Initial Descent: August 29 – September 4, 2021

Literally no words for all the goings on that are going on….and now the scenes coming out of Louisiana are just beyond words. Thoughts are with everyone affected by Ida. Moving on, new release time and we got them. Deathdoomsters Wharflurch are up with their sickening (in a good way, of course) full length debut, so go and get your Flurch’ on. More deathdoom in store from the UK’s Slimelord which based on their last EP, this EP will be a good time (side note: it is). Then we’ve got a pair of heavy metal’s finest with a single from Lady Beast and another entry from Portrait, both are excellent and make for one hell of a good time. So, there’s a thread here; although the world around us is in total disarray there’s still good times to be had with metal. Score. That’s your top four, but stick around for the rest of the list. What’s that? Where’s Maiden you say? It’s in there, just not up top. Deal with it.

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CANTO: Der Weg einer Freiheit, Fire In The Mountains, Obscura, and More

The news I have been awaiting quite awhile arrived today, and that’s awesome.

  • Referring, of course, to Der Weg einer Freiheit. Their fifth album will drop on November 19th, through Season of Mist, and it will be titled Noktvrn. Here’s an album trailer for now, but it sounds like the German black metallers will be sharing a new track and pre-order details in the near future.
  • And then we’ll jump over to the Grand Tetons and see what updates have emerged from Fire In The Mountains. Ivar Bjørnson has announced a batch of reconfirmations for the 2022 festival, including the likes of Yob and Wayfarer, among others. Ohhhhh how I cannot wait.
  • Hate has revealed new album details today. Rugia will be out on October 15th through Metal Blade Records, and you can check out the title-track and get your pre-order on at this location.
  • Experimental black metal project Le Chant Noir has named October 22nd as the international release date of La Société Satanique des Poètes Morts, their second album. That will be released through Personal Records, and you can stream “Priére á Satan”, the first single, right here.
  • Closing with the new Obscura track that dropped yesterday should make some people happy. This is the video for “A Valediction”, the title-track from their new album set for a November 19th release through Nuclear Blast. Pre-orders!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Majestic Downfall’s Jacobo and Alÿ on “Aorta,” the draw of doom, European vs. American fans, and much more!

Majestic Downfall trade in some epic doom that stretches and luxuriates in melancholic surges of blood and tears. Aorta is their latest testament to the power of the morose, and it’s a feat of stirring arrangements, mournful melodies, and a bass sound that burrows under your skin and lays its eggs deep in the flesh. It touches on the classic 90s era of the scene without mimicking it, and it’s one of those albums you’ll be feeling in your bones long after the last note is played.

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CANTO: Seputus, An Autumn For Crippled Children, Majestic Downfall, and More

Alright, it’s Bandcamp Friday. What did everyone snag today?

  • An Autumn For Crippled Children have a new album dropping on May 21st. Their second release as part of the Prosthetic Records roster will be called As The Morning Dawns We Close Our Eyes, and pre-orders are available here. A new single, “Carefully Breathing”, is also available at that link… while you’re at it.
  • Majestic Downfall have nailed down a release date for their new album. Their sixth album, Aorta, will be out on May 21st as well, through Personal Records. Listen to a new track called “Roberta”, and get your pre-order/wishlist-ing on, over at Bandcamp now.
  • And the final album announcement for the day comes from Seputus. The extreme metal trio is releasing Phantom Indigo on June 4th via Willowtip, their first album since 2016’s Man Does Not Give. Check out the first track from that album, “The Learned Response”, which features Dan Garguilo of Artificial Brain.
  • Last but certainly not least, we close with the new music video from Soen for “Deceiver”. That track is taken from their latest album, Imperial, which is available now through Silver Lining Music. Curiously, that’s an album I still haven’t explored this year. Big problem.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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