Initial Descent: October 6 – 12, 2019

Mortiferum
Mortiferum – photo courtesy of Carter Murdoch

Devils, Witches, Ghouls, Freaks, and Sinners it’s our time. October is the month where the freak flags fly, inhibitions are at their most transparent, and the most wicked, vile imaginations are out in full force. Take a step back and breathe in that crisp fall air whilst knowing that Devil’s Night is drawing nigh. Oh yea, all that and a bag of chips. New metal. We got it. You need it. GO…

Pacific Northwest death/doom dealers Mortiferum axe their way onto the scene with a dank ass debut that reaches into the chest cavity, grabs the beating heart, and eats it slowly, very slowly. Then, neatly cleans up and moves on to the next victim. Next, on yet another debut, Australia’s Carcinoid vomits forth a hellishly tortured landscape of putrid death metal nasty enough to make its own blood drenched horror movie. Moving on, extreme metal scene veterans Sammath return with their sixth full length of blackened death/war metal and it’s a smorgasbord of insanity just waiting for a victim. Last up top is Blut Aus Nord, whom I’m sure you’ve heard that their latest full length of otherworldly progressive black metal was leaked by some two-bit-asshole so they decided to unleash the digital and yes, you already know it rules. But now, the physical edition is upon us and woe be unto the souls that miss out. Just sayin’. Top four down, much more to come. FEAST… Continue reading

Album Review: Sol Sistere – “Extinguished Cold Light”

Sol Sistere - Extinguished Cold Light

As the seasons begin to shift once again, the yearning for black metal returns. I am a ‘summer black metal’ person – that is, I take the time to cram as much black metal as I can in a period of four months before I get sick of it. Then, the cycle repeats anew, and I yearn for the bleakness of a genre that doesn’t fit with the weather conditions I live in. It may sound like a bad idea, but when you’re feeling miserable, black metal can heighten that feeling and, for me, that is essential for getting through the summer. In order to pre-game that feeling before July begins, I decided to go back into my research roots and look into a band whose first full-length gave me hope many years ago. This leads to the bleak, incessant sounds of Sol Sistere and their newest release, Extinguished Cold Light. 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

Sepulchral Saturday: Windfaerer – “Tenebrosum”

windfaerer

I get tipped off to a lot of music I’ve completely missed or overlooked. Sometimes I go back and listen to a few such albums, but that’s the exception rather than the rule. Even less often I end up feeling compelled to write about something from the past. Yet, now is one of those times. Had I caught the latest from Windfaerer when it dropped in September of last year, it surely would have at least earned an honorable mention come the end of 2015. But it is only now that I am immersing myself in the incredible black metal sound Windfaerer have created in Tenebrosum. Everything you could appreciate about black metal is here, with just enough of a twist to make it hard to put away. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 15, 2016

Phew. We’ve had a few big weeks in a row, so I’m not gonna lie…it’s kinda nice to have a bit of a slower one this week. And also, I’m off work today, so I can actually catch up on some of this stuff! Anyway, “slower” doesn’t mean “slow,” though. There’s still a bunch of cool stuff dropping: from Swedish hardcore legends Victims (whom our own Manny-O-War just interviewed), to the debut full-length from Chicago death crew Nucleus. As you can see, this week’s no slouch — so let’s not waste any more time talking about it. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, April 15:
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