By now, most of y’all are probably aware that the 2018 World Cup has concluded. On Sunday afternoon, France capped off a dominant tournament run by beating Croatia, 4-2, in the final. And while we’re not still dopey enough to commemorate the occasion with something like the “World Cup of Metal,” (Remember that? Gross.) we also weren’t going to let it go completely unnoticed. Hence, here we are with The Nine Circles ov France!
Side note before we begin: as much as I wanted Croatia to win it all, I also know exactly one Croatian metal band. (This one.) So, having preemptively claimed this post before the game, I’m low-key THRILLED that France and its comparably enormous metal scene ended up victorious. Okay, I’ll shut up now. Here we go…Continue reading →
Welcome back, faithful followers. This week we have lined up for you two things that I have taken chances on: an album that I had anticipated to be one of my favorites of the year and a new drink that I bought on a whim. How well do these hold up together? Let’s find out. The Metal: The Great Old Ones’ EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy. The Booze: 101 Cider House’s Cactus Red.
Here we are, the best day of the week. Saturday’s are full of wonder and all that trash but here on Initial Descent they are full of metal. And this week the QUANTITY returns. Diving right in, The Ominous Circle bursts onto the death metal scene with their stellar yet essential debut Appalling Ascension and I’m calling it early this album will be on year end lists. Black Metallers The Ruins of Beverast continue to amaze on their experimental and psychedelic EP Takitum Tootem!, it may have taken Beheaded five albums — and a transformation away from just brutal death metal — to do it but on Beast Incarnate the band has officially put out the best album of their career, and The Great Old Ones return with EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacywhich is yet another opus of black metal and doom wrapped neatly in a veil of foggy atmosphere. So yea, great week for metalheads and we still have a long list to go, after the jump. Continue reading →
After the astounding year for music that was 2016, at least in my humble opinion, it seems hard to imagine anything in the coming year topping the best of what I heard last year. Yet already there are numerous albums teased that signal another great time for music ahead of us. Keep your 2016 favorites (and your 2015 favorites, and 2014, and 2013…) spinning, but don’t forget to keep an eye on the horizon. If you need some guidance, below are five albums that are coming out in the new year that I am excited for. Continue reading →