While the midterm elections and Dia Del Los Muertos are sure to give many opportunities for infernal sightings, the most thrilling of all this week on the black metal and death metal front may be in Berlin.
(The teenagers who allegedly planned to sacrifice classmates to Satan and drink their blood may be close, though.)
Nuclear War Now and Iron Bonehead are partnered up for the Never Surrender Festival, which began yesterday in Germany. The slate of bands is an impressive one: Temple Desecration, Faustcoven, Sabbat, Evil, Grave Upheaval, Blasphemy and Xibalba are just a few of the performers featured.
If you are reading this, chances are you missed your flight to Berlin and won’t be there. Never fear, because college radio station KFJC has got you covered with both a video and an audio feed of the festival. Watch the video stream here or if you prefer to just listen, the audio stream is here.
Because of time differences, those in North America will have virtually a full day of death metal and black metal concerts today and Saturday.
Satan is everywhere, that much is fact. Now that we’ve established that, we’re keeping it short and to the point this week with a music pick from Canada’s Malsanctum who released its self-titled debut earlier this month through Iron Bonehead. The group debuted in 2015 with a 24-minute single-track demo of primitive, atmospheric black metal. Its full length offers three tracks clocking in at more than 45 minutes. “The Father” stretches its funeral doom potential to new lengths — sometimes Satan likes it slow:
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 →