Lost in the icy wilderness of this world are barren husks of men and women who attempt to escape the modern day world’s paralyzing dysphoria. Not much is different with black metal mastermind Shatraug – one man band of entities Sargeist, Horna and others. Refuge from canopies of red-light districts and predatory after-hours bars full of merciless hunters of the human heart, the icy north is humanity’s last frontier for sanctum from the desolate soulless depths of modern civilization. Enter Shatraug’s latest project Mortualia, and that assumption becomes quite evident on Wild, Wild Misery.
Welcome to the first-ever Monday edition of Initial Descent! That’s right, with new releases now dropping on Fridays across the music industry, there’s no such thing as “new release Tuesday” anymore. (Pour one out!)
This new release global date *is* going to make things a little weird with the podcast, which we still record on Wednesdays, but…we’ll deal with that another time. For now, here are the new albums from last Friday’s crop that we’ll be talking about on this week’s episode!
When analyzing and discussing black metal work, a crucial aspect of what defines an album’s quality is the atmosphere it constructs. In a genre so organic and raw in its origin, the emotional environment an album creates around its listener is integral to determining which albums end up more memorable than others. With that, enter Vardan. The one-man Sicilian project’s latest release, Winter Woods, surrounds listeners in a way that ensures they won’t soon forget the experience.
Over the course of my life—and especially over the last few years—I’ve heard numerous takes on black metal emerging from around the world. It’s a sub-genre that lends itself to diversity and experimentation, allowing for plenty of regional influences to take hold in a band’s sound. However, one area that I have failed to explore with any significance is the Mediterranean. It just isn’t an area I think about when the words “grim” or “kvlt” come to mind. Well, Abhor have proven me ignorant. With Rituale Stramonium, we are offered a sound that is more organic and pure than anything I’ve heard in quite some time.
It’s new release Tuesday—time for another edition of Just the Tip! Here are the new releases (and old release) we’ll be discussing on the podcast this week!
February 17, 2015
Solium Fatalis – The Undying Season (Galy Records)
Soooo…this thing isn’t on Spotify or Bandcamp. Or Soundcloud. Bold strategy there, guys. Corey and I have the full album and will be ready to discuss on the pod, but…unless you guys want to buy this thing sound unheard, you’re gonna have to settle for the band’s new single, “Corruptor,” for now.
Death Karma – The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part I (Iron Bonehead)
Kraków – Amaran (Dark Essence)
We’ll also have written reviews of these and other new releases here on the site throughout the week, but for now, take a listen and check back later this week for our spoken thoughts in Episode 40!
Other New Releases of Note:
Sumac – The Deal (Profound Lore)
Primitive Man – Home Is Where the Hatred Is (Relapse)