Initial Descent: March 29 – April 4, 2020

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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

CANTO: Enslaved, Cirith Ungol, Okkultokrati, and More

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At least I can still spend time outside?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Rotting Christ, Oranssi Pazuzu, Fozzy, and More

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Probably the most challenging day in all this so far.

  • To recover some of the funds lost from the recently postponed tour, Rotting Christ have begun selling the official tour shirts at this location. Honestly, given the situation, it’s a reasonable price and if you end up at one of the rescheduled tour dates, this could be dope swag to bust out.
  • Witches Hammer, who haven’t really been active in the last 30 years, are returning with a full-length release on April 25th through Nuclear War Now! Productions. The album will be called Damnation Is My Throne and you can listen to “Solar Winds” right now.
  • Some more rescheduled dates for lost tours are starting to surface, and the next comes from Fozzy. The North American dates that were originally scheduled for April and May are now lined up for July 10th through September 5th.
  • Lastly, we’ll close with the latest new single (and video) from Oranssi Pazuzu, titled “Uusi teknokratia”. A reminder that Mestarin kynsi drops on April 17th and I cannot fucking wait.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: In Flames, High Command, My Dying Bride, and More

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Amazing outside. Can wait to spend the evening inside mindlessly staring at the internet.

  • Runespell and Forest Mysticism are preparing a split album scheduled for a May 15th release. The title of that effort is Wandering Forlorn and it will be out on CD and vinyl LP formats through Iron Bonehead Productions.
  • In Flames are still having fun with last year’s release, I, The Mask. For starters, they dropped a one year anniversary bundle that includes a statue and shirt. More entertainingly, they dropped an 8-bit version of the album. Arcade versions of things are always fun, so have at it.
  • High Command have announced some new tour dates, including a small run of dates in Canada, at the end of April. Here is the full run of shows, including the preceding U.S. dates. Enjoy.
  • Finally, since I’m still enjoying the new My Dying Bride album, here is the shiny new video for “To Outlive The Gods”, taken from The Ghost Of Orion. That album is out now on Nuclear Blast.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Alcest, Heaven Shall Burn, Vader, and More

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Squeezing one more in this week while I have a minute to breathe.

  • Something entertaining worth checking out this Friday afternoon: Alcest’s remixed version of “Sapphire”. It was remixed by Perturbator… aka James Kent. That’s probably all the information you need to be sufficiently enticed.
  • Vader have unveiled the artwork for their upcoming new album, Solitude In Madness. That drops on May 1st through Nuclear Blast, and pre-orders are available at this location. They also have some European tour dates coming up.
  • My Dying Bride have an awesome new album out today, titled The Ghost Of Orion. In light of that, listen to Aaron Stainthorpe and Andrew Craighan discuss “To Outlive The Gods” and the accompanying video.
  • Check out the new video from Heaven Shall Burn for the new single “Eradicate”. Of Truth And Sacrifice will be out March 20th through Century Media. These guys are fun, I’m going to continue to pay attention to their going-ons.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb