Initial Descent: April 15 – 21, 2018

Ghastly – photo courtesy of S. Kujansuu

Hard to keep track of all the things going on in the world and as time goes by it’s just as hard to keep up with your own corner of the world. After all these years I haven’t found that magic trigger that slows time but just as well…I guess. No, it’s not cryptic — it just is. A wise man once said “it is what it is.” Right on, dude. Anywhooo, new metal is why you came and that we have a lot of so let’s jump in. First up is the ever satisfying Finnish death metal in the form of Ghastly on Death Velour, Finnish and death metal are a match made for each other, nuff said. Next is Pinkus Abortion Technician from the always reliable Melvins, here we have some mash ups and reimaginings from the vets of sludge / noise / rock — reliable and great. Moving along is Siege Bondage Adverse to the Godhead from Dagger Lust which proves to be the most cohesive their brand of noise and extreme metal has been thus far. Last up top is the blackened death metal of Demonic Obedience on Fatalistic Uprising of Abhorrent Creation and even though I cringe at “blackened,” these guys get it absolutely right and it sounds amazing. As you know by now we are not ones to leave you hanging at just four albums, so get in there and take in the rest of this massive list.

Ghastly - Death Velour

Ghastly – Death Velour (20 Buck Spin) – death metal

Melvins - Pinkus Abortion Technician

Melvins – Pinkus Abortion Technician (Ipecac Recordings) – melvins.

dagger lust siege bondage adverse to the godhead

Dagger Lust – Siege Bondage Adverse to the Godhead (Invictus / Vrasubatlat) – black / grind [feature review]

Demonic Obedience - Fatalistic Uprisal of Abhorrent Creation

Demonic Obedience – Fatalistic Uprising of Abhorrent Creation (Satanath / Sevared) – black / death [full review]

A Perfect Circle – Eat The Elephant (BMG) – rock

Abolishment of Flesh – The Inhuman Condition (Unholy Anarchy) – extreme metal

Adzalaan – Into Vermilion Mirrors (Invictus / Vrasubatlat) – black / death metal [feature review]

Ails – The Unraveling (The Flenser) – avant-garde metal

Altar of Perversion – Intra Naos (The Ajna Offensive / Norma Evangelium Diaboli) – black metal

Assumption – Absconditus (Sentient Ruin / Everlasting Spew) – death / doom metal

Baby Bones – The Curse of the Crystal Teeth (Gubbey Records) – surf punk

Bang – Best of Bang (Ripple Music) – proto-metal

BC35 – BC35: The 35th Anniversary of BC Studio, Comp. (Bronson Recordings) – avante-garde

Ben Chisholm & Felix Skinner – Burgeoning Verse (Weyrd Son Records) – post-rock

Bison – Earthbound (No List Records) – sludge

Bolu2 Death – Spiral (Necromance Records) – hardcore

Cancer Bats – The Spark That Moves (Batskull Records) – hardcore / metal

Celtachor – Fiannaiocht (Trollzorn) – folk metal

Choral Hearse – Mire Exhumed (Independent) – progressive doom

Dark Buddha Rising – II (Neurot Recordings) – psych doom

Desekryptor / Draghkar – Split, 7” (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Fedrespor – Tid (Nordvis) – folk metal

Grave Upheaval – (untitled) (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – black / death [full review]

Groom Epoch – Solar Warden (Golden Robot Records) – prog rock

Gus G – Fearless (AFM) – hard rock

Haraball – Hypno (Fysisk Format) – hardcore

Hypnos – The GBG Sessions (The Sign Records) – rock

Inferi – Revenant (The Artisan Era) – tech / melodic death

Infinitee – The Possibilities Are Endless (Independent) – progressive / djent

Inkvisitor – Dark Arts of Sanguine Rituals (Independent) – thrash

King Goat – Debt of Aeons (Aural Music) – doom

KŁY – Szczerzenie (Pagan Records) – black metal

Ljáin – Endasálmar og klofnar tungur (Signal Rex) – black metal

Methedrine – Built For Speed (Kornalcielo Records) – thrash

Mordor – Darkness… (Pagan Records) – doom

Nigredo – Flesh Torn – Spirit Pierced (Transcending Obscurity Records) – black metal

Orphanage Named Earth – Re-evolve (Argonauta Records) – sludge / hardcore

Pohjonen Alanko – Northern Lowland (Svart Records) – electronic

Profane Order – Tightened Noose of Sanctimony, Reissue (Krucyator Productions) – black metal

Robospierre – Garden of Hell (Shadow Kingdom) – heavy metal

Ross the Boss – By Blood Sworn (AFM) – heavy metal

Scarificare – Tilasm (Helldprod Records) – atmospheric / extreme

Schrat – Alptraumgänger (Folter Records) – black metal

Sense of Fear – As the Ages Passing By… (Rockshots Records) – heavy metal

Serum Dreg – Lustful Vengeance (Invictus / Vrasubatlat) – black / death [feature review]

Sleep – The Sciences (Third Man Records) – stoner doom

Soom – Djebars (Robustfellow / Addicted Label / Voron Nest / KVLT OV Ï) – doom

Speedclaw – Beast In the Mist (Shadow Kingdom) – heavy metal

Summon – Parazv II Zilittv (Iron Bonehead) – black / death

Svederna – Svedjeland (Carnal Records) – black metal

Temperance – Of Jupiter and Moons (Scarlet Records) – melodic metal

Tons – Filthy Flowers of Doom (Heavy Psych Sounds) – sludge

Various Artists – Brown Acid – The Sixth Trip (RidingEasy Records) – proto metal / rock

Varmia – W ciele nie (Pagan Records) – black metal

Vomitor – Pestilent Death (Hells Headbangers) – death metal

Vyre – Weltformel (Supreme Chaos Records) – avantgarde black metal

Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben Het Goed III (Century Media) – black metal

Wild Hunt – Afterdream Of the Reveler (Vendetta Records) – black / doom

Witch Tripper – I, Of The Storm (Independent) – stoner rock

– Josh

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