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”

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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

Album Review: american – “Violate and Control”

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Black metal and noise have always been strange bedfellows.  Both, after all, seek to test the boundaries of what would be considered “listenable” in various capacities.  It stands to reason, then, that the combination of the two genres would be the ultimate essence of this desire to make the darkest and harshest music imaginable.  Enter american, and their new album Violate and Control, which sees the band utilize these concepts to create something truly menacing. Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 4 – 10, 2017

Triumvir Foul
Triumvir Foul

It’s Saturday and that means a lot of things for a lot of folks but for us it means NEW METAL. And once again we are stacked beyond ceiling height with it this week. Triumvir Foul leads us off (because they rule) with their second full length, Spiritual Bloodshed, and it finds them once again displaying some dangerous death metal chops but it’s darker than their first and they sound better than ever, you know what to do. Next up is the perfect soundtrack for a Saturday with Space Witch‘s space prog take on the stoner doom metal genre Arcanum and the band actually does the impossible in this crowded scene — they stand out! Rolling on is Abrams who truly find their identity with a career defining heavy rock album on Morning, it’s heavy and beautiful and well…I could go on but trust me here — GET IT. Anathema return with a further journey into their moody, melodic and astounding alt-rock on The Optimist and old school death metal darlings Necrot with their debut full length Blood Offerings — and I use darlings here because this band has that something special when it comes to bringing the death metal of yesteryear screaming into 2017. They combine all the high points from their limited material thus far into a fist pumping, hair raising album. But wait, there’s more — much, much more so dive in and find all the gems this week has to offer. Continue reading