Initial Descent: May 21 – 27, 2017

Jordablod Band

MDF week is upon us and while I can’t be there I know plenty of you that are. Hopefully soon I can live vicariously through your experiences, be safe and enjoy. For the rest of you, it’s another stacked week here on Initial Descent. And leading us off is the amazing prog/black/death metal debut Upon My Cremation Pyre from Jordablod. If you’ve ever heeded my advice I implore you to check this one out — scorching way to burst onto the scene here. Next up is Wode with their second full length Servants of the Countercosmos and as ridiculously good as their debut was this one is even better. The formula has been altered slightly but the results are astounding, count on this one staying the course the rest of the year. Sólstafir return with Bedreyminn and unshockingly they’ve done it yet again — blistering post rock collides with their signature metal style and it’s, simply put, bliss. Last of the top slots goes to Illustrations with Acts of God and if you missed out on this band’s debut do not make that mistake again. Hardcore is the foundation but many elements have been added to make this a heartfelt and colorful album, highly recommended. As usual, there is much more to sink your teeth into right after the jump…

Jordablod - Upon My Cremation Pyre

Jordablod – Upon My Creation Pyre (Iron Bonehead) – black metal, cosmic death metal [full review]


Wode – Servants of the Countercosmos (Avantgarde Music) – black metal [full review]

Sólstafir - Berdreyminn

Sólstafir – Berdreyminn (Season of Mist) – post-rock/metal

Illustrations - Acts of God

Illustrations – Acts of God (Independent) – blackened hardcore

Also on tap:

8kids – Denen die wer waren (Napalm Records) – post-hardcore

Alestorm – No Grave But the Sea (Napalm Records) – pirate metal

Animal Youth – Animal (Weyrd Son Records) – shoegaze/post-punk

Barrows – Obsidion (Tonzonen Records) – instrumental rock

Blackout – The Horse (RidingEasy Records) – doom/stoner

Comity – A Long, Eternal Fall (Throatruiner/Translation Loss) – experimental metal

Cydemind – Erosion (Independent) – progressive metal, instrumental

Danzig – Black Laden Crown (Evilive) – heavy metal

Desekryptor – Chasm of Rot, Cassette (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Direwolves – The Great Year, EP (Throatruiner Records) – hardcore

Endless Voyage X – Those Who Time Forgot (Fragile Branch) – blackened doom metal

EVO – Warfare (High Roller Records) – crossover punk

Final Void – Sounds of Absence (Inverse Records) – melodic metal

Future Faces – Revolt, EP (Throatruiner/GPS Productions) – hardcore

Heavy Temple – Chassit, MCD/MLP (Ván Records) – doom metal

Heavy Traffic – Plastic Surgery, Vinyl (Twin Earth Records) – psychedelic doom metal [feature]

In Reverance – The Selected Breed (Non Serviam Records ) – atmospheric death metal

Insanity – Toss a Coin (Bastardized Recordings) – hardcore

Karkaos – Children of the Void (Independent) – melodic death metal

Khasm Asmodeus Rising, LP + 7″ (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Legionnaire – Dawn of Genesis (Gates of Hell Records) – trad metal

Lord – Blacklisted (Heavy Hound Records) – sludge, hardcore [profile]

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

Mähälium – Nar verkligheten golvar dig (Cramada) – punk

Narthraal – Screaming From the Grave (Inverse Records) – death metal

Neil – Black Flowers (Seahorse Recordings) – rock

Nocte Obducta – Totholz (MDD) – black metal

Nopes – Fun Limbo (Magnetic Eye) – punk, noise

Norse – The Divine Light of a New Sun (Transcending Obscurity) – dissonant black metal

NY In 64 – The Gentle Indifference of the Night (Magic Bullet Records) – instrumental hardcore

Område – Nåde (My Kingdom Music) – avantgarde metal

Paroxsihzem – Abyss of Excruciating Vexes (Krucyator Productions) – blackened death metal

Post Pulse – Halls of the Damned (Inverse Records) – death metal

Pyreship – The Liars Bend Low (Black Bow Records) – post metal

Qoheleth – God Is the Warmest Place To Hide (Independent) – noise [feature]

Rapheuments Well – Enders Door (Test Your Metal Records) – sci-fi metal

Rienaus – Saatanalle (KVLT) – black metal

Sarea – Black At Heart (WormHoleDeath) – modern metal

Sorrow Plagues – Homecoming (Independent) – atmospheric black metal

Soulskinner – Descent to Abbadon (Xtreem Music) – death metal

Suffering Hour In Passing Ascension (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Tsar Stangra – Celestial Forger (Independent) – black metal

Ty Arthur – Light Dawning (Independent) – horror novel

Tytan – Justice Served (High Roller Records) – heavy metal

Varmia – Z Mar Twych (Folkvangr Records) – black metal

Vials of Wrath – Days Without Names, Cassette (Fragile Branch) – atmospheric metal

Voids of Vomit – Ritval Explation (Everlasting Spew Records) – death metal

WhiteNails – First Trip (Magnetic Eye) – hard rock

Wreche – S/T ( Fragile Branch ) – black metal

– Josh

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