Initial Descent: November 20 – 26, 2016

Eat too much? Drink too much? Well, it is that time of year so pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get ready for a smorgasbord of a different flavor today on Initial Descent. The flavor is metal and we have plenty to go around. For starters, Witchery is back to their thrashy, hook laden metal on In His Infernal Majesty’s Service, Heavydeath drop some of the best doom metal heard this year on their second full length In Circles We Die, Dischordia show us exactly what it means to truly be a progressive death metal band on Thanatopsis, Primordial continue their reign as one of heavy metal’s elite on their live album Gods To the Godless, and Scorched remind us that death metal is supposed to be horrific and gruesome as well as heavy and nasty on Echoes of Dismemberment. And all of this only scratches the surface of what this week has to offer so dive in and seek out, after the jump.

Witchery - In His Infernal Majestys Service

Witchery – In His Infernal Majesty’s Service (Century Media) – black metal, thrash [full review]

Heavydeath - In Circles We Die

Heavydeath – In Circles We Die, DLP (Iron Bonehead) – doom metal [full review]

Dischordia - Thanatopsis

Dischordia – Thanatopsis (Rogue Records) – death metal, progressive

Primordial - Gods To the Godless

Primordial – Gods to the Godless, Live Album (Metal Blade) – black metal

Scorched - Echoes of Dismemberment

Scorched – Echoes of Dismemberment (Unspeakable Axe) – death metal

Also on tap:

Abigail/Lustrum – Too Wild for the Crowd, 7” (Eternal Death Records) – black metal

Alcoholic Rites/Lustrum – Drunk and In Charge, 7” (Eternal Death Records) – black metal

Bloodride – Planet Alcatraz (Inverse Records) – thrash metal, finland

Bölzer – Hero (Iron Bonehead) – blackened death metal

Cokegoat – Drugs and Animals (Independent) – doom, progressive metal

Cyanna Mercury – Archetypes (Independent) – psychedelic folk

Defiant – Time Isn’t Healing (Independent) – power metal

Entrapment – Through Realms Unseen (Pulverised Records) – death metal

Fetid Zombie – Epicedia (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Karma Rassa – Talks to Innerself (Sound Age) – progressive metal, atmospheric

Khaos Dei – Opus II: Catechism (Osmose Productions) – black metal

Krepitus – The Eyes of The Soulless (Independent) – death metal

Liber Null – I, The Serpent (Osmose Productions) – black metal

Master of Cruelty – Archaic Visions of the Underworld, LP (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Martyrdod – List (Southern Lord) – d beat, thrash, crust

Mortualia – Wild, Wild Misery (Moribund) – black metal [full review]

October 31 – Metal Massacre 31 (Hells Headbangers) – heavy metal

Primogenorum – Damned Hearts in the Abyss of Madness (Forever Plagued) – black metal

Red Cain – S/T (Independent) – melodic heavy metal

Shroud Eater/Dead Hand – Split (Southern Druid) – doom metal, sludge

Solitude – Beneath the Sky (Test Your Metal Records) – thrash metal

Suffer Yourself – Ectoplasm (Cimmerian Shade Recordings) – death metal, doom

Totten Korps – Supreme Commanders of Darkness, LP (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Violblast – Conflict (Suspiria Records) – thrash metal

Wizard Union – Phantom Fury (Independent) – sludge metal, stoner, fuzz

– Josh

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