Initial Descent: April 29 – May 5, 2018


I’ve talked here before…or maybe in another piece, I can’t remember (old and I’ve slept since then)…about how much more music means when there’s true progression. I”m not talking about your textbook switching up riffs or blasts, I’m talking true forward movement. Since the calendar ticked over to 2018 I’ve been extremely pleased with the amount of artists doing just that. Seriously, it’s been a blast and there’s been at least a handful of artists each week that shine brighter than ever in that regard. Color me tickled. Anyway, more of that this week as we jump in with Ihsahn‘s Àmr in which he continues to forge his visionary and exemplary progressive black-ish metal. For those of you with promos, go directly to the actual release and be amazed at the difference in sound. Next up is Thou who are getting some ridiculous criticism for actually doing something different (shame on you internet) on The House Primordial which is slow and scathing with its noise backbone. Listen, Thou haven’t changed, they’ve only grown more vicious so lay off it. Continuing with Corpse Flower Records’ stellar tribute albums, this week sees release of the Samhain tribute We All Want Our Time In Hell which is ridiculously good and features a killer cross section of artists — any fan of Samhain or metal in general would do well to pick this up. Last up in the opening slots this week is NYC’s Aeviterne with their swirling death metal on debut EP Sireless — membership here touches Castevet, Tombs, Flourishing and Artificial Brain so you already know it’s a treat for the ears. Get on that. Pushing boundaries all around with these four but there’s so much more waiting below. Hop to it.

ihsahn - ámr

Ihsahn – Àmr (Candlelight Records) – black / progressive [full review]

thou the house primordial

Thou – The House Primordial (Robotic Empire) – doom / noise [feature review]


Various Artists – We All Want Our Time In Hell – Samhain Tribute (Corpse Flower Records) – punk / metal [full review]

Aeviterne - Sireless

Aeviterne – Sireless, EP (P2 Recordings) – avantgarde death metal

Also on tap:

Adversvm – Aion Sitra Ahra (Iron Bonehead) – funeral doom

Archelon – Tribe of Suns (Sludgelord Records) – progressive sludge

Axminister – The Crucible of Sin, EP (Independent) – heavy metal

Bodies on Everest – A National Day of Mourning (Third I Rex) – drone/noise

Boghaunter – Writhe, EP (Seeing Red Records) – doom

Bong – Thought and Existence (Ritual Productions) – doom / drone

Cyclopean Blood Temple – Unholy Union, EP (Independent) – grind / hardcore

Darkest Color – Deal With Pain (No Remorse Records) – thrash

Dead Cross – S/T, EP (Ipecac) – hardcore

Dead Season – Prophecies (Dissonances Music) – progressive metal

Death. Void. Terror. – To the Great Monolith (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Depravity – Evil Upheaval (Transcending Obscurity Records) – death metal

DI’Aul – Nobody’s Heaven (Argonauta Records) – stoner / sludge

Dod Beverte – Polarination (Independent) – industrial

Ecstatic Vision – Under the Influence, EP (Heavy Psych Sounds) – rock

Fallen Angels – Even Priest Knows (Sliptrick) – 80s glam rock

Faus – Apestate (Blackhouse Records) – punk
Katari – Ave, Rex Ivdaeorvm! (From Deepest Records) – black metal

Lik – Carnage (Metal Blade Records) – death metal

Manacle – No Fear To Persevere (No Remorse Records) – heavy metal / speed

Moloch – The Other Side (Via Nocturna) – dark synth

Monsterworks – Scale and Probability (Eat Lead and Die Music) – heavy metal

Necroracle – MMXVII (Caligari Records) – blackened death metal

Nekrokraft – Servants (The Sign Records) – black / thrash

Ommadon – End Times (Dry Cough / At War With False Noise / DGRecords / Medusa Crush) – doom

Orgullo Nativo – Entre el campo de batallo (Morbid Skull Records) – speed / thrash

Professor Black – You Bastard! (Ektro) – heavy metal

Raven Throne – I Miortvym Snicca Zolak (Non Serviam) – atmospheric black metal

Ride The Sun / The Trikes – The Second Coming of Heavy, Chapter VIII (Ripple Music) – psych rock

Ruach Raah – Under the Insignia of Baphomet (War Arts Productions) – black metal

Subduer – Death Monolith (Dunkelheit Productions) – death / noise

The Ever Living – Herephemine (Chromism Records) – cinematic metal [premiere]

The Lazys – Tropical Hazards (Golden Robot Records) – rock

The Sloths – Dwarves Meet The Sloths (Eternal Sounds Records) – rock / punk

Thy Catafalque – Geometria (Season of Mist) – avantgarde

Trevor’s Head – Soma Holiday (APF Records) – stoner rock

Twilight – Trident Death Rattle, EP (Ascension Monuments Media) – black metal

Urfaust – The Constellatory Practice (Ván Records) – black / ritual

Vampillia – Happiness Brought By Endless Sorrow, EP (Temple of Torturous) – orchestral metal [full review]

Velo Misere – Genealogia del Eterno Desasosiego (Hexencave Productions) – black metal

Verilun – Through Fire…In the Sun (Sliptrick) – death / black

Voidthrone – Kur (Independent) – black / death

Wet Specimens – Demo 2018 (Independent) – hardcore

Wolvhammer – The Monuments of Ash & Bone (Blood Music) – black / sludge

– Josh

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