Initial Descent: October 16 – 22, 2016

Khemmis – photo courtesy of Travis Heacock

Seems like we’ve been saying this every week and here we are saying it again; it’s another big week here on Initial Descent. And with the vitriol spewing from every corner of the globe and wariness of the status quo, it’s comforting to know we have metal to shut the world out and get lost in. On that note, this week we have the absolutely huge second full length, Hunted, from Denver’s doom sensations Khemmis (if Absolution was your jam, this one will blow your mind). Also, death metal vets Obituary return with a pair of new songs and several live fan favorites on Ten Thousand Ways To Die. Seputus, featuring three members of Pyrrhon, release their thickly woven and intense death metal debut Man Does Not GiveAnagnorisis give us an emotionally heavy black metal album on Peripeteia, and Auroch offer up their dynamically technical brand of death metal on Mute Books. Already more than an ear full of new releases to sink your teeth into and we’re just getting started. So dive in, after the jump. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Ustalost and Wilco Tango Foxtrot

Receiving the Evcharist

Welcome back to another edition of Receiving the Evcharist. It is my pleasure to once again bring you the finest pairings of metal and alcohol. Tonight’s offering of unholy libations is an album, and brew, that reveal so much hidden beneath their surfaces when carefully examined.  The Metal: Ustalost’s The Spoor of Vipers.  The Booze: Lagunitas’ Wilco Tango Foxtrot. Continue reading

Album Review: Khemmis – “Hunted”

Khemmis - Hunted

In order to reach the same pinnacle as last year’s breakout debut Absolution, Khemmis must follow up with something more than special on their second full length Hunted. And this four piece has found a way to not only reach that lofty goal but eclipse it. Their slow burn doom is still incendiary but the classic rock/metal approach here is second to none. That was what made Absolution such an overnight success but here it’s better, more focused and broader in scope than it was just a year ago. Khemmis leave no doubt with this triumphant second album that they are no flash in the pan. Continue reading

Concert Review: Wolves In The Throne Room, 9/26/2016


I had waited a long time to see the Casdia-based legends Wolves In The Throne Room in person. Yet somehow this show fell off my radar over the course of the summer. Had my thirst for this show been quenched, say, three years ago, I may have been a little more amped up for it. No matter, disregarding the curiosity that was Celestite and instead focusing on the recent re-release of Diadem of 12 Stars, I made the trip to Portland with plenty of excitement. It had been awhile since I last attended a black metal show, and what better way to break the slump than with the Weaver brothers? The evening certainly didn’t disappoint. Continue reading

Album Review: Urzeit – “Anmoksha”

“Anmoksha” album art by H. V. Lyngdal

The Pacific Northwest seems to have no limit to the amount of talented artists it spawns, particularly when it comes to the realm of black metal. One such act is Portland’s Urzeit, who have just released their first full length, Anmoksha. Having been a fan of the band since their 2014 compilation tape Die Geschichte bisher (one of the first cassettes I have ever owned) it is my pleasure to bring you my thoughts on this outstanding album. Continue reading