CANTO: Reeking Aura, Bacchus, In Grief, and More

And the Wyoming countdown is officially on.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: December 15 – 25, 2021

krolok band
Krolok

Okay, here’s the scoop: Fearless Editor Josh™ who usually puts this things together is away on a family holiday, so backup Slightly Fearful Editor Chris™ is here to get Initial Descent together. And, um…it looks like real slim pickings for the end of the year, huh? So you only get one feature today, the black metal rumblings of Slovakia’s Krolok, who I recall had a damn fine album with 2017’s Flying Above Ancient Ruins. Looks like they’re back with some more evil in the form of Funeral Winds & Crimson Sky, which after a cursory listen sounds like it’s going to be a similar banger. There’s a handful of other releases coming out that I’m sure are worth your time and attention, so check out what’s coming Christmas week after the break and we’ll see you next time.

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Initial Descent: December 12 – 18, 2021

Haalbuaer

We’ve reached that point in the year where the quantity of new releases dwindles. So, enjoy this week while you can since the next two will be slim pickings. As a reminder, there’s a ton that came out this year you probably missed so be sure to catch up, find some favorites, and go drop some cash on them. For this week’s new release festivities we’ve got death metal from Haalbuaer, black metal from Ustalost, deathened doom or doomened death from Slog, black metal from Beyond Death’s Throne, and several more in the list below. From here, you know what to do…copy/paste and get some.

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Receiving the Evcharist: NATHR and Big Muddy Brewing Company’s Blueberry Blonde

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offerings:  NATHR‘s Beinahrúga and Big Muddy Brewing Company‘s Blueberry Blonde.

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Initial Descent: October 2 – 8, 2016

Meshuggah
Meshuggah

 

First full week of October is upon us and, in case you missed it, there’s a hurricane that has ripped a swath of destruction everywhere it has touched. Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone that has been affected by this. But thankfully it’s moving on, so GOOD RIDDANCE to Matthew. Now, onto Initial Descent. Which means new metal by the truckload. Actually this week isn’t quite as stacked as previous weeks but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. We’ve got Meshuggah‘s The Violent Sleep Of Reason which has a more organic sound to it but nonetheless as alienesque as they’ve ever been, Gatecreeper have released their debut Sonoran Depravation which is arguably the catchiest death metal of 2016, Endalok is terrifyingly atmospheric on their black metal album Englaryk, Ortega gives us a fantastic doom album in Sacred States and Swampcult dedicates the entirety of their latest dark doom album The Festival to the H.P. Lovecraft short story of the same name (it translates very well in case you were wondering). Those and many more await after the jump. Continue reading