Initial Descent: December 3 – 9, 2017

cleric band
Cleric

I was just talking about how we had crossed into December and BAM! it’s cold and snowing a little. For those of you up north, feel free to make fun of me for my thin blood and thin skin. Me and cold don’t get along very well anymore but as the weather cools down the metal heats up so let’s get to this edition of Initial Descent. Leading us off is Retrocausal which breaks a seven year silence from Cleric and they waste no time showcasing their ability to effortlessly bend sound at will as well as stretch their jagged experimental legs with longer tracks. Next up is the mysterious DSKNT with their debut album PhSPHR which can best be described as bleak and chaotic black metal. Moving along is a three way split, Shades of Sorrow, between Suicide Wraith, Necrolytic Goat Converter and Uncanny Reality — expect a wonderful black metal ear bashing here. Last up in the opening slots is The Line Between from Blood Oath which saw cassette release earlier this year but is being reissued on CD this week so there’s no reason not to get your hands on this amazing blast of raw and pure death metal. That’s a killer opening four but as usual we have way more to discover so slap a hoodie on and cinch up the headphone cords, it’s time. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist – DSKNT and Anchor Coffee Porter

Receiving the Evcharist

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: DSKNT’s PhSPHR Entropy and Anchor Brewing Company’s Coffee Porter.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 6 – 12, 2017

Pyrrhon
Pyrrhon

Corey and I opened the week with Neurosis, Converge and Amenra — needless to say it was mind blowing — so be on the lookout very soon for the full rundown. For now, it’s back to reality and another big week of metal here on Initial Descent. Kicking things off is the latest full length, What Passes For Survival, from New York’s avant/extreme/improvisational Pyrrhon — a band that is absolutely untouchable and inimitable — who have crafted yet another death metal album that demands your immediate and undivided attention. Next up is the simply stated yet aptly titled Hell from Oregon’s doom masters Hell who already have a staggeringly great back catalog but with the addition of this dark and sinister effort my bet is they’ll be riding high for some time to come. Moving on, Shooting Guns returns with their signature psychedelic doom rock on Flavour Country and as usual they are incredibly entertaining. Closing out the top spots is Canada’s answer to heavy hitting and bluesy doom metal, Olde with their latest full length Temple and again, this is another highly recommended release that would fit in nicely with anything you’re about to tackle. There you have it, an already stellar line up but you know the drill — there’s so much more to keep the metal fires stoked so pull up a piece of floor and stick with us for awhile. Got a comment/gripe/anything? Leave it in the comment section. Continue reading

Album Review: Hell – “Hell”

hell self titled full length

For a band with such a simple name, Hell are one of the  underground’s most recognizable and lauded acts.  Their initial trilogy of albums, to say nothing of their splits with acts like Mizmor and Amarok, are regarded as some of the best doom metal ever written.  For my money, Hell III is one of my all-time favorite doom metal albums, and I recommend it constantly to people.  It is with great pleasure, then, that I get to finally talk about new music from this group, and to tell you that the band’s new album, Hell, continues on in the legacy of quality the band has built for themselves.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 18 – 24, 2017

Tyrannosorceress
Tyrannosorceress – photo courtesy of Kathleen Kennedy

Another week, another dollar…er…another day, another dollar. Yea whatever, you get the idea, another week has slipped by us and here we are on the best day of the week with tons of new metal to soundtrack whatever it is you’ll be doing. Tyrannosorceress kicks us off in style with their black metal debut Shattering Light’s Creation, never mind the name just dig in…pronto. Next up is Ex Eye from the experimental, jazzy and seemingly otherworldly supergroup of sorts, Ex Eye, and if you happen to be in the market for something different this is the one to fit that bill. Moving along, everyone’s favorite industrial/noise/black metal group american return with their second full length Violate and Control and put quite simply — it’s a pulsating beast of an album. Filling out the opening slots is France’s Skelethal with their classically inspired yet crushingly heavy death metal debut Of the Depths… So there you have it with the top slots, keep diving for so much more that could have easily been at the top of this list. But, we can only fit so many you know? Anyway, until next week… Continue reading