Initial Descent: August 16 – 22, 2020

Incantation
Incantation

I’m kicking this off with a plug, because I can. Head over to Magnetic Eye’s Bandcamp page and preorder the upcoming Dirt [Redux]. I’m generally not a fan of cover albums or reimagining type of deals but this one is all that and a bag of chips. Alrighty then, plug over and time to showcase all the new metals this week, YAY. It’s only been three years since Incantation’s last album but with this week’s release of their 12th full length the wait is well worth it and even though they’ve got nothing to prove they still show their supremacy in a stellar year for death metal. Speaking of stellar death metal, Cytotoxin offer up their fourth full length of Chernobyl inspired putridity, Unleash the Archers continue to put the “power” in power metal, and Volcanova rip stoner metal a new asshole. As always, there’s a ton more to dig into so get busy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 9 – 15, 2020

PRIMITIVE MAN
Primitive Man – photo courtesy of Alvino Salcedo

Day by day it seems we’re edging closer to whatever end game is in store and this week’s list of new metal kicks off with two albums tailor made for it. Primitive Man could single handedly kick off, and lead, said end game festivities with their caustic as hell sludge-doom and Rope Sect could turn it into a dark party with their gloomy yet catchy deathrock—two totally opposing albums that are on the same wavelength and both rule. Anyway, offering a bit of respite is the new sorta-tech-sorta-brutal-but-all-fun death metal from Ingested and a slightly more death leaning black metal effort from Arrogant Destruktor. This is a top notch start but there’s much more below to get your apocalyptic soundtracks pulled together. So, get some. Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 2 – 8, 2020

Faceless Burial
Faceless Burial

It’s Monday. Again. Just like last week and same for next week…maybe. Lucky for you, Monday means a fat stack of new metals to wrap your ears around and open your wallets for. As far as the top four, it’s a sick week if you like sick tunes and honestly, who doesn’t? Rhetorical, of course. Anyway, Australia’s Faceless Burial fly the 90s death metal flag like it’s their lifeblood but what they do with it is what makes this new album absolute GOLD, deathgrinders Stillbirth ride a razor thin line of brutal but technical death metal and grindcore with just a pinch of slam making this effort an easy choice for best of their career, another Australian band Yanomamo is making waves—or slinging mud—with their latest EP of psychedelic sludge, and Texas Murder Crew put an emphasis on the brutal aspect of brutal death metal on their latest. Go do the thing where you give bands all your money, tons of opportunities this week. Enjoy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 26 – August 1, 2020

Imperial Triumphant
Imperial Triumphant

Friendly reminder before we get into all the new metal, Enslaved is kicking off their Cinematic Summer Tour this week (Thursday) with the first of three scheduled shows, Chronicles of the Northbound, which can be streamed on their YouTube channel. Set a reminder, plug it in the calendar, just don’t forget. Alright, new metal this week consists of the next extremely extreme avantgarde look at NYC as seen through the eyes of Imperial Triumphant, the first full length from brutal death metallers Katalepsy in four years, a diverse and very satisfying platter of death metal from Valgrind, and some quality Finnish death metal from Sepulchral Curse. All that and a ton more to sink your teeth into. Do it. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 19 – 25, 2020

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Gaerea

If you’re reading this, I highly recommend doing your research on all the new metals we’ve got this week and particularly the lead off four albums. I’m not Australian but CRIKEY this is a good week. How good? Read on… Gaerea had a great debut album two years ago but now, on their sophomore effort, they have an excellent album that’s equal parts dark black metal and thundering melodies—they truly have found their calling here. Next up is a trio of death metal delights: Exhibit A is of the technical / brutal persuasion from Defeated Sanity which is a barnburner of epic proportions, if you can get past the production. Exhibit B is of the technical (not tech) variety from Ahtme and is a blast from start to finish, plus that crazy album art. And, Exhibit C is of the “all in but the kitchen sink” variety from Writhing and while it is very short, it’s a whole lot of ass kicking in six minutes. So, four down and tons more to go. Explore, explore and the more you will know. Poet and didn’t know it…and all…whatever. Continue reading