Initial Descent: May 27 – June 2, 2018


It’s June folks. I’m old enough to know better than be surprised at how fast time slips away but…JUNE. Anyway, new metal is why you stopped by and that we have plenty of. Leading the charge this week is the self-titled debut album from Hostia and I can assure you that grindcore / extreme metal aficionados will find plenty of special sauce in this one. Next up is Ghost with their latest Prequelle and this one is quickly filling that ‘feel good hit of the summer’ vibe — clean singing and big hooks glorifying the dark one has never been this much fun. Wait, fun? Leaving it there, you decide. Moving on is Everything & Nothing, the debut from Raum Kingdom which has a very strong Amenra vibe so if that’s your thing, and why wouldn’t it be, get on it. Closing down this week’s top four is Creatio et Hominus from Burial In the Sky which finds the band in forward thinking death metal mode this time out and to be sure, this is a good thing. As usual, there’s a ton more so keep reading and keep exploring.

Hostia - Hostia

Hostia – S/T (Via Nocturna) – grind [feature]

Ghost - Prequelle

Ghost – Prequelle (Loma Vista) – rock / metal

Raum Kingdom - Everything & Nothing

Raum Kingdom – Everything & Nothing (Independent) – post-metal [full review]

burial in the sky - creatio et hominus

Burial In the Sky – Creatio et Hominus (Independent) – progressive death metal [full review]

Also on tap:

Alien Weaponry –  (Napalm Records) – thrash

Angel of Mercy – The Avatar, Reissue (Shadow Kingdom) – heavy metal

Boar – Poseidon (Lost Pilgrims Records) – stoner / doom

Casket Feeder – Scalps, EP (Hibernacula Records) – death metal

Cavurn – Rehearsal, Cassette (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Cult of Occult – Anti Life (Music Fear Satan) – sludge / doom

Dizzy Reed – Rock n Roll Ain’t Easy, CD & Vinyl (Golden Robot Records) – rock

Eye of Solitude – Slaves to Solitude (Independent) – funeral doom [full review]

Endless – Mad Sick Mind (Necromance Records) – death metal

Eufory – Higher and Higher (Sliptrick) – power metal [feature]

Get Some! – Freaky, Filthy, Frustrated (WTF) – hardcore

Glorior Belli – Ô Laudate Dominvs, Repress (Ascension Monuments Media) – black metal

Goddess of Fate – Spiral Orchard Part 1 (Independent) – progressive death metal

Gravecoven – Coughing Blood (Godz Ov War Productions) – black / doom

Gruesome – Twisted Prayers (Relapse Records) – death metal

Head With Wings – From Worry To Shame (Independent) – post metal

Highview – Aftermind (Independent) – rock

Hostile Array – S/T (Independent) – post-hardcore

Human Cull – Revenant (Independent – death / grind

Isenordal – Spectral Embrace (Independent) – neofolk

June 1974 – Nemesi (Visionaire Records) – heavy metal

Lykhaeon – Ominous Eradication of Anguished Souls (Godz Ov War Productions) – black metal

Mist – Free Me of the Sun (Soulseller Records) – doom

MZ.412 – Ulvens Broder (Cold Spring) – black / industrial

Nervosa – Downfall of Mankind (Napalm Records) – thrash

Nicholas Merz – The Limits of Men (Aagoo Records) – post punk

Nocturnal Breed – The Whiskey Tapes (Folter Records) – black / thrash

Nomad – Feral (APF Records) – sludge

Northwoods – Wasteland (Mother Ship Records) – post-hardcore

Nova Flares – S/T, EP (Independent) – dreamgaze

Odd Palace – Things To Place On the Moon (Prime Collective) – prog / alt-rock

Ovate – S/T (Soulseller Records) – black metal
Purgatory – Cold Side of Reality (Unbeaten Records) – hardcore

Quantum Leap – No Reason (Viskningar och vrål) – post-punk

Ricarda Cometa – Ricarda Cometa 2 (Nefarious Industries) – progressive noise

Shitty Person – Judgement (Svart Records) – noise

Soft Science – Maps (Test Pattern Records) – dreamgaze

Soliliquium – Contemplations (Transcending Records) – doom

Sons of Alpha Centauri – Continuum (H42 Records / Cobraside) – prog-rock

Spurv – Myra (Fysisk Format) – post-rock

The Black Sorcery – And the Beast Spake Death From Above (Krucyator Productions) – black / death

The Zealots – Only Rocks Live Forever (Independent) – hard rock

Thou – Inconsolable (Community Records / Gilead Media) – doom

Truchło Strzygi – Umierać (Godz Ov War Productions) – black / punk

Urarv – Argentum (Svart Records) – avant-garde metal

War Goat / Black Ceremonial Kult – Unapproachable Laws of the Abyss (Godz Ov War Productions) – black metal

Wombbath – The Great Desolation (Soulseller Records) – death metal

World Demise – S/T, EP (Flatspot Records) – hardcore

World Untouched By Mankind – The Forests Are Old With Grief (Pacific Threnodies) – dungeon synth

Worshipper – Mirage Daze, EP (Tee Pee Records) – hard rock

– Josh

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