Initial Descent: February 28 – March 6, 2021

Baest

Change blows. I hate change when it hits somewhat close to home. Generalities here as no one cares about the details, but let me just say that if change finds you and there’s nothing you can physically do about it, don’t let it eat you up. Embrace it and move on as life is too short. Anyway, the only change to endure here is a new batch of fresh metal and again, we’ve got tons of it; death metal from vastly different ends of the spectrum from Baest, Bonecarver, and Exanimis, then a rather gazey post-metalish outing from Som. All of these are excellent in their own ways and are can’t miss efforts, but that’s definitely just the beginning so keep reading and explore everything else. And, don’t be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone simply due to genre tags. You might miss something crazy good. Enjoy the hunt and we’ll be seeing you throughout the week.

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Initial Descent: February 7 – 13, 2021

Hello one and all to another edition of Initial Descent where I’ve got nothing quippy due to it being Monday and all. And, I’d love one more weekend day but that ain’t happening so here we are. New stuff, we got it and you want it so let’s get after it… This week we’ve got a couple of tech death albums from Abiotic and Demon King, but holy crap look at that Abiotic album artwork! Kung Fu movies anyone? The answer is yes with this playing in lieu of the tv sound. Elsewhere we have a death metal banger from Humanity’s Last Breath and one that has made our very own Zyklonius happy; the misery pop of Emptiness who travel waaaaay outside the lines of expectations and offer up a whole lot of something, or in Zyklonius’ words: ‘something and nothing at the same time.’ Decode that and you win the week. Speak with him for your prize. As always, much more follows these four so dig in.

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Initial Descent: December 13 – 19, 2020

Akhlys
Akhlys – photo courtesy of Kuba Leszko

I know; lists, right? We’re in that season and you’ve probably read a ton and will read a ton more but this list is new stuff and if you’ll remember, last week I said the hits just continue to roll in. Now, I prove it with more of those new hits. Black metallers Akhlys are back to wreck the sleep/dream continuum as only they can, Wombbath and Pillory keep death metal brutal and nasty, and Grayceon offer something vastly different in the form of prog rock but as the album cover eludes, it’s got way more depth than just prog and rock. Yep, hits. And lots of them. Roll through all the goods below and go support as many as you can. You can also gift them to your friends and enemies since we’re in that season too, just a thought.

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Album Review: Deeds of Flesh — “Nucleus”

Deeds of Flesh - Nucleus

Nucleus is an album that, by all accounts, should not have happened.  Not only has it been seven years since Deeds of Flesh put out any new music, it’s also been two years since the tragic passing of vocalist/guitarist/songwriter and Unique Leader founder Erik Lindmark.  His legacy is gigantic, and his mark on the extreme metal scene cannot be calculated, and to try to put together an album without him would take an army of talent.  Fortunately, that’s exactly what happened when the band teamed up with friends old and new for a fitting tribute to a fallen brother.

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Initial Descent: December 6 – 12, 2020

Deeds of Flesh
Deeds of Flesh

It’s that time of year where we reflect on our metal choices over the past twelve months to separate the wheat from the chaff. BUT, as this week’s list of new metal will show you, DO NOT finalize any lists until you’ve seen what lies in wait. Or you can be content with your choices, tune out and miss the next two weeks, and then decide you fucked up. Free country and all. Anywho, a band we thought we may never hear from again, DEEDS OF FLESH, return in all their extreme death metal glory with a stunner, Heads for the Dead pump their brand of death metal full of gory fun, Heretical Sect mix black, death, and doom metal to complete success, and Folterkammer puts out a very unique album that showcases black metal as a backdrop with dark vocals and even darker atmospheres at the forefront. So yea, see? Tried to tell you. And, there’s a ton more lingering just below so get in there and do your thing.

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