Initial Descent: October 23 – 29, 2022

Worm

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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CANTO: Darkthrone, Drudkh, Bloodbath, and More

Bloodbath - Survival of the Sickest

I find myself weirdly into tennis these days. That, and the Champions League of course.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Sigh — “Shiki”

Sigh - Shiki

Sigh is a trailblazer of a band with a career nearly spanning three decades. Any thoughts of this band sitting on their laurels or going through the motions are crushed within the opening cadence here. Sigh continues to strive toward new heights, constantly reinventing themselves to create music that is both hauntingly eerie and extremely catchy all at once. All of this is encapsulated on their twelfth album, Shiki, which not only showcases the beginning of something new, with the pomp and circumstance of ceremony, but also shows us a sense of this band’s mortality.

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CANTO: Omnium Gatherum, Moon Tooth, Orange Goblin, and More

I can tell the seasons are changing because I haven’t been able to breathe in about a week.

  • Omnium Gatherum have announced a 2022 North American tour with Allegaeon and Black Crown Initiate. They’ll be touring in support of Origin, which drops on November 5th through Century Media. Those dates are in February and March, and you can purchase your tickets here.
  • California blackened death metal crew Civerous are releasing their debut full-length, Decrepit Flesh Relic, on November 19th through Transylvanian Recordings. As a sampling of what’s to come, check out “Herodacy” (and get your pre-order on), right here.
  • Heavy metal legends Orange Goblin have signed on with Peaceville Records. Better still, they’re offering a Halloween Q&A session on Facebook, details of which you can get at their page.
  • We’re closing today with Moon Tooth, because Moon Tooth happenings are always reasons to celebrate. Check out the video for “Nymphaeaceae” below, out through Pure Noise Records, a track that serves as an early preview of their follow up to 2019’s Crux.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: June 20 – 26, 2021

Amenra
Amenra

Life is sparking again, live shows are popping off left and right, and every week of new metal releases has many something’s for everyone. Things are looking up in those regards, so rejoice…or hail Satan. Or whatever you do these days. This week in new metal uncovers the newest ritual from Amenra, a return to holistically bleak beginnings from Withered, a slappin’ slab of death metal from The Absence, wicked ugly death metal from Cerebral Rot, and the next black/doom/punk chapter from Darkthrone. Oh, you noticed? Yes, there’s five up top and could’ve easily been more but in the context of getting you to the rest of what lies below, I chopped it at cinco. Plenty here for everyone, so go and fire up these band’s bank accounts, pronto. Support what you love with ferocity and sing its praises loud even if no one cares. You do, and that’s all that matters.

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