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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Initial Descent: July 15 – 21, 2018

Khôrada
Khôrada

Kicking off another week, first thing, here on Initial Descent. None of you spoke up and said you hated the move to Monday so you’re stuck with it but I can’t think of a better way to get the momentum going than some new metal. Let’s do this.

First up is the fantastic debut, Seasons of Salt, from Khôrada which sees ex Agalloch and Giant Squid members unite to form a dark and challenging but beautiful piece of work. Mutilation Rites return with their fiery and filthy brand of black / death metal on Chasm, Future Cult sees The Lion’s Daughter mix extreme metal with 80s style slasherwave which equals a big score, and Wölfblood pull all the stops on their motorpunk, speed warped EP Nightriders which finally sees physical release so get on it.

There you have it, week is officially kicked off. Great openers but there’s many more to get into so stick around. We’ll be seeing you here throughout the week. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 22 – 28, 2018

Boss Keloid
Boss Keloid

We’ve got another long list of metal this week so let’s jump right in — Boss Keloid return with Melted On the Inch which is vastly different from their last album but is without a doubt their best yet and consequently one of the most forward thinking metal albums you’re likely to hear. Even though Cist‘s The Frozen Casket has been out for a minute, this week’s expanded CD release is as good a time as any to pick up this slab of speedy OSDM, so get on that.  Grá‘s Väsen is a healthy dose of primal black metal and Aura Noir, a band I wasn’t sure would ever return with an album, is back and exceptionally so on Aura Noire. It serves as a great reminder as to how much I’ve missed their thrashy black metal. There you have it, the lead off four. But there’s much more to get into this week so stick around as long as you want, we never close. Continue reading