Initial Descent: April 1 – 7, 2018

Lecherous Nocturne
Lecherous Nocturne

Had some much needed downtime this week and, as you might guess, it was grand. Coming home with a full weekend ahead of me just sweetens the pot. And particularly when this week’s new releases are not only exceptional but plentifully so. No more waiting, here we go — Twenty one year death metal vets Lecherous Nocturne are back with their most vicious and darkest album yet, Occultaclysmic and honestly this is the best thing they’ve done since The Age of Miracles Has Passed. Mesarthim seemingly came out of nowhere with The Density Parameter but no surprise here, their blend of cosmic black metal with a heavy dose of atmospherics is amazing. Black Salvation give a class on how to properly vibe on the 70s psych hard rock era while staying fresh and exciting on Uncertainty Is Bliss and if you thought the week couldn’t get any better, Panopticon return with The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness (I and II) and it’s all I had hoped for and so much more — atmospheric black metal meets folk and americana and I’m head over heels with this thing after test driving it on a long mountain hike. Fantastic start to the week already but there’s a ton more to get into so have a seat and ENJOY.

Lecherous Nocturne - Occultaclysmic

Lecherous Nocturne – Occultaclysmic (Willowtip) – death metal

Mesarthim - The Density Parameter

Mesarthim – The Density Parameter (Independent) – black metal

black salvation - uncertainty is bliss

Black Salvation – Uncertainty Is Bliss (Relapse Records) – psych rock [full review]

Panopticon - The Scars of Man On the Once Nameless Wilderness I - II

Panopticon – The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness I and II (Bindrune / Nordvis) – black / folk / americana

Also on tap:

A Story of Rats – The Immeasurable Spiral (Psychic Violence Records) – sonic metal [feature review]

Abjection Ritual – Soul of Ruin, Body of Filth (Malignant Records) – doom / death

Above Aurora – Path To Ruin (Pagan Records) – black metal

Against Evil – All Hail the King (Independent) – heavy metal

Alphastate – The Grind (Sliptrick) – melodic death metal

Black Rainbows – Pandaemonium (Heavy Psych Sounds) – stoner rock

Blackwater Holylight – S/T (RidingEasy Records) – psych metal

Blood Of the Wolf – II: Campiagn Of Extermination (Independent) – black / death

Cadaver Putrefacto – La Maldicion del Zombi Errante (Brutal Records) – death metal

Crisix – Against the Odds (Listenable Records) – thrash

Crossing the Limits – Perseverance (Independent) – pop-punk

Dan Weiss – Starebaby (Pi Recordings) – avantgarde

Drawn and Quartered – Hail Infernal Darkness (Krucyator Productions) – death metal

Epos Nemo Latrocinium – Iter Itineris III (Independent) – experimental

Fall of Carthage – Emma Green (MDD Records) – progressive metal

Glorior Belli – The Apostates (Season of Mist) – black metal

Grift – Vilsna Andars Boning (Nordvis) – dark folk

Hypno5e – Alba – Les Ombres Errantes (Pelagic Records) – post-metal

Inisans – Transition (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Kamelot – The Shadow Theory (Napalm Records) – symphonic metal

Kini – I Too Overflow/Dudu (The Sublunar Society) – experimental electro pop

Kolossor – Crown of Horns (Sludgelord Records) – sludge / doom [premiere, feature]

Kosmik Boogie Tribe – We’re Not Here To Fuck Spiders (Rural Rebel Rock) – rock

Messa – Feast For Water (Aural Music) – experimental doom

Mors Subita – Into the Pitch Black (Inverse Records) – melodic death metal

Paddy and the Rats – Riot City Outlaws (Napalm Records) – punk

Pleasure of Mutilate – Premonition (CDN) – death / thrash

Sanguine Glacialis – Hadopelagic (WormHoleDeath) – experimental death metal

Shadygrove – In the Heart of Scarlet Wood (Rockshots Records) – progressive metal

St Fenton the Tainted – Jaw of the Tyrant Hills (Hibernacula Records) – sludge

Taphos – Demo MMXVI & 7” EP MMXVII (Blood Harvest) – death metal

The Fallen Prodigy – Relive//Regret//Repeat (Independent) – modern metal

The Golden Grass – Absolutely (Listenable Records) – psych retro-rock

The Grotesquery – The Lupine Anathema (Xtreem Music) – death metal

The Human Race Is Filth – Liberate (Independent) – powerviolence

The Negative Bias / Golden Dawn – Temple Of Cruel Empathy / Lunar Serpent, Split (Seance Records) – black metal

Third Island – Omelas (Independent) – doom / post-metal

Tomorrow’s Outlook – A Voice Unheard (Battlegod Productions) – melodic metal

Traced By Enemies – Where the Sun Turns Gray, EP (Dedication Records) – melodic metal

Underoath – Erase Me (Fearless Records) – metalcore [full review]

Vilkacis – Beyond the Mortal Gate (Psychic Violence Records) – elemental black metal [feature review]

Volition – Visions of the Onslaught (Brutal Records) – thrash metal

Whyzdom – As Time Turns To Dust (Scarlet Records) – symphonic metal

– Josh

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