Initial Descent: October 17 – 23, 2021

Massacre
Massacre

As we inch closer and closer to Devil’s Night, this week of new metal absolutely has any and all soundtrack needs covered. And, we’re cranking the chainsaw with a smattering of death metal and a pinch of doom thrown in for good measure. First up is a band that, to me, is legendary in death metal and has always encapsulated what that genre tag means: the mighty MASSACRE. Am I excited? Damn right. It’s been too long, but they’re back with a great album. Following that is an absurdly nasty death doom outing from Worm, a 50/50 merge of Swedish and Floridian leaning death metal from Lovecraftianists Bizarre, slamming death groove from Waking The Cadaver, and, as always, a ton more in the list below. Dig in and enjoy!

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Profile: Jordan Milner of The Breathing Process

The Breathing Process

The fact that The Breathing Process set a benchmark back in 2008 for infusing symphonic black metal into deathcore coupled with the fact that their just released fourth full length, Labyrinthian, is their best yet is nothing short of impressive. In fact, there’s very little ‘core’ left to their sound other than a brutalicious breakdown here and there. It’s an album that steps on the gas just before the green light and doesn’t let off until the last second of its nearly an hour runtime and EPIC is definitely a worthy descriptor, particularly when the symphonic aspect of their sound trickles in around the edges. We recently had the chance to pose our Profile questions to guitarist Jordan Milner to get some insights so read on to see how it went down and be sure to snag a copy from the links contained within.

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Initial Descent: October 3 – 9, 2021

Kowloon-Walled-City
Kowloon Walled City

Alrighty then…it’s spooky month, finally, and I’m happy about that. Time to stock up on all the horror you can feast on. That is unless, like me and co-conspirator Chris, you do that all year, in which case you already win and this will just give you an excuse to gorge. And, do remember all the nasty metal that goes so well with this season, soak it all up folks. Speaking of metal, it’s a new week which means we’ve got a fresh batch of new releases to kick the month off right. First up is an album we’ve all been waiting on for faaar toooo long from Kowloon Walled City (FINALLY!), next up is a stunning technical death entry from Atræ Bilis, then a quick chapter of brutish death metal from Creeping Death that you’ll hear more about later in the week, an epic dash of symphonic deathcore from The Breathing Process, and several more that follows in the list below. Dive headfirst into the coffin and find yourself something devilish to kick the month off with.

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Album Review: Ingested — “The Surreption II”

British death metal veterans Ingested have been spewing out some of the sickest, nastiest death metal for over ten years now, and this year marks an important milestone for the band: the ten-year anniversary of their sophomore effort The Surreption.  However, it hasn’t exactly been a year for much celebration, even if the Manchester foursome want to get out there.  How, then, to best commemorate this experience from the comfortable confines of home while still doing justice to the album?  Completely rerecord and reimagine the whole thing from the ground up, of course.  Enter The Surreption II.

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Initial Descent: July 11 – 17, 2021

Cognitive

Nose still on the grindstone, still salty from last week with a few more wounds that received extra doses of salt over the past seven days, and in serious need of a vacation. At least one of those will be remedied in short order, and hopefully that will reset the others. Hopefully. Moving right along, new release list time and this week we’ve got a bit of a longer list than last week so there’ll be plenty of happy hunting for many of you. Score! We’ve got tech death from both Cognitive and Ophidian I, insane death / doom from Severed Boy, melodic death metal from Dungeon Serpent, and a whole host of stuff from nearly every genre and branch out there. Dive in, delight your earholes, and lighten your wallet.

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