Initial Descent: September 23 – 29, 2018

Hexripper

Blasting into this week with a movie that if you’re a horror fan, is an absolute must: Mandy. You may have heard the hubbub over this thing but I’m here to tell you said hubbub is on point. I won’t spoil it but Nicolas Cage is a beast and there’s a nod to Celtic Frost. Grab it on your favorite VOD platform and get ready to come unhinged. Now, for what you came for: new metal and there’s a heaping platter of it this week so let’s jump in the fire…

Opening this week’s festivities is an album that dropped late last week but I’m including it here because it blew me away with its ferocious nod to the kings of heavy metal but one that we, as heavy metal fans, desperately need to remind us that staying grounded to our roots is extremely important so go immediately and grab a copy of Hexripper’s Demo 2018 – I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun with five songs or the last time I felt such a joyous rush of nostalgia. Next up is Bonehunter with their third full length Children of the Atom and if speed metal laced with black and punk interests you then this is a no-brainer – kick the tires and light the fires folks, the band certainly did here. Ambient black metallers From the Bogs of Aughiska grace us with quite possibly their best, darkest and harshest effort yet with Mineral Bearing Veins which still has my jaw planted firmly on the floor, just sayin’. Closing out these top four with a bang is Valdrin who return with their second full length of occult mythology by way of blackened death metal, Two Carrion Talismans.

So, there’s a peek but this list is longer than we’ve had in recent weeks and all we got is time – I mean, what else are you going to do on a Monday that’s better than this?! Get in there and click those links. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 8 – 13, 2017

Enslaved
Enslaved

Good bourbon and good metal go hand in hand. Either can strike a chord immediately or simmer over time as layers and nuances are slowly peeled back. However, it’s pure magic when you can experience both at the same time but I digress, there’s a ton of metal to cover today so, shall we? Leading us off this week is the triumphant return of black metal giants Enslaved with their fourteenth full length E and whether immediate or over time, this album is astounding. Next up, Spectral Voice‘s debut Eroded Corridors of Unbeing is a hefty beast of a death metal album that fully warrants the attention it has received. Moving along, grind / death / doomsters The King Is Blind return with their second full length We Are the Parasite, We Are the Cancer and heavy handedly topple their debut and closing out the opening slots, Gloam offer up an exceptional EP, Death is the Beginningthat pushes their brand of black metal even further with a hint of thrash and doom. With all that said, it would be a great week with just those four but we are a long way from being done — so get after it… Continue reading

Album Review: Gloam – “Death is the Beginning” EP

Gloam - Death Is the Beginning

Sometimes a band comes out of nowhere and slams you with an unexpected impact.  That was Gloam for me last year with their debut full length Hex of Nine Heads, a fully charged battery of vicious dynamic black metal.  I wasn’t expecting anything else for a while, so while it’s almost too brief a stay, I’m more than happy to put their new EP Death is the Beginning on repeat as many times as needed to get through the day.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: January 29 – February 4, 2017

Tomb Mold
Tomb Mold

Yesterday was the first time I’ve ever seen Bandcamp actually slower than a sack of turtles. But that just means that TONS of you showed up for a cause and did your thing. In case you missed out on what I’m referring to one of our own, Chris, has the details right here and with any luck some of today’s Initial Descent albums made the rounds in all the gifting. With that said, lets get on with it: Tomb Mold melt eardrums with their first full length Primordial Malignancy and what a sweet death metal sound it is, Iron Reagan are back with their crossover thrash on the aptly titled Crossover Ministry, re-issues don’t generally make top billing but The Mist‘s debut from way back in 1989, Phantasmagoria, has just done it and rightfully so — the album is a thrash masterpiece and will hopefully get the recognition it so deserves, and Dying Whale rounds out the top end with Last Moments of Misery — for reference points think about what it would sound like if sludge metal and hardcore fought in a razor wired cage with knives and hammers, yea blood everywhere. And just like that, this week is yet another stacked high with quality but we have so much more in store after the jump. Continue reading

Album Review: Tomb Mold – “Primordial Malignancy”

tomb-mold-primordial-malignancy

Sometimes a band’s career is a slow build to something great and sometimes a band comes bursting out of the gate already on fire. Tomb Mold sit squarely in the latter category. The band stands poised to drop Primordial Malignancy, their first full length album and third release in just shy of a year. This frantic pace may seem rushed to some, but Tomb Mold prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that their attack is calculated.
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