Initial Descent: February 12 – 18, 2017

Frowning’s Val Atra Niteris

Another week and another mass of new metal here on Initial Descent. Did you make it through Valentines ok? Well, if you did or if you didn’t we have a home for you here with tons of new and exciting stuff to dig into so lets get right to it. Funeral doom titans Frowning offer up their second full length of phenomenally executed grief on Extinct, Sunlight’s Bane go straight for the jugular on their utterly terrifying blackened grind debut The Blackest Volume: Like All the Earth Was Buried, Obitus go long with a single track but go heavy on relentlessly vicious black metal on Slaves of the Vast Machine and Stinking Lizaveta continue their adventurous journey through instrumental compositions of doom, stoner, rock and many other genres on Journey To the UnderworldAs usual that’s just the tip of the iceberg so dive in as there’s so much great stuff to get into this week and spoiler alert: the sheer amount of quality is going to get ridiculous from here on out. Ready, set, go…


Frowning – Extinct (Black Lion Records) – funeral doom [full review]


Sunlight’s Bane – The Blackest Volume: Like All the Earth Was Buried (Innerstrength Records) – blackened grindcore [full review]


Obitus – Slaves of the Vast Machine (Hypnotic Dirge Records) – black metal [full review]

Stinking Lizaveta - Journey to the Underworld

Stinking Lizaveta – Journey To the Underworld (Translation Loss Records) – instrumental doom, stoner, experimental [full review]

Also on tap:

All Else Fails – The Forever Lie, EP (Independent) – modern metalcore

Carne – Modern Rituals (Vox Project) – sludge, noise

Cnoc An Tursa – The Forty Five (Apocalyptic Witchcraft) – black metal

Cultes Des Ghoules – Coven (Hell’s Headbangers) – black metal

Deadwound – Identity Shapes, EP (Black Bow Records) – hardcore, sludge metal

Dealer – Billionaire Boys Club (Wicked World Records) – punk-n-roll

DDENT –  آكتئاب  (Independent) – instrumental post metal, doom

Feral – From the Mortuary, EP (Cyclone Empire) – death metal

Flesh of the Stars – Anhilla (Independent) – doom metal

Friendship – I&II (Sentient Ruin) – powerviolence

Godstopper/Grizzlor – Split, 7″ (Corpse Flower Records) – experimental, noise

Grim Ravine – The Light Is From Below, EP (Black Bow Records) – sludge metal

Hate Unbound – Plague (Inverse Records) – death metal, thrash

Haxxan – Loch Ness Rising (Hell’s Headbangers) – black metal

Hereza – I Become Death, CD (Godz Of War Productions) – death metal

Horseneck – Heavy Trip (Independent) – psychedelic, stoner

Invasion – Destroyer of Mankind (Abyss Records) – death metal

Ithilien – Shaping the Soul (WormHoleDeath) – folk metal

Miserist – S/T, EP (Krucyator Productions) – experimental black metal

Mord’A’Stigmata – Hope (Pagan Records) – black metal

Pestifer – Execration Diatribes (Lavadome Productions) – death metal

Revel In Flesh Emissary of All Plagues (Cyclone Empire) – death metal

Satan – Un Deuil Indien (Throatruiner Records/Deathwish) – black metal, punk

Scenario II – A New Dawn (Hysteria Music) – melodic death metal, thrash

Tervahäät – Kalmonsäie, Reissue (Nordvis Produktion) – folk, ambient

The Ossuary – Post Mortem Blues (Supreme Chaos Records) – doom metal

Thera Roya – Stone and Skin (Independent) – sludge, post metal

Vermilion Whiskey – Spirit of Tradition (10 South Productions) – southern metal, stoner

Viles Vitae – IV, EP (Caverna Abismal Records) – black metal

Vomit Angel – Sadomatic Evil, EP (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Woundvac – Infamy7″ EP (Independent) – grindcore, hardcore

– Josh

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