Initial Descent: November 12 – 18, 2017

lady beast band
Lady Beast

By the time you read this piece next week we will all be in a turkey coma and waiting to see who moves first on getting the hundreds of boxes down for decorations and such. It’s a standoff, everyone in the room will be hoping you’ll do it while you hope they do it. Good times indeed. But for this week we have another sizable load of metal for your ears to get wrapped around so let’s get to it. First up is glorious NWOBHM meets thrash of Lady Beast‘s sophomore album Vicious Breed which is raucous good time, next up is the varied and all-encompassing palate of death metal, noise rock and post-metal on Last Bastion of Cowardice from Northless, Cavalera Conspiracy return with their fourth full length Psychosis and honestly I’m not sure what I was expecting but this far exceeds anything I was anticipating, let’s just say: the roots are revisited and this thing is an absolute must and closing out the top slots is Daxma with their stunning post-metal meets doom metal approach on The Head Which Becomes the SkullAs usual, we’re not even close to being done so get in there and enjoy… Continue reading

Initial Descent: November 5 – 11, 2017

Vitriol
Vitriol – courtesy of Charlotte Gane

Darkness falls way too early now and it feels as though there’s not enough time to get anything done. Yea, I’m complaining a bit but honestly I hate the time change. But on the plus side, this is the time of year I always seem to revisit some of my favorite frostbitten and grim metal albums but also revel in finding new favorites as well. And with that let’s get to it. Leading us off this week is the astounding Pain Will Define Their Death EP from death metallers Vitriol and believe me when I say these three tracks WILL turn your head, Cloak offer up their charred and extremely addictive take on heavy metal with debut To Venomous DepthsSomnuri also offer up a great full length debut with Somnuri which is sludgy, noisy, heavy and forward thinking — hard to pin down but fun to try, and Swedeath torch runners Under the Church return with their second full length Supernatural Punishment which, astoundingly, bests their ridiculously good debut. Well, I’m off to see Primitive Man and life is good. Dive in and stick around for awhile, there is much to explore… Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 29 – November 4, 2017

Throne of Heresy
Throne of Heresy

That chill in the air signifies the landscape surrounding us has begun its slow progression towards death. It also means that you need to sharpen your fire making skills because seriously, there’s nothing better than a crisp night under the stars with thought provoking metal and a roaring fire. With that, let’s begin: grim, frostbitten, technical and majestic all describe the black metal found on Throne of Heresy’s third full length Decameron, the heavy metal freight train that is Sweden’s Ram continues to barrel mightily down the tracks on Rod, on third full length and Colin Marston produced IAO 269 death metallers Corpse Garden show a new, outstanding, experimental side we’ve yet to hear and putting the final squeeze on this Halloween season is Autumns Eyes with their Type O Negative vibed Ending Life Slowly — dark, gloomy, goth tinged with a pinch of melodic death metal equates to a ton of fun here. Cozy up with us by this amazing fire we started (with lighter fluid, shhh – our secret) and explore all that this week has to offer… Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 22 – 28, 2017

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All Pigs Must Die

Last one of these before Halloween. So, who are you parading around town as? I’m going as myself, straight from work. Should be fun. Get your horror movies on this weekend people, seriously. I tip my hat to all of you that I see on social media getting it done — handful of nights left to go, DO NOT let us down. Anyway, lots of metal here on Initial Descent this week: All Pigs Must Die place a nasty drillbit made of hardcore squarely in the temple on Hostage AnimalBlut Aus Nord slice the rib cage wide open with a machete of black metal on Deus Salutis MeaeDeathCrawl peels the skin back painfully slow with sludgy fingertips on Acceptable Level of Misery and Mendacium severs limbs then uses them to beat the blackened dead to a pulp on Decimating Titans. Sounds fun right? Of course it does. But that’s not all, we have much more fun lying in wait. Head inside and see for yourself — you never know what might be lurking around the corner… Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 15 – 21, 2017

Hallatar
Hallatar

As we edge closer to the end of the year the trend in long lists of new releases continues. But one thing that has remained consistent is the quality, for the most part, of these releases week to week. This week is no different here on Initial Descent and expect this trend to continue in the coming weeks. Leading us off is the emotionally stirring debut No Stars Upon the Bridge from atmospheric doom metallers Hallatar, many names you’ll recognize from this group: Amorphis, Trees of Eternity and HIM so be sure to check this one out. Next up is Amenra who continue their very distinct vision of sonic depth, dark spirituality and uncompromising heaviness on Mass VI and again, do not miss it. Moving right along is the debut Teneral from NY’s Pyrolatrous who very successfully combine black and death metal in a unique way. Finishing up the top spots this week is the doom duo Bell Witch with their mammoth one-song opus Mirror Reaper and they actually pull it off. One-song albums are a bit of a chance to say the least but also a marathon if there’s not enough substance but that’s not the case here, grab some popcorn and dig in. Like I said, the quality is already apparent but it also lies in the quantity that follows so stick around and enjoy it. Continue reading