Initial Descent: April 26 – May 2, 2020

Abrams
Abrams – photo courtesy of Mike Goodwin

Uncharted times, folks. Who knows what the right answer to any of this is or will be but I do know there’s a whole list of new metal to uncover so let’s do it. For those of you that like some rock to go with your metal, Abrams returns with their third full length and it’s heavy on the good time jams perfect for whatever you’re doing. Symphonic extreme metal gets a HUGE shot in the arm with Foretoken‘s debut, Pyre roll the death metal dice and come up with doubles, and Black Pestilence fire a shot of blackened punk amongst the masses. So, four really good albums up top and a slew of more down below. Enjoy it! Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 19 – 25, 2020

Katatonia
Katatonia

We all can use a pick-me-up at this point. And, this week we’ve absolutely got you covered with a multitude of stellar metal. What, you ask? Hang in there soldier… Katatonia return with another stone cold stunner that furthers their adventurous efforts into the ether, Cirith Ungol effectively silence a 29 year gap with an explosive fifth full length of high brow heavy metal, Ulcerate kick the death metal doors down and demand the spotlight, Vølus show us how dangerous death metal can be in the right hands, and Elder enlightens us with their algebraic approach to doom. A fantastic start for sure but we’re only getting warmed up to the plethora of amazing albums that await the adventurous. So, get to it. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 12 – 18, 2020

The Black Dahlia Murder
The Black Dahlia Murder

I’m out of words for much other than metal at this point. On that note, The Black Dahlia Murder lay down, quite possibly their best in a few years—so. damn. good., dark neofolk OLS mesmerize on their stunning effort, Oranssi Pazuzu put the capital P, B, and M in psychedelic black metal—no surprise to anyone I hope, and since every damn show every-damn-where is cancelled here comes Khemmis with a quick but great live EP that’ll bring back the good times. Tons more to follow so keep reading. Also, please support bands, labels, restaurants, and everything you can and in any way you can and if you can’t, don’t sweat it just hang in there. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 5 – 11, 2020

DOOL
Dool (photo courtesy of Nona Limmen)

Well, well, well. We’re all still in this crap. But, at least we’ve got good tunes to ride it out with and this week, there’s no shortage of good to be found. So, let’s do this. Dark metallers Dool return with an absolute stunner (no surprise here, amazing band and amazing music), Akurion uncover all the dark corners in their love letter to death metal and all its wares, Benighted continue their reign of all things insane via grinding death metal, and High Priestess turn doom on its ear with some Pink Floydish twists. Four albums up top and many, many more to go so get to it! Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 29 – April 4, 2020

Beggar

The sentiment of ‘hope everyone is well and safe’ carries again this week as we’re still in this mess. But, to stave off the darkness and provide some living room destroying fun, we’ve got another long list of incoming metal so hopefully something here will help pass the time. London based Beggar offer up a debut full length of incendiary extreme sludge metal and I’ve been head over heels for this one, you should be too, Testament have their 13th full length on deck and one thing’s always been for sure about them: never, ever count them out as their brand of melodic thrash and heavy metal still sounds amazing after 34 years, Skam astutely define catharsis through grinding violence, and Zolle find cohesive and powerful ground with a solid mixture of noise and sludge. Incredible picks already and there’s so much more below so dig in and keep your head up as much as possible. Continue reading