Initial Descent: January 8 – 14, 2017

Black Anvil
Black Anvil

What a week. It started out with snow and ice but now — shorts weather again. You’ll never, ever hear me complain about shorts weather. Well, except for having to hang up the hoodies again. Anyway, we’re halfway through January already and the new releases here on Initial Descent are stacking up. And, for a neat surprise, quality is still taking front and center so my early bets are on 2017 being another stellar year for metal. Yea, yea I know it’s way early for that talk but I’m optimistic. This week we’ve got Black Anvil‘s fourth full length As Was and honestly I’m of the belief this is their best and most forward thinking black metal yet — so good. Moving on, it only took ten years but The Drip offer up their debut full length The Haunting Fear of Inevitability; a multi-pronged approach of grindcore, death metal and groove that is as fun as it is well produced. Finally, Shaarimoth return with their long awaited second full length of extremely well executed blackened death metal Temple of the Adversarial Fire and it is absolutely worth your time to check out. Three quality albums and we’ve barely scratched the surface of this week’s offerings. So see what else awaits, after the jump. Continue reading

Album Review: The Drip – “The Haunting Fear of Inevitability”


For ten years now The Drip have been building a sweet promise of Nasum style grindcore, but with their own imprint. On their long awaited full length The Haunting Fear of Inevitability the band somewhat delivers on this promise. Grind is represented but its the heavy use of d-beat and death metal flourishes that come as a surprise. And we haven’t mentioned the *gasp* groovy breakdowns. Shocked? Same, but when it works it works well and any fan of the band will thoroughly enjoy it.  Continue reading