Initial Descent: February 5 – 11, 2017


You know, my Dad was right; “son, as you get older time will pass like a fleeting breath and you have to take advantage while you can.” Truer words were never spoken as here we sit almost halfway through February and closing in on Valentines Day so I sure hope all you metalheads have thought about that. And if you haven’t GET ON IT, the wonderful love of your life won’t be happy if you’ve spent all your money on metal. Disclaimer: we are not responsible for your spending habits, we merely show you what’s out there so no complaining. Comprende? Cool, now lets get to it; Nidingr return with their fourth full length The High Heat Licks Against Heaven and its another beautiful notch in their avant-garde take on black metal but more than likely the best album title of the year, Wiegedood return with De Doden Hebben het Goed II and fully pull away from the atmospheric black metal pack by building a bigger and better beast than what we had with part I, right on cue and right when we need it the most Overkill return with their eighteenth full length The Grinding Wheel (EIGHTEENTH FULL LENGTH!!) and honestly they haven’t lost a step — if anything they just continue to get better so if anyone asks “what is metal” you can point them right here to this phenomenal album, and Dead Witches are upon us with their occult doom metal debut Ouija which is packed with all the goodies that discerning doom fans will love. All that and much more after the jump.


Nidingr – The High Heat Licks Against Heaven (Indie Recordings) – blackened death, avant-garde

Wiegedood - De Doden Hebben het Goed II

Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben het Goed II (Consouling Sounds) – black metal [full review]


Overkill – The Grinding Wheel (Nuclear Blast) – thrash metal


Dead Witches – Ouija (Heavy Psych Sounds) – occult doom metal [full review]

Also on tap:

1968 – Fortuna Havana (Black Bow Records) – stoner metal, desert rock

Ancient Tundra – All Light Has Since Escaped Me (Independent) – atmospheric black metal

Amniac – Matriarch (Independent) – sludge metal

Ande – Het Gebeente (Independent) – atmospheric black metal

ART – Planet Zero (Sliptrick Records) – prog rock

Bad Bones – Demolition Derby (Sliptrick Records) – hard rock/heavy metal

Burn Down Eden – Ruins of Oblivion (Sliptrick Records) – melodic death metal

Concrete Jellÿ – Getting Noticed (Sliptrick Records) – stoner rock, prog

Cynic Uroboric Forms – Complete Demo Collection (Century Media) – experimental/progressive metal

Damned Pilots – Overgalaxy (Sliptrick Records) – heavy metal

Eshtadur – Cornered At the Earth (Independent) – melodic death metal

I Am – Life Through Torment (Independent) –  metallic hardcore

Insanity Cult – Of Despair and Self Destruction (Ogmius Underground) – black metal

Marianas Rest – Horror Vacui (Sliptrick Records) – melancholic death metal

Plainride – Return of the Jackalope, Re-Release (Ripple Music) – hard rock, fuzz

Ritual Lair – Mother of Misery and All Repugnance (Godz Ov War Productions) – blackened death metal

Scum – Humana (Sliptrick Records) – metal [full review]

Sleep – The Clarity, Re-Release (Southern Lord) – doom, stoner

The Silverblack – S/T (Sliptrick Records) – industrial metal

Thormesis – Trümmerfarben (MDD Records) – black metal

Trevor de Brauw – Uptown (The Flenser) – power, ambient

Weltesser – Crestfallen (Prosthetic Records) – doom metal

Yith – Dread (Hellthrasher Productions) – blackened doom

– Josh

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