Initial Descent: November 27 – December 3, 2016

Ash Borer
Ash Borer

We’ve officially breached December which means Christmas is right around the corner and I assume you’ve gotten your Abbath snow globe? WHAT…no? Do it. A new month and another week of great metal here on Initial Descent. And if you’ve been paying attention we have had almost a years worth of stacked releases each week. Which should make this years round of best of lists very interesting. Anyway, on to this week which has Ash Borer back with the ridiculously good Irrepassable Gate and honestly what this band does with black metal is jaw dropping, Maligner gives us a thrashingly good time on Demon, Obscure Evil is still plying their massive death metal chops on Void Fumes, progressive metallers Arriver bend time and ears on Emeritus, and Flidais fly the flag for power metal on Kazador. If that was all we had it would be a huge week but we have so much more for you to dive into and dissect so hop to it, after the jump. Continue reading

Album Review: Arriver – “Emeritus”

Arriver - Emeritus

It’s a fine balancing act, not letting precision lean too far into clinical. There’s a difference in temperature, between the ability to feel the intent behind the cascade of notes and surrendering to the dull numbness of the cascade washing over you with barely an imprint made. Chicago’s Arriver seem to be well aware of the tightrope act needed to pull off the precision required to tackle the angular, progressive and yes, precise metal that inhabits new album Emeritus and fortunately for us they pull it off with a confidence that belies the depths waiting inside. Continue reading