Initial Descent: July 4 – 10, 2021


More and more it seems the more you give, the more they want, and the less they do for themselves. The “they” here is cloudy, but I know I’m not the only one that relates to this statement. If you’re a grown person and rely on everyone and everything else to figure the entire world out for you, stop that shit and grow a spine. It’s annoying for the rest of us. Yes, I’m salty and what comes up comes out so there it is. Anywho, new metal this week in the form of death metal from Qrixkor and Domination Campaign, sludgy doom from 71TONMAN, black metal from Unendlich, and a whole heap more hiding out in the list below. There’s medicine for what ails in these lists and I’ve found so much solace in this violent, doomy, brutal, charred, slamming, sludgy, angry music we love that it fights back the negativity. Or, at least, most of it. Find your golden unicorn below and love it like no other.

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CANTO: Mercury Circle, Paladin, Blindfolded and Led to the Woods, and More

Alright, today was a little less stupid than yesterday, and I’ll take it.

  • Paladin has announced the “Shredocalypse” U.S. tour, which will also feature Immortal Guardian and Unleash the Archers for a couple of dates. The tour kicks off on August 17th and runs through September 11th, with more dates to be announced later, apparently.
  • Prosthetic Records have added a new name to their roster. Blindfolded and Led to the Woods have signed on and have already started writing their follow-up to Nightmare Withdrawals, which was self-released earlier this year. Looks like we can expect a new album early(?) in 2022.
  • Chicago-based black metal project Annihilus has announced a new album, Follow A Song From The Sky, which is set for an August 13th release through Federal Prisoner. Pre-order the album here, and keep an eye out for a new track titled “Draw the Beast”, which is floating around somewhere.
  • And we’ll wrap up our Tuesday with Mercury Circle, who have shared a track from their upcoming debut full-length, Killing Moons. That album is set for an October 8th release through Noble Demon, but you can peep the new clip for “Black Mirrors” below. Enjoy.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: An Autumn For Crippled Children was May 2021’s Album of the Month!

Episode 83 of The Nine Circles Audio Thing covers the ninth release from An Autumn For Crippled Children, As the Morning Dawns We Close Our Eyes. Buke once again captains the episode with, again, a light cast of the usual suspects and one we haven’t heard from in awhile. The merry band of chatters break down the album, band, and its past releases. Head inside for the complete rundown.

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Album Review: Kataan — “Kataan” (EP)

If you were dismayed when Vattnet Viskar began their slow dissolution, I have good news. Nicholas Thornbury, one of the creative forces behind that band has teamed up with Brett Boland (Astronoid) for what I can only call an epic success. If you like blackened death metal that’s firing on all cylinders: melodic, engaging, and full of riffs and hooks, then put Kataan’s self-titled EP in your cart immediately. 

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CANTO: Horndal, Exil, Insanity Alert, and More

Are long weekends worth the added stress that follows them? Yes. Yes they are.

  • I’m feeling some fresh hardcore punk, so we’ll start the week with Exil, who have announced the release date of their Armageddon Label debut. Warning will be out on July 23rd, and to kick start the countdown you can check out the first single, “Maniac”, on this compilation streaming on Bandcamp.
  • Horndal shared a new video for “Rossen” today over at Decibel, with an accompanying interview. Worth a read and watch, obviously. Lake Drinker is out now through Prosthetic Records, and you can pick it up here. I’ve actually been meaning to check this one out and haven’t gotten around to it yet. Shame!
  • So this is a fairly substantial 2021 tour. Halestorm and Evanescence are hitting the road together for a handful of Arena dates in November and December, covering a good chunk of the United States. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 14th, and you can scoop them up here.
  • Crossover thrashers Insanity Alert are releasing their mainstage performance of the song “All Mosh / No Brain” from Hellfest 2019. Check it out directly below. Side note: this is one of the festivals on my ‘to-attend’ list, and clips like these keep that motivation high. Anyway, enjoy.

“Ein Bier… bitte”.