Initial Descent: December 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019

Feral
Feral

‘Tis the season for hopes and dreams (aka: new years resolutions) that fly by like memories on the hard drive of some tragic half human, half robot that’s been beat up and spit out over the course of too many attempts to recreate a life that once was. If you subscribe to this line of thinking, stick to it and see where it leads but don’t half-ass it. New metal? Yes, we got it and just in time after the big purge of eoy lists. What’s up this week? Read on…

Let’s get this started with a very late December release that trips the filthy, nasty  Swedeath trigger and while Feral isn’t reinventing the wheel on Flesh For Funerals Eternal they are keeping the stream everflowing. Vanha returns with an incredible sophomore effort on the mournfully dark Melancholia and brutal death metallers Meathook break a long silence with the fetid gore of Crypts, Coffins, Corpses – yes, it sounds exactly as the title suggests.

Quantity will return in the coming week or so but this is a great batch of releases to shake the holiday gluttony and get your head in the game for what’s to come. Sink below to kick off 2019 and don’t forget: if you commit, don’t quit. Continue reading

Album Review: Siniestro – “Arctic Blood” (EP)

Siniestro - Arctic Blood

Blackened thrash, a term to these ears that goes together like bacon cheese burger or Imperial Stout (or PB and J for the kiddies).  Such is the musical stylings donned by Sweden’s Siniestro, who have arrived in time for the holiday season to bring you their new EP Arctic Blood.  The question is will Siniestro’s brand of fast n’ evil up your holiday jeer? Kind of yes and kind of…well, read on. Continue reading

Profile: Ken Romlin and Henric Liljesand of Blackened Death Metallers Night Crowned

Night Crowned

The fact that Night Crowned‘s debut EP, Humanity Will Echo Out, is as melodic with its death metal as it is blackened is no surprise given the lineage of its members; The Crown, Nightrage, Cipher System and Dark Funeral. You wouldn’t be remiss in assuming what these three tracks should sound like. However, the big surprises here are how ultra-melodic and ridiculously catchy it is along with how laser sharp and crystal clear the production sounds. It really sets a huge soundstage for the band and absolutely nothing is missed or buried along its quick sixteen minute run time. Just ahead of the November 30 release date we had a chance to ask vocalist Ken Romlin and bassist Henric Liljesand our set of Profile questions to find out more — read on to see what they had to say. Continue reading

Initial Descent: December 10 – 16, 2017

midnight 2017
Midnight

We’re another week closer to slamming the book on 2017 and we do hope you’ve been enjoying list season thus far. For what it’s worth, we certainly have been and our staff lists will start rolling out in the coming days so stay tuned. But for now it’s another jam packed week of metal and the quantity here squashes any thoughts of new releases slowing just because it’s December. Leading us off this week is the metal / punk / let the good times roll Midnight on Sweet Death and Ecstasy. This band just continues to rule and have always reminded of the era when rock n’ roll was considered dangerous and an instrument of Satan himself — this album amps up that feeling and is one hell of great time. Next up is Ghastly Sound with their second EP of the year, The Bottom — think 90s hard rock mixed with death, sludge and stoner metal but with a killer singer. Moving on, the mechanized and industrious black metal attack of Iperyt‘s The Patchwork Gehinnom reminds us that industrial and black metal do indeed make the perfect pair. Rounding out the opening slots is Deathmarch‘s Dismember EP and in case the chainsaw on the cover doesn’t give it away, it’s full of gnarly death metal that will appease even the most hardened death metal fan. What’s next? You know the drill, get in there and explore. Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 12 – 18, 2017

frowning
Frowning’s Val Atra Niteris

Another week and another mass of new metal here on Initial Descent. Did you make it through Valentines ok? Well, if you did or if you didn’t we have a home for you here with tons of new and exciting stuff to dig into so lets get right to it. Funeral doom titans Frowning offer up their second full length of phenomenally executed grief on Extinct, Sunlight’s Bane go straight for the jugular on their utterly terrifying blackened grind debut The Blackest Volume: Like All the Earth Was Buried, Obitus go long with a single track but go heavy on relentlessly vicious black metal on Slaves of the Vast Machine and Stinking Lizaveta continue their adventurous journey through instrumental compositions of doom, stoner, rock and many other genres on Journey To the UnderworldAs usual that’s just the tip of the iceberg so dive in as there’s so much great stuff to get into this week and spoiler alert: the sheer amount of quality is going to get ridiculous from here on out. Ready, set, go… Continue reading