Draft day was last week, it’s finally warm, we’re still getting an obscene amount of good metal, and, needless to say, all this makes me happy. And, the fact that it’s Monday doesn’t phase me one bit. Alright then, new metal and we got it and you need it so dig in and see what’s up this week…everyone’s favorite d-beat-grind-hardcorists God Mother are back with an absolute steamroller of an EP, the undisputed kings of power doom, Ufomammut, grace us with a killer album, Tzompantli offers up a very unique and very heavy take on death-doom, Tenebro goes whole hog on the Italian horror movie love by way of gritty and nasty death metal, and there’s an unbelievably long list that follows to entertain any tastes. No excuses, go get them. Oh, want to see your band here in the future? Get in touch, contact info awaits on the about page. See you here throughout the week…Continue reading
CANTO: Aara, Of Mice & Men, The Lion’s Daughter, and More
Somehow we made it to the midway point of the week without the universe collapsing.
- You may recall that I was a big fan of what Aara dropped last year, but only wished there was more of it. Well, me, I have good news! The Swiss black metal project returns in 2021 with a new album, the first installment of a trilogy. Triade I: Eos drops on March 26th through Debemur Morti Productions. Check out a new song, “Naufragus”, right now.
- Of Mice & Men have signed on with Sharptone Records, and are preparing the release of a new EP on February 26th titled Timeless. If this is something that intrigues you, check out the new animated video for “Obsolete”.
- Technically yesterday’s news, but whatever. The Lion’s Daughter has announced their fourth full-length, Skin Show, is lined up for an April 9th release through Season of Mist. Check out the first single from that record, “Neon Teeth”, here.
- Spanish doom metallers Golgotha dropped a new video today, and that sounds like a fun note to end on. And by fun, I mean the opposite of that. “Don’t Waste Your Life” is taken from Remembering the Past – Writing the Future, an EP set for a March 2nd release date through Xtreem Music.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Initial Descent: May 3 – 9, 2020
Another Monday in this godforsaken mess. New metal, we got it, you need it, let’s do it. Tenth time’s the charm, they say, and Forgotten Tomb have finally found their way around the perfect mix of black metal and doom. Seriously, if you’re in the camp of their more doomy ways, this is a must. Another must is the newest from cinematic prog rock masters Green Carnation, great is what this thing is. Spain’s finest death metal export, Aposento, return with another slab of raucous death and it’s worth every penny I know you’ll spend on it which leaves black metal vets Naglfar as the last band standing up top and it’s business as usual for them—top tier black metal…obviously. There you have it, great picks already and we’ve barely begun so GO GET SOME. Continue reading
Initial Descent: December 29, 2019 – January 4, 2020
Happy New Year, almost. Just think, 51 more of these and we’ll all be reading lists again. Oh wait, we’ve still got several so no worries. Will this year in metal eclipse the last one? Will this year be better than last year in terms of everything else? Is this the year that fire burns us all? So many questions with no answers, yet. Moving on, if you expected a slow week of releases you will not be disappointed but Germany’s Grin bring the haze, fuzz, and battle ready doom that the first week of a new year needs, and Spanish death metallers Unbounded Terror break the seal on their first new material in 28 years and based on how it sounds I’d say they’ve aged like a fine bottle of Pappy.
Go and support some of these bands and the bands you love. Enjoy a light week and catch up a bit, the road from here will get more adventurous as we careen deeper into 2020. Continue reading
Initial Descent: December 15 – 21, 2019
By the time these albums come out I’ll be high atop a mountain peering through the fog and snow from my comfy spot in front of a fireplace. Needless to say, I can’t wait. And that goes for the mountain spot as well as these new releases. It is a shorter list this week but still packs quite the punch. Let’s do it.
Members of Gaerea have cross pollinated into the death / doom realm with Oak and are so convincing I think they missed their initial calling, Ashen Horde are on a rampage this year with a cracking, early, full length and now a follow up EP full of the same cracking black and death metal, and Italy’s Daemoniac triumphantly throw their hat in the ring of Swedish death metal (Swedeath if you’re nasty). Now, go and show these bands some love. Continue reading