Initial Descent: September 19 – 25, 2021

Unto Others

Look, I don’t know all the answers, nor does anyone else for that matter, apparently. However, I do know a good one which is something the old guard of country knew well: let’s just get wasted and kick all the footlights out. Very effective. Anyway, new metal time and we’ve got another long list ahead that’s full of it. First up are the undisputed kings of goth metal, Unto Others, with their second full length that’s everything you loved about Mana, but better. Next up is a technical platter from Rivers of Nihil who continue to show how adept they are at exceptional ideas and making them heavy as lead, then we’ve got Wraith who show that the thrash revival is better than ever, and last up top is LLNN with their healthy serving of sludge, hardcore, and post-metal. Many, many more follow these picks so jump in and grab them all.

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Initial Descent: August 22 – 28, 2021

Hooded Menace

Look at that pic up there. Gets the yearning burning for cooler weather and haunting season. Yes, haunting…as in Halloween and early fall. Hooded Menace know a thing or two about scaring the shit out of people with their deathdoom but with this week’s release they also show an 80s heavy metal side that we’ve yet to hear in this capacity…and it’s freakin’ killer. Next up in this list of new metal is Oxygen Destroyer who get the lead out with an “all genres on deck” approach to extreme metal, and again, killer release. Then we’ve got heavy metal champs Spirit Adrift with a very short EP that expands just a bit on their last release and furthers their journey into being one of metal’s current greats. Last, but not least, is deathpunkers Nunslaughter who literally kick ass and take names on their first utterance in seven years and first without drummer Jim Sadist (RIP)…and, you guessed it, another quality album. All that and a ton more to follow, so dive in skull first.

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Initial Descent: July 18 – 24, 2021

Fulci
Fulci – photo courtesy of Salvatore Delle Femmine

Salty is fast becoming my summer word. But, honestly, I’m extremely grateful for all the killer metal released so far that has aided and abetted my quest to find the nastiest, angriest, speediest, best bourbon guzzling music around that helps chase the bullshit away. So, there’s the bright side. This week’s new release list is yet another example of a good freaking week as we’ve got death metal from both Fulci and Tombstoner and one of those has a synthy horror B side dedicated to an absolute legend of horror fame (guess which one), extreme black metal from Craven Idol, and sludgy-charred-hardcore from Erdve. But, as always, there’s a ton more hanging out below these top four. Get some.

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Initial Descent: March 21 – 27, 2021

Perennial Isolation

Another week down and another ahead of us. One foot in front of the other sort of thing. Walk of life. Whatever. The time changed, finally, and I’m stoked to get my days back. And, of course, I’m constantly daydreaming about sand and salt that will be in my future. Moving on, new metal time so let’s do it; we’ve got some serious atmospheric black metal from Perennial Isolation that sounds exactly as cold as its album cover (this is a very good thing), a slab of old school death metal from Celestial Sanctuary, some post-black metal with a message from Decline of The I, and an album I genre termed as ‘raucous’ from ’68 because it’s rock, metal, bluesy, but most of all it’s a DAMN GOOD TIME. And right now, we all need a damn good time. Right? Right! All that and much more awaits in the lengthy list below so hop to it and load up.

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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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