Initial Descent: April 9 – 15, 2017

Craven Idol
Craven Idol

Well, we’ve made it to the eve of Easter. For you youngsters out there be mindful of time as it happens and seize the moment, you will get older and time will fly by so fast you’ll miss everything. Speaking of seizing the moment, there’s tons of great metal to enjoy this week so let’s get to it. Craven Idol lead us off with their second full length of blackened thrash, The Shackles of Mammon — full review and interview links are moments away and worth every second of your time to investigate. Next up is Vaiya with their mesmerizing take on atmospheric black metal and first proper full length Remnant Light. Moving on, Buckshot Facelift melt ears, faces and everything else within hearing distance with their heady mix of death metal, grindcore and powerviolence on Ulcer Island. Hexis show us how blackened hardcore violence is properly put to tape on Tando Ashanti, and old school thrashers Blood Feast are back with their first release in 28 years, The Future State of Wicked, and honestly you have no idea how much you’ve missed them until you hit play on this wicked good album, get it — trust me. As usual there’s much more in store to take up all your time so feel free to stay as long as you like and sample everything there is to offer, after the jump.

Craven Idol - The Shackles of Mammon

Craven Idol – The Shackles of Mammon (Dark Descent Records) – blackened thrash [full review, interview]


Vaiya – Remnant Light (Nordvis/Bindrune) – atmospheric black metal [full review]

Buckshot Facelift - Ulcer Island

Buckshot Facelift – Ulcer Island (Paragon Records) – grind, powerviolence, death metal [full review]


Hexis – Tando Ashanti (Halo of Flies) – blackened hardcore [full review]

Blood Feast - The Future State of Wicked

Blood Feast – The Future State of Wicked (Hells Headbangers) – thrash/speed metal

Also on tap:

All Hell – The Grave Alchemist (Prosthetic Records) – blackened thrash

Altar of Betelgeuze – Among the Ruins (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Argus Megere – VEII (Loud Rage) – atmospheric black metal

Carnal Garden – Where They Are Silent (Eclectic Productions) – death metal

Cloud Rat/Moloch – Split (Halo of Flies) – sludge, grind

Crushed – Deep User, EP (Independent) – noise, hardcore

Dante’s Theory – Amut (Independent) – death metal

Death Awaits – Solve Coagula (Revalve Records) – thrash, death metal

Dynfari The Four Doors of the Mind (Code666) – post black metal

Epi-Demic – Malformed Conscience (Horror Pain Gore Death) – crossover thrash

Fractal Universe – Engram of Decline (Kolony Records) – technical death metal

Funeral Tears – Beyond the Horizon (Satanath/Cimmerian Shade) – funeral doom

Funeralium – Of Throes and Blight (Weird Truth Productions) – doom metal

Hellwell – Behind the Demon’s Eyes (High Roller Records) – heavy metal

Imindain – The Enemy of Fetters and Dwellers In the Woods (Weird Truth Productions) – death, doom metal

Infernäl Mäjesty – No God (High Roller Records) – thrash metal

Lacerta – S/T (CDN) – technical death metal

Longhouse – II: Vanishing, EP (Independent) – doom metal

Moonlight Prophecy – Eternal Oblivion (Independent) – progressive thrash metal

Ninjaspy – Spüken (Independent) – metal, fusion

None – S/T (Hypnotic Dirge) – atmospheric, depressive black metal

Of Fire – Death Do Us All (Independent) – death metal

Of the Sun – Before a Human Path (Independent) – progressive metal

Quadrus – Entropia (Independent) – progressive metal

The Riven – Blackbird, EP (Independent) – heavy rock 

Varg – Götterdämmerung (Napalm Records) – melodic death metal

Ysengrin/Sartegos – Resvrrezionespiritval, Split (Caverna Abismal Records) – ambient, dark

– Josh

3 thoughts on “Initial Descent: April 9 – 15, 2017

  1. Brian O. April 15, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Don’t forget Nightbringer with Terra Damnata…this has been on repeat for 24 hours…

    • Josh April 15, 2017 / 6:21 pm

      Unfortunately we do miss some from time to time but thanks for stopping by and I’ll check this one out.

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