Initial Descent: November 19 – 25, 2017


I didn’t go as crazy on the turkey this year like I have in the past which means I’ve been comfortable ever since turkey day. I know that some of you can’t say the same and for you I say: “been there, done that and it sucks.” I am, however, going crazy over all the great new metal we have this week and I’ve got a feeling you will too. Let’s get to it: Leading us off is the absolutely merciless and militant death metal from NC’s In-Defilade on their second full length Elude, exquisite atmospheric black metal is what Almyrkvi have to offer on their debut full length Umbra, on their second full length, Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta, Kohti Tuhoa offer up twelve tracks of blistering punk / hardcore and rounding out the top spots this week is the masterfully chaotic and avant-garde black metal of Thantifaxath on Void Masquerading as MatterIn this one paragraph extreme metal is more than well represented but, as always, we have so much more to get into. Dive in and enjoy these desserts instead of those leftovers you were just about to polish off.

In-Defilade - Elude

In-Defilade – Elude (Colossal Burden Records) – death metal [feature]

almyrkvi umbra

Almyrkvi – Umbra (Ván Records) – black metal [full review]

kohti tuhoa - Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta

Kohti Tuhoa – Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta (Southern Lord) – hardcore / punk [full review]

Thantifaxath - Void Masquerading as Matter

Thantifaxath – Void Masquerading as Matter, EP (Dark Descent) – black metal [full review]

Also on tap:

Almanac – Kingslayer (Nuclear Blast) – power metal [feature review]

Angus Dei – Ad Portas Serpentium (Svart Records) – black metal

Apologoethia – Pillars (Invictus Productions) – experimental

Asphodelos – The Five Rivers Of Erebos (Black Sunset) – death metal

Astrobal – Memories of Stars (Karaoke Kalk) – electronic

Calligram – Askesis (Basick) – black / hardcore

Cardiant – Mirrors (Inverse Records) – melodic metal

Coraxo – Sol (Snow Wave Records) – melodic death metal

Coscradh – Of Death and Delirium, EP (Invictus Productions) – death metal

Crypts of Despair – The Stench of the Earth (Testimony Records) – death metal

Dauthuz – Destined for Death (Wormholedeath) – death metal

Death of Lovers – The Acrobat (DAIS Records) – post-punk

Deathkin – Kohti Katiana Kaaosta (Hammerheart Records) – black metal

Degial – Predator Reign (Sepulchral Voice Records) – death metal

Dimebag Darrell – Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It or Get Rolled Over (Metal Blade) – video

Estertor – Buried in Morningside (World War Now Productions) – thrash

Here Lies ManAnimal Noises, EP (Riding Easy Records) – heavy rock

Horror God / Techne – Split (Lavadome Productions) – death metal

Hyperion – Dangerous Days (Fighter Records) – heavy metal

I I + LIHHAMON – Miasmal Coronation (Ván Records) – death / black

Kremlin – Decimation of the Elites (Godz of War Productions) – death metal

Lesions – Tired of Being Pushed Around and Told What To Do, EP (Pacific Threnodies) – crust / powerviolence / hardcore

Loch Vostok – Strife (Vicisolum Productions) – melodic death metal

Lorelei – Shadows of October (Solitude Productions) – gothic / death

Malefic Levitation – The Ancient Plague, EP (Sentient Ruin) – black / death

Meyhnach – Non Omnis Moriar (Osmose Productions) – black metal

Milkilo – Atlas (Dullest/WOOAAARGH/Nooirax/Atypeek Music – drum / bass

Nightfear – Cryptasm (Black Market Metal Label) – death thrash

Nordheim – RapThor (Independent) – folk metal

Norilsk – Le passage des glaciers (Hypnotic Dirge) – doom

On the Wane – Schism (Independent) – shoegaze

Pile of Priests – Tenebrous Labyrinth, EP (Independent) – progressive death metal

Rabid Dogs – Italian Mysteries (Eclectic Productions) – stoner metal

Sect – No Cure For Death (Southern Lord) – hardcore

Slenko & McKeys – Atone Lower (Sioux Trails) – experimental

Signo Rojo – Svårfödd (Independent) – sludge

Sortilegia – Sulphurous Temple (Ván Records) – black metal

Spectral Haze – Turning Electric (Totem Cat Records) – psych rock

Starsoup – Castles of Sand (Metalism Records) – progressive rock

Strife –Live At the Troubadour (WAR Records) – hardcore

The Modern Age Slavery – Stygian (Innerstrength Records) – deathcore

The Telescopes – Stone Tape (Yard Press) – shoegaze

Übergang – Zeichen der Zeit (Demons Run Amok Entertainment) – hardcore thrash

Ungoliantha  – Through the Chaos, Through Time, Through the Death, Vinyl Issue (Satanic Art Media) – black metal

Žen – Sunčani Ljudi (Moonlee Records) – shoegaze pop

– Josh

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