Initial Descent: August 13 – 19, 2017

the majestic chris voss as necrolytic goat converter
Necrolytic Goat Converter

Not sure about you but all this solar eclipse talk is getting old. For the past two to three weeks it’s been all the rage. So, solar eclipse Monday, check it or not. I’ve heard not to look at it unless you want your eyes to pull a Scanners and explode. Ah yes, plenty of new metal to be heard and we have a full plate for you here on Initial Descent. Leading us off this week is our very own Chris Voss and his multi-faceted black metal project Necrolytic Goat Converter with the insanely good and extremely robust Isolated Evolution. Be sure to head inside, listen and SUPPORT! Next up is another wicked good black metal album, Heretical Wisdom, from Void Ritual — Dan Jackson has done a hell of a job on this album so be sure to check it out, you’ll be glad you did. Next up is the debut, Sinister Totem, from Finland’s Shaman Ritual and their combination of tribalistic death metal and jarring black metal will be a long standing favorite here. Closing out the opening spots is Khazzadum with their Tolkien inspired death metal on Plagues Upon Ardawhether you’re into Tolkien or not this is a great album. We’re only four albums in and the end of year contenders are strong but, as always, we have so much more waiting for you inside so go and explore…

Necrolytic Goat Converter - Isolated Evolution

Necrolytic Goat Converter – Isolated Evolution (Independent) – black metal [full review]

Void Ritual - Heretical Wisdom

Void Ritual – Heretical Wisdom (Throats Productions/Tridroid) – black metal [full review]

Shaman Ritual - Sinister Totem

Shaman Ritual – Sinister Totem (Caligari Records) – black metal / death metal

Khazaddum - Plagues Upon Arda

Khazaddum – Plagues Upon Arda (Independent) – death metal [full review / interview]

Also on tap:

American Wrecking Company – Everything and Nothing (Pavement Entertainment) – hardcore

Attic – Sanctimonious (Soulfood / Ván Records) – heavy metal

Beneath – Ephemeris (Unique Leader) – death metal

Canyon of the Skull – The Desert Winter (Independent) – doom metal

Casket Robbery – The Ascension (Independent) – death metal

Death Yell – Descent Into Hell (Hells Headbangers) – death/black metal

Desecresy – The Mortal Horizon (Xtreem Music) – death metal [full review]

Diktatur – La Voie Du Sang, Remastered Reissue (Melancholia Records) – black metal

Dr. Shrinker – Archive I, DLP (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – death metal

Eagleheart – Reverse (Scarlet Records) – power metal

End Christian – Energy & Strength (Translation Loss) – experimental noise

End of Green – Void Estate (Napalm Records) – dark rock

Eskapism – Tales of Elder Forest, Cassette Reissue (Folkvangr Records) – atmospheric black metal

Evil – Rites of Evil (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – speed/black metal

False Gods – Reports From Oblivion (Independent) – sludge/doom metal

Funeralglade – May the Funeral Begin, EP (Inverse Records) – melodic death metal

Horrific – Your Worst Nightmare (Hells Headbangers) – thrash/punk/death

Karamazov – Self-Control, EP (Independent) – progressive metal

Kimi Karki – Eye for an Eye (Svart Records) – progressive doom

No Funeral/Livid – Split (LiveFast DieFast) – sludge/doom metal

On Top – Top Dollar (Horror Pain Gore Death) – rock

Proscrito – El Calvario, MCD/MLP (Iron Bonehead) – death/doom metal

Protosequence – Biophagus (Independent) – technical death metal

Rabid Bitch of the North – Nothing But a Bitter Taste (Hostile Media) – heavy metal

Rebel Wizard – The Warning of One, EP (Prosthetic Records) – death/black metal

Reverorum ib Malacht – Ter Agios Numini (Ajna) – black metal

Ritual Knife – Hate Invocation (Fallen Empire Records) – black metal

Shepherd/Death By Fungi – Split (Inspirus Records) – sludge

Social Crash – Burn Out (WormHoleDeath/The Orchard) – rock

Sons of Crom – The Black Tower (Bindrune/Nordvis) – heavy metal

Steel Mammoth – Atomic Oblivion (Ektro) – heavy metal

The Necromancers – Servents of the Salem Girl (Ripple Music) – progressive stoner rock

Ulvedharr – Total War (Scarlet Records) – thrash metal

Valence – He Tried To Kill Me With a Forklift (Independent) – progressive metal

Von Justice – Bret Hart, EP (Independent) – punk/crossover

– Josh

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