Initial Descent: May 27, 2016

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It’s finally here! We’re down at MDF — which should explain the relatively quiet last couple of days (don’t worry, podcast minisodes are coming soon!) —and amazingly, the entire metal world doesn’t stop for this shit. Who knew?

So, yes, we do have some new metal for ya this week. Right off the bat, Atlanta black / death / crust crew Withered return with Grief Relic, their first album in six years. Beyond that, there’s some new stuff from Death Angel and Behexen that’ll definitely be worth a listen, and also a new covers album from Six Feet Under that’ll definitely not be worth a listen. There’s a bunch more to get to, so let’s not waste any more time — here’s what’s on tap for this week:
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Album Review: Narvik – “Ascension to Apotheosis”

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I had never heard of Narvik until this album found its way into my inbox, but I was still compelled to cover their latest full length album, Ascension to Apotheosis, for a couple of reasons. For one, this particular black metal band hails from Germany. Freiburg, to be more specific. And we all know where I stand on the black metal scene currently emerging from that particular region of the world (here’s a clue: I like it). But secondly, the band name in a reference to a very northern town in Norway that was home to the late Robert Burâs, a prominent name in extreme metal, and a name each member of this band thinks highly of. Coincidentally, is also the hometown of a few relatives of mine — relatives I’ve been trying to visit for some time. Story time over. I was both curious and excited to check this effort out, and overall it is a quality representation of black metal, even if it doesn’t necessarily seem do a ton to stand initially.

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