Initial Descent: November 20 – 26, 2016

Witchery
Witchery
Eat too much? Drink too much? Well, it is that time of year so pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get ready for a smorgasbord of a different flavor today on Initial Descent. The flavor is metal and we have plenty to go around. For starters, Witchery is back to their thrashy, hook laden metal on In His Infernal Majesty’s Service, Heavydeath drop some of the best doom metal heard this year on their second full length In Circles We Die, Dischordia show us exactly what it means to truly be a progressive death metal band on Thanatopsis, Primordial continue their reign as one of heavy metal’s elite on their live album Gods To the Godless, and Scorched remind us that death metal is supposed to be horrific and gruesome as well as heavy and nasty on Echoes of Dismemberment. And all of this only scratches the surface of what this week has to offer so dive in and seek out, after the jump. Continue reading

Album Review: Witchery – “In His Infernal Majesty’s Service”

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one: band releases a gem of a debut that sounds different from the muddled mass of music vying for attention. Said band releases a couple more records the muddled masses rave over, then a few years later take a bit of a left turn. With each new album coming after increasingly expanding lengths of time the muddled masses mumble and mewl, yearning for the return to the vibe of the classic, earlier albums. And while I’m sure James and Lars are shedding copious tears because they’ve left their “true” fans behind, we’re actually talking about Witchery, who are probably going to have to weather the same bullshit from metal pundits over their new album In His Infernal Majesty’s Service. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 30 – November 5, 2016

Dark Tranquility
Dark Tranquillity

Well, it’s November all of a sudden and we are hours away from the dreaded time change, aka HELL. But also, mere days away from the election and hopefully all of the bitterness and vitriol will subside once this is over, maybe? Or maybe not? Anyway, on to the matter at hand, new metal to be exact. And — as usual — we have you covered here on Initial Descent. Melodic death metal veterans Dark Tranquillity return with their triumphant eleventh full length Atoma, Cóndor evokes classic heavy metal on Sangreal, on Utter the Tongue of the Dead, Void Meditation Cult scare the hell out of everyone with their extremely blackened death metal (yes, this tag is actually warranted for once), Vader keep the flame of death metal burning on The Empire, HammerFall continue their tradition of glorious power metal on Built To Last, and Deathspell Omega thankfully jumped the gun with the digital release of their glorious black metal EP, The Synarchy of Molten Bones. All that and much more to come, after the jump. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 25 – October 1, 2016

Winterfylleth
Winterfylleth

Here we are at the dawn of October. One of the finest months of the year, obviously. What better way to kick it off than with a stacked list of metal that is as varied as the many horror movies you need to watch over the next 31 days. Anyway, Initial Descent knows you need it so, this week we have the amazing new album The Dark Hereafter from Winterfylleth, a jazzy avant-garde self titled debut from Brain Tentacles, Okkultokrati‘s Raspberry Dawn that is satan rock at it’s finest and of course Sorceress from everyone’s favorite target Opeth. For everyone still mad about the whole no death metal thing, news flash, they’re still great. Also Veilburner returns with their third full length of inherently evil and challenging black/death/experimental The Obscene Rite and Halshug cracks the earth in half with their brutal new album Sort Sind. Plenty here for you to enjoy so without further delay, get busy after the jump. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 18 – 24, 2016

Neurosis
Neurosis

Anyone complaining that there hasn’t been a great week for metal thus far in 2016 needs to go immediately and start over, but there won’t be any complaining after this week. Mostly due to Neurosis‘ highly anticipated eleventh full length Fires Within Fires finally seeing the light of day. But that’s not all; Fatalist are back with their insanely good Swedeath saturated The Bitter End, Predatory Light further their black metal chaos on Predatory Light, Trap Them punch you in the mouth with their fifth album Crown Feral while Witchskull breaks out the bluesy doom on The Vast Electric Dark. Switching gears a bit, Dysrhythmia bends time on their progressive instru-metal album The Veil Of Control — let the dissecting begin. And last but not least, Insomnium‘s epic fifth full length Winter’s Gate is a blast. As stated, its another stacked week here on Initial Descent and literally, there’s something for everyone. So hit that ‘continue reading’ link. Continue reading