Initial Descent: January 21 – 27, 2018

Tribulation
Tribulation – photo courtesy of Ester Segarra

Busy week around these parts but at least it was good and a little warmer. Almost got spring fever but who am I kidding? Cold is coming back, blah. Must enjoy it while it’s here and speaking of enjoyment, we’ve got plenty of it in this edition of Initial Descent. Starting things off is Down Below from Tribulation which has absolutely consumed me and just when I thought their brand of black tinged goth inspired metal / rock couldn’t get any better it did and impressively so. Next up is Australia’s ultra experimental death metal band Portal with their latest mind bender IonAbyssal Vacuum gives us three songs of extremely complex yet fully hypnotic black metal on MMXVII and Somali Yacht Club (love that name!) create an album’s worth of pure escape and bliss on The Sea, seriously, this band knows how to milk atmosphere and stretch out melodies. GREAT start but as usual we have so much more to explore so get comfy, grab a drink and hang with us for a while.

tribulation down below

Tribulation – Down Below (Century Media) – black / progressive metal [full review]

portal ion

Portal – Ion (Profound Lore) – death metal [full review]

abyssal vacuum mmxvii

Abyssal Vacuum – MMXVII (Solar Asceticists Productions) – black metal [feature]

Somali Yacht Club - The Sea

Somali Yacht Club – The Sea (Robustfellow Productions) – progressive rock [full review]

Also on tap:

Accuser – The Mastery (Metal Blade) – thrash metal

Agrimonia – Awaken (Southern Lord) – progressive / death metal [full review]

Alestorm – Captain Morgan’s Revenge – 10th Anniversary Edition (Napalm Records) – pirate metal

Anguish – Magna Est Vis Siugnah (High Roller Records) – doom metal

Apophys – Devoratis (Ultimate Massacre Productions) – death metal

Arcaeon – Balance, EP (Independent) – tech / prog / deathcore

Archaic Tomb – Congregations for Ancient Rituals (Caligari Records) – black / death

Atala – Labyrinth of Ashmedai (Salt of the Earth Records) – sludge / doom

Bind Torture Kill – Viscères (WOOAAARGH) – post-hardcore

Beldam – Pasung (Horror Pain Gore Death) – doom / sludge

Black Space Riders – Amoretum Vol. 1 (Black Space Records) – rock

Centuries – The Lights Of This Earth Are Blinding (Southern Lord) – hardcore punk

Communion – At the Announcement (Hells Headbangers / Sinister Flame) – heavy metal

Communion – The Communion (Hells Headbangers) – heavy metal

DateMonthYear – March, Single (Independent) – pop / rock

Dead River Runs Dry – Hierophants of the Storm (Static Tension Recordings) – black / death

Death Keepers – Rock This World (Fighter Records) – heavy metal

Ectoplasma – Cavern of Foul Beings (Memento Mori) – death metal

Faal – Desolate Grief (Ván Records) – black / death

Fallen Utopia – Disequilibrium (Cursed Records) – death metal

Grethor – Damnatio Memoriae (Edgewood Arsenal) – extreme metal

Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (Season of Mist) – death / doom

Howling Sycamore – S/T (Prosthetic Records) – progressive metal

Hundred Year Old Man – REI, EP (Wolves and Vibrancy Records) – post-metal / doom

Mammoth Grinder – Cosmic Crypt (Relapse Records) – death metal

Mary and the Ram – The Cross, Single (Anonymous Records) – americana

M.R. James – Casting the Runes (Cadabra Records) – horror / spoken word

Nebula – Let It Burn, Reissue (Heavy Psych Sounds) – psych rock

New Years Day – Diary of a Creep, EP (Century Media) – alternative

Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs (Century Media) progressive metal

Philip H Amselmo & The Illegals – Choosing Mental Illness as a Virtue (Housecore Records) – extreme metal

Primal Rite – Dirge of Escapism (Revelation) – hardcore / thrash

Rapture – Paroxysm of Hatred (Memento Mori) – death / thrash

Regnvm Animale – Brinna / Norn – Brenna (Bulvan Bolag) – black / crust

Rotheads – Sewer Fiends (Memento Mori) – death metal

Sanguine Moon – What Shadows Once Hid… (Folkvangr Records) – ambient black metal

Slow – V – Oceans (code666) – funeral doom

Storm of Particles – Gaea Hypothesis (Independent) – melodic death metal

The Dead Centuries – Race Against Time (Independent) – progressive metal

The Sleeper – Apparatus (ASTAT Entertainment) – post metal

Untervoid – S/T (Osmose Productions) – death metal

Vantablack Warship – Abrasive Pulmonic Speak (Independent) – blackened hardcore

Vargrav – Netherstorm (Werewolf Records) – black metal

Vinide – Reveal (Inverse Records) – symphonic metal

– Josh

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