By the time this goes to print I’ll be on the way to a city I’ve never visited before to meet a good friend of mine to see a show full of bands that have been on my bucket list for years (more details on this to follow). Needless to say, I’m excited for all of it and in a great, party-time kind of mood. So, what better way to kick off Initial Descent than with the ass kicking metal/punk/thrash/crust offering, Sexual Panic Human Machine, from Finland’s Bonehunter — will be in my ears for the next several hours for sure. Next up is the deadly serious avantgarde black metal from MRTVI on Negative Atonal Dissonance (aptly titled). Third to bat is Gravesite with their second full length of old school and horror inspired death metal, Neverending Trail of Skulls. Last of the top spots but certainly not least is Paganizer with their tenth full length, Land of Weeping Souls — ten albums is a long time but these guys are more ferocious than they’ve ever been. As always though, this is just a taste of what lies ahead so cuddle up to your keyboard, duct tape those headphones to your ears and stay with us for a while.
Alright so, I hope you took my advice last week and really listened to something you found. And, I hope you’ll do the same this week as we have much more to get into here on Initial Descent. We all have to have an outlet — a way to just bang it out, you know? And a way to escape and have a little fun from time to time. Well, we’ve got just the thing in our lead off spot with the full length debut, Nightmare Future, from the mega-super-group Expulsion — a raucous good time with members of Repulsion, Exhumed, Phobia and more, get it. Moving on is the split 12″, Procession of the Equinox, from the absolute masterminds of current folk/atmospheric black metal, Twilight Fauna and Evergreen Refuge — a monster of an album that is a must own. Next up is NZ’s Vesicant with their bombastic blackened death metal debut Shadows of Cleansing Iron and closing out the opening spots is Boris with Dear, this amazing band triumphantly returns with their personal brand of rock, drone and experimental soundscapes and again, a must own. So, we are already loaded for bear but as usual this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg — keep reading and keep listening… Continue reading →
In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.
“Something old, something new.” Usually you hear that phrase at weddings, usually followed by “something borrowed and something blue.” Today I am officiating a marriage of two offerings of some of the filthiest death metal I have heard all year, two bands whose sound borrows from no one and whose albums will leave you anything but blue. Continue reading →
MDF week is upon us and while I can’t be there I know plenty of you that are. Hopefully soon I can live vicariously through your experiences, be safe and enjoy. For the rest of you, it’s another stacked week here on Initial Descent. And leading us off is the amazing prog/black/death metal debut Upon My Cremation Pyre from Jordablod. If you’ve ever heeded my advice I implore you to check this one out — scorching way to burst onto the scene here. Next up is Wode with their second full length Servants of the Countercosmos and as ridiculously good as their debut was this one is even better. The formula has been altered slightly but the results are astounding, count on this one staying the course the rest of the year. Sólstafir return with Bedreyminn and unshockingly they’ve done it yet again — blistering post rock collides with their signature metal style and it’s, simply put, bliss. Last of the top slots goes to Illustrations with Acts of God and if you missed out on this band’s debut do not make that mistake again. Hardcore is the foundation but many elements have been added to make this a heartfelt and colorful album, highly recommended. As usual, there is much more to sink your teeth into right after the jump… Continue reading →