Initial Descent: July 9 – 15, 2017

Expulsion – pic courtesy of Jay Valena

Alright so, I hope you took my advice last week and really listened to something you found. And, I hope you’ll do the same this week as we have much more to get into here on Initial Descent. We all have to have an outlet — a way to just bang it out, you know? And a way to escape and have a little fun from time to time. Well, we’ve got just the thing in our lead off spot with the full length debut, Nightmare Future, from the mega-super-group Expulsion — a raucous good time with members of Repulsion, Exhumed, Phobia and more, get it. Moving on is the split 12″, Procession of the Equinox, from the absolute masterminds of current folk/atmospheric black metal, Twilight Fauna and Evergreen Refuge — a monster of an album that is a must own. Next up is NZ’s Vesicant with their bombastic blackened death metal debut Shadows of Cleansing Iron and closing out the opening spots is Boris with Dear, this amazing band triumphantly returns with their personal brand of rock, drone and experimental soundscapes and again, a must own. So, we are already loaded for bear but as usual this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg — keep reading and keep listening…

Expulsion - Nightmare Future

Expulsion – Nightmare Future (Relapse Records) – grind, punk, crust

twilight fauna evergreen refuge split

Twilight Fauna/Evergreen Refuge – The Procession of the Equinox, Split 12″ (The Fear and the Void Recordings) – atmospheric black metal [full review]


Vesicant – Shadows of Cleansing Iron (Iron Bonehead) – blackened death metal [full review]

Boris - Dear

Boris – Dear (Sargent House) – rock, drone, experimental [full review]

Also on tap:

Akatharsia – No Generation Without Corruption (Psychic Violence Records) – black metal

Aversio Humanitatis – Longing For the Untold (Sentient Ruin) – blackened death metal

Bloody Hammers – The Horrific Case of Bloody HammersEP (Napalm Records) – horror sleaze rock

Brume – Rooster (Doom Stew Records) – doom metal

Burning Ground – Last Day of Light (Minotauro) – power thrash

Destroyer of Light – Chamber of Horrors (Heavy Friends Records) – doom metal

Enfold Darkness – Adversary Omnipotent (The Artisan Era) – technical black/death

Eva Can’t – Gravatum (My Kingdom Music) – dramatic metal

Ewigkeit – Cosmic Man (Svart Records) – experimental metal

Fleshpress – Hulluuden Muuri (Independent) – doom metal

God Root – Salt and Rot (Horror Pain Gore Death) – sludge metal [feature]

Grand Delusion – Supreme Machine (Minotauro) – stoner doom

Grey Aura – Gelige, traumatische zielsverrukking (Independent) – experimental black metal

Kemerov – FMKD (Independent) – death-rock

Kroh – Altars (Minotauro) – doom metal

Last Bullet – 80-69-64 (Independent) – hard rock

Livid – Beneath This Shroud the Earth Erodes (Prosthetic Records) – doom, sludge

Mirrored in Secrecy – Solitution (Echozone) – gothic metal

Obscurity – Streitmacht (Trollzorn) – black/death/viking metal

Odium – As the World Turns Black (Black Sunset/MDD) – melodic thrash

One Master – Lycanthropic Burrowing (Eternal Death Records) – occult black metal

Samadhi Sitaram – KaliYuga BABYLON (Sliptrick Records) – djent

Sanguine Eagle – Individuation (Psychic Violence Records) – black metal

The Back of My Face – The Forgotten Story (Independent) – acoustic

Totengott – Doppelgänger (Xtreem) – dark metal

Wilderness Dreams – Paralysis Dreams, 12″ (Creator Destructor) – heavy metal

– Josh

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