Initial Descent: October 9 – 15, 2016

Darkthrone
Darkthrone

It always seems that October flies by faster than any other month. Here we are, already halfway through and thankfully, the new metal releases just seem to get better each week. This one is no different but with Darkthrone‘s Arctic Thunder, it just got a lot bigger and for a lot of metalheads that have been anxiously awaiting their return. But we also have the latest entry into grindcore perfection with Voices from Wormrot, Waldgeflüster return with their pagan, atmospheric black metal on Ruinen, hard driving contemporary metallers Anciients offer up their second full length Voice of the Void, 40 Watt Sun‘s Wider Than the Sky is an emotionally stirring doom album and Our Place of Worship is Silence give us some gritty death metal on The Embodiment of Hate. Powerful week for sure, and we haven’t even scratched the surface yet so dive deeper after the jump.

Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder

Darkthrone – Arctic Thunder (Peaceville) – black metal

Wormrot - Voices

Wormrot – Voices (Earache) – grindcore

Waldgefluster - Ruinen

Waldgeflüster – Ruinen (Bindrune Recordings) – black metal, melancholic

Anciients - Voice of the Void

Anciients – Voice of the Void (Season of Mist) – progressive metal [full review]

40 Watt Sun - Wider Than the Sun

40 Watt Sun – Wider Than the Sky (Radiance Records) – doom metal, atmospheric

Our Place of Worship is Silence - Embodiment of Hate

Our Place of Worship is Silence – The Embodiment of Hate (Broken Limbs Recordings) – death metal [full review]

Also on tap:

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovel – Keep it Greasy (Rise Above Records) – rock

Agatus The Eternalist (Hells Headbangers) – heavy metal

Black Table – Obelisk (Silent Pendulum Productions) – black metal, progressive

Blasphemer – Ritual Theophagy (Comatose Music) – death metal [full review]

Captain Crimson – Remind (Small Stone) – progressive

Cara Neir – Perpetual Despair Is the Human Condition (Broken Limbs Recordings) – crust punk

Cardinal Wyrm – Cast Away Souls (Svart Records) – doom metal, dark

Condor – Sangreal (Independent) – heavy metal, doom, death

Darkrypt – Delirious Excursion (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal, dark

Demoncy – Faustian Dawn (Nuclear War Now!) – black metal [feature review]

Départe – Failure, Subside (Season of Mist) – black metal, atmospheric

Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation (Party Smasher Inc.) – mathcore, experimental

Elixir – Where The Secret Lies (Maple Metal Records) – power metal

Hobbs’ Angel of Death – Heaven Bled (Hells Headbangers) – black metal

Homewrecker Extinction by Design (Good Fight Music) – hardcore, thrash

Horse – For Twisted Minds Only, Reissue (Rise Above Records) – classic metal

Life’s December – Fatigue (Dark Wings) – deathcore

MONO – Requiem for Hell (Temporary Residence) – post rock

Northern Crown – The Others (Independent) – doom metal

Noise Pollution – Unreal (Scarlet Records) – heavy metal

Oozing Wound – Whatever Forever (Thrill Jockey) – grungy thrash metal

Red Fang – Only Ghosts (Relapse Records) – hard rock, metal

Sacred Steel – Heavy Metal Sacrifice (Cruz Del Sur Music) – heavy metal [full review]

Sons Of Balaur – Tenebris Deos (Season of Mist) – black metal

Spectral Voice / Phrenelith – Split (Iron Bonehead / Dark Descent) – death metal

Superlynx – LVX (Duplicate Records) – noise, fuzz

Theatres Des Vampires – Candyland (Scarlet Records) – gothic metal

Throneum – Morbid Death Tales (Hells Headbangers) – death metal

Torturum – Rotten. Dead. Forgotten. (W.T.C. Productions) – black metal

Venom Prison Animus (Prosthetic Records) – death metal, hardcore

Vorvan Once Love Was Lost (WOOAAARGH) – hardcore punk 

– Josh

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