Best of 2017: Vincent’s List

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Welcome back to part two of my best of 2017 series.  Last time I talked about my favorite shorter releases from the past year in an effort to shine light on some things that might have otherwise not gotten the respect they deserved.  Now comes the meat of the series: my favorite full-length albums.  Figuring out this list was a pretty exhausting process, not only because I listened to significantly more full-lengths than I did shorter releases this year, but because I wanted to make an effort to challenge myself when it came to thinking about what really stuck with me.  In 2016, my criteria for what I chose to include on my year-end list was more simplistic, and no disrespect is meant to anyone who writes 50 or 100 album lists of everything they thought was cool, but for this year, I wanted to really think about whether or not an album had a genuine impact on me versus just listening to it and thinking it was good.  As such, I ended up with a slightly shorter list this time around, and some albums and artists I liked did not end up making it on here, but I feel like this list is the most real representation of my “favorites” than ever.  Without further ado… Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Behemoth, Gojira, Nile and more!

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Behemoth

July 10, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Yes, this thing still exists. Here’s some metal stuff you might have missed from…recently:

    • As per usual, a whole bunch of bands dropped new music over the weekend, including SkyeaterHeresiarch and more. Check out Josh’s recap for the full list.
    • Behemoth drummer Inferno is going to be sitting out the band’s upcoming tour with Slayer to go do dad stuff. Understandable. Congrats to him. Filling in will be Jon Rice, formerly of Job for a Cowboy. I’m okay with this because of the formerly in that sentence.

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Initial Descent: July 2 – 8, 2017

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Skyeater

All of a sudden it’s July. Half the year gone and I don’t know where it went but alas we have a full plate of metal for you this week here on Initial Descent. And I offer you a challenge: pick one or two of these and really give them a listen, I mean REALLY concentrate and not only hear it but feel it. No better place to start than with the jaw dropping black metal/atmospheric doom debut, The Maw of Time, from Skyeater. Next up is NZ’s Heresiarch with their war torn blackened death metal on Death OrdinanceInvocation Spells return with their third full length, The Flame of Hatewhich finds them further refining their black metal/thrash attack and it’s a barnburner, closing out the top slots is the part cinematic score and part new album from MelvinsA Walk With Love & Death, and while it’s true their discography is deep there’s no better time to climb onboard than now — so do that. Read beyond these four to find much more to sink your teeth into and don’t forget about the challenge, feel free to report back on your findings. Continue reading

Album Review: Skyeater – “The Maw of Time”

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When one thinks of Los Angeles and heavy metal music, there are a few choice acts that immediately come to mind.  From the various Black Twilight Circle acts to long running death metal act Sadistic Intent, the scene here is perhaps not as large as in some other metropolitan areas, but is filled with its own unique takes on the genre.  Poised now to stand tall among some of the best this region has to offer is Skyeater, who are now releasing their awe-inspiring debut album The Maw of Time.   Continue reading

In the Flesh: Pendulous, Skyeater, (waning), and Misery Ritual

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Big tours with big names are great and all, but there aren’t many better ways to spend a Saturday night than packed into a tiny bar in downtown LA watching a show dedicated to some of the best underground acts the area has to offer.  This was exactly how I spent last Saturday at The Lexington, watching an eclectic and jaw-dropping array of acts featuring Pendulous, Skyeater, (waning) and Misery Ritual.   Continue reading