Initial Descent: May 24 – 30, 2020

Centinex
Centinex (photo courtesy of Jelena Sulce)

New metal, long list, you need it, we got it, let’s do it. Alright then, if you had to ask yourself who that is in the header image…FOR SHAME! It’s none other than Centinex who’ve been around for 30 years now and who continue to be a freaking PILLAR of death metal on their eleventh full length—just do it. Violent Hammer couldn’t have picked a better band name since the sound on their war/black/death full length debut hits like a damn hammer, Adzes take the all in approach with their sludge, noise, post-alot, gazey sound but it works and amazingly so, and Sorcerer shed the doom by numbers approach on their third full length and opt for the epic approach and, yes indeed, it works. There it is, four rotundly killer releases to kick things off AND we’ve got so much more hiding just below. Go now and drop all the cash on all the metals. Continue reading

CANTO: Korpiklaani, Der Weg einer Freiheit, Sorcerer, and More

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Alright, let’s shut this week down.

  • We’ll start with Korpiklaani, who released a new version of “Beer Beer”. This time, it’s “Bira Bira”, featuring Jesper Anastasiadis of Turisas. Check out the new lyric video here. Frankly, anything beer related is exactly what I’m looking for.
  • A bit late on this news, but Sonata Arctica have announced some live stream shows. Those will be acoustic performances taking place on May 29th, aimed at fans in North America, and May 30th, for fans in Europe.
  • Metal Injection’s “Slay At Home” fest, which is scheduled for May 29th and 30th, now also includes Der Weg einer Freiheit on the bill. In case you weren’t aware, I’m obsessed with this band, so I approve of this development.
  • And we’ll close with a new video from Sorcerer for “Deliverance”. Their new album, titled Lamenting of the Innocent, drops on May 29th through Metal Blade Records. Enjoy and Happy Friday.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Ensiferum, Swallow The Sun, Northtale, and More

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Mountain bound right after work. Yay!

  • Ensiferum have revealed details behind their next album. Thalassic will be out on July 10th through Metal Blade Records. To get a bit of a preview, they also released a new track called “Rum, Women, Victory”, which you can check out right now.
  • Swallow The Sun will be performing a live acoustic show on May 7th (tomorrow) at 1:00 PM EDT. That gig will take place at Sonic Pump Studios, and you can get your access ticket here.
  • I’m really excited about the new album from Paradise Lost, so here’s a fresh new trailerObsidian is out on May 15th (next Friday) through Nuclear Blast. I hope you pre-ordered it like I did.
  • And we’ll close with this guitar playthrough for “Shape Your Reality” from power metallers Northtale, the band’s first song ever. Their most recent album, Welcome To Paradise dropped last year through Nuclear Blast.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: The Black Dahlia Murder — “Verminous”

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The Black Dahlia Murder has emerged from the sewers of the heavy metal underground, after three long years, with an absolute banger.  Verminous is a ten-track, 36-minute long event that instantly gets the adrenaline going and the fists pumping while exploring a slime covered wonderland.  This might just be the best album the band has released due to its compositional variety, heavy lyrical subtext, and overall musical mastery while still hitting hard and fast in classic The Black Dahlia Murder fashion. 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