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

Initial Descent: July 14 – 20, 2019

TOMB_MOLD by_Jake_Ballah_
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