Stateside we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving this week which means…we eat. A lot. And watch football. Then nap on the couch. Some will then commence the absurdity that is Black Friday where normal folks turn into animals and nearly kill each other to save a buck or be first to that precious PS5 while trampling bodies underfoot. Ahhh, good times. For the rest of you, it’ll be Thursday and Friday, yay for you. Anyway, new metal is here for your perusal and kicking things off we’ve got a long awaited return from Hypocrisy, a live album from The Ocean who are unmistakably one of the heaviest hitters in the post-metal scene, a death metal kidney punch from Teeth, speedy blackened death metal from Concrete Winds, and a whole host more that follows. There’s even a couple of Christmas albums down below just in case you haven’t already had enough of that. Whatever you’ll be celebrating or doing this week, there’s plenty here to soundtrack it so get after it.Continue reading
CANTO: Erdve, Whitechapel, Gaahls WYRD, and More
I photographed a show last night! …And am aggressively paying for it today. I’ve missed this.
- Let’s lead off with Gaahls WYRD, who announced a new mini album titled The Humming Mountain. The official release date is November 5th through Season of Mist, but you can check out one of the five new tracks, the title track, right now.
- Gemini Syndrome have announced the “Initiation” U.S. tour, that runs from October 28th through November 27th. They’ll be supported directly by Ovtlier and Oh! The Horror, and tickets can be acquired here.
- In case you missed the Erdve performance from the Lukiškės prison in Lithuania, which took place last September, the full show is now available for streaming.
- Sijjin have set November 12th as the release date for their debut through Sepulchral Voice Records. Sumerian Promises can be pre-ordered here, and be sure to check out the first new track, “Darkness on Saqqara”, right here.
- Whitechapel dropped another new single and video from Kin, titled “A Bloodsoaked Symphony”, which we’ll close with on this fine Thursday. Just a reminder, that album drops on October 29th through Metal Blade.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Initial Descent: May 9 – 15, 2021
Another day, another dollar. If things were easy, we’d all sign up for the gravy train, but it just ain’t so. And, that train is long gone. Thinking out loud there…anyway, new metal time! Let’s get to it, Grave Miasma put forth probably their most deathy death metal album yet and I’m all here for it, Hore rolls out a freaking banger of a black ‘n’ roll album, Oldskull brings about memories of Morrisound era Floridian death metal, and Wolverine FINALLY are releasing their epic feature length audio / visual album on digital and vinyl—better believe I’m picking that up, excellent dark metal there. So, with no gravy train in sight, head below to find a new favorite from this long list of new releases. Drop some coin and enjoy the trip.Continue reading
Initial Descent: May 6, 2016
It has rained every single damn day this week. Which, really, is just what I need less than two weeks removed from a breakup. Good job, universe! Oh well, May’s upon us. There’s no way it won’t improve upon April from a lifeical standpoint, but it may also do so from a metallic perspective as well. Quite a bit to look forward to over the next 25 days.
That starts today, with new stuff from U.K. death crew Grave Miasma, who release their gnarly new EP, Endless Pilgrimage. I’ll have a full review of that thing up early next week, but as a pre-emptive TL;DR — it’s worth your time. We’ve also got new albums from Alaric, Vektor…hell, even one from not-metal-but-yes-awesome synthwave mainstay Perturbator. It’s a solid week, so let’s jump in. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, May 6: