Initial Descent: October 18 – 24, 2020

Pallbearer

Let’s talk about something near and dear to my heart; it’s October and nearly Halloween. ‘Tis the season for horror of all sorts, skulls and pumpkins, and fall vistas that look like the intro to many of the early Halloween movies. At least we’ve got that to get excited about. But also, it’s Monday which means new metal time so there’s another happy thing. This week brings us the next chapter of Pallbearer‘s trajectory which finds them back at their concise and to the point doom but, really, better than ever. Next up is a twofer of death metal starting with the brutal sort with Distant and the old school, rattle the coffins sort with Undeath. And, closing out the top spots is an alcohol fueled, four-on-the-floor, sinewy metal return from Raging Speedhorn. Better get your nasty decorating done and your costumes ready, or, just line up a long list of deliciously vicious horror movies. Dig in below for the rest of the new metal, tons to explore.

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Album Review: Cordyceps — “Betrayal”

Cordyceps - Betrayal

Fortunate man that I am, I once again get to jump into a very hotly anticipated album on the 2020 docket, this time courtesy of Las Vegas newcomers Cordyceps.  Their EP Black Blood Butchery took the underground metal scene by storm way back in 2017, being especially highly praised by The Black Dahlia Murder’s Trevor Strnad as “thinking man’s brutal death metal.”  Now, after hectic touring, a lineup change and being signed to a label we’ve got a full-length debut with Betrayal.  If it’s good enough for Trevor Strnad, it’s gotta be good enough for the rest of us, right? Continue reading