Initial Descent: June 4-10, 2023


[assumes Jim Nantz voice] Hello, friends. It’s time, again, for a tradition unlike any other. The time of year when our beloved Arch Demon takes a well-earned vacation and the guy who only covers outdated-sounding pop music and bad album covers decides to actually pull some weight for once. [resumes normal Dan voice] You fuckers have me on these Initial Descent posts for the next couple of weeks, so brace yourselves, cause it’s gonna be… uh… something.

But enough about that. Let’s jump into the music, which — oh hey! — we actually have quite a bit of this week. We start off with the return of the mighty GODFLESH, back after almost six years with the new full-length, Purge. And hey! What’s that? A new album from… Scar Symmetry? Holy hell. A full nine years — this here blog’s entire lifespan — after releasing the first part of their multi-album saga, The Singularity, the Swedes are finally back with a follow-up, Phase II: Xenotaph. If you’re digging into a proggier vein, there’s also Fates Warning frontman Ray Alder, who’s dropping his second solo album, simply titled II. And finally — for this intro blurb, anyway — we’ve got Torture Rack! The Portland-based death crew are back with album number three, Primeval Onslaught, and friends… if you happen to look at yourself this week and think “you know, I’m not nearly filthy enough,” this thing’ll help you get there. There’s a whole bunch more coming out this week, though, so hop on in, take a look, and see if anything catches your eye!

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Initial Descent: May 28 – June 3, 2023

Pupil Slicer
Pupil Slicer – Image Courtesy of Gobinder Jhitta

Memorial Day (we remember) kicks off a good week for our top four: we’ve got Pupil Slicer who, in case you forgot, are an extremely exciting grind outfit, as well as a return from my favorite weeddoom band Bongzilla. Then we’ve got all out war from Tombstalker, excellent rock from Wytch Hazel, and a shit ton more in the list that follows. Plenty to dig into this week that should keep you busy for a minute. Enjoy…

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Initial Descent: May 21 – 27, 2023


I am getting so close to vacation I can smell the sand and surf. But, for now, we’ve got another long list of new metal releases to push out that kicks off with my favorite local band Olkoth who kick out the jams death metal style, then we’ve got black / death metal debauchery from Hate Manifesto, more death metal from Vomitory, another somewhat local band that’s risen in the black metal ranks: Cloak, and a shit ton more hanging out just below these four. Happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the week…

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Initial Descent: May 14 – 20, 2023

Another new week, another list of new metal releases, and a fresh chance to tell you: if you didn’t preorder this new Frozen Soul joint, you done fucked up. It’s death metal done right. Honestly the same could be said for the rest of this week’s lead off bunch with Gozu killing it better than their metal chops ever have, Wings of Steel seriously scratch that classic heavy / hair metal itch, The Ocean…you already know and if you don’t you better call somebody, and of course the rest of the lengthy list that follows. There’s something here for everyone AND bonus points if you get the reference I dropped. Dig in and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week.

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Initial Descent: May 7 – 13, 2023

Cattle Decapitation

Hard to believe it’s almost summertime and the kids will be out of school soon. It’s also hard to believe it’s finally Cattle Decapitation week, so there’s that. But, as usual with these new release lists, that’s just scratching the surface of what else is in store. So, in addition to the aforementioned Terrasite, we’ve also got death metal from Ascended Dead, black metal from Oreida, noise rock from The Tunnel, and tons more just below these four. Happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

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