Initial Descent: July 9 – 15, 2017

Expulsion
Expulsion – pic courtesy of Jay Valena

Alright so, I hope you took my advice last week and really listened to something you found. And, I hope you’ll do the same this week as we have much more to get into here on Initial Descent. We all have to have an outlet — a way to just bang it out, you know? And a way to escape and have a little fun from time to time. Well, we’ve got just the thing in our lead off spot with the full length debut, Nightmare Future, from the mega-super-group Expulsion — a raucous good time with members of Repulsion, Exhumed, Phobia and more, get it. Moving on is the split 12″, Procession of the Equinox, from the absolute masterminds of current folk/atmospheric black metal, Twilight Fauna and Evergreen Refuge — a monster of an album that is a must own. Next up is NZ’s Vesicant with their bombastic blackened death metal debut Shadows of Cleansing Iron and closing out the opening spots is Boris with Dear, this amazing band triumphantly returns with their personal brand of rock, drone and experimental soundscapes and again, a must own. So, we are already loaded for bear but as usual this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg — keep reading and keep listening… Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 2 – 8, 2017

skyeater
Skyeater

All of a sudden it’s July. Half the year gone and I don’t know where it went but alas we have a full plate of metal for you this week here on Initial Descent. And I offer you a challenge: pick one or two of these and really give them a listen, I mean REALLY concentrate and not only hear it but feel it. No better place to start than with the jaw dropping black metal/atmospheric doom debut, The Maw of Time, from Skyeater. Next up is NZ’s Heresiarch with their war torn blackened death metal on Death OrdinanceInvocation Spells return with their third full length, The Flame of Hatewhich finds them further refining their black metal/thrash attack and it’s a barnburner, closing out the top slots is the part cinematic score and part new album from MelvinsA Walk With Love & Death, and while it’s true their discography is deep there’s no better time to climb onboard than now — so do that. Read beyond these four to find much more to sink your teeth into and don’t forget about the challenge, feel free to report back on your findings. Continue reading

Interview: Elder Devil On Their Beginnings, Lyrical Meanings and Influences

Elder Devil
Elder Devil

Hailing from Fresno, CA, Elder Devil dropped a nuclear debut of grind/crust/sludge back in May titled Graves Among the Roots — six tracks of razor sharp hate best consumed at maximum volume. And the artwork, as you’ll see below, was done by none other than Ethan Lee McCarthy from Primitive Man. Since Elder Devil sound like a sped up version of that band it is definitely fitting (more on that to come). Band submissions are a good thing and this release hit our inbox sans label and sans PR but it kicked like a mule, needless to say we were impressed and had to find out more about the band and album. So we sent over some questions and as you’ll see below they were more than gracious with their answers. Read on to see what they had to say and hit the link to purchase this amazing debut. Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 25 – July 1, 2017

Witch Vomit
Witch Vomit

By the time you read this I’ll be somewhere between Florida and my hometown returning from a much needed vacation, very sunburned but very relaxed. Well…except for that whole “returning to the real world” and the plethora of idiots that populate the road ways who will inevitably be in my craw. But, I digress. It’s another week of mucho metal here on Initial Descent so let’s not delay any longer. Kicking things off, Oregon’s Witch Vomit return for another (short) round of killer death metal on Poisoned Blood, Weregoat get bestial and downright nasty on their debut full length Pestilential Rites of Infernal Fornicationkeeping with the theme established thus far is Pig’s Blood with their debut full length Pig’s Blood which offers little in the way of good feelings and rounding out the top slots is Weapönizer with their second full length Lawless Age which features a wicked amalgamation of black metal, thrash and crossover. An overall brutal way to start a Saturday but as always there’s so much more to check out right after the jump. So go, now. Continue reading

Album Review: Witch Vomit – “Poisoned Blood” (MLP)

Witch Vomit - Poisoned Blood

Not sure how many of you were/are privy to Witch Vomit‘s 2016 debut full length A Scream From the Tomb Below but it was, and is, old school worship with an aggressive and foul soul that rules. Fast forward a year and they’ve returned with the Poisoned Blood MLP on none other than 20 Buck Spin. We touched on the whole “bringing the classics back to life in style” with Skelethal last week and Aposento a couple weeks back yet, here we are with another album full of grin inducing death metal that goes straight for the jugular. Continue reading