Initial Descent: December 25 – 31, 2016

Soothsayer – pic courtesy of Down The Barrel

Well, that’s it folks. We made it to the end of this year but not without a few more legends leaving us too soon. RIP to all of those that have fallen and guard the remainder with every ounce of your being. There were some positives to this year: good friends new and old, good metal across the board and good bourbon just to name a few. So, as we close out this year hold your loved ones close and call a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile, it may just give them that extra boost they needed. Releases are in short supply but as we’ve seen recently the quality hasn’t diminished. This week we have At This Great Depth from Ireland’s atmospheric doom merchants Soothsayer, Vanha releases their debut full length Within the Mist of Sorrow which is an epic journey through melancholic doom metal and Plasmodium gives us an avantgarde and psychedelic black metal album with Entheognosis. And, as usual, that’s not all so hit that continue reading button to see the rest.

soothsayer - at this great depth

Soothsayer – At This Great Depth (Transcending Obscurity) – atmospheric sludge/doom metal [full review]


Vanha – Within the Mist of Sorrow (Black Lion Records) – melancholic doom/death metal


Plasmodium – Entheognosis (Cimmerian Shade/Satanath) – psychedelic black metal

Also on tap:

Cowardice – Without Condolence (Independent) – doom/sludge metal

Furia – Księżyc milczy luty, LP (Pagan Records) – black metal

Paria – Knochenkamp, EP (World Terror Committee) – black metal

Rajalla – Diktaattori (Inverse Records) – thrash metal

Spektral Hatchery – S/T (Gravplass Propaganda) – black metal

The DRX – Throughout Within (Nefarious Industries) – avantgarde rock

Warlord – Maximum Carnage, Reissue (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

– Josh

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