Initial Descent: September 18 – 24, 2016


Anyone complaining that there hasn’t been a great week for metal thus far in 2016 needs to go immediately and start over, but there won’t be any complaining after this week. Mostly due to Neurosis‘ highly anticipated eleventh full length Fires Within Fires finally seeing the light of day. But that’s not all; Fatalist are back with their insanely good Swedeath saturated The Bitter End, Predatory Light further their black metal chaos on Predatory Light, Trap Them punch you in the mouth with their fifth album Crown Feral while Witchskull breaks out the bluesy doom on The Vast Electric Dark. Switching gears a bit, Dysrhythmia bends time on their progressive instru-metal album The Veil Of Control — let the dissecting begin. And last but not least, Insomnium‘s epic fifth full length Winter’s Gate is a blast. As stated, its another stacked week here on Initial Descent and literally, there’s something for everyone. So hit that ‘continue reading’ link.

Neurosis - Fires Within Fires

NeurosisFires Within Fires (Neurot Recordings) – metal, post, progressive, ambient [full review]

Predatory Light - Predatory Light

Predatory LightPredatory Light (Invictus Productions) – black metal [full review]

Fatalist - The Bitter End

FatalistThe Bitter End (F.D.A. Rekotz) – death metal

Witchskull - The Vast Electric

WitchskullThe Vast Electric (Ripple Music) – doom metal [full review]

Trap Them - Crown Feral

Trap ThemCrown Feral (Prosthetic Records) – hardcore, crust [full review]

Dysrhythmia - The Veil Of Control

Dysrhythmia – The Veil Of Control (Profound Lore) – instrumental, progressive

Insomnium - Winter's Gate

InsomniumWinter’s Gate (Century Media) – death metal, metal, progressive [full review] [Niilo Sevänen interview]

Also on tap:

AggravatorSterile Existence (Dead Center Productions) – thrash metal

AllegaeonProponent for Sentience (Metal Blade Records) – death metal, technical

AlmahE.V.O. (Test Your Metal Records) – power metal/progressive

BhavachakraBhavachakra (Prophecy Productions) – black metal, progressive

CarnophageMonument (Unique Leader) – death metal, technical

Charred Walls of the DamnedCreatures Watching Over the Dead (Metal Blade Records) – thrash metal

DarkwellMoloch (Massacre Records) – doom metal, gothic

Division VansinneDimension Darkness (Black Lion Records) – black/death metal

EnslavedVikingligr Veldi, Vinyl Remaster (By Norse Music) – black metal

Every Time I DieLow Teens (Epitaph) – metalcore, rock

Heaven Shall BurnWanderer (Century Media) – hardcore

HryreFrom Mortality to Infinity (Code666 Records) – black metal, atmospheric

Icy SteelThrough the Ashes (Pure Steel Records) – heavy metal

LecternPrecept of Delator (Via Nocturna) – death metal

Mondo GeneratorBest of, 2LP (Heavy Psych Sounds) – stoner rock

Monte PittmanInverted Grasp of Balance (Metal Blade Records) – heavy metal

NothgardThe Sinner’s Sake (NoiseArt Records) – melodic death metal/progressive

Religious ObservanceBoiling Excrement (Independent) – sludge metal/noise/doom

Ruptured BirthTransmutant (CDN Records) – death metal, brutal

SahgMemento Mori (Indie Recordings) – heavy metal, doom

Saint VitusLive Vol. 2 (Season Of Mist) – heavy metal

Sin of GodAenigmata (Satanath Records) – death metal

Sisters of SuffocationBrutal Queen (Hammerheart Records) – death metal

SourceReturn to Nothing (Pavement Entertainment) – progressive metal

Swine OverlordEntheogenesis (Gore House Productions) – death metal

The HoleumNegative Abyss (Lifeforce Records) – dark metal/ambient

Torrid Husk/EndSwallow Matewan, Split (Grimoire Records) – black metal

True WidowAVVOLGERE (Relapse Records) – postmetal

UsurpressThe Regal Tribe (Agonia Records) – doom/crust

ValborgWerwolf, EP (Temple of Torturous) – dark metal

WifeStandard Nature, EP (Profound Lore) – electro

– Josh

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