Initial Descent: November 12 – 18, 2017

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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: October 15 – 21, 2017

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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

Album Review: Pyrolatrous – “Teneral”

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In a world of regional scenes with established sounds, the scene in New York City seems to only be defined by its inability to be tied down.  From black metal like Yellow Eyes to the sci-fi technical death metal of Artificial Brain, one can find any number of different styles represented among the bands that call this densely populated city home.  Now seeing fit to join this illustrious ranks is Pyrolatrous, who are set to release their debut album Teneral on the population at large.   Continue reading

Album Review: Yellow Eyes – “Immersion Trench Reverie”

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Brooklyn, NY’s Yellow Eyes should be a name you’re familiar with by now.  The group has quietly been releasing some of the best and most inimitable black metal the world over since 2012.  Poised now to release their fourth full-length album, Immersion Trench Reverie, the band stands to outdo themselves once more, creating something that lives up to its title well: an album that is both deep and immersive. Continue reading