Initial Descent: December 31, 2017 – January 6, 2018


Not even a full week into the new year and I’ll be damned if there’s not already some amazing music laid bare across our laps. And the rest of the next couple of months is looking tasty as well. You know, 2018 might not be so bad after all. Anyway, it’s cold — too cold. Many of you are blowing snow out of your mouths as this goes to press while many others are just trying to wrap up as tightly as possible. Winter is upon us, like it or not but new tunes, we got them, so onward march. I had planned a completely different lead off album but a few spins of the latest, Sangue Cassia, from Portugal’s Sinistro turned my sails in a different direction. This is some of the most majestic and powerful doom I’ve heard since Amenra’s Mass VI last year and putting this band in that same category means this is an absolute must for you. Next up is black metal’s nastiest concert troop Watain with their latest Trident Wolf Eclipse which finds the band back to their biting and vicious roots but is it enough? Find out shortly. Last up in the opening slots is Norway’s power trio Magick Touch with their amazingly fun heavy metal chops on Blades, Chains, Whips & Fire and honestly if you don’t at least break a smirk to this you’re already dead and cold. We’re still in the low quantity time of the year but fear not as the quality you’ve just read about continues on just inside so snuggle up with a fire or blanket and turn it up.

Sinistro - Sangue Cassia

Sinistro – Sangue Cassia (Season of Mist) – doom

watain - trident wolf eclipse

Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse (Century Media Records) – black metal [full review]

Magick Touch - Blades, Chains, Whips and Fire

Magick Touch – Blades, Chains, Whips & Fire (Edged Circle Productions) – heavy metal

Also on tap:

Bestialord – Law of the Burning (Symbol of Domination / Cimmerian Shade) – heavy metal

Karabas Barabas – Sex With The Devil (Independent) – psych rock

Minneriket – Anima Sola (Akslen Black Art Records) – black metal

Narcos Family Band – Pink Blues, EP (King Pizza Records) – punk

Rabitrup – SWVMPS II (Independent) – noise / electronic

Shining – X – Varg Utan Flock (Season of Mist) – black metal

Summoning – With Doom We Come (Napalm Records) – black metal

Trigger – Cryogenesis (Hellfire Records) – melodic prog metal

Vhorthax – Nether Darkness (Iron Bonehead) – black / death

– Josh

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