Initial Descent: September 18 – 24, 2016


Anyone complaining that there hasn’t been a great week for metal thus far in 2016 needs to go immediately and start over, but there won’t be any complaining after this week. Mostly due to Neurosis‘ highly anticipated eleventh full length Fires Within Fires finally seeing the light of day. But that’s not all; Fatalist are back with their insanely good Swedeath saturated The Bitter End, Predatory Light further their black metal chaos on Predatory Light, Trap Them punch you in the mouth with their fifth album Crown Feral while Witchskull breaks out the bluesy doom on The Vast Electric Dark. Switching gears a bit, Dysrhythmia bends time on their progressive instru-metal album The Veil Of Control — let the dissecting begin. And last but not least, Insomnium‘s epic fifth full length Winter’s Gate is a blast. As stated, its another stacked week here on Initial Descent and literally, there’s something for everyone. So hit that ‘continue reading’ link. Continue reading

Album Review: Trap Them – “Crown Feral”

Trap Them - Crown Feral

On Trap Them‘s fifth full length Crown Feral the band shows no let up in their extremely aggressive approach. 2014’s Blissfucker may have been slower, sludgy even, than what we’ve become accustomed to from them but was still full of venom. And, as a bonus, it more than likely garnered the band some new fans. However, they’ve been there, done that. And here they burn the house down, again. The interesting thing is that along the way each album has grown substantially darker than the last through recent years and Crown Feral is a further step in this direction, plus it’s a searing album to boot. Continue reading

Interview: Trap Them’s Ryan McKenney on Crown Feral, Non-Musical Influences and Technology

Trap Them

Since 2001, Washington’s Trap Them have cut their own angry path through the hardcore/crust/metal landscape. Early on, the band became extremely reliable for anyone looking for an aggressive outlet to turn to. Later this month the band’s fifth full length Crown Feral will be released and their tried and true reliability hasn’t changed one bit — if anything it’s possibly one of the darkest and best written albums of the band’s career. On the heels of the album release is a continent spanning back to back tour so their next few months will be hectic to say the least. Vocalist and founding member Ryan McKenney was kind enough to give us a few minutes to discuss all this and more. Read all about what he had to say after the jump… Continue reading

CANTO: Trap Them, Blackdeath Fest II, Epica, and more


“In the name of diabolical oligarchy. In the kingdom of demise rules supremacy. Solipsistic crowned nobility. Stern reigning gunboat diplomacy.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

Album Review: Call of the Void – “Ageless”


On their second album Ageless, Denver’s Call of the Void return after two years with another twelve songs of metallic hardcore mixed with crust and a touch of sludge. Ageless works with a similar formula as its predecessor used, with a small amount of space and length added to song structures. The band has a pretty obvious set of influences, and the guys don’t really break the mold on Ageless any more than they did with their first album, but it’s still as well-crafted an album as any made by their peers.

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