Initial Descent: June 17, 2016

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Thought last week was a big week for new metal? Okay, you probably did — because it was, and because I told you it was. But compared to this week? Ha. Haha. Hahaha.

If last week was a big week, then June 17 is a HOLY-SHIT-YNGWIE-MALMSTEEN-JUST-ATE-DINO-CAZARES week. We’ve got stuff dropping from all over the spectrum today, from Gojira‘s long-awaited sixth full-length, Magma, to the much-hyped third album from Oxnard grinders Nails. And a new one from Thrawsunblat. And one from Swans. Shit, there’s even a split from Blut Aus Nord and Ævangelist!

If you haven’t gathered by now: we’ve got a lot to listen to, so I’m going to cut my excited rambling off here and get to it. Here’s what’s on tap for this week:
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CANTO: Unlocking the Truth’s new single, tours for Five Finger Death Punch and Intronaut

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“I play practical jokes, this squirting flower. That wasn’t flour that blew up your nose. It’s my special blend of Ex, Coke and K. You should be okay in several hours.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

CANTO: Unlocking The Truth’s debut album, Slipknot’s new book, and more


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“We who have taken thy name, who knowledge the beast within, who revel in the delights of the flesh, call upon you! Come in answer to your names!”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

CANTO: Unlocking the Truth get hacked, Abbath plays Tuska, and more

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Long day here and a long night ahead, so let’s not waste any time. Here’s what we missed today:

  • The kids in Unlocking the Truth appear to be victims of an unfortunate Facebook hack. (Cue my mother saying “SEE? THIS IS WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON THE INTERNET!)
  • Just a few months after the unceremonious end of his former band Immortal, Abbath performed at Tuska Open Air with his new, eponymous band this past weekend. We’ll see what comes of this.
  • Phil Anselmo offered some less-than-coherent thoughts on the Confederate flag debate during an interview with The Metal Den. Right, because if there’s anyone I want to have weigh in on this, it’s Phil.
  • Oh dear lord, Geoff Tate‘s doing things again. I don’t know what’s funniest about all this: the fact that he’s calling his band Operation: Mindcrime, the stupid hairdo he’s rocking in that promo photo, or the stupid fleur-de-lis USB stick on the album cover. Just hang it up, Geoff. Please.
  • And finally, Myrkur released a new video for their song, “Onde Børn.” Check it out here:

This is all the pretty. I’m all about this. Anyway, that’ll wrap things up for now. Check back tomorrow for the usual!

Keep it heavy,

Quickies: Babymetal’s record deal, Motörhead’s halloween masks and more

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Photo Credit: Dana (Distortion) Yavin / Huffington Post UK

Corey’s on the way home from Boston so you’ve got me for Quickies today. Let’s hop on into it, then, shall we? Here’s what we missed in the metal world today:

  • Kicking off, Babymetal have signed a deal with RAL / Sony Music for the U.S. release of their self-titled debut album. As Axl points out, the band signed with the same label as Brooklyn teens Unlocking the Truth. Let’s hope that works out better for Babymetal than it has for UtT
  • Next up, some news that should come as little surprise: Terror Universal has parted ways with frontman Chad Armstrong, following his alleged sexual assault of Otep frontwoman Otep Shamaya. The guys can say it’s due to “personal differences” all they want; we’re not buying.
  • Ever wanted to dress up as Motörhead‘s mascot for Halloween? Well, good news—now you can!
  • Black Sabbath canceled their supposed “farewell” appearance at Ozzfest Japan, but…maybe there’s a full-on farewell tour in store? We’ll see, I guess.
  • And finally, Welsh sludge crew Hark put out a new video for their song, “Palendromeda,” which you can watch below:

Not bad at all. Their debut full-length, Crystalline, is out now on Season of Mist. Anyway, that’ll do it for me. Check back tomorrow for more!

Keep it heavy,


Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.