Initial Descent: July 14 – 20, 2019

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Tomb Mold – photo courtesy of Jake Ballah

Summer is my favorite but even I’ll admit that it’s hot. I mean, skin melting hot or even better, swamp ass hot. Seriously, the early morning dark gives up 92% humidity and a real feel of 95 when the actual temp is 80ish. So yea, time to find a cool mountain stream or something. Anyway, short list of new metal this week so let’s get to it…

Tomb Mold is one of those rare bands that started out on fire but on their third full length of stellar death metal, they’ve hit a whole other level of superiority. Much the same can be said of Falls of Rauros fifth full length — and debut for Gilead Media — of folky, atmospheric black metal – all roads of this band’s past lead here, period. Rogga Johansson’s involvement list over the years reads like a mile long rap sheet which means this dude is so well versed in the ways of death metal that his latest solo effort bleeds straight up insanity in the best kind of way. And then there’s WORMED, capitalized for a reason – these guys make technical death metal look easy as they continue the wild tale of Krighsu, the last human in the cosmos. Put that in your cosmic pipe and smoke it. 

Do the thing and jump in there, the quality continues even though the quantity wanes, temporarily. I’ll be over here taking an ice bath. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 7 – 13, 2019

False
False

Sure hope your 4th didn’t consist of off-time fireworks, as in until 1 or 2am for the entire damn weekend. If so, I have a roll of razor wire with your name on it but you’ll have to share with tons of folks surrounding me – no worries, I’ve got many rolls to go around. For those of you who didn’t have the day off or don’t celebrate, I’m sure it was just another Thursday. Anyway, new metal time and it’s another stacked week so here we go…

False turn in a blistering and all encompassing performance on their second full length of long form black metal and in case you missed it: False rule. Torche may be the AC/DC of party-fuzz-sludge but their fifth full length finds them back in fightin’ strength and rockin’ like it’s 2012 all over again (do some diggin’). If you’re still reeling from the battle of the Batushka’s consider this week’s offering as yet another hot bomb of epic, dark, and spiritual black metal to keep the irons of war hot. Last up top, but not least in this list, is the wonderful chainsaw buzz of Swedeath on Burial Remains’ killer debut.

The. Hits. Just. Keep. Coming. Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 30 – July 6, 2019

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Abbath – pic courtesy of our own Corey Butterworth

We made it through another week. And, are now head first into the next. Reggie Jackson once said “A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that.” This ain’t baseball but it is a crap ton more metal each week so let’s get some more of THAT repetition.

Both Abbath and Immortal Bird have new albums out this week and putting one over the other was tough, really tough. The former turns in a solid and grandiose rock star performance while the latter has truly come into their own…just get them both is my advice. Elsewhere, Hex offers up hard hitting death / doom and 3Teeth crank the gears of industrial metal with aplomb. Annnnd, we’re far from done. There’s so many albums you’ll want to pick up this week so go ahead and apologize to that last bit of dust in the ol’ wallet right now. Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 9 – 15, 2019

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Beheaded

With summer in full swing, families overcrowding vacation destinations and the rest of still toeing the line, some things change yet others stay the same. Such is life. Make the most of it or someone else will…and make you pay for it. The more you know right? Speaking of things that DON’T change, metal keeps toeing the line but man has it ever been a banner year. As long as it keeps toeing THIS kind of line I’m all about it. With that said, we’ve got tons MORE new stuff this week starting off with death metallers Beheaded’s and their best album to date, Sadistic Ritual holds a class on how thrash is done in Hotlanta, Temple Koludra bring the tribal to blackened death metal, and Baroness continue to ride the skinny rail between metal and rock. Wait, you’re surprised? Surely not. But rest assured, if the last couple of “colors” were your bag, this “double dose of color” will be too.

Shorter and sweeter is what this intro is. Love it? Hate it? Tell us all about it in the comments section below. Or don’t. Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 3 – 9, 2019

Sâver
Sâver

A couple of items to touch on from last week: If you missed “Black Brick” from Deafheaven, definitely rectify that and same for “12 Years In the Tomb” from Saint Vitus. They both rip and don’t @ me, all my shits to give are gone.

New business this week — and there’s plenty of it — starts with a rousingly heavy debut album, They Came With Sunlight, from Norway’s atmospheric sludge metal trio Sâver and for a young band, the sound here is massive and so meticulously created it took me completely by surprise. Next up is Rituals of Power from the destructive death metal denizens in Misery Index and even though it is, at times, disjointed and slightly off in sequence it still will cause bruised necks and damaged eardrums. Moving right along, Cloaked Climax Concealed may only be two tracks but the atmospheric death / doom 0N0 presents within is hallucinogenic, otherworldly, and all-encompassing at the same time. Last up top is the debut, Demiurgus, from the star-studded membership of Equipoise and based on the lineup, it’s no surprise to hear the vast, jaw dropping array of technical and progressive death metal they’ve conjured up – inject it straight in the veins.

We’re far from done so stick around for what’s left. Continue reading