Initial Descent: September 3 – 9, 2017


Hurricanes can suck it, we’ve had enough but there’s more to come. If you’re in the path of this damn thing get yourself out of harm’s way, it’s not worth trying to pull a Captain Dan. Harsh times call for harsh music and we have plenty of that on this edition of Initial Descent. Leading the way is the UK’s Helpless with their debut full length Debt and honestly this album took me completely by surprise with a brutal mix of grind, hardcore and noise — I can’t recommend this one enough. Next up is the absolutely dark and nasty funeral doom of Usnea‘s Portals into Futility, this band never cease to amaze with their level of utter desparity. Moving on and closing out the opening spots, we have another top shelf surprise with the extremely dark black metal of Biesy on their debut full length Noc Lekkich Obyczajów and honestly this is 42 minutes that will keep you GLUED to the speakers or headphones or whatever you choose to jam it on. But as usual that’s not all so read on to find more that will inevitably become favorites with us.

Helpless - Debt

Helpless – Debt (Holy Roar) – extreme metal [full review]

usnea portals into futility cover

Usnea – Portals into Futility (Relapse Records) – funeral doom [full review]

Biesy - Noc Lekkich Obyczajow

Biesy – Noc Lekkich Obyczajów (Third Eye Temple) – black metal

Also on tap:

Arch Enemy – Will to Power (Century Media) – melodic death metal

Argus – From Fields of Fire (Cruz Del Sur Music) – heavy metal

Astaroth Incarnate – Omnipotence – The Infinite Darkness (CDN Records) – black metal

Boyed – S/T, EP, CD Version (Vetala Productions) – powerviolence

Cannabis Corpse – Left Hand Pass (Season of Mist) – brutal death metal

Cardinals Folly – Deranged Pagan Sons (Nine Records) – doom metal

Binary Creed – A Battle Won (Rockshots Records) – prog metal

Darto – Human Giving (Agoo Records) – psych metal

Demon Eye – Prophecies & Lies (Soulseller Records) – heavy doom

Devil’s Emissary – Demiurge Asceticism (Third Eye Temple) – death metal

Eshtadur – Mother Gray (Bleeding Music Records) – melodic death metal

Exterminator – Total Extermination (Greyhaze Records) – heavy metal

Glass Mind – Dodecaedro (Rockshots Records) – instru-prog metal

Grift – Arvet (Nordvis Produktion) – black metal

Hands of Orlac/The Wandering Midget – Split (Cruz Del Sur Music) – doom metal

High Spirits – Escape, EP (High Roller Records) – metal, rock

Mausoleum Gate – Into a Dark Divinity (Cruz Del Sur Music) – vintage metal

Muert – Ye Canariae Abezan (Hammerheart Records) – black metal

Nemeziz  – Gerechter Zorn (Independent) – alt-metal

New Language – Everybody Screams (Independent) – heavy rock

Plastic Tones – Wash Me With Love (Svart Records) – power pop

Praise the Flame – Manifest Rebellion (Caverna Abismal) – death metal

Slaughtbbath – Contempt, War and Damnation (Hells Headbangers) – blackened death metal

Tales of Gaia – Hypernova (Fighter Records) – power metal

Temperance – Maschere – A Night at the Theater, (Scarlet Records) – melodic metal

The Great Russian Empire – Low Ends (Independent) – dark rock

Thera Roya – Masterful Universe (Independent) – sludge / noise

Twelve Boar – No Forgiveness (Independent) – rock

War Cloud – S/T (Ripple Music) – hard rock

– Josh

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