Initial Descent: November 5 – 11, 2017

Vitriol
Vitriol – courtesy of Charlotte Gane

Darkness falls way too early now and it feels as though there’s not enough time to get anything done. Yea, I’m complaining a bit but honestly I hate the time change. But on the plus side, this is the time of year I always seem to revisit some of my favorite frostbitten and grim metal albums but also revel in finding new favorites as well. And with that let’s get to it. Leading us off this week is the astounding Pain Will Define Their Death EP from death metallers Vitriol and believe me when I say these three tracks WILL turn your head, Cloak offer up their charred and extremely addictive take on heavy metal with debut To Venomous DepthsSomnuri also offer up a great full length debut with Somnuri which is sludgy, noisy, heavy and forward thinking — hard to pin down but fun to try, and Swedeath torch runners Under the Church return with their second full length Supernatural Punishment which, astoundingly, bests their ridiculously good debut. Well, I’m off to see Primitive Man and life is good. Dive in and stick around for awhile, there is much to explore… Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 20 – 26, 2017

Der Weg Einer Freiheit
Der Weg Einer Freiheit

Well, we’re still here. Everyone survived and chaos / destruction will have to wait until…who knows. Anyway, another huge week here on Initial Descent — I know, I know that has been said a lot but there have been multiple weeks with several really good releases so humor me, or not. Der Weg Einer Freiheit are back with another truly immersive and entrancing album’s worth of forward thinking black metal on Finisterre and I’m of the belief this band can do no wrong. Akercocke return from quite the break and continue to be the masters of molding death and black metal into something out of this world yet at the same time uniquely their own on Renaissance in Extremis — welcome back guys. Moving on, Ruby the Hatchet returns with their classically inclined, riff fueled proto-rock on Planetary Space Child, if you’ve yet to check this band out do it now. Rounding out the top slots is a Split between BLK OPS and Cave Bastard that grinds, pounds and lurches like a pride of lions going in for the kill. And with that it’s another full week but…you guessed it, there is sooooo much more to explore. So, stick around and find a new favorite with us. Continue reading

Second Circle: Leng Tch’e and BLK OPS//Cave Bastard

Second Circle

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.

For this edition of Second Circle we are taking a look at Leng Tche‘s Razorgrind and a Split between BLK OPS and Cave Bastard. A perfect fit for a Monday so follow me to get your grind on. Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 21 – 27, 2017

Jordablod Band
Jordablod

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

Receiving the Evcharist: Dodecahedron and Adventurous Stranger

Receiving the Evcharist

Welcome back, dear readers. Did you miss me? I hope my trusty compatriot Zyklonius kept you in good company from last week. I know I thoroughly enjoyed his take on this column. If you happened to miss last week’s Evcharist, I would highly recommend you catch yourself up. Either way, it’s good to be back, and I’ve got some great stuff lined up for this week. The Metal: Dodecahedron’s Kwintessens. The Booze: Campanology Brewing’s Adventurous Stranger. Continue reading