Initial Descent: July 30 – August 5, 2017


By the time this goes to print I’ll be on the way to a city I’ve never visited before to meet a good friend of mine to see a show full of bands that have been on my bucket list for years (more details on this to follow). Needless to say, I’m excited for all of it and in a great, party-time kind of mood. So, what better way to kick off Initial Descent than with the ass kicking metal/punk/thrash/crust offering, Sexual Panic Human Machinefrom Finland’s Bonehunter — will be in my ears for the next several hours for sure. Next up is the deadly serious avantgarde black metal from MRTVI on Negative Atonal Dissonance (aptly titled). Third to bat is Gravesite with their second full length of old school and horror inspired death metal, Neverending Trail of Skulls. Last of the top spots but certainly not least is Paganizer with their tenth full length, Land of Weeping Souls — ten albums is a long time but these guys are more ferocious than they’ve ever been. As always though, this is just a taste of what lies ahead so cuddle up to your keyboard, duct tape those headphones to your ears and stay with us for a while.

Bonehunter - Sexual Panic Human Machine

Bonehunter – Sexual Panic Human Machine (Hells Headbangers) – metalpunk [full review]


MRTVI – Negative Atonal Dissonance (Transcending Obscurity) – avantgarde black metal [full review]

Gravesite - Neverending Trail of Skulls

Gravesite – Neverending Trail of Skulls (Xtreem Music) – death metal

Paganizer - Land of Weeping Souls

Paganizer – Land of Weeping Souls (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Also on tap:

Barbaric Horde – Tainted Impurity (War Arts Productions) – blackened death metal

Blooming Carrions – Sparkling Rotten Dreams, Cassette (Iron Bonehead) – dark metal

Centuries of Decay – S/T (Independent) – progressive death metal

Deny the Urge – As Darkness Falls (G.U.C.) – death metal

Doom Side of the Moon – S/T (IndieMerch/Independent) – pink floyd covers

Exit Eden – Rhapsodies in Black (Napalm Records) – rock

Kavrila – Blight (Medusa Crush Recordings) – things

King Leviathan – Paean Heretica (Infernum Records) – blackened thrash metal

Moray – Temporal Majesty (Independent / Lion’s Jawbone) – black metal

Mordenial – The Plague (Black Lion Records) – melodic death metal

Nuclear Warfare – Empowered By Hate (MDD Records) – thrash metal

Planet Eater – Blackness from the Stars (Independent) – thrash, death metal

Psy:code – Mørke (Pavement Entertainment) – modern hardcore

Rope Sect – Personae Ingratae, 12″ MLP (Iron Bonehead) – deathrock

Russkaja – Kosmopoliturbo (Napalm Records) – distorted polka ska

The Shadeless Emperor – Ashbled Shores (WormHoleDeath) – melodic death metal

Warbeast – Enter the Arena (Housecore Records) – heavy metal

– Josh

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