We’ve got another long list of metal this week so let’s jump right in — Boss Keloid return with Melted On the Inch which is vastly different from their last album but is without a doubt their best yet and consequently one of the most forward thinking metal albums you’re likely to hear. Even though Cist‘s The Frozen Casket has been out for a minute, this week’s expanded CD release is as good a time as any to pick up this slab of speedy OSDM, so get on that. Grá‘s Väsen is a healthy dose of primal black metal and Aura Noir, a band I wasn’t sure would ever return with an album, is back and exceptionally so on Aura Noire. It serves as a great reminder as to how much I’ve missed their thrashy black metal. There you have it, the lead off four. But there’s much more to get into this week so stick around as long as you want, we never close. Continue reading
Heavy music has some peerless blends, from black / death metal to stoner / sludge. Though strangely less common, the black / thrash metal subgenre boasts plenty of iconic performers. It’s a wide and debatable net that scoops up acts as divergent as Bathory, Voivod and Slayer in its universe.
Aura Noir, one of the forefathers of the sound, is owed some credit for lighting that flame and, to a degree, keeping it going. Especially with their latest Aura Noire. However, such can’t necessarily be judged by quantity, but rather quality. Continue reading
You know, my Dad was right; “son, as you get older time will pass like a fleeting breath and you have to take advantage while you can.” Truer words were never spoken as here we sit almost halfway through February and closing in on Valentines Day so I sure hope all you metalheads have thought about that. And if you haven’t GET ON IT, the wonderful love of your life won’t be happy if you’ve spent all your money on metal. Disclaimer: we are not responsible for your spending habits, we merely show you what’s out there so no complaining. Comprende? Cool, now lets get to it; Nidingr return with their fourth full length The High Heat Licks Against Heaven and its another beautiful notch in their avant-garde take on black metal but more than likely the best album title of the year, Wiegedood return with De Doden Hebben het Goed II and fully pull away from the atmospheric black metal pack by building a bigger and better beast than what we had with part I, right on cue and right when we need it the most Overkill return with their eighteenth full length The Grinding Wheel (EIGHTEENTH FULL LENGTH!!) and honestly they haven’t lost a step — if anything they just continue to get better so if anyone asks “what is metal” you can point them right here to this phenomenal album, and Dead Witches are upon us with their occult doom metal debut Ouija which is packed with all the goodies that discerning doom fans will love. All that and much more after the jump.
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
You will never hear anyone even remotely familiar with Sweden’s Cult of Luna making the accusation that they only make the same album over every time they enter the studio. Their career has been a showcase for artistic progression, from the cold desolation of Salvation to the earthen, rustic tones of Eternal Kingdom and a total about-face into near-industrial territory on Vertikal. It should be no surprise, then, that their collaborative album with Julie Christmas, entitled Mariner is an entirely new beast that stands apart. It’s a supremely haunting release that, with the addition of Christmas’s distinct vocal work, elevates Cult of Luna into uncharted territory. Continue reading