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: Spectral Voice – “Eroded Corridors of Unbeing”

spectral voice eroded corridors of unbeing

Its hard to exist in the underground metal scene and not hear about the great things coming out of Denver, CO.   Across the spectrum of metal, bands like Khemmis, Glacial Tomb, Primitive Man, and Blood Incantation, as well as labels like Dark Descent Records, are making the Rocky Mountain city a haven for metal fans.  Among this new contingent is Spectral Voice, a band who has been content, until now, to gather attention through a steady series of splits and EP’s.  Now the band is set to release their debut full-length Eroded Corridors of Unbeing and capitalize on that momentum. 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

Album Review: Heresiarch – “Death Ordinance”

Heresiarch - Death Ordinance

New Zealand is often credited as one of the best places to go to seek out the gnarliest death metal available.  Particularly, the trio of Diocletian, Witchrist, and Heresiarch have been giving me exactly the kind of churning blackened death metal that I hold so very dear.  Though Heresiarch’s output has been less prolific than their counterparts, their discography embodies the ethos of quality over quantity.  Now, however, the band breaks silence with their latest and best offering ever, Death Ordinance.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 7 – 13, 2017

John Frum
John Frum

Another week bites the dust and in case you missed it we’ve had some good stuff on the site this week: news, Nine Circles ov…Easing Back Into Power Metal, Profile, reviews and of course the official weekend starting Evcharist. Feel free to take all that in while you browse all the new metal that’s out this week and spoiler alert: good stuff contained within. Bringing progressive death metal, that actually is progressive (as in moving the genre forward), is John Frum with their debut A Stirring In the Noos and from start to finish this thing will amaze even the most hardened of death metal fan. Next up is Merchant with their second full length of extremely moving and densely layered doom metal, Beneath. Doom fans get on this asap. Summoner summons up the kind of hard driving guitar rock that will appeal to anyone that stirs at the mere sound of a guitar on Beyond the Realm of Light, got a road trip coming up? YOU NEED THIS. Wormwitch strike black n roll gold on their crazy good debut Strike Mortal Soil and the same can be said of debut full length Dysangelium from Sweden’s Ensnared which is an excellent outing of tangled and discordant death metal, a definite must hear. There you have it folks, all that and much more just beyond that ‘continue reading’ button.  Continue reading