Initial Descent: March 15 – 21, 2020

Hyborian
Hyborian

Look here, it got real out there so everyone please stay safe and well and virus free. And stop HOARDING every damn thing in site. You know the family down the street barely making it by? Yea, that’s the one you’re hurting by being a dick and selling toilet paper and hand sanitizer for 10x face value. I don’t mean YOU, dear reader. Unless YOU have done this. Shame, for shame. Anyway, metal will keep you sane if ordered in the house so let’s get to this week’s list. Kansas City’s answer to damn near perfect sludge by way of hard hitting metal, Hyborian, are back and better than ever, Neck of the Woods show that being slightly progressive with a hint of metalcore and a lot of death metal can be a great thing when done right, Sweven — offshoot of Morbus Chron — have a debut album on tap that forces you to hear death metal through a partially acoustic lens, and it’s AMAZEBALLS, and Lucifer still rock in all the right occultish, 70s inspired, metal ways. Stay safe, well, and loaded with metal. Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 2 – 8, 2020

envy
envy

One month down and eleven to go. January was a good kick off month for metal in 2020 and February shows no signs of letting us down either. So, score one for the music but hey, Doctor Death, how about stick that sickle up your ass and chill for a bit. Anyway, in the interest of new metal — as we feature here every week — branch out a bit and take a chance on something new or something you might view as outside your realm. You never know what might be found lurking just outside of that comfort zone. On that note we’ve got new stuff from top-tier screamo legends envy, melodic and emotionally heavy hardcore from Giver, off kilter and wildly avantgarde sounds from OvO, and mind blowing instru-prog-tech-death from Thoren. Plenty of stuff here that’s out on the fringe so take a chance and check them out. But, as always, there’s so much more to dig into so do that. Enjoy. Continue reading

CANTO: Irist, Napalm Death, Neck of the Woods, and More

irist

Would YOU love a monsterman? That’s the real question.

  • Some somber news to start off with. Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin passed away at the age of 53. The cause of death has not been revealed, but you can read a statement from the band here.
  • There are some more headlining dates for Napalm Death coming in the near future. Those are North American dates in April and May, and support will include WVRM, Tombs, Aborted, The Locust… etc.
  • Neck of the Woods have signed on with Pelagic Records for the release of their latest full-length. The Annex Of Ire drops on March 20th. I generally pay close attention to releases under that label, and this will be no different.
  • So this is some seriously awesome shit that I totally missed a couple days ago. This is a video for “Burning Sage”, the first single from Irist, whose debut album drops on March 27th via Nuclear Blast. It’ll be titled Order Of The Mind, and is a record you absolutely cannot miss.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: In This Moment, 1349, Envy, and More

1349

I worked in Boston today. Therefore, I am tired.

  • In This Moment have announced their seventh album, Mother, will be out on March 27th via Roadrunner/Atlantic. A video for the first single, “The In-Between” is available now. Upcoming tour dates, as well.
  • A whole bunch of videos today that I’m going to share because time is short. The first comes from Envy, for “A Faint New World”. I’ve had a chance to listen to The Fallen Crimson (out of February 7th through Pelagic Records), and it is awesome.
  • The next one comes from German thrash group Surgical Strike. Their debut, titled Part of a Sick World, is out this coming Friday on Metalville Records. Anyway, here is the video for “Not In This Life.”
  • Lastly, we have 1349‘s video for “Through Eyes of Stone”. The Infernal Pathway was released last October and if you weren’t already aware… it’s quite good.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Fire In The Mountains, Skillet, Envy, and More

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I’ve had to work from home two days in a row which I’m not the biggest fan of.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb