Initial Descent: May 7 – 13, 2017

John Frum
John Frum

Another week bites the dust and in case you missed it we’ve had some good stuff on the site this week: news, Nine Circles ov…Easing Back Into Power Metal, Profile, reviews and of course the official weekend starting Evcharist. Feel free to take all that in while you browse all the new metal that’s out this week and spoiler alert: good stuff contained within. Bringing progressive death metal, that actually is progressive (as in moving the genre forward), is John Frum with their debut A Stirring In the Noos and from start to finish this thing will amaze even the most hardened of death metal fan. Next up is Merchant with their second full length of extremely moving and densely layered doom metal, Beneath. Doom fans get on this asap. Summoner summons up the kind of hard driving guitar rock that will appeal to anyone that stirs at the mere sound of a guitar on Beyond the Realm of Light, got a road trip coming up? YOU NEED THIS. Wormwitch strike black n roll gold on their crazy good debut Strike Mortal Soil and the same can be said of debut full length Dysangelium from Sweden’s Ensnared which is an excellent outing of tangled and discordant death metal, a definite must hear. There you have it folks, all that and much more just beyond that ‘continue reading’ button. 

John Frum - A Stirring in the Noos

John Frum – A Stirring In the Noos (Relapse Records) – experimental death metal [full review]

Merchant - Beneath

Merchant – Beneath (Black Bow Records) – doom metal

Summoner - Beyond the Realm of Light

Summoner – Beyond the Realm of Light (Magnetic Eye) – hard rock

Wormwitch - Strike Mortal Soil

Wormwitch – Strike Mortal Soil (Prosthetic Records) – black metal, rock

Ensnared - Dysangelium

Ensnared – Dysangelium (Invictus/Dark Descent) – death metal

Also on tap:

156/Silence – Karma, EP (Independent) – hardcore

Ajattara – Lupaus (Svart Records) – black metal

Antropofagus – Methods of Resurrection Through Evisceration (Comatose Music) – death metal

Assault – The Fallen Reich (Transcending Obscurity) – death/thrash metal

Audiolepsia – Muses (Aloud Music) – progressive/post-rock

Bittered – Foreign Agenda (Lost Apparitions Records) – grindcore

Caïna/Cara Neir – Split (Broken Limbs) – black metal

Descartes a Kant – Victims of Love Propaganda (Cleopatra Records) – avant-garde/experimental punk

Desolate Pathway – Of Gods and Heroes (WormHoleDeath) – traditional doom metal

Excommunion – Thronosis (Dark Descent Records) – death metal

Fotocrime – Always Hell, 7″ EP (Independent) – dark rock

Hibagon – Polyposmic (WOOAAARGH) – instrumental math metal

Kobra and the Lotus – Prevail I (Napalm Records) – hard rock

Lucifer’s Dungeon – The Dark Army Raises (Grimm Distribution) – black metal, ambient

Meatwound – Largo (Magic Bullet Records) – noise rock

Mirrors of Obsidian – From One Form (Neohuman Records) – modern metal

Mountains Crave – As We Were When We Were Not (Avantgarde Music) – black metal

Mouth of the Architect – Time & Withering, Remastered Vinyl (Translation Loss) – post metal

Pigeon Lake – Barriers Fall (WormHoleDeath) – hard rock

Sabbath Assembly – Rites of Passage (Svart Records) – occult rock, doom

Sacred Oath – Twelve Bells (Angel Thorne Music) – traditional metal

Sacrificial Slaughter – Generation of Terror (Horror Pain Gore Death) – death, thrash metal

Samsara Blues Experiment – One With the Universe (Electric Magic Records) – progressive stoner metal

Show of Bedlam – Transfiguration (Sentient Ruin) – experimental doom

Sovereign – Spirit Warfare: Demo MMXVII (Folkvangr Records) – black metal

The Ditch and the Delta – Hives in Decline (Battleground Records) – sludge/math metal [full review]

The Good the Bad and the Zugly – The Worst Four Years (Fysisk Format) – punk

The Thirteenth Sun – Stardust (Aural Music) – progressive metal

Time Walk – Beyond Eternity’s GraspDigipack (Static Tension Recordings) – death metal

Tusmörke – Hinsides (Svart Records) – experimental

Until Rain – Inure (Sensory Records) – progressive alt metal

Voice of Ruin – Purge and Purify (Tenacity Music) – metalcore

Worst – Instinto Ruim, LP (Demons Run Amok) – hardcore

– Josh


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