Initial Descent: October 16 – 22, 2016

Khemmis – photo courtesy of Travis Heacock

Seems like we’ve been saying this every week and here we are saying it again; it’s another big week here on Initial Descent. And with the vitriol spewing from every corner of the globe and wariness of the status quo, it’s comforting to know we have metal to shut the world out and get lost in. On that note, this week we have the absolutely huge second full length, Hunted, from Denver’s doom sensations Khemmis (if Absolution was your jam, this one will blow your mind). Also, death metal vets Obituary return with a pair of new songs and several live fan favorites on Ten Thousand Ways To Die. Seputus, featuring three members of Pyrrhon, release their thickly woven and intense death metal debut Man Does Not GiveAnagnorisis give us an emotionally heavy black metal album on Peripeteia, and Auroch offer up their dynamically technical brand of death metal on Mute Books. Already more than an ear full of new releases to sink your teeth into and we’re just getting started. So dive in, after the jump.

Khemmis - Hunted

Khemmis – Hunted (20 Buck Spin) – doom metal, rock [full review]

Obituary - Ten Thousand Ways to Die

Obituary – Ten Thousand Ways to Die (Relapse Records) – death metal

Seputus - Man Does Not Give

Seputus – Man Does Not Give (PRC Music) – death metal, black metal, grindcore

Anagnorisis - Peripeteia

Anagnorisis – Peripeteia (Vendetta Records) – black metal

Auroch - Mute Books

Auroch – Mute Books (Profound Lore) – death metal, black metal

Also on tap:

An Autumn for Crippled Children – Eternal, LP (Wickerman) – black metal

Anata – The Infernal Depths of HatredReissue (KaosKvlt Records) – death metal

Ars Moriendi – Sepelitur Alleluia (Nuclear War Now!) – black metal, experimental

Black Oath – Litanies in the Dark (Terror From Hell Records) – doom metal

Claustrofobia – Download Hatred (PRC Music) – thrash metal, death metal

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

Destrage – A Means to No End (Metal Blade Records) – mathcore

Eyexist – The Digital Holocaust (PRC Music) – death metal, avantgarde

Ewigheim – Schlaflieder (Massacre Records) – gothic metal, dark

Glitter Wizard – Hollow Earth Tour (Heavy Psych Sounds) – metal, psychedelic

Icethurs – Unlocked Doors, CD (Bud Metal Records) – folk metal

Ilenkus Hunger (WOOAAARGH) – post-hardcore

Iron Whip – Absence of White (Independent) – sludge, noise

Mesarthim – .- -… … . -. -.-. .LP (Avantgarde Music) – black metal, atmospheric

Minotaur Head – S/T (War Anthem/Bertus) – doom metal, apocalyptic

Mithras – On Strange Loops (Willowtip) – death metal

Monolith Wielder – S/T (Argonauta Records) – doom metal, rock

Planes Mistaken for Stars – Prey (Deathwish) – rock

Queen Elephantine – Kala (Cimmerian Shade Recordings) – doom metal, ambient

Recitations – The First of the ListenersCD (Signal Rex / Avantgarde Music) – death metal, black metal

Riverside – Eye of the Soundscape (Inside Out) – progressive

Shadecrown – Agonia (Inverse Records) – melodic death metal

Skewered – Deathmethyltryptamine (Still Birth Records) – brutal death metal

Soulwound – No Peace (Inverse Records) – thrash metal

Sparrows – Let The Silence Stay Where It Was (New Damage Records) – post punk, hardcore

The Chronicles of Israfel – A Trillion Lights, Tome II (BOH Records) – progressive

T.O.M.B. – Fury Nocturnus (Peaceville) – noise, black metal

Ultar – Kadath (Temple of Torturous) – black metal, post

Verberis – Vexamen, CD/2LP/Tape (Iron Bonehead) – death metal, black metal 

Wølfenstein – Staedter (WOOAAARGH) – hardcore punk

Wovenwar – Honor is Dead (Metal Blade Records) – heavy metal

Xaon – Face of Balaam (Independent) – melodic death metal

– Josh

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