Initial Descent: September 19 – 25, 2021

Unto Others

Look, I don’t know all the answers, nor does anyone else for that matter, apparently. However, I do know a good one which is something the old guard of country knew well: let’s just get wasted and kick all the footlights out. Very effective. Anyway, new metal time and we’ve got another long list ahead that’s full of it. First up are the undisputed kings of goth metal, Unto Others, with their second full length that’s everything you loved about Mana, but better. Next up is a technical platter from Rivers of Nihil who continue to show how adept they are at exceptional ideas and making them heavy as lead, then we’ve got Wraith who show that the thrash revival is better than ever, and last up top is LLNN with their healthy serving of sludge, hardcore, and post-metal. Many, many more follow these picks so jump in and grab them all.

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Initial Descent: September 12 – 18, 2021

Carcass

Another week, another unending set of problems. Yep, that simple folks. Anyway, new metal time which means it’s finally CARCASS week. Whether you fell off long ago or keep on keeping on, Carcass keep doing their thing and this week they’re, again, doing it extremely well as they travel further along the melodi-carcass path. Plus, who doesn’t need some fun in their death metal these days? Rhetorical question of course, not in my bucket to care who does and who doesn’t. For a twofer of melodic death metal, we’ve got the latest from Insomnium which “good” is understood automatically, how good? Find out. Then we’ve got some brutalicious death metal from Vulvodynia and some wicked deathgrind from Dickless Tracy. Last but not least are the remainder of releases hiding out below these top four. Go. Do it.

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Initial Descent: September 5 – 11, 2021

Aborted

First up; as you may know, Louisiana got ripped up from Ida which means they could use all the help they can get seeing as it might be days/weeks before running water and power is established in some areas. If you can, go here to donate and trust me, every little bit helps even if it’s five bucks. Further, more areas were hit hard so do some research and find other donation links for these areas. Alright then, new metal time and of course, we got it. One might say Aborted was the easy choice to kick things off since it’s first in alphabetical order but, order means nothing when it comes to this hotly anticipated slab o’ death metal from these titans! What matters is quality, and they got it. Moving on, UK bruisers Mastiff got signed to a biggie and got heavier, honestly I had no idea they could get heavier yet here we are so be sure to grab this one. Then we’ve got a powerviolence meets sludge meets fastcore meets hardcore split from Trappist and Connoisseur and maaaaan what an anvil this thing is! Last up top but not least in this list is Cult Burial with a slappin’ EP of death metal that leans towards the sludgy side, and it rips. Obviously, much more awaits in the list below. So, if you’re in the US and celebrating a day off, there’s no excuse not to unload some cash on several of these albums. If you’re elsewhere, you still have zero excuse. So. Much. Good. Metal. DO IT…

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Initial Descent: August 29 – September 4, 2021

Literally no words for all the goings on that are going on….and now the scenes coming out of Louisiana are just beyond words. Thoughts are with everyone affected by Ida. Moving on, new release time and we got them. Deathdoomsters Wharflurch are up with their sickening (in a good way, of course) full length debut, so go and get your Flurch’ on. More deathdoom in store from the UK’s Slimelord which based on their last EP, this EP will be a good time (side note: it is). Then we’ve got a pair of heavy metal’s finest with a single from Lady Beast and another entry from Portrait, both are excellent and make for one hell of a good time. So, there’s a thread here; although the world around us is in total disarray there’s still good times to be had with metal. Score. That’s your top four, but stick around for the rest of the list. What’s that? Where’s Maiden you say? It’s in there, just not up top. Deal with it.

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Initial Descent: August 22 – 28, 2021

Hooded Menace

Look at that pic up there. Gets the yearning burning for cooler weather and haunting season. Yes, haunting…as in Halloween and early fall. Hooded Menace know a thing or two about scaring the shit out of people with their deathdoom but with this week’s release they also show an 80s heavy metal side that we’ve yet to hear in this capacity…and it’s freakin’ killer. Next up in this list of new metal is Oxygen Destroyer who get the lead out with an “all genres on deck” approach to extreme metal, and again, killer release. Then we’ve got heavy metal champs Spirit Adrift with a very short EP that expands just a bit on their last release and furthers their journey into being one of metal’s current greats. Last, but not least, is deathpunkers Nunslaughter who literally kick ass and take names on their first utterance in seven years and first without drummer Jim Sadist (RIP)…and, you guessed it, another quality album. All that and a ton more to follow, so dive in skull first.

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