunner, then we’ve got death metal from Decrepisy and a vinyl edition from Perilaxe Occlusion (both of which I highly recommend), then we’ve got an intense mix of noise, black metal, and grind from Vessel of Iniquity, and of course, a ton more to follow. Happy hunting.

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CANTO: Krigsgrav, Lacuna Coil, Hooded Menace, and More

Alright, let’s see if things normalize a bit this week. Not likely.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Interview: Justin Coleman of Krigsgrav on “Leave No Path to Follow,” Getting Personal, and Capturing Moments in Time

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The singular beauty of Krigsgrav and their latest Leave No Path to Follow is how it updates the template of classic Peaceville doom and forges a deeply personal connection with the listener – no easy feat in this day and age of instant music access.  It’s no secret how much we dug the album, but the constant evolution between albums and the choice to look inward with the new one had us curious to dig deeper, so we reached out to Justin Coleman (guitar, vocals) to give up the ghost on the making of the album and the path the band has and will continue to tread.  Be sure to check out the new album with the embed contained within and turn it up loud as we get into the details.   Continue reading

Album Review: Krigsgrav – “Leave No Path to Follow”

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I could do a lot of poetic waxing here to set the mood for Leave No Path to Follow, the new album from Texas blackened doom merchants Krigsgrav, about how their mid-paced melancholic mix of metal was not only a chance to get some alliteration in this review, but also describes the thick atmosphere they bring to the table.  I could mention the sterling cover of “Brave” from Katatonia’s Brave Murder Day and how that really stands as a touchstone for what the band can do.  And I’ll probably talk about all that in greater detail in the main part of this review.

The clearest thing I can say about the album and band is this:  I never heard of them before, got the promo, took a listen, and immediately went and bought the rest of the band’s discography.  It’s called striking a nerve, and it struck all of mine.  So let’s do this.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 16 – 22, 2018

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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