Initial Descent: January 24 – 30, 2021

Tribulation

I don’t know if the best of 2020 glut has me temporarily bloated on music or what, but it’s been tough to really focus on new albums for more than a cursory spin. Instead, I’ve been catching up on some long overdue reading and burning the midnight oil in the mountains and it’s been a head clearer, to say the least. However, this week’s new release haul has offered at least a few that have me refocused and paying close attention. The first of which is the new gothic barnburner from Tribulation, progressive metallers Soen have given reason to pause, neofolk group Rome give much to reflect on as well as a bevy of amazing tracks, and Werewolves’ brand of intense yet melodic yet groovy death metal has been loads of fun. So, you could say that just when I need it the most, the artists have come through with precisely what I need and right on time. Obviously, there’s a ton more included below so there’s something here for everyone. Thrill of the hunt type of deal. Or whatever. Just do it.

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Initial Descent: January 17 – 23, 2021

Asphyx

Maaaan, if you missed that sneak attack from Gatecreeper last week, GO FIX THAT. Exactly what I needed and they do a thing at the end that was a shocking, but excellent, surprise of a thing. Anyway, get it. This week brings us new death metal jams from Asphyx, ecclectic-doomy-bluesy-riffy-psychedelicy tunes from Here Lies Man, and a balls out two track banger from Sumeru. Beyond that, we’ve got a lengthy list to peruse that has a little something for everyone. And don’t forget, there’s a whole host of bands putting out killer stuff that crops up unannounced so keep your finger on the metal new release tab over at Bandcamp.

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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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Initial Descent: January 3 – 9, 2021

Definitely not the news any of us wanted to hear: Children of Bodom front man and one of metal’s best guitarists, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. No doubt the reverberations of this will be felt for a long time and he will certainly be missed, 41 is way too early to go. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. RIP.

Tough to muster new metal speak but here we are. First up is the full length debut from Frozen Soul who were on Maggot Stomp (this is your “quality” hint) but are now on Century Media and as good as their demo was, this is not only better but more of it. Second, we’ve got a physical release from Exsul by way of Caligari (again, quality) and if you missed the digital, rectify that now. Beyond that, another short list of entries to follow.

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Initial Descent: December 27, 2020 – January 2, 2021

Assuming you’ve all had a merry, merry and happy, happy, and now have an engorged wallet just burning a hole in your pocket to spend some cash on new metal. Assuming, of course. We’ve got the path of said new metal to lighten the wallet. Very short list this week but still some ragers, to be sure. Argentina’s Cemetery Dwell have hit the Redefining Darkness stable and are offering their three track, Finnish inspired, destructive death metal demo, and Depression are loading the deathgrind coffers with a 30 track beast that’s sure to rip eardrums right off heads. And, as always, there’s more to explore just below. Not a lot more, but we’ll be back to elongated lists in the next week or two but for now, enjoy. Happy New Year.

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