Initial Descent: June 6 – 12, 2021

Hammer King

If I’m being honest, I’m still reeling from the wrecking ball that was last week’s lineup of new releases and STILL on both Fluids and Inhuman Condition. However, the new release weeks roll on and for this one we’ve got another power metal trip from Hammer King, a death metal debut from the fiery Cyrpta, and Eremit trudges through sludge and doom like kings. But, and as always, there’s much more below to explore so hop to it and enjoy the adventure.

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CANTO: Thy Catafalque, At The Gates, Tetrarch, and More

I don’t even know where to start today, there is so much going on.

  • We knew this was coming, but at least we have something specific to talk about now. At The Gates have officially announced that their new album, The Nightmare Of Being, will be released on July 2nd through Century Media Records. Pre-orders won’t start until the end of the month, however, so we’ll keep this on our radar until then.
  • This Roadburn Redux keeps getting better. This was somewhat hinted at, but now we have confirmation that there will be a “Pelagic Presents” segment that will feature performances by The Ocean, Crown, Year of No Light, and more. Cannot wait for this.
  • Thy Catafalque, the project that never takes a break (not a complaint), has announced a new album slated for a June 25th release. Vadak, the tenth album in the library, will be available through Season of Mist. Check out the first single and video, “Piros-sárga”, right now.
  • Tetrarch released a pretty damn heavy new single and video today, titled “Negative Noise”, so we can close with that. That track is taken from Unstable, which is out on April 30th through Napalm Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Death Metal Stew: Frozen Soul, Nervosa, and Asphyx

I slept, and I dreamed.

I dreamed of ripping, gain to 11 HM2 riffs with an edge so brittle they would shatter. I dreamed of cavernous reverb, and of blistering tempos jackknifed into mid-paced stomps that locked into a pocket so deep I could feel the void. I dreamed of vocals both guttural and vicious, speaking to me in the tongues of ancient religions, intoning rites of passage into another world, another time.

I woke, and realized it was February and I had slept on killer old school death metal releases from Frozen Soul, Nervosa, and Apshyx. Rising from my decrepit tomb of a bed I exhaled a chilled breath and decided to rectify the situation.

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Second Circle: Bloody Hammers and Miserable

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

Happy 2021! Everything is fine! I swear! At least in terms of music everything seems to be fine. Right when I was thinking there wouldn’t be anything of note to grab my ears in January (sorry, but Tribulation still fails to do anything for me, so we’ll let others on the site rave) up pops two bands that trade in the kind of music that instantly strikes a chord in my metal heart. So let’s use this edition of Second Circle to the sinister pomp of Bloody Hammers and the killer old school thrash of Miserable

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Initial Descent: January 10 – 16, 2021

Fractal Generator

Well…that was a week. And, we’re still here. Crazy right? Whatever. Today’s new release list is a bit longer than the last couple, but we’re getting a slow start to the ‘heaters’ that come through and melt your face off. Bit much? Yes, it is, but who cares. However, there are a few that breach the category. Right, let’s kick it off with dark, sci-fi death metal from Fractal Generator, horror inspired punk/doom from Bloody Hammers who know it’s always the right time for horror, and some gory brutal death from Infected Humans. These three bring the heat, but do peruse the rest below. See you here next week.

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