Initial Descent: March 7 – 13, 2021

LG Petrov
L-G Petrov, credit Maciej Pieloch

First off, RIP to L-G Petrov. Death metal will never be the same without this legendary soul. This is not the way any of us wanted to start a new week, but here we are. Again. Unfortunately. New metal: Taking the lead is SC’s blackened thrash maniacs Demiser with a debut full length that’s sure to be the breakout hit of 2021, Eyehategod is back after a long silence and yep, you guessed it, they’re still the undisputed kings of sludge metal, The Crown offer up one of my favorite albums since Deathrace King, and Domestikwom lay out a physical release of their outstanding EP full of experimental metal and noise. Get some.

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Cannibal Corpse’s Paul Mazurkiewicz on sports, band longevity, their upcoming album “Violence Unimagined,” and so much more!

Cannibal Corpse have been an absolute death metal juggernaut for over thirty years now and have long since past the point of having to prove anything. They’ve toured all over the world, been recognized by outlets that many would think not metal friendly, been featured in movies, and have had a career that most bands could only dream of. And with their upcoming fifteenth full length, Violence Unimagined, they show absolutely no signs of slowing down or even softening the blow of their brutal and very unique brand of death metal. Head below to get the details of a recent chat between Buke and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz.

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CANTO: Recall The Remains, Batushka, Perennial Isolation, and More

Oh look, the start of a new week… which will be the same as the last week, and the week before…

  • Vinyl Me, Please (VMP) has announced a really cool box for fans of the Metal Blade roster. It will be called VMP Anthology: The Story of Metal Blade, and includes an 8 album, 9 disc set featuring classics from King Diamond, Gwar, Amon Amarth and obviously others. Learn more and snag your copy here.
  • The Bartłomiej Krysiuk version of Batushka (see also: Bartushka), has a new mini album titled ЦАРЮ НЕБЕСНЫЙ scheduled for a March 19th release through Witching Hour Productions. The most recent single from that album, “ПИСЬМО I / PISMO I”, is available for your listening pleasure now.
  • I need some atmospheric black metal in my life tonight, which is where Perennial Isolation comes in. Portraits is out on March 26th through Non Serviam Records, but the latest single, “The Silent Solace” can be streamed here.
  • Recall The Remains dropped a new single and video recently, titled “The Night Will Bleed”, taken from Dead Dreams. That EP is scheduled for a release this coming Friday, but the video is available immediately below if you want to get your metalcore/deathcore on this evening.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Noctule, Cannibal Corpse, Mono, and More

Only one more day until one more day until the weekend!

  • Svalbard vocalist Serena Cherry has announced a new black metal solo project known as Noctule. The debut album, Wretched Abyss, is set for a May 28th release through Translation Loss. Today, a video for the title-track was released. Give that beast a watch.
  • Hey, there’s a new Mono live clip out there, so that’s a must. This is the official video for “Nowhere, Now Here”, performed live in London with The Platinum Anniversary Orchestra. The album that’s taken from, Beyond the Past, is out on March 19th through Pelagic Records.
  • Fun fact, you can stream the new split EP from -(16)- and Grime, titled Doom Sessions Vol. 3, in full over at Cvlt Nation. It’s highly recommended that you do so. It technically drops on Friday, but why the wait the extra couple of days if you don’t have absolutely have to?
  • The best way to wrap up yet another barely tolerable day is with a new Cannibal Corpse video. Check out the clip for the first single from Violence Unimagined, “Inhumane Harvest”, immediately below. That album drops on April 16th through Metal Blade Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Abbath, Dvne, Kankar, and More

I’m finally listening to some new stuff off the latest Harakiri For The Sky. It’s fun.

  • Looks like Abbath has jumped back into the studio to record the third album under his name. It sounds like it should be out sometime later this year, only two years removed from 2019’s Outstrider. I rather enjoyed the previous two efforts, so this is good news to me.
  • Serving as a preview for their upcoming new album, Etemen Ænka, Dvne has released a live video for “Towers”. The album, if you need a reminder, drops on March 19th through Metal Blade Records.
  • Scardust, the progressive/symphonic metal group out of Israel, have announced some lineup changes. Here is the kick-off announcement, but if you scroll their Facebook page you’ll get the full rundown. Sounds like their first live performance together will be announced soon as well. Good stuff.
  • And we’ll close with some black metal. Kankar, out of Germany, revealed the second track from their upcoming new album. Give “Dunkle Millenia” a listen below, the title-track from their newest effort, which is set for a March 19th release through Eisenwald.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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