Initial Descent: September 11 – 17, 2016

High Spirits
High Spirits
Welcome to another Initial Descent and yet another stacked batch of releases. Hopefully you spent yesterday getting a head start because there’s enough on tap here to keep most anyone busy. We all could use some happiness so do yourself, and those around you, a favor and check out High Spirit‘s latest full length Motivator. On the opposite spectrum, if you just recovered from Subrosa’s latest dive into Light Falls from Wrekmeister Harmonies and keep that heavy yet somber feeling alive. Blister your eardrums with Cara Neir and Wildspeaker‘s latest Split on Broken Limbs Recordings, who actually have several out this week that warrant your time. Sumerlands debut Sumerlands deeply satisfies the traditional heavy metal craving and Mare Cognitum returns with their hypnotizing take on atmospheric black metal with Luminiferous Aether. All that and much more so click that “continue reading” link.

High Spirits - Motivator

High SpiritsMotivator (High Roller Records) – heavy metal

Mare Cognitum - Luminiferous Aether

Mare CognitumLuminiferous Aether (I, Voidhanger) – black metal, atmospheric [full review]

Wrekmeister Harmonies - Light Falls

Wrekmeister HarmoniesLight Falls (Thrill Jockey) – experimental [full review]

Sumerlands - Sumerlands

SumerlandsSumerlands (Relapse Records) – traditional heavy metal [full review]

Cara Neir Wildpspeaker - Guilt and His Reflection

Cara Neir/WildspeakerGuilt and His Reflection, Split (Broken Limbs Recordings) black metal/crust

Also on tap:

AephanemerMemento Mori (Primeval Records) – melodic death metal

BarishiBlood from the Lion’s Mouth (Season Of Mist) – progressive metal

Black Tar Prophet/Iron GavelSplit (Broken Limbs Recordings) – doom/sludge

Cerebral FixDisaster Of Reality (Xtreem Music) – thrash metal

Chariots of the GodsAges Unsung (Independent) – heavy metal

Demonomancy/WitchcraftArchaic Remnants Of the Numinous/At the Diabolus Hour, Split (Nuclear War Now!) – black metal

HellgoatEden in Flames, EP (Boris Records/Pale Horse Records) – black/death/satan

In the Woods…Pure (Debemur Morti) – progressive/avant garde

Inanimate ExistenceCalling From a Dream (Unique Leader) – death metal

Iron FireAmong The Dead (Crime Records) – power metal – [full review]

Knife HitsEris (Hydrogen Man Records) – grindcore – [Mulligan’s review]

Lotus ThiefGramarye (Prophecy Productions) – black metal, post

Mares of Diomedes/DreichSplit (Heavy Earth Records) – doom metal

MentorGuts, Graves and Blasphemy (Arachnophobia Records) – black-n-roll

Minenwerfer/1914Ich hatt einen Kameraden, Split (Archaic Sound) – black metal, militant

Negative Thought ProcessMethylene Butterfly (Hibernacula Records) – grindcore, industrial

Nox FormulaeThe Hidden Paths to Black Ecstasy (Dark Descent Records) – black metal – [Mulligan’s review]

Sea Of Bones/RamlordSplit (Broken Limbs Recordings) – doom/sludge metal

Serpent AscendingAnanku (I, Voidhanger) – death metal – [Mulligan’s review]

Serpent CrownIncantations Of Vengeance (Independent) – thrash metal

Street SectsEnd Position (The Flenser) – punk, industrial

SyndromeForever and a Day (Consouling Sounds) – ambient [feature]

TaigaSky (Satanath Records) – black metal, depressive

VimurExegesis, EP (Boris Records) – black metal

WarfatherThe Grey Eminence (Greyhaze Records) – death metal [full review]

– Josh

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