In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.
There was the briefest of moments, listening to the second album in the span of two weeks from New Mexico’s Void Ritual that I got angry. It was a green-tinged anger, the kind that could only come from the jealous realization that here was a man doing what I was attempting to do, but doing it with a breadth and passion and technical execution I would always dream of but never achieve. And twice in August! It’s like that sometimes, and it passes quickly enough when I remember I didn’t corner the market on crippling self doubt. It also helps that Daniel Jackson, the man behind Void Ritual is by all accounts (including my own) a hell of a good guy so for this edition of Second Circle I put aside my childish envy and revel in my admiration to engage with his latest two full-lengths. Continue reading →
Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Void Ritual’s Death is Peace and Eel River Brewing Company’s Organic Porter. Continue reading →
This week, we cross into August and amazingly this rock we call earth is still here. Ten thousand wonders. As we spiral further into the abyss, stock in the metal we love goes up, obviously, because what else can we fall back on that will always be there like a glowing beacon of eternal fire? With that said, it’s time to see what this week has in store. Carry on…
Void Ritual leads the charge and rightfully so, Death Is Peace is not only a tour-de-force of melodic second wave..ish black metal and arguably the band’s best work to date but the revenue from its sales will go to The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women so GO BUY IT! Rhode Island’s gory death metal duo Blight House give us their debut Summer Camp Sex Party Massacre just in time for memories of an actual summer camp with a killer running around to still be relevant. And, Abhorrent Deformity offer up yet another gory platter of technically brutal death metal in the form of their second effort Slaughter Monolith.
An outstanding black metal album and two horrifically gory death metal albums up here for you to chew on. AND, there’s much more to digest below so hang around and start clicking. You’re welcome. Enjoy your Monday and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week.Continue reading →
I’m revisiting my initial post for what I was looking forward to from 2017 to see if those picks stood the test of time and if they were all I had hoped for. I don’t plan on going into too much detail as some of these may or may not be included in the impending EOY festivities. This year was definitely not the year we figured it all out and in fact it created more questions than any year I can remember. I do think 2017 was at least as good as 2016 on the metal front and in some cases was better, everyone will feel differently here but that’s my two cents. Metal was indeed my safe place to get away from all the bad this year held and I ran to it often. Without further ado, let’s see how these fared… Continue reading →
Not sure about you but all this solar eclipse talk is getting old. For the past two to three weeks it’s been all the rage. So, solar eclipse Monday, check it or not. I’ve heard not to look at it unless you want your eyes to pull a Scanners and explode. Ah yes, plenty of new metal to be heard and we have a full plate for you here on Initial Descent. Leading us off this week is our very own Chris Voss and his multi-faceted black metal project Necrolytic Goat Converter with the insanely good and extremely robust Isolated Evolution. Be sure to head inside, listen and SUPPORT! Next up is another wicked good black metal album, Heretical Wisdom, from Void Ritual — Dan Jackson has done a hell of a job on this album so be sure to check it out, you’ll be glad you did. Next up is the debut, Sinister Totem, from Finland’s Shaman Ritual and their combination of tribalistic death metal and jarring black metal will be a long standing favorite here. Closing out the opening spots is Khazzadum with their Tolkien inspired death metal on Plagues Upon Arda — whether you’re into Tolkien or not this is a great album. We’re only four albums in and the end of year contenders are strong but, as always, we have so much more waiting for you inside so go and explore… Continue reading →