Initial Descent: July 1 – 7, 2018


Well, hopefully none of you blew any limbs off doing something dumb with fireworks but if you did then you’ve got nothing but time to check out this week’s goods here on Initial Descent. On the flip side, if you’re totally intact you still have time to do the same. You can’t afford to miss it either way is what I’m saying so…TALLY HO.

Leading the pack is Immortal who return from a nine year silence and a member down (not news at this point) with the aptly titled Northern Chaos Gods and any fears of an Abbath-less album not living up to its gnarly black metal roots are firmly put to death in the first few seconds. On the swampy death metal front, Turkey’s Burial Invocation release their debut full length Abiogenesis. Fans of WITTR will find plenty to love on With the End In Mind‘s latest, Unraveling; Arising and Lucifer return with Lucifer II which falls heavier on the rock end of the spectrum, courtesy of Nicke Andersson, but further showcases Johanna Sadonis’ fantastic voice so there’s that.

As always though, much more to come after the jump so stick around and enjoy!

Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods

Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods (Nuclear Blast) – back metal

Burial Invocation - Abiogenesis

Burial Invocation – Abiogenesis (Dark Descent Records) – death metal

With the End In Mind - Unraveling Arising

With the End In Mind – Unraveling; Arising (Temple of Torturous Records) – black metal

Lucifer - Lucifer II

Lucifer – Lucifer II (Century Media Records) – psych rock [full review]

Also on tap:

1968 – Ballads of the Godless (Hevisike) – hard rock

A Shoreline Dream – Waitout (Latenight Weeknight Records) – gaze-rock

Agregator – Semmibõl, a semmin át (GarageLive Records) – melodic death metal

Ancient Lights – S/T (Ritual Productions) – doom

Decibel Demon – Declassified (Brutal Records) – hard rock

Ekpyrosis – Deathtrips, EP (Crawling Chaos) – avantgarde black metal

Finis – Visions of Doom, EP (Iron Bonehead) – black / doom

Glanville – First Blood (Fat & Holy Records) – heavy rock

Great Electric Quest – Chapter II (Totem Cat Records) – heavy metal

Gwydion – Thirteen (Ultraje) – folk metal

Kielkropf – Ignorance Is Bliss (Sludgelord Records) – sludge / doom

Kingnomad – The Great Nothing (Ripple Music) – psych doom

Kissin’ Dynamite – Ecstasy (Metal Blade Records) – rock

Kontinuum – No Need For Reason (Season of Mist) – noise

MaterDea – Pyaneta (Rockshots Records) – progressive metal / folk [full review]

Maypine – Bend/Break, EP (Independent) – alt-rock

naisian – Rejoinder, EP (Independent) – doom

Nasty Surgeons – Infectious Stench (Xtreem Music) – death / grind

Not My Master – Disobey (Rockshots / Extreme Metal Music) – thrash

Opening Bell – Compound Eyes / Loma Atonal, EP (Sleeping Giant Glossolalia) – avantgarde noise

Quarter Hour of Power – Compilation (Encapsulated Records) – punk / rock

Runespell – Order of Vengeance (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Secret Cutter – Quantum Eraser (Deathwish / Holy Roar) – grind / sludge

Tujarot – Existencialista, LP (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Wisdom In Chains – Nothing In Nature Respects Weakness (Demons Run Amok) – hardcore

Yawning Man – The Revolt Against Tired Noises (Heavy Psych Sounds) – psych rock

ZU93 – Mirror Emperor (House of Mythology) – avantgarde

– Josh

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