Initial Descent: September 24 – 30, 2017

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Saturday is synonymous around here with new metal but if you’ve been following along you know that already. This week was long and slow so I need this as much as you do, thankfully there’s a multitude to get to this week so let’s get after it. Leading the charge is our favorite Finns, ARCHGOAT, with their quick hitter Eternal Damnation of Christ. Two songs of black metal damnation…what? You’re worried about it only being two songs? It’ll be the best two songs of the week, period. Next up is the heavyweights of noise rock Unsane with Sterilize, it’s been five long years but this bludgeoning is worth the wait. Moving on is the monolithically inclined Monolord with their all killer-no filler doom metal on Rust and closing out the top slots is the wickedly nasty doom/black/death debut Cosmos Comedenti from Antiversum. Just because we’re done with the initial volley doesn’t mean we’re actually finished — far from it. So grab a chair and stay awhile, we have much to explore.

Archgoat - Eternal Damnation of Christ

Archgoat – Eternal Damnation of Christ (Debemur Morti Productions) – black metal

Unsane - Sterilize

Unsane – Sterilize (Southern Lord) – noise rock

Monolord - Rust

Monolord – Rust (RidingEasy Records) – doom [full review]

antiversum cosmos comedenti

Antiversum – Cosmos Comedenti (Invictus Productions) – death/doom/black metal [full review]

Also on tap:

A Devil’s Den – One Hallucination Under God (Independent) – psychedelic rock

Act of Defiance – Old Scars, New Wounds (Metal Blade) – thrash

Air Raid – Across the Line (High Roller Records) – power metal

Animae Silentes – Suffocated (Sliptrick Records) – dark goth

Arckanum – Den Förstfödden (Folter Records) – black metal

Arisen From Nothing – Broken, EP (Collective Wave Records) – modern heavy metal

Arkaik – Nemethia (Unique Leader) – tech death

Big Mess – Try to Enjoy It (Indisciplinarian) – melodic punk

Blood Region – The Veteran (Inverse Records) – metal

Born For Slaughter – S/T (WOOAAARGH) – crust / metal

Breaking Samsara – Light of a New Beginning (Boersma Records) – rock

Briqueville – II (Pelagic Records) – instrumental

Buried and Gone – The Final Hour (Inverse Records) – metal

Buried Realm – The Ichor Carcinoma (Independent) – metal

Cities of Mars – Temporal Rifts (Argonauta) – doom

Coven (Japan) – The Advent (Svart Records) – heavy metal

Deadsmoke – Mountain Legacy (Heavy Psych Sounds) – doom

Death Bells – Standing at the Edge of the World (Funeral Party) – dream pop

Doxa – Lust for Wonder (Pitch Black Records) – symphonic

Encyrcle – Burning Child, EP (Unspeakable Axe) – heavy / speed

Evil Invaders – Feed Me Violence (Napalm Records) – thrash

Eternal Dirge – Morbus Ascendit, Reissue Comp. (Unspeakable Axe) – death / thrash

Facial – Facade (Chain Letter Collective) – post-thrash

Forget My Silence – Fall to Rise (Independent) – post-hardcore

Godhead Machinery – Ouroboros (Inverse Records) – doom

Grave Pleasures – Motherblood (Century Media) – post-punk [full review]

Hexis  – XII (Crown & Throne) – black / hardcore

Horrified (UK) – Allure Of the Fallen (Shadow Kingdom) – melodic death

Ice War – S/T (Shadow Kingdom) – heavy metal

JoDöden – Sittandes i sjön med vatten över huvudet (Nordvis Produktion) – avantgarde

Kadavar – Rough Times (Nuclear Blast) – heavy rock

Kult Mogil – Portentaque, EP (Pagan Records) – death metal

Loincloth – Psalm of the Morbid Whore (Southern Lord) – instrumental, metallic hardcore

Lucifer’s Chalice – The Pact (Shadow Kingdom) – doom

Lyzzard – Savage (Fighter Records) – heavy metal

Mother Engine Hangar (Heavy Psych Sounds) – prog stoner

Namazu – Works Cited (Typhoon Killer Records) – metal / hardcore

Nasty – Realigion (BDHW) – hardcore

Necrovorous – Plains of Decay (Dark Descent Records) – death metal

Nekhrah – Cosmic Apostasy (Independent) – death metal

Nekrohowl – Epitome of Morbid (Slaughter House Records) – death metal

Occasvs – Nocturnal Majestic Mysteria (Unspeakable Axe) – black / death

Oculus – The Apostate of Light (Blood Harvest) – black metal

Pure Phase Ensemble 6 feat. Anton Newcombe – Live at SpaceFest! (Nasiono Records) –psych rock

Radio Moscow – New Beginnings (Century Media) – rock / metal

Row of Ashes – Let the Long Night Fade (Third I Rex / The Braves Records) – post metal / sludge

Runespell – Unhallowed Blood Oath (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Sombre Croisade – Balancier Des Âmes (Pest Records) – black metal

Syn Ze Sase Tri  – Zaul Mos (Code666) – metal

Taphos Nomos / Urdun – R.I.P, Split (Blood Harvest) – death / doom

Tetrarch – Freak (Independent) – melodic metal

Thyrgrim – Vermächtnis (Trollzorn) – black metal

Various Artists – In The Woods, These Rocks Have Teeth (Pelagic Records) – metal

Widziadło – Void (Opus Elefantum Collective) – black metal

Wings of Dahak – Unholy Wings (Via Nocturna) – death metal

Woe Unto Me – Among the Lightened Skies the Voidness Flashed (Solitude Production) – doom / death

Ziggurat – Epitome of Morbid (Caligari Records) – black / death

– Josh

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