Initial Descent: December 17 – 23, 2017

Greytomb
Greytomb – pic courtesy of Natalie Morgan Photography

To those of you reading this we hope you are ready for, and have, a good Christmas/holiday/whatever and if you don’t celebrate we hope you have a good…Monday. Whether good, bad or indifferent by the time you read this next week the holiday will have come and gone but the metal will continue on. Speaking of, this week’s metal offerings may be light in the quantity department but there might be a few here that stand to bust your best of 2017 list plans. With that said, let’s get to it — leading us off is the completely captivating atmospheric black metal of Greytomb on Monumental Microcosm. Next up is a blast furnace of death and grind on Combat Grind from Sonic Poison and closing out the opening slots is The Howling Void‘s continued evolution in melancholic doom metal on The Darkness at the Edge of Dawn that truly must be heard to be believed, and yes I know the digital version has been out for a month or so but with the digipack version out this week let this stand as a reminder. Super strong openers here, but there’s a few more just inside that are equally as strong. Dive in… Continue reading

Sepulchral Saturday: Sonic Poison – “Harsh Demonstration”

Sonic Poison - Harsh Demonstration

Since Repulsion obviously aren’t making another record it falls on bands like Finland’s Sonic Poison to carry the torch. And they do it extremely well on their demo, Harsh Demonstration. It’s not a long drawn out affair either, the band get in and get out in under 10 minutes but there’s no letup to their savage display of grind, death, and d-beat. Great music to bang a few whiskeys down to, I mean it is Saturday after all. Continue reading