Initial Descent: December 8 – 14, 2019

Night Goat
Night Goat

It’s Initial Descent time which means another list of new metal for your earholes. The quality is still high so count your blessings. Or don’t. 

My love of noise rock runs deep but up until this point in the year nothing has really grabbed me by the throat. Ohio’s Night Goat offer up a scorching debut that has everything I need to call it THE noise rock album of the year; it’s loud, visceral, nasty, and has an unshakeable darkness to it – in other words, perfect. In Human Form put the A in avantgarde with an even larger batch of 70s prog to go with their forward thinking black metal, and NEDXXX cash in on the whole ‘sent by the devil to do the devil’s work’ schtick with the kind of black metal that sounds like ol’ scratch himself puked it up. Put those three in your pipe and smoke them but don’t forget about the rest that await immediately below. GO. Continue reading

Initial Descent: December 01 – 07, 2019

Vomit Fist
Vomit Fist

Did all the ham and turkey expand your waistline? Are you reading this from somewhere that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving? Does anyone care either way? Right. New metal. We got it. Let’s go.

NY’s blackened deathgrinders Vomit Fist are back to regale us with more tales of the “Frogvasion” and this time they’re exploring a bit with an avantgarde touch to their razor-raw riffs which means this second outing rules that much harder. Imprecation and Black Blood Invocation get bestial enough to make Satan blush on their split release, and Fen do unexpectedly great things with their atmospheric black metal – it’s an early call but this just might be their finest moment yet.

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Initial Descent: November 24 – 30, 2019

Sentient Horror
Sentient Horror

Best of lists are flying out like gangbusters and we’ve still got so much good stuff coming out on a weekly basis that WILL be list busters. You doubt this statement yet haven’t looked below to see what’s in store; do that.

Sentient Horror makes the best American Swedeath ever, and with their latest they do that and so much more; it’s like a geographical map of the best death metal wrapped up in one album by some talented musicians – scrumptious. For their sophomore effort, Teeth ratchet up the grind aspect of their death metal and knocks it clear out of the park, The Wraith offer up a debut that’s gotten some serious mileage here at 9C for its combination of gothy deathrock and post-punk, and the band with the most umlauts ever, Öxxö Xööx, return with another epic movement of avantgarde, experimental doom that’s a vehicle for its mastermind’s dreams – don’t be curious here, just get it. In closing, I said there would be list busters and now it’s up to you to find them…Enjoy.
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Initial Descent: November 17 – 23, 2019

Blood Incantation
Blood Incantation

No chit-chat this week, we’ve got a stacked list to get to so let’s do it… The death metal benders and shapers, Blood Incantation, are back with an effort that finds them, yet again, pushing the boundaries of the genre far beyond its capacity – alienesque indeed. Newcomers Astralborne explode off the starting gate with an incendiary melodic death metal debut that rips, tears, shreds, and progs; in other words, an immensely satisfying maiden voyage. Obsequiae flood the moats again with their third full length of intriguing and well thought out castle metal but more than that, this is their best yet so jump on it. And, closing out the top slots is the always avantgarde and always exceptional Chaos Echœs with a double disc that features a once in a lifetime live performance, outtakes, alternate song versions, and yes, more live recordings spanning four years. All that said, in the span of four top slot albums we’ve got four must own albums. That’s some damn good odds. And, we’re far from done here so head below to unload the rest of that paycheck you got Friday. Continue reading

Initial Descent: November 10 – 16, 2019

Tribulation
Tribulation

As we move closer to Thanksgiving it’s time to reflect on the smorgasbord of exceptional metal releases this year. And, of course, give thanks for them. At this point, anyone still pushing the “2019 metal has been weak” agenda gets these two middle fingers. Moving on…

This week’s new metal kicks off with Tribulation who offer an opportunity to experience their commanding stage presence with an audio visual double treat from a gig captured in Sweden and yes, a live album caught top spot — it’s Tribulation so it’s an automatic thing. Casket Huffer get filthy via blackened death and sludge on their sophomore outing, and Warsenal combine old school speed metal with a healthy dose of thrash and holy crap is it ever a sweet sound with a killer album cover to boot. Last up top but certainly not least, I’ve got a soft spot for anything Michael Denner does (King Diamond and Mercyful Fate ring a bell?? Anyone?) and lucky for me Denner’s Inferno returns with a full length that’s heavy on those majestic riffs of his. All that and there’s so much more awaiting directly below. Get ready to offload some cash.  Continue reading