Initial Descent: October 8 – 13, 2017


Good bourbon and good metal go hand in hand. Either can strike a chord immediately or simmer over time as layers and nuances are slowly peeled back. However, it’s pure magic when you can experience both at the same time but I digress, there’s a ton of metal to cover today so, shall we? Leading us off this week is the triumphant return of black metal giants Enslaved with their fourteenth full length E and whether immediate or over time, this album is astounding. Next up, Spectral Voice‘s debut Eroded Corridors of Unbeing is a hefty beast of a death metal album that fully warrants the attention it has received. Moving along, grind / death / doomsters The King Is Blind return with their second full length We Are the Parasite, We Are the Cancer and heavy handedly topple their debut and closing out the opening slots, Gloam offer up an exceptional EP, Death is the Beginningthat pushes their brand of black metal even further with a hint of thrash and doom. With all that said, it would be a great week with just those four but we are a long way from being done — so get after it…


Enslaved – E (Nuclear Blast) – black metal

spectral voice eroded corridors of unbeing

Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing (Dark Descent) – death metal [full review]

The King is Blind - We Are the Parasite We Are the Cancer.

The King is Blind – We Are the Parasite, We Are the Cancer (Calva Records) – post-grind / death / doom [full review]

Gloam - Death Is the Beginning

Gloam – Death is the Beginning, EP (Blood Harvest) – black doom [full review]

Also on tap:

Altarage – Endinghent (Season of Mist) – black / death

Ancient VVisdom – 33 (Argonauta Records) – occult rock

Aphonic Threnody – Of Loss and Grief (Terror From Hell Records) – funeral doom

Belus – Apophenia (Vendetta Records) – black metal

Blindfolded and Led to the Woods – Modern Adoxography (Independent) – brutal metal

Bloodhunter – The End of Faith (Xtreem Music) – extreme metal

Bloodstrike – Execution of Violence (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

Bolido – Heavy Bombers (Fighter Records) – heavy metal

Cadaveric Incubator – Sermons of the Devouring Dead (Hells Headbangers) – death metal

Calques – Civilizing (Independent) – experimental black metal

Coma Cluster Void – Thoughts From a Stone (Translation Loss) – tech death

Dead Like Me – A Terre, Amas De Rêves (WOOAAARGH) – post-hardcore

Dom Zły – S/T (Unquiet Records) – crust

Exhumed – Death Revenge (Relapse Records) – death metal

Firebreather – S/T (Suicide Records) – doom

FM2000 – Hubba Hubba Rehab (Inverse Records) – heavy punk

Fozzy – Judas (Century Media) – heavy groove

Gruntruck – S/T (Found Recordings) – grunge

Hades Archer – Temple of the Impure (Hells Headbangers) – black metal

Hallas – Excerpts From the Future Past (The Sign Records) – prog metal

Humans Etcetera – Intelligent Skeleton (Nefarious Industries) – experimental rock

I Klatus – Nagual Sun (Independent) – doom/sludge

Khandra – All Is of no Avail (Independent) – black metal

Megalith Grave – From Effigies Past, Comp. (Signal Rex) – black metal

Midnight Sin – One Last Ride (Scarlet Records) – rock

Nachtblut – Apostasie (Napalm Records) – gothic metal

Narcotic Wasteland – Delirium Tremens (Independent) – death metal 

Nazghor – Infernal Aphorism (Non Serviam Records) – black metal

Necrofulgurate – Putrid Veil (Caverna Abismal) – death metal

Nudist – Bury My Innocence (WOOAAARGH ) – sludge metal

Odradek Room – A Man of Silt (Hypnotic Dirge / Solitude Productions) – doom metal

Prolefeed/Henry Kane – The Mass Forfeiture of Collective Responsibility, Split (WOOAAARGH / Goatshead Records) – crust / death metal

Prostitution – Egyptian Blue (Independent) – progressive black metal

R. I. P.  – Street Reaper (RidingEasy Records) – doom

Rites of Daath – Hexing Graves (Godz of War Productions / Solitude Productions) – death metal

Saiva – Markerna bortom (Nordvis Produktion) – folk black metal

Samael – Hegemony (Napalm Records) – industrial / extreme 

Slasher Film Festival Strategy and Anthony DP Mann – The Hearse Song (Cadabra Records) – spoken word

Sound Storm – Vertigo (Rockshots Records) – symphonic power metal

Stinky – From Dead-End Street (Finisterian Dead End Records) – hardcore

The Haxans – Party Monsters (Another Century) – goth-pop

The Oxford Coma – Everything Out of Tune (Independent) – grunge / noise

The Spirit – Sounds From the Vortex (Eternal Echoes) – black / death

The Walking Dead Orchestra – Resurrect (Unique Leader) – death metal

Town Tundra – Misanthropy Never Fails (Wormholedeath) – death metal

Twingiant – Blood Feud (Argonauta) – stoner doom

Unfold – Banshee O Beast (Division Records) – post-metal / hardcore

Vassafor – Malediction (Iron Bonehead) – black / death [feature]

Warcall – Invaders (Plan B Musique) – metal

Wo Fat – Live Juju – Freak Valley and Beyond (Ripple Music) – stoner doom

Young Hunter – Dayhiker (Magnetic Eye Productions / The Fear and the Void) – psych doom

– Josh

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