Initial Descent: July 23 – 29, 2017

Couch Slut
Couch Slut – pic courtesy of Roger Hayn

It’s hot folks, summertime is definitely upon us. Which means it’s time to make shorts out of those raggedy jeans you’ve been hanging onto for no apparent reason. Or you could find some water, a cooler full of cold refreshments or sit in front of a fan. One thing’s for sure though: we have the soundtrack to however you plan to deal with that case of swamp-ass on this plentiful edition of Initial Descent. Starting things off with a nasty, noisy bang is the second full length, Contempt, from Couch Slut and if you’ve yet to hear it I honestly don’t know what you’re doing with your life — this thing rules in so many ways. Next up is Byzantine who quite literally show just how blistering modern heavy metal can be on The Cicada Tree. Moving along, Less Art gives us a bleak but extremely powerful post-hardcore debut on Strangled Light — an outstanding experience from start to finish that does exactly as its title implies. Closing out the top spots is the vicious second EP, Voima on Oikeutta, from Finland’s satanically inclined death/thrash phenoms Huoripukki. So, a fantastic week already but you have no idea how much more great metal is in store (seriously, this week is STACKED) — kick back, cool off, stay awhile and enjoy…

couch slut contempt

Couch Slut – Contempt (Gilead Media) – noise metal [full (audio) review]


Byzantine – The Cicada Tree (Metal Blade) – metal [full review]

Less Art - Strangled Light

Less Art – Strangled Light (Gilead Media) – post-hardcore [full review]

Huoripukki - Voima On Oikeutta

Huoripukki – Voima On Oikeutta (Caligari Records) – death metal

Also on tap:

Abhorrent Decimation – The Pardoner (Prosthetic Records) – death metal

Aeraco – Baptized by Fire (Dark Star Records) – hard rock

Afterbirth – The Time Traveler’s Dilemma (Unique Leader) – death metal

Atonement Theory – Illumination, Digital + Bonus Track (I Defy Records) – melodic metal

Backswing – SOS, Vinyl (Demons Run Amok) – metalcore

Bastian – Back to the Roots (Sliptrick Records) – hard rock

Black Vice / Haunter – Split (Red River Family Records) – black metal

Bloodrainbow – Upheaval (Neverheard Distro) – death metal

Converge – I Can Tell You About Pain, 7” EP (Deathwish/Epitaph) – extreme metal

Divinity Compromised – Terminal (Qumran/No Dust Records) – progressive

DVNE – Asheran (Wasted State Records) – doom, progressive rock

Elder Devil – Graves Among The Roots (Medusa Crush Recordings) – grind

False – Hunger, EP (Gilead Media) – black metal [full review]

Gravespawn – Inexorable Grimness (Folkvangr Records) – usbm

HeadCrusher – Death Comes With Silence (Independent) – extreme metal

Helvetestromb – Demonic Excrements Cursed With Life (WormHoleDeath/The Orchard) – death metal

Hexenklad – Spirit of the Stone (CDN Records) – black metal

King Zog – S/T (Independent) – doom metal

Kval – S/T (Hypnotic Dirge) – atmospheric black metal

Laces Out – S/T, EP (Nefarious Industries) – noise, post-punk

Loviatar – S/T (Prosthetic Records) – post-rock/doom

Nexul – Paradigm of Chaos (Hells Headbangers) – death metal

No Limited Spiral – Into the Marinesnow (WormHoleDeath) – death metal

Pan’s Emissaries / Nick Noro – Split (NBRD) – eccentric rock

Scalpel – Methods to Delusion (Independent) – death metal

Sweet Apple – Sing the Night in Sorrow (Tee Pee Records) – power pop

Temple of Void – Lords of Death (Shadow Kingdom/Hells Headbangers) – doom/death metal

The Blight – Meditations On Insignificance (Tridroid Records) – noise

The Midnight Ghost Train – Cypress Ave. (Napalm Records) – southern sludge rock

Uhtcearu – For Darkness to Subside (Independent) – melodic black metal

Urn – The Burning (Iron Bonehead) – blackened thrash metal

Venomous Maximus – No Warning (Shadow Kingdom) – heavy metal

– Josh

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