Initial Descent: November 13 – 19, 2016

Green Bastard
Green Bastard

Where does the time go? Not only are we halfway through November but 2016 is almost done. And I’m pretty sure none of us are sad to see it pass, of course with the exception of the quality metal we’ve had thus far. I will miss that aspect of 2016. Speaking of, we have another chocked full list of metal on this edition of Initial Descent. Green Bastard rub elbows with Sleep and Yob on their fantastic debut Pyre. Metallica break an 8 year silence on Hardwired…To Self Destruct and yes, to answer the burning question, it’s a really good album, and one that finds the band in a form we haven’t heard from them in a very long time. HORNNS blow smoke rings of stoner sludge on Telepath, and yet another band breaking a long silence — 16 years to be exact — is Quicksand Dream with their epic brand of traditional metal on Beheading Tyrants, and Projections I finds Headless Kross even further down the psychedelic doom tunnel. So, an already huge week but there’s so much more to seek out after the jump.

Green Bastard - Pyre

Green Bastard – Pyre (Midnight Werewolf) – doom metal [full review]

Metallica - Hard Wired to Self Destruct

Metallica – Hardwired…To Self Destruct (Blackened Recordings) – heavy metal

HORNNS - Telepath

HORNNS – Telepath (Ripple Music) – doom metal, fuzz [full review]

Quicksand Dream - Beheading Tyrants

Quicksand Dream – Beheading Tyrants (Cruz Del Sur) – traditional heavy metal [full review]

Headless Cross - Projections I

Headless Kross – Projections I (At War With False Noise) – doom metal, psych

Also on tap:

Conceived by Hate – Death & Beyond (Morbid Skull Records) – death metal, thrash

Cross Vault – Miles to Take (Iron Bonehead) – heavy metal, epic

Ctulu – S/T (MDD Records) – extreme metal

Dead Conspiracy – S/T (Independent) – death metal

Diabulus In Musica – Dire For the Archons (Napalm Records) – symphonic metal

Distant Sun – Into the Nebula (Metalism Records) – power metal, thrash

Eternal Deformity – No Way Out (Temple of Torturous Records) – doom metal

Evil Madness / Infant Death – Split (Doomentia) – thrash metal

FlaktiiN – Souls For The Legions (War Arts Production) – black metal

Furia – Ksiezyc milczy luty (Pagan Records) – nekrofolk

Gravehill / Mordbrand – Skullbearer / In Nighted Waters, Split LP (Doomentia) – death metal

Grossty – Crocopter (Transcending Obscurity) – grindcore

Heavy Temple Chassit (Tridroid Records) – doom metal, psych

Inire – Cauchemar (Independent) – groove metal, stoner

Initiated – World On Fire (Svart Records) – heavy rock n roll

Ion Dissonance – Cast the First Stone (Good Fight Music) – progressive metal

Karg – Weltenasche (Art of Propaganda) – black metal, ambient

Mindahead – Reflection (Revalve Records) – progressive death metal

Misanthropic Rage – Gates No Longer Shut (Godz of War Productions) – black metal, avant-garde

Perikato – Kuka hyötyy (Svart Records) – grindcore, punk

Reject the Sickness – Chains of Solitude (Mighty Music) – progressive death metal

Rising Steel – Return of the Warlord (Mighty Music) – power metal, traditional

Shambles – Realm of Darkness Shrine (Nero One Records) – death metal, dark

Siaskel – Haruwen Airen (Signal Rex) – death metal, black metal

Soulburn – Earthless Pagan Spirit (Century Media) – death metal, doom

Teethgrinder – Nihilism (Lifeforce Records) – death metal, crust

– Josh

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