Initial Descent: November 12 – 18, 2017

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Lady Beast

By the time you read this piece next week we will all be in a turkey coma and waiting to see who moves first on getting the hundreds of boxes down for decorations and such. It’s a standoff, everyone in the room will be hoping you’ll do it while you hope they do it. Good times indeed. But for this week we have another sizable load of metal for your ears to get wrapped around so let’s get to it. First up is glorious NWOBHM meets thrash of Lady Beast‘s sophomore album Vicious Breed which is raucous good time, next up is the varied and all-encompassing palate of death metal, noise rock and post-metal on Last Bastion of Cowardice from Northless, Cavalera Conspiracy return with their fourth full length Psychosis and honestly I’m not sure what I was expecting but this far exceeds anything I was anticipating, let’s just say: the roots are revisited and this thing is an absolute must and closing out the top slots is Daxma with their stunning post-metal meets doom metal approach on The Head Which Becomes the SkullAs usual, we’re not even close to being done so get in there and enjoy…


Lady Beast – Vicious Breed (Cruz Del Sur Music) – NWOBHM [full review]

Northless Last Bastion of Cowardice

Northless – Last Bastion of Cowardice (Gilead Media/Halo of Flies/Hand of Death/Init) – sludge / noise [feature]

Cavalera Conspiracy - Psychosis

Cavalera Conspiracy – Psychosis (Napalm Records) – death / thrash

Daxma - The Head Which Becomes the Skull

Daxma – The Head Which Becomes the Skull (Magnetic Eye) – doom / post-metal

Also on tap:

Antipope – Denial/Survival (Antipope/TCM Entertainment) – progressive metal

Apartment 213 – Collected Violence (Magic Bullet Records) – powerviolence

Arrayan Path – Dawn of Aquarius (Pitch Black Records) – power metal

Atoll – Fallout Frenzy (Gore House Productions) – slam metal

Black Death – S/T, Reissue (Hells Headbangers) – heavy metal

Catapult the Dead – A Universal Emptiness (Doom Stew) – doom

Cavalera Conspiracy – Psychosis (Napalm Records) – thrash

Conan – Man Is Myth – Early Demos (Napalm Records) – doom

Daeva  – Pulsing Dark Absorptions (20 Buck Spin) – black / thrash

Death Ingloria – The Wolf Onboard (Independent) – metal / rock

Death Toll 80K Step Down (Svart Records) – grindcore

Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard (Spinefarm) – doom

Fister & CHRCH – Split (Crown and Throne LTD) – black / death / doom

Freedom Hawk – S/T, Reissue LP / CD (Ripple Music) – rock

Game Over – Claiming Supremacy (Scarlet Records) – thrash

Ghost Atlas – All is in sync and there’s nothing left to sing about (Independent) – rock

Gorgon – Ishassara (Independent) – symphonic death metal

Iron Griffin – S/T, EP, LP and Cassette (Gates of Hell Records) – epic metal

Jupiterian – Terraforming (Transcending Obscurity) – sludge / doom

Kabexnuv – Dzyan (Kult of Medusa Productions) – atmospheric occult black metal

Lihhamon – Doctrine (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – black metal

Limbsplitter – Chloroform Cocktail (Unmatched Brutality Records) – brutal death metal

No Amnesty – Psycopathy (Xtreem Music) – thrash

The Obsessed – S/T, Reissue (Relapse Records) – doom metal

Oblivion – The Path Towards… (Independent) – thrash / death

Over the Voids… – S/T (Nordvis Produktion) – black metal

Pillars – Pyres and Gallows, EP (Seeing Red Records) – doom

Priest – New Flesh (Lövely Records) – electronica

Professor Emeritus – Take Me to the Gallows (No Remorse Records) – doom / trad metal

Redemptus – Every Red Heart Fades to Black (Lost Pilgrims Records) – sludge / post-metal

Right to the Void – Lunatio, EP (WormHoleDeath / Aural / The Orchard) – melodic death

Sacrilegious Rite – Summoned from Beyond (Dunkelheit Produktionen) – black metal

Sar Isatum – Shurpu ( Independent) – black metal

Silver Wind – Legion of the Exiled (No Remorse Records) – power metal

夢遊病者 (Sleepwalker) – 5772, Cassette, CD Reissue (Sentient Ruin, AnnapurnA) – black metal

STÄLKER – Shadow of the Sword (Napalm Records) – speed metal

The Body and Full of Hell – Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light (Thrill Jockey) – noise

The Last of Lucy – Ashvattha (Independent) – technical death metal

Tombstone’s In Their Eyes – Shutting Down/Take Me Home (Send Me Your Head Records) – stoner post rock

Tyfon’s Doom – Emperor’s Path (Gates of Hell Records) – heavy metal

Virgil & Steve Howe – Nexus (InsideOut Music) – progressive rock

Wolf Counsel – Age of Madness/Reign of Chaos (Czar of Crickets Productions) – doom metal

Wrathprayer/Force of Darkness – Wrath of Darkness, Split (Nuclear War Now! Records) – black/death metal

Ylva – Meta (Translation Loss) – post sludge

– Josh

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