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

Initial Descent: January 22 – 28, 2017

The Ominous Circle
The Ominous Circle

Here we are, the best day of the week. Saturday’s are full of wonder and all that trash but here on Initial Descent they are full of metal. And this week the QUANTITY returns. Diving right in, The Ominous Circle bursts onto the death metal scene with their stellar yet essential debut Appalling Ascension and I’m calling it early this album will be on year end lists. Black Metallers The Ruins of Beverast continue to amaze on their experimental and psychedelic EP Takitum Tootem!, it may have taken Beheaded five albums — and a transformation away from just brutal death metal — to do it but on Beast Incarnate the band has officially put out the best album of their career, and The Great Old Ones return with EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy which is yet another opus of black metal and doom wrapped neatly in a veil of foggy atmosphere. So yea, great week for metalheads and we still have a long list to go, after the jump.  Continue reading

Initial Descent – January 15 – 21, 2017

cioran
Cioran

Whether this was a good week for you or an absolute shit show one thing is for sure, things will never be the same. Uncertainty abounds, tempers are raging at an all time high and patience is in increasingly short supply but there is one thing we must never forget: be good to each other. If metal pleases you — since you’re here I’m assuming this is the case — this week’s new releases will raise your spirits, plus as we ease further into January the list of offerings grows. Cioran offer up a raging menace of black metal and punk on Bestiale Battito Divino, on Not For Music Belgium’s Emptiness paint a dark and harrowing picture of experimental black metal, with only four songs on Samskaras‘ excellent EP Asunder the band convince anyone not fully on the technical death metal train to take another look and Parius also amaze with only four songs of melodic and hard charging death metal on Let There Be Light. But wait, there’s more after the jump.

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Gazing Into the Abyss – Vincent’s Anticipated Albums of 2017

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After the astounding year for music that was 2016, at least in my humble opinion, it seems hard to imagine anything in the coming year topping the best of what I heard last year. Yet already there are numerous albums teased that signal another great time for music ahead of us. Keep your 2016 favorites (and your 2015 favorites, and 2014, and 2013…) spinning, but don’t forget to keep an eye on the horizon. If you need some guidance, below are five albums that are coming out in the new year that I am excited for. Continue reading