Initial Descent: January 1 – 7, 2023

Happy New Year one and all. We made it through another year and now it’s time for fresh starts and as I mentioned last week, time for all those resolutions no one will keep for longer than a handful of weeks. But hey, no judging right? Rhetorical, of course. Anyway, we’ve got one more week of an abbreviated new release list in store. Fear not though, starting next week the lists elongate quite a bit. Wait, are we talking about lists or… I digress. First up we’ve got a career spanning re-recorded and re-arranged effort from Confined and it most certainly will get the death metal blood flowing, then we’ve got an all-in-but-the-kitchen-sink outing from Born A Ghost that many will find something to love in its extremities. And, of course, there’s a handful more awaiting just below these so happy hunting. We’ll see you here throughout the week for more EOY 2022 festivities.

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Initial Descent: October 23 – 29, 2022

Worm

First off, big thanks to brother Chris for holding it down for me last week here on Initial Descent. He brought the fire then, and I’m bringing it now. We’ve got the goods to help you get into the Halloween mood with a soul crushing outing from Worm, the next epic step from legendary black metallers Darkthrone, some absolutely extreme deathgrind from Psionic Madness, a rip roaring riff ride from Psychonaut, and a lengthy list of metal for every taste below these top four. So come one, come all and happy hunting. See you here throughout the week.

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Initial Descent: June 5 – 11, 2022

Kreator

New week and another new list of incoming metal. This is my one and only favorite thing about any given Monday and gets the pump primed for Friday. Or, something like that. Anyway, we’ve got much to explore here as we kick things off with a long awaited return from Kreator who are still the undisputed titans of thrash, an extreme take on black / death metal from Vølus, a nasty compilation of sorts from Fluids and just because it’s a comp doesn’t mean you get to sleep on it so DON’T, death metal that stings the nostrils from Severe Torture, and a whole heap of other stuff you need in your life. Happy hunting and see you here throughout the week…

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Initial Descent: May 16 – 22, 2021

Maggot Crown

Like I said, at some point recently, the new release hits just keep coming. As always, keep your eyes peeled here for all the goods, but don’t forget to keep an eye on Bandcamp as well as following your favorite labels and bands on social media because let’s face it, we don’t have a magic ball nor do we know EVERY album coming out. We try. But, well, anyway, yea. Alright then, let’s see what kind of filth is in store this week…Maggot Crown are back with yet another wall of impenetrable death metal, one of Beyond Mortal Dreams‘ best albums is getting a re-release (more death metal), the ever popular and ever defining Metal Massacre series is dropping its XV edition, and Hippie Death Cult (damn, what a great band name) offer up an acid trip of a psychedelic, rockin’, laid back album that I simply can’t get enough of—good lake floatin’ album. Drop below and get your eyes full.

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Album Review: Grave Gnosis — “Lux Nigredo”

Lux Nigredo, the second full length from Floridians Grave Gnosis, loosely means illumination of putrefaction or decomposition. And being that this album is based on the steps to Transcendent Death, I’d say this loose translation is somewhat accurate whether intended or not. Its foundations are in black metal—and death metal to a lesser extent—and its beauty is in its atmospheric and trancelike presentation. Even through the, at times, muddled production and astoundingly dizzying passages it is an album that beckons repeat listens to fully grasp the material and even then the feeling is one of barely scratching the surface of music versus meaning.

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