Initial Descent: March 19 – 25, 2023


In the interest of this post’s spirit, this is a week I’ve been looking forward to for some time. To the point, that’s the point of these. If that makes sense. Anyway, we’ve got four titans across two genres in the highlight spots. First up is the long anticipated third album from Angerot who split death metal right down the middle and stomp on its entrails then we’ve got a stunning display of technical death metal precision from Maze of Sothoth. Second, we’ve got a duo of black metal to the tune of two seriously heavy hitters: Xalpen and Mork. Plus, there’s a ton more releases hiding out below so this week will be a fun one for all of us. Happy hunting and see you here throughout the week. 

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CANTO: Voidscape, Dødheimsgard, Phlebotomized, and More

I didn’t have to work today, but I’m still coming through for you fine folks.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

Album Review: Hellripper — “Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags”

Hellripper - Warlocks Grim and Withered Hags

In the rust and rabble that was the year 2020, there were occasional glimpses of light, even if that “light” came in the form of some righteous old school blackened speed metal. For it was then that I came – admittedly late – to the wonders of James McBain, the one-man sonic disruptor otherwise known as Hellripper. The Affairs of the Poisons was a blistering set of tunes that checked all the boxes: dashes of Venom and Motörhead with liberal sprinklings of early Bathory and NWOBHM. So I was on the watch for whatever came next. Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags is here, and my surprise is not on the tracks where McBain sticks to his tried and true formula, but where he stretches into new territory. It’s good stuff. so let’s get into it.

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Initial Descent: February 12 – 18, 2023


Just when you thought it was safe to cozy up to your favorite album from last week, we’re back with MORE new releases. Speaking of, what did you find from last week that gets you all oozy inside? We’d love to hear what you found and what we may have missed so drop those in the comments and let us know. Or not. Anyway, speed freaks Hellripper return with another album full of fire, brimstone, and venom which means you probably need to check it out. Elsewhere, Tithe gift us a love letter to all things death, black, and grind on their sophomore outing (consider it a Valentine’s kind of deal), and a band I haven’t heard from in a while, Man Must Die, drop tech death like it’s hot. As usual, we’re nowhere near done as there’s several more in the list that follows so get to copy / pasting and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

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Initial Descent: October 23 – 29, 2022


First off, big thanks to brother Chris for holding it down for me last week here on Initial Descent. He brought the fire then, and I’m bringing it now. We’ve got the goods to help you get into the Halloween mood with a soul crushing outing from Worm, the next epic step from legendary black metallers Darkthrone, some absolutely extreme deathgrind from Psionic Madness, a rip roaring riff ride from Psychonaut, and a lengthy list of metal for every taste below these top four. So come one, come all and happy hunting. See you here throughout the week.

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