Initial Descent: September 18 – 24, 2022

Miscreance

This week’s list of new metal might just be the longest list so far this year. I mean, if you can’t find something here just quit. Kidding…or not. Anyway, super bloated list which is always a great thing as there’s something for every discerning taste. We kick things off with an incredible death metal debut from Miscreance (no shit, this thing is great), then we’ve got black metal from Gaerea which is yet again great, KEN Mode returns to flip noise metal on its ear, ritualistic metal gets an upgrade from Frayle, and as you already know, there’s a TON more that follows. Dig in, turn up, and do your thing. We’ll see you here throughout the week.

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Initial Descent: September 11 – 17, 2022

Tribal Gaze – image courtesy of Sidney Stauts

It’s amazing the crap we deal with on a day to day basis. Utterly amazing…pretty much all I’ve got for an opener AND it’s only Monday. Go figure. However, we’ve got some aggressive tunes to soothe the pain this week in the form of a destructive death metal debut from Tribal Gaze and yes this is the the same Tribal Gaze that put out that barnburner of an EP last year. Next up is a long awaited diesel fueled rock storm from Clutch, an extreme and obtuse outing from Destrage, a consistently METAL outing from Wolfheart, and a crap ton more in the list that follows. Do what you do best and go show all these bands some love via whatever purchasing outlet you land on. It’s as easy as copy / paste from here and the rest is history. Happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

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Initial Descent: September 4 – 10, 2022

Revocation
Revocation

It’ll officially be Fall later this month which means spooky season is right around the corner. I can’t think of a better way to get in that mood than the trio of death metal new releases that lead this week’s list; Revocation return with an album that after a few spins really hits a sweet spot for me, and even more so than anything they’ve done to date, then we’ve got Bloodbath who are on the forefront of every death metal fan’s mind, next up is I Am with a groovy bruiser (and killer album art to boot), and rounding out the top slots is Abrams who are not death metal but are favorites around this back office. Now, these four will definitely keep you busy, but don’t forget about the long list of other new stuff that follows as there’s a ton of good stuff out this week. Happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the next several days. Until next time…

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Initial Descent: August 28 – September 3, 2022

Megadeth

Chris mentioned this, and linked it, in Saturday’s playlist BUT if you missed the full documentary of Mastodon’s Hushed and Grim, rectify that post haste. Now, for new metal: opinions wildly vary on Megadeth and Dave Mustaine and that’s fine, you do you, but from what we’ve heard of the first three tracks off their 16th album, this is the best they’ve sounded since their album count was in single digits, here’s hoping the rest holds up. Then we’ve got some sick and nasty death metal from Heads For The Dead, flag flying old school heavy metal from Trial, hard charging power metal from Blind Guardian, and, as always, a ton more in the list that follows. Dig your heels in on all of these and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week.

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Initial Descent: August 21 – 27, 2022

Blackbraid

We start with a non new release related item: seek out the 2022 Joe Barresi Remix of Dio’s Holy Diver. Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of remixes or reimaginings or re-recordings but THIS is a remix I can get behind. And now for the new release items: most of these opening four have been highly anticipated and hotly hyped, but that hype is well deserved in the black metal of Blackbraid and Sigh, in the progressive metal of Dreadnought, and in the destructive black metal meets hardcore force of Hexis. Moving on, and as always is the case with these lists, there’s a ton lying in wait below so there’s plenty to keep everyone busy. Enjoy the search and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

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