Initial Descent: July 22 – 28, 2018


Last week, things happened. All over the place. AND we featured a lot of things – good things as a matter of fact, so when you get some free time head back and check it all out. Plus, we will feature more good things this week. Speaking of good things, there’s new metal and plenty of it. What you ask? Read on…

Leading the charge is a pair of stunning black metal releases; the first of which is Inexorum with their melodic black metal debut Lore of the Lakes. This thing has had me in a trance since it hit our inbox, it’s an extremely personal piece of music that is as huge in scope as the landscape and themes at its core. And the second of which is the atmospheric black metal of Twilight Fauna on Where Birds Sing My Name and if you’ve somehow missed any of the past praise we’ve heaped on Twilight Fauna just listen to this album and formulate your own opinions — original release date was this week but it dropped late last week, still including it here so you DON’T MISS IT and because I can. Missouri’s Degrave bring the old school of thrash metal roaring back to life on their debut Degrave and Bloodsoaked Necrovoid give new meaning to slowly raising the dead from old infected crypts on their death / doom four-track Demo.

There’s more to follow so hang around awhile. We’ll be seeing you here throughout the week, stay tuned.

Inexorum - Lore of the Lakes

Inexorum – Lore of the Lakes (Gilead Media) – black metal

Twilight Fauna - Where Birds Sing My Name

Twilight Fauna – Where Birds Sing My Name (Independent) – atmospheric black metal / folk [feature review]

Degrave - Degrave

Degrave – S/T (Independent) – thrash [feature]

Bloodsoaked Necrovoid - Demo

Bloodsoaked Necrovoid – Demo (Caligari Records) – death / doom

Also on tap:

Albionic Hermeticism – Ancient Hermetic Purity (Signal Rex) – black metal

Atavisma – The Chthonic Rituals (Memento Mori) – death metal

Axis of Despair – Contempt for Man (Southern Lord) – grindcore

Black Howling – Return of Primordial Stillness (Signal Rex) – black metal

Black Space Riders – Amoretum Vol 2 (Black Space Records / Cargo Records) – rock

Buñuel – The Easy Way Out (La Tempesta International / Goodfellas Records) – rock

Cancer – Into the Heartless Silence (Throats Productions) – black metal

Decline of the I – Escape (Agonia) – post-black metal

Dee Snider – For the Love Of Metal (Napalm Records) – heavy metal

Dragkhar – The Endless Howling Abyss, EP (Craneo Negro Records / Nameless Grave Records) – death metal

Drawn and Quartered – The One Who Lurks (Krucyator Productions) – death metal

Faithxtractor – Proverbial Lambs to the Ultimate Slaughter (Hells Headbangers) – death metal

Infernal Execrator – Obsolete Ordinance (Pulverised Records) – black metal

Invocation Spells – Spread Cruelty In the Abyss (Hells Headbangers) – black / death

Kikis A. Apostolou – Phases of Time (Independent) – hard rock

Lower Automation – Shoebox Companion (Independent) – mathcore

Nopes Stapler (Magnetic Eye) – garage rock

Omenfilth – Hymns of Diabolical Treachery, Limited Cassette (Eternal Death Records) – black metal

Onda Makter – Mardrömmars Värsta Mänsklighet (Folkvangr Records) – black metal

Outline – Fire Whiplash (Hells Headbangers) – speed metal

Redemption – Long Night’s Journey Into Day (Metal Blade Records) – progressive metal

Ritual Aesthetic – Wound Garden (Cleopatra Records) – industrial metal

Saint Karloff – All Heed the Black God (Twin Earth Records) – doom

Shed the Skin – We of Scorn (Hells Headbangers) – death metal

Statiqbloom – Infinite Spectre (Translation Loss) – post-industrial

Talons We All Know (Holy Roar Records) – post rock

Teloch Vovin / Grave Gnosis – Transmissions, Split (Plate XII Records) – black metal

Thou – Rhea Sylvia (Deathwish) – melodic grunge

Traveler / Coronary – Split, Comp. (Gates of Hell Records) – heavy metal

Tunjum – Deidades del Inframundo (Dunkelheit Produktionen) – death metal

Weed Demon – Astrological Passages (Electric Valley Records) – stoner doom

– Josh

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