Initial Descent: December 4 -10, 2016


December came in like a rowdy drunk with the first real blast of cold air we’ve had. Between that and the already horrible traffic made far worse by the throngs of christmas shoppers armed with their lists and checking it twice I’m severely longing for summer to return. But, like always, I’ll impatiently await its return. As we get closer to kicking 2016 to the curb new releases are slimming but that doesn’t mean quality is taking one on the chin. For example, the mighty Zao are back from a 7 year absence with The Well Intentioned Virus and within the first 3 minutes it’s crystal clear how much their brand of thoroughly engaging metallic hardcore has been missed. Moving on, Bearstorm kick up some serious southern swagger on their EP Biophobia but of note is how well they combine that with black metal and death metal (bonus points for that beautiful album cover), avantegarde noise drone duo OvO offer up Creatura and honestly if you’re looking for something completely different from the norm and terrifying at the same time look no further, along the same lines but harsher is Gnaw Their Tongues Hymns For the Broken, Swollen and Silentand Terra take a chance on their 2 song album, Mors Secunda, but the risk pays off with intense yet brooding black metal peppered with post rock and heavy atmosphere. As stated before the quality hasn’t waned in the least but the list that follows is a bit shorter so jump in and see what’s left.

Zao - The Well Intentioned Virus

Zao – The Well Intentioned Virus (Observed/Observer Recordings) – metallic hardcore

Bearstorm - Biophobia

Bearstorm – Biophobia (Grimoire Records) – progressive blackened death [full review]

OvO - Creatura

OvO – Creatura (Dio Drone) – dark noise, avantgarde 

Gnaw Their Tongues - Hymns for the Broken Swollen and Silent

Gnaw Their Tongues – Hymns For the Broken, Swollen and Silent (Consouling Sounds) – noise, black metal

Terra - Mors Secunda

Terra – Mors Secunda (Code666) – black metal

Also on tap:

Cliterati – S/T, EP (Tankcrimes) – punk, metal

Craneium – Explore the Void, CD (Ripple Music) – fuzz rock

Crimson Moon – Oneironaut (WTC Productions) – black metal

HMS Keelhaul – Anchord (Inverse Records) – heavy rock

Invertia – The Biddings of Tyrants (Independent) – industrial metal

Jardin de la Croix – Circadia (Aloud Music LTD) – progressive rock

Know Your Nemesis – Break the Chain (Wormholedeath) – heavy metal

Red Mesa & Blue Snaggletooth – The Second Coming of Heavy Series: Chapter 4 (Ripple Music) – stoner, psychedelic, rock

Sacrificio – Guerra Eterna (Iron Bonehead/Nuclear War Now!) – black metal

Sibiir – S/T (Fysisk Format) – black metal, thrash, grind

Sithter – Chaotic Fiend (Bonten Records) – sludge metal

Southern Drinkstruction – Vultures of the Black River (Rotten Roll Rex) – death n’ roll

Teramobil – Magnitude of Thoughts (Independent) – experimental, mathcore 

The Workhorse III – Closer to Relevance (Independent) – rock

Thunder and Lightning – The Ages Will Turn (Independent) – heavy metal

Venefixion – Armorican Deathrites, CD, MLP (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

– Josh

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