Initial Descent: April 11 – 17, 2021

Cannibal Corpse
Cannibal Corpse

Saw something last week that I had to comment on; if you’re still falling prey to “don’t listen to (insert name) band because they’re not an a label” or “skip (insert name) band because they suck or not worth the time,” STOP IT. Do your own research and come up with your own conclusions. If you don’t like it, fine. But at least, for you, there’s a reason beyond some gatekeeper spouting bullshit on a social media platform. Agree or disagree, I don’t care, but find what you like for your own reasons and if you don’t like it, move on. Or, start a blog and explain. Whatever. Moving on with new metal, Cannibal Corpse are death metal elite on their own but with Rutan in the fold they are GOD-TIER—go now and preorder that. If black ‘n’ roll is more your style, Bewitcher has you covered, post-rockers Crown have made a splash with us and I’m sure many of you will have the same experience, and Chain Gang Grave offers up a little something for the punk / metal / death rock / hardcore crowd with an explosive debut full length. Again, plenty here to research and plenty of excellent albums in the top slots as well as the list that follows. Go, get your fill.

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Initial Descent: April 4 – 10, 2021

The Lion’s Daughter

Did everyone survive the wave of shitty April Fools’ jokes? In talking about things that should be retired, that’s really high on the list. However, Metallum did an excellent job with the cat thing, I’ll give them that. Anyway, new week means new metal and for this round we’ve got a fantastic entry from The Lion’s Daughter who dive deeper into horror synth (very, very good thing), a brutal death entry from a band you might need an English major and a doctor’s degree to pronounce, Onchocerciasis Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, another artsy rock outing from Årabrot who just get better with age, and a chilling post-metal album from Kauan. All that and a bunch more in the list below. Dig it.

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Initial Descent: March 28 – April 3, 2021

Wode – image courtesy of Phillip James Torriero

We’ll be crossing April Fools Day this week and maybe this is when we find out that all this shit has been a cruel April Fools joke. We won’t and don’t get your hopes up. One thing that isn’t a joke is this week’s list of new metal, let’s do that now; first up is a new one from black metallers Wode who absolutely kill it, again. Next up is a pair of black metalish albums; a weird but good one from Sleepwalker and a death metal leaning one from Unflesh, and rounding out the top slots in intergalactic death metal form is The Beast of Nod—think of a favorite sci-fi space flick then put this on as the soundtrack. Tasty. So, brave the jokes this week with some extra smart ass and go buy some stuff off this list. 

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Initial Descent: March 21 – 27, 2021

Perennial Isolation

Another week down and another ahead of us. One foot in front of the other sort of thing. Walk of life. Whatever. The time changed, finally, and I’m stoked to get my days back. And, of course, I’m constantly daydreaming about sand and salt that will be in my future. Moving on, new metal time so let’s do it; we’ve got some serious atmospheric black metal from Perennial Isolation that sounds exactly as cold as its album cover (this is a very good thing), a slab of old school death metal from Celestial Sanctuary, some post-black metal with a message from Decline of The I, and an album I genre termed as ‘raucous’ from ’68 because it’s rock, metal, bluesy, but most of all it’s a DAMN GOOD TIME. And right now, we all need a damn good time. Right? Right! All that and much more awaits in the lengthy list below so hop to it and load up.

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Initial Descent: March 14 – 20, 2021

OLDE – courtesy of Samantha Carcasole

Last week was a week. Here’s hoping this one isn’t. Who’s ready for live shows? Anyone got a wager for when that’ll be? Will we ever get back to normal? All pertinent questions that no one really has an answer for, but all are questions that burn in all our minds. News to no one, I get it. Anyway, we can dream…I guess. Moving on to some new metal, and at least that rubs me the right way; OLDE are back with their outstanding brand of blue collar doom/sludge (seriously, this thing rules and consequently, this band can do no wrong), Mare Cognitum are still excelling at cosmic black metal, Dvne get massively heavy and surprisingly subdued at the same time (it works, trust me), and how about some slam meets deathcore from Distant who actually do a great job at crushing this genre combo. Go get all these new tunes and dream for the day when we might actually get to see all this live again.

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