Initial Descent: October 1 – 7, 2017

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Primitive Man

Sick and twisted times call for sick and twisted music…

Leading the charge this week is one of the sickest bands in metal: Primitive Man. They may only be on their second full length but throughout their vast library of splits and EPs this band is consistently massive and Caustic heavy handedly continues the tradition but sicker and somehow more twisted. Next up is debut full length The Unlawful Assembly from black metallers Dawn Ray’d and the press surrounding this release is more than warranted. It’s not only very good black metal but carries a timely message or stance, if you will. Moving along is the impressive doom and 70s folk/prog of Dreadnought on A Wake In Sacred Waves, this is an album that truly washes over you (no pun intended). Last up in the top slots is the towering Curse of Conception from Spirit Adrift, this thing is full of traditional doom and heavy metal aplenty, sound good? It is, trust me. That’s it for the for the first four but as it usually goes, there’s so much more right after the jump. So, GET IN THERE.

primitive man caustic

Primitive Man – Caustic (Relapse Records) – doom / extreme / misery [full review]

dawn ray'd the unlawful assembly

Dawn Ray’d – The Unlawful Assembly (Halo of Flies, Feast of Tentacles) – black metal [feature]

dreadnought - a wake in sacred waves

Dreadnought – A Wake In Sacred Waves (Sailor Records) – doom metal [full review]

Spirit Adrift - Curse of Conception

Spirit Adrift – Curse of Conception (20 Buck Spin) – doom

Also on tap:

Angel Vivaldi – Synapse (Independent) – guitar rock

Battle Dagaroth – II – Frozen Light of Eternal Darkness (Avantgarde Music) – doom

Ben Blutzukker – Riptide (Independent) – heavy metal

Bloodmoon / Trapped Within Burning Machinery – Split (Midnite Collective/Black Voodoo) – black metal

Chaos Moon – Origin of Apparition and Langour Into Echoes, Beyond, Reissue (Folkvangr Records) – black metal

Cosmic Void Ritual – The Execreted Remains of the Sabatier System (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Ctulu – Cultus in Tenebris (Static Tension Recordings) – black metal

Damnation Defaced – Invader From Beyond (Apostasy Records) – death metal

Dark Waters End – Submersion (Independent) – progressive death metal

Deafkids – Configuração Do Lamento (Neurot Recordings) – avantgarde

Decatur – Badder than Brooklyn (Independent) – modern metal

Dreamshift – Seconds (STF Records) – atmospheric black metal

Empty Threat – Shutdown Nowhere, EP (Independent) – rock

Ensepulchar – No Sanctity in Death (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Groke’s Clan – Vicious Circles (Independent) – prog thrash

Street Sects – Rat Jacket (The Flenser) – electronic rock

Haemorrhage – We Are the Gore (Relapse Records) – goregrind

House of Broken Promises – Twisted, EP (Heavy Psych Sounds) – hard rock

Horse Head – Terminal (Independent) – hardcore

Insurrection – Extraction (Galy Records) – death metal

Inverted Serenity – As Spectres Wither (Independent) – death metal

Klogr – Keystone (Zeta Factory) – alternative metal [feature]

Lento – Fourth (Consouling Sounds) – doom

Lo! – Vestigial (Pelagic Records) – doom/post-metal

Lord of the Lost – Swan Songs II (Napalm Records) – heavy classical

Malphas – Incantation (Independent) – black metal

Märvel – At the Sunshine Factory (The Sign Records) – swedish rock

Mason – Impervious (Independent) – thrash

Methodical Perversion – No Offense (Independent) – grind

Necromante – The Magikal Presence of Occult Forces (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Omotai A Ruined Oak (Tofu Carnage) – sludge

Rancho Bizarro – S/T (Argonauta) – stoner rock

Raventale – Planetarium (Ashen Dominion) – atmospheric black metal

Rekoma – Eadem Errata (Inverse Records) – heavy metal

Snakes / Crosss – Split (Scavenger Cult) – rock

Spotlights – Seismic (Ipecac Recordings) – post-metal

Sutekh Hexen / Hissing – Split (The Flenser) – death/black metal

The Black Dahlia Murder – Nightbringers (Metal Blade) – death metal

The Great Discord – The Rabbit Hole (The Sign Records) – progressive hard rock

The Lords of Altamont – The Wild Sounds of the Lords of Altamont (Heavy Psych Sounds) – psych rock

Vehement – Ashes (Infernum Records) – black metal

Wailin Storms – Sick City (Kryzku Records) – doom punk

– Josh

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