Initial Descent: June 24, 2016

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Forteresse (Photo by Catherine Leclerc)

Morning, y’all. What a weird world we’re waking up in. #Brexit actually happened yesterday, and while I hesitate to make knee-jerk, YOU’RE ALL FUCKED pronouncements here — I won’t pretend to know enough about the intricacies of it all to do so — it’s admittedly hard not to focus on it in the aftermath. I spent last night glued to Twitter in the wake of it all and didn’t get a ton of sleep, so our weekly whole new-metal distraction is most definitely a welcome one.

So, the new-metal distraction. What’ve we got this week? Well, somewhat appropriately, we start with Thèmes pour la rébellion, the latest from Québécois separatists Forteresse. Beyond that, we’ve got a new album from Mercyful Fate legends Michael Denner and Hank Shermann under their Denner / Shermann moniker, and new stuff from VölurKayo Dot and more. Check all that out below. For now, I’m back to the Twitter:
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Album Review: Délétère – “Les Heures de la Peste”

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“The Hours of the Plague.” The title of the debut full-length from Délétère certainly translates to something formidable. While the Québécois black metallers have been at it since 2009, they’ve thus far only teased us with two EPs up to this point. All of a sudden, however, they’ve emerged in 2015 with a demo compilation called De Ritibus Morbiferis as well as the aforementioned full-length. I’ll be covering the demo a little later on; for now, I’d like to focus on Les Heures de la Peste, which has delivered in the manner its name would imply.

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Just the Tip: April 7’s New Releases in Brief

It’s new release Tuesday—time for another edition of Just the Tip! Here are the new releases we’ll be discussing on the podcast this week!

April 7, 2015

Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors (Relapse)

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Crowhurst – Crowhurst (Ivory Antler)

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Délétère – Les Heures de la Peste (Sepulchral Productions)

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So, here’s the thing…Délétère doesn’t appear to believe in streaming services. This thing is nowhere to be found anywhere—Spotify, Bandcamp, you name it. We’ve got an advance copy, but we obviously can’t go around sharing that with everyone. So for now, YouTube audio of one of the songs on the album (put out by the band’s label, Sepulchal Productions) will have to do. So here’s “Laudes – Credo II”—give it a listen:

We’ll also have written reviews of these and other new releases here on the site throughout the week, but for now, take a listen and check back later this week for our spoken thoughts in Episode 47!

Other New Releases of Note:

  • Minsk – The Crash and The Draw (Relapse) [full review]
  • At the Gates / Voivod split 7″ (Century Media) [full review]
  • Acid Witch – Midnight Movies EP (Hells Headbangers) [full review]
  • Malthusian – Below the Hengiform (Invictus Productions) [full review]
  • Agnostic Front – The American Dream Died (Nuclear Blast)
  • Byzantine – To Release is To Resolve (self-released)
  • Apophys – Prime Incursion (Metal Blade)

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.