Greetings, trve warriors! The blessed weekend is once again upon us and calls for another pairing of metal and malted beverages. As brother Vincent is currently on vacation (in other words, marauding Denver’s breweries), I have the honor and privilege to serve this week’s offering. Without any further ado, let’s get to business! The Metal: Fides Inversa’s Rite of Inverse Incarnation. The Booze: Off Color Brewing’s Hyper Predator.Continue reading →
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 Fireand 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 →
This has proven to be one hell of a year for the black metal emerging out of central Europe, specifically Germany. It feels like it has become a monthly trend of mine to report some new, massive release from these particular regions that benefit us, and the respective genre, immensely. Well, make this no situation no different. With their debut album titled Disciples of the Void, Shrine of Insanabilis has created what is, all in all, an exceptional album that marks their place among the better black metal releases of 2015 so far.
“They came from the blackness.” The infamous line from 300 was the first thing that entered my mind as I worked through the latest Devathorn release, Vritra. Having previously released only a single full-length (eight years ago) and two split releases since their 2002 inception, the band have finally returned with their second full-length effort. With it, the Athens black metal crew have created a sound as powerfully evil as the serpent the album is named after.