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

Initial Descent: June 18 – 24, 2017

Tyrannosorceress
Tyrannosorceress – photo courtesy of Kathleen Kennedy

Another week, another dollar…er…another day, another dollar. Yea whatever, you get the idea, another week has slipped by us and here we are on the best day of the week with tons of new metal to soundtrack whatever it is you’ll be doing. Tyrannosorceress kicks us off in style with their black metal debut Shattering Light’s Creation, never mind the name just dig in…pronto. Next up is Ex Eye from the experimental, jazzy and seemingly otherworldly supergroup of sorts, Ex Eye, and if you happen to be in the market for something different this is the one to fit that bill. Moving along, everyone’s favorite industrial/noise/black metal group american return with their second full length Violate and Control and put quite simply — it’s a pulsating beast of an album. Filling out the opening slots is France’s Skelethal with their classically inspired yet crushingly heavy death metal debut Of the Depths… So there you have it with the top slots, keep diving for so much more that could have easily been at the top of this list. But, we can only fit so many you know? Anyway, until next week… Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 9 – 15, 2017

Craven Idol
Craven Idol

Well, we’ve made it to the eve of Easter. For you youngsters out there be mindful of time as it happens and seize the moment, you will get older and time will fly by so fast you’ll miss everything. Speaking of seizing the moment, there’s tons of great metal to enjoy this week so let’s get to it. Craven Idol lead us off with their second full length of blackened thrash, The Shackles of Mammon — full review and interview links are moments away and worth every second of your time to investigate. Next up is Vaiya with their mesmerizing take on atmospheric black metal and first proper full length Remnant Light. Moving on, Buckshot Facelift melt ears, faces and everything else within hearing distance with their heady mix of death metal, grindcore and powerviolence on Ulcer Island. Hexis show us how blackened hardcore violence is properly put to tape on Tando Ashanti, and old school thrashers Blood Feast are back with their first release in 28 years, The Future State of Wicked, and honestly you have no idea how much you’ve missed them until you hit play on this wicked good album, get it — trust me. As usual there’s much more in store to take up all your time so feel free to stay as long as you like and sample everything there is to offer, after the jump. Continue reading

Album Review: Midnight – “Shox of Violence”

Midnight - Shox of Violence

Midnight is back. The blackened heavy metal punk thrashers have returned with a new release care of Hells Headbangers called Shox of Violence. Shox of Violence features five new tracks and a host of live and/or unreleased tracks that includes Venom, Quiet Riot, and The Spits covers amongst others. This is a compilation and not a new full-length release. If that prompts you to think that this won’t be a fun headbanging ride then you’re sadly mistaken. Midnight knows fans are salivating for new material from the band after the release of No Mercy for Mayhem, and fan-favorite and critically acclaimed album, Satanic Royalty. Shox of Violence features some new material, and the rest of the album is as enjoyable as any you’ll find from a band’s compilation of b-sides. The truth is that Midnight is one of the best bands in the business, and they do nothing but rock, thrash and punk out twenty-five short but catchy tracks of live-take violence. 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