Initial Descent: December 11 – 17, 2016


Yep, here we are amongst best of 2016 list season and in true form these final weeks are looking to be list busters. But hey, on the bright side we have tons of great new metal just in time for the hectic shopping and traffic season. So, strap on a pair of headphones, get out there and brave it. Sweden’s black metallers Murg return with their second full length Gudatall which is as heavy on black metal aggression as it is on suffocating atmosphere, Grafvitnir offers scathing and utterly evil black metal on Obeisance to a Witch Moon, Call of the Void continue their amalgam of death, grind, punk and sludge metal on AYFKM (guess what that stands for), Black Cilice gives us yet another cold and blistering black metal release for the week on Nocturnal Mysticism, and Youdash bend time as well as all constraints of typical death metal thought patterns on their strikingly good debut Astrophobia. Stellar week here on Initial Descent and we still have more to go so continue the exploration, after the jump.

Murg - Gudatall

Murg – Gudatall (Nodvis Produktion) – black metal

Grafvitnir - Obeisance to a Witch Moon

Grafvitnir – Obeisance to a Witch Moon (Carnal Records/Dæmon Worship) – occult black metal [full review]

Preview here.

Call of the Void - AYFKM

Call of the Void – AYFKM (Translation Loss Records) – death metal, grindcore, punk [full review, interview]

Black Cilice - Nocturnal Mysticism

Black Cilice – Nocturnal Mysticism, EP (Iron Bonehead) – black metal [full review]

Buy it here.


Youdash – Astrophobia (Deformeathing Productions) – death metal, extreme [full review]

Also on tap:

Anticlockwise – Raise Your Head (Revalve Records) – progressive thrash metal

Blacksmoker – Rupture (Voice of Avram/Beerfuzz Records) –  doom metal, sludge, stoner

Blood Tyrant – Aristocracy Of Twilight, LP (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Daedalean Complex – The Rise of Icarus (PRC Music) – goth metal

Do Skonu – Hell (Forever Plagued) – black metal

Ghoulgotha/Ruin – Split 7″, EP (Blood Harvest Records) – death metal

Gravebreaker Sacrifice, LP – CD (Gates Of Hell Records) –  traditional heavy metal

Heavens Decay – The Great Void of Mystery (Chaos Records) – heavy metal

Herem – III (Inverse Records) – doom metal

Inquiring Blood – Morbid Creation (Kernkraftritter Records) – death metal

Naked Star – Ancient Rites (The Church Within Records) – doom metal

Omnizide – NekroRegime (Carnal Records/Dæmon Worship) – black metal

Panzerfaust – The Lucifer Principle (Avantgarde) – black metal

Rudra – Enemy of Duality (Transcending Obscurity) – extreme metal

Sepulchral Curse – At the Onset of Extinction (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal, black metal

Teitanblood – Accursed Skin, EP (Norma Evangelium Diaboli) – death metal, black metal

Ur – Hail Death, EP (Arachnophobia Records) – black metal

Varaha – S/T, EP (Independent) – atmospheric doom metal

– Josh

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