Initial Descent: July 4 – 10, 2021


More and more it seems the more you give, the more they want, and the less they do for themselves. The “they” here is cloudy, but I know I’m not the only one that relates to this statement. If you’re a grown person and rely on everyone and everything else to figure the entire world out for you, stop that shit and grow a spine. It’s annoying for the rest of us. Yes, I’m salty and what comes up comes out so there it is. Anywho, new metal this week in the form of death metal from Qrixkor and Domination Campaign, sludgy doom from 71TONMAN, black metal from Unendlich, and a whole heap more hiding out in the list below. There’s medicine for what ails in these lists and I’ve found so much solace in this violent, doomy, brutal, charred, slamming, sludgy, angry music we love that it fights back the negativity. Or, at least, most of it. Find your golden unicorn below and love it like no other.

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Initial Descent: June 6 – 12, 2021

Hammer King

If I’m being honest, I’m still reeling from the wrecking ball that was last week’s lineup of new releases and STILL on both Fluids and Inhuman Condition. However, the new release weeks roll on and for this one we’ve got another power metal trip from Hammer King, a death metal debut from the fiery Cyrpta, and Eremit trudges through sludge and doom like kings. But, and as always, there’s much more below to explore so hop to it and enjoy the adventure.

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TECHNICALLY INCLINED, Episode 5: Cerebrum’s “Iridium”

Technically Inclined is back! And Hera — having NOW (but not at the time of recording) newly completed grad school — has rejoined the fold once again! And this time out, we’re talking about Greek progressive death crew Cerebrum and their third album, Iridium.

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CANTO: Harakiri For The Sky, Fragmentum, Enchantment, and More

Harakiri For the Sky - Maere

Somehow, someway, there is no alcohol in my house. Suboptimal.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

Receiving the Evcharist: Wombbath and Beachwood Brewing Company

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Hail and well met, friends!  It’s been a hot minute since this column was live, but I’ve got the tunes and the libations, and I think they both deserve a place to be talked about.  Let’s get into it.  This week’s offerings: Wombbath’s Tales of Madness and Beachwood Brewing Company’s Hayabusa Lager.

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