Initial Descent: February 16 – 22, 2020

Innards
Innards

Midway through February and just past Valentine’s Day so hope you all had a lovely one. If you did or if you didn’t, we’ve got the fix in the form of new metal and a ton of it so let’s do that, shall we? Certainly. At just three tracks, Portugal’s Innards excite the grind side of death metal with their latest quickie, Lowrider smashes a 20 year silence with their legendary desert metal and things have never sounded better, Road Warrior and Gravebreaker combine forces for a whiskey soaked, rip-roaring heavy metal hootenanny of a split, and TerrifianT pull all the stops in proving that heavy metal is as crazy as it is rowdy as hell. So, there you have it, and there’s much more to come so keep reading. Continue reading

Initial Descent: December 22 – 28, 2019

Verthebral

As we slowly kick 2019 to the curb and look ahead to 2020, there’s one thing to NOT do and that’s making a New Years resolution. If you want to be better, do it. If you want to be healthier, do it. If you want to be drunker, do it. Whatever your aspirations are, just do it. Resolutions are for one thing and one thing only: to be broken and forgotten about by the end of January. Ok, ok, I know you didn’t come here for a pep talk and we do have a very abbreviated list of new metal so we’ll do that instead. South American death metal is generally some barbaric stuff and Verthebral doesn’t disappoint on their sophomore outing, and how about some bestial metal to end the year with? Goatblood have you covered with their third full length of war, blood, and gore. Not much below but still, there’s a few worth checking out. Continue reading

Initial Descent: December 15 – 21, 2019

Oak
Oak

By the time these albums come out I’ll be high atop a mountain peering through the fog and snow from my comfy spot in front of a fireplace. Needless to say, I can’t wait. And that goes for the mountain spot as well as these new releases. It is a shorter list this week but still packs quite the punch. Let’s do it. 

Members of Gaerea have cross pollinated into the death / doom realm with Oak and are so convincing I think they missed their initial calling, Ashen Horde are on a rampage this year with a cracking, early, full length and now a follow up EP full of the same cracking black and death metal, and Italy’s Daemoniac triumphantly throw their hat in the ring of Swedish death metal (Swedeath if you’re nasty). Now, go and show these bands some love. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 27 – November 2, 2019

Nile
Nile

Alright folks, THIS IS IT: Halloween week. Do all the things associated and do them with vigor, we’ve been discussing this for weeks now so if you’re behind, GET CAUGHT UP. Moving on, bands are fighting for your attention this week — it’s the devil’s week so why not? — seeing as we’ve got the longest list in recent memory so let’s get to it.

Nile has always understood how to make some of the best death metal around and this week’s new album is no exception, expect more Egyptian tales and more vitriol. Score. November’s Doom officially usher in the gloominess of winter on their eleventh powerhouse, Paganizer keep Swedeath punchy and neck-breaking on their eleventh full length, and Wilderun make a strong case for uniquely different progressive metal that’s truly one for the ages AND it’s not another Opeth clone, finally. So much music to get to and so many Halloween things to do, it’ll be a busy week on so many levels. Go forth and destroy… Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 4 – 10, 2019

Lord Gore
Lord Gore

In comparison to the last few weeks, this one is rather short on the new metal front. And honestly, I’m not mad about it. A time to breathe a bit is a good time indeed. Anyway, the deathgrind supergroup of sorts, Lord Gore, are back after a 15 year break and they’re as sickening as ever, blackened death metal commandos Trench Warfare rage against religion on their full length debut, and Strappado leave nothing to the imagination on their brutal, torture inspired death metal debut – I mean, just look at that album art below. 

Beyond that, it’s a varied offering this week with rock and grind and even a little something for the maggots. Head inside to get the scoop. Continue reading