Initial Descent: March 12 – 18, 2017


I’m not going to ramble on this week because not only do we have some stellar music for you in the top four slots but we have plenty more in store beyond that. Oh and I’m heading out to the Atlanta Decibel Tour in a few short hours so expect some words on that in the coming days, should be epic. Stay tuned. Up first is Woe‘s incendiary Hope Attrition that basks in its ability to see the current state of affairs as they really are and calls for action instead of complacency, vicious black metal with a message. Next up, Fange return with their second full length Pourrissoir and somehow they’ve managed to retain all the nasty sludge qualities that made their debut so amazing but here they hone their song craft to a sharpened tip of extremity. Third up is legendary US death metallers Obituary with their tenth full length Obituary, and yes the band still has it after all these years and yes it will be a treat to see these guys tonight (had to throw that in there). Last but not least is Saille with their melodic yet epic black metal on Gnosis and if you’ve yet to experience this band now is as good a time as any, you won’t be disappointed. So there you have it with the top slots but there’s so much more to explore after the jump.

Woe - Hope Attrition

Woe – Hope Attrition ( Vendetta Records) – black metal [full review]

Fange - Pourrissoir

Fange – Pourrissoir (Throatruiner Records) – sludge metal

Obituary - Obituary

Obituary – S/T (Relapse Records) – death metal

Saille - Gnosis

Saille – Gnosis (Code666) – melodic black metal [feature]

Also on tap:

Ashen Horde – The Alchemist, EP (Independent) – black metal

Asylum – Psalms of Paralysis (Metal Rising Records) – death metal

Awake the Mutes – Snowblind, EP (Bastardized Recordings) – metalcore

Cloud Catcher Trails of Kozmic Dust (Totem Cat Records) – acid boogie

Crimson Throne – S/T, EP (Apocalyptic Witchcraft) – black metal

Dead Neanderthals – Craters (Consouling Sounds) – heavy jazz

Demonic Resurrection – Dashavatar (Demonstealer Records) – blackened death metal

Don’t Try This – Wireless Slaves (Boersma Records) – metalcore

Fell Ruin – To the Concrete Drifts (I, Voidhanger) – blackened doom metal

Forming the Void – Relic (Argonauta Records) – hard rock, progressive

Goath – Luciferian Goath Ritual (Ván Records) – blackened death metal

Harvest Gulgatha – Altars of Devotion (Nuclear War Now!) – blackened death metal

Iapetus – The Long Road Home (Independent) – progressive, melodic death metal

Lantern – II : Morphosis (Dark Descent) – death metal

Lòdz – Time Doesn’t Heal Anything (Klonosphere, Century Media) – atmospheric metal

Mahakala – The Second Fall (Supreme Music Creations) – heavy metal

Mothership – High Strangeness (Ripple Music) – space rock

Pain Tank – 97,901,726 Confirmed Kills (Edgewood Arsenal Records) – hardcore grind

Pissed On – The Hanged Man (Advocate Records) – grindcore

Rotten Mind – S/T (Lövely Records) – punk, garage rock

Svart Crown – Abreaction (Century Media) – blackened death metal

Telekinetic Yeti – Abominable (Independent) – stoner doom metal [full review]

Without Waves – Lunar (Prosthetic Records) – experimental metal

– Josh

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