Initial Descent: December 27, 2020 – January 2, 2021

Assuming you’ve all had a merry, merry and happy, happy, and now have an engorged wallet just burning a hole in your pocket to spend some cash on new metal. Assuming, of course. We’ve got the path of said new metal to lighten the wallet. Very short list this week but still some ragers, to be sure. Argentina’s Cemetery Dwell have hit the Redefining Darkness stable and are offering their three track, Finnish inspired, destructive death metal demo, and Depression are loading the deathgrind coffers with a 30 track beast that’s sure to rip eardrums right off heads. And, as always, there’s more to explore just below. Not a lot more, but we’ll be back to elongated lists in the next week or two but for now, enjoy. Happy New Year.

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Initial Descent: October 25 – 31, 2020

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Finally, It’s Halloween week. Not sure what you’ll be doing but as long as it involves horror movies and metal, all will be right in the world for at least a day. Since metal is in the equation, we have a looooong list for this week. So long, in fact, it seems everyone waited for Halloween to push out an album. Good news for us. Anyway, Sarcator open the pit of flayed bodies with their Swedeaththrash and holy smokes is this so crazy good for such a young band—I mean, age 16-21. All that to say, jump on this immediately. And, the mighty Carcass return for a quick hitter EP but quick hitter doesn’t mean slack on quality, it’s Carcass so you know what you’re getting. Stälker put both a classic metal feel and tons of demonspeed in their effort and those vocals? GLORIOUS. Rounding out the top spots is Wolverine who are back with their lush but impressive progressive metal and in audio visual format which is nothing short of amazing so please get your ears, and eyes, on this come Saturday. No matter what you do with Halloween this year, you’ll have plenty of metal to take along for the ride. Just don’t forget to load up on blood and gore as well.

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Initial Descent: July 19 – 25, 2020

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Gaerea

If you’re reading this, I highly recommend doing your research on all the new metals we’ve got this week and particularly the lead off four albums. I’m not Australian but CRIKEY this is a good week. How good? Read on… Gaerea had a great debut album two years ago but now, on their sophomore effort, they have an excellent album that’s equal parts dark black metal and thundering melodies—they truly have found their calling here. Next up is a trio of death metal delights: Exhibit A is of the technical / brutal persuasion from Defeated Sanity which is a barnburner of epic proportions, if you can get past the production. Exhibit B is of the technical (not tech) variety from Ahtme and is a blast from start to finish, plus that crazy album art. And, Exhibit C is of the “all in but the kitchen sink” variety from Writhing and while it is very short, it’s a whole lot of ass kicking in six minutes. So, four down and tons more to go. Explore, explore and the more you will know. Poet and didn’t know it…and all…whatever. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 12 – 18, 2020

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Väki

I know you missed me yesterday. Or, was it the new metals? Ah yes, the new metals; that you did indeed miss, more than me. Anywho, as usual, we’re overflowing with good picks so let’s get to it… back in 2017 Finland’s Väki put out a blistering EP of fierce yet cold black metal and with this week’s debut full length they up the ante in almost every aspect—expect utter chaos. The Czech Republic’s Oči Vlka offer up a scathing demo that defies any sort of easy categorization and it’s out on Caligari so you know it’s quality, Battalions continue their sludgy ass-kicking trajectory, and Mystras form of black metal is as fascinating as one might expect coming from Ayloss who you may know from Spectral Lore. So, several winners already and many, many more to follow. Enjoy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 5 – 11, 2020

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Dool (photo courtesy of Nona Limmen)

Well, well, well. We’re all still in this crap. But, at least we’ve got good tunes to ride it out with and this week, there’s no shortage of good to be found. So, let’s do this. Dark metallers Dool return with an absolute stunner (no surprise here, amazing band and amazing music), Akurion uncover all the dark corners in their love letter to death metal and all its wares, Benighted continue their reign of all things insane via grinding death metal, and High Priestess turn doom on its ear with some Pink Floydish twists. Four albums up top and many, many more to go so get to it! Continue reading