The weekend, FINALLY. For those of us who actually have weekends off you know it’s something we look forward to and for those of you that never get a weekend off my heart goes out to you, seriously. Whether you’re off or working or whatever, thank you for stopping by and we have a killer bunch of releases to get to so, shall we? In pole position this week is The Year the Stars Fell from Twilight Fauna and on this release black metal collides with emotional heft, Appalachian themes and astoundingly heavy atmosphere that transcends music in a general sense and goes straight for the heart and mind, give yourself over to this album completely and the reward will be monumental. Next up is Memoriam with For the Fallen and honestly this record gives me chills for a couple reasons: the tie in with Bolt Thrower and just how damn good it is, definitely recommend you seek it out (see below). Carrying on, Pallbearer hits us with Heartless, their third full length, and not only have they matured over their last album but they’ve incorporated progressive rock elements to better balance the mournful melodies the band has become known for — it’s early still but this may well be their best. Last but not least is the absolute skull crushing aggression Sloth Herder lays down on their debut full length No Pity, No Sunrise which combines black metal with grindcore and serves as a nice counterpoint to the albums we’ve already mentioned. And as usual, thats not all so take a deeper dive after the jump. Continue reading
As February draws to a close and just as spring has sprung early, this week the metal gods have rained fire upon us at Initial Descent. Keep the hoodies out for a little longer but dust the shorts off and prepare for a blisteringly loud round of new releases. The undisputed death metal kings Immolation have returned with their tenth full length Atonement and if you’ve yet to hear it GO NOW AND DO IT, for a band in their 29th year this New York group ages like a fine bourbon. King Woman gives us Created In the Image of Suffering and it is yet another stellar offering of doom metal with beautiful vocals, Stalking the Ghost is Unearthly Trance‘s sixth full length and much like I mentioned with Immolation this band also ages extremely well going into their 17th year with arguably their best album yet and Power Trip brings the hardcore thrash like only they can with Nightmare Logic. See? Told you it was going to be a loud and chaotic week — but as usual that’s not all so dig your headphones in deep and keep them there. 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.
Overkill has been around for 37 years. Roll that around on your tongue 3…7… years. And with what will be, as of this week with The Grinding Wheel, 18 full length albums it is nothing short of amazing that the band is still as good as they ever were. Personally I count Taking Over, Horrorscope and I Hear Black as some of the best thrash/heavy metal on the planet. And really they haven’t let off the gas since the early days, the formula from the beginning has been the same — come in at 1,000 mph and forget the brakes. Today on Visions ov Hell we take a look at “Goddamn Trouble” taken from The Grinding Wheel which is out later this week. Jump in the fire… Continue reading
There’s nothing I can add or say about the events this week on US soil that hasn’t already been said or shouted at the top of devastated lungs…and I’ll leave it at that. I’m, instead, retreating to my happy place; metal. And there’s tons of it to get to here on Initial Descent. Finland’s first doom metal band Spiritus Mortis return from a 7 year absence with an absolute juggernaut of classic heavy metal and jaw dropping doom on The Year Is One, Gloam‘s Hex of Nine Heads receives the long overdue vinyl treatment, Saor offer up a friendly reminder as to why black metal and folk go so well together on Guardians, Hammer King still hold the heavy-power metal flag high on King Is Rising and at a time like this we all could use a pick me up, and In Flames are still riding clean on Battles but sound more like In Flames than they have on their past 4 albums combined, so thats a plus right? Anyway, all that and so much more after the jump.