Initial Descent: May 15 – 21, 2022

Cave In

Here’s hoping no more devastating news this week. You know how this works, it’s Monday which means it’s new metal release time and we kick things off with a long awaited album from Cave In that hits all the right buttons, Mortal Thrall very successfully trip the post-black metal trigger, Stjärnfält warps the typical black metal tropes with an excellent effort, Sadistic Ritual keeps the thrash fires burning oh so high, and, as always, a hefty list follows. If we missed anything, let us know and if your band or label wants to be feature here in the future, hit the about page and send us an email. Happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the week…

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CANTO: The Halo Effect, Primitive Man, Axioma, and More

I am very much relieved tomorrow is my last work day this week.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

Rainbows in the Dark: A Sea of Dead Trees — “Garmonbozia”

THAT GUM YOU LIKE IS GOING TO COME BACK IN STYLE.  I guess by “that gum,” I mean the Glasgow based shoegaze project A Sea of Dead Trees, and by “back in style,” I mean “release a new album called Garmonbozia.”  In case you haven’t figured it out by now, a lot of this album, and this review subsequently, are going to be loosely themed around the David Lynch masterpiece Twin Peaks, but that’s certainly far from the only surprise awaiting those who dive into Garmonbozia, nor is the whole album a tongue-in-cheek media reference.  There is a lot of honest emotional depth waiting deep beyond those beautiful metaphorical Douglas firs.

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