Initial Descent: February 12 – 18, 2017

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Frowning’s Val Atra Niteris

Another week and another mass of new metal here on Initial Descent. Did you make it through Valentines ok? Well, if you did or if you didn’t we have a home for you here with tons of new and exciting stuff to dig into so lets get right to it. Funeral doom titans Frowning offer up their second full length of phenomenally executed grief on Extinct, Sunlight’s Bane go straight for the jugular on their utterly terrifying blackened grind debut The Blackest Volume: Like All the Earth Was Buried, Obitus go long with a single track but go heavy on relentlessly vicious black metal on Slaves of the Vast Machine and Stinking Lizaveta continue their adventurous journey through instrumental compositions of doom, stoner, rock and many other genres on Journey To the UnderworldAs usual that’s just the tip of the iceberg so dive in as there’s so much great stuff to get into this week and spoiler alert: the sheer amount of quality is going to get ridiculous from here on out. Ready, set, go… Continue reading

Album Review: Sunlight’s Bane – “The Blackest Volume”

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The world can be a dark place. Often in music we seek solace in songs of comfort and calm. But none of us would be here if we also didn’t find refuge in art that takes the darkness of the world and magnifies it. Heavy music can bring about catharsis like no other, and sometimes you just have to find the darkest, most punishing sounds available to try to get your head back on straight. Michigan’s own Sunlight’s Bane are here to live up to their name, and bring you just such an album, one so pitch black and full of spite that not even the warmth of daylight can touch it, The Blackest Volume. Continue reading