Initial Descent: September 16 – 22, 2018


Weekend is gone. I’m falling short on words so let’s just get to the week that is in new metal…

Don’t mess with Texas they said, somebody did and now Krigsgrav is back for revenge on Leave No Path To Follow and they’ve one upped themselves again here, no small feat since Waves of Degradation was a killer and likewise for The Carrion Fields but their brand of black metal laced with doom and gazey corners is a full on epic beast to behold. Fórn have been through all kinds of hell over the past two years and it shows in every pained note of Rites of Despair – this is a tremendous doom album that tests wills while keeping anticipations high for what’s to come next, highly recommended but you knew that so buy it already. Following on the heels of Sumac’s free form, on the spot collab with Keiji Haino is Love In Shadow which keeps that feel going but is a return to what they do best: crush souls with a bombardment of cerebral sludge. Last up in the top slots is Wisconsin’s Prezir with their war ready take on gritty yet memorable black metal on As Rats Devour Lions and the blood flows freely, just sayin’.

Jump in below, enjoy everything and stay as long as you like. We’ll see you back here throughout the week.


Krigsgrav – Leave No Path To Follow (Independent) – atmospheric black / doom [full review]

Fórn - Rites of Despair

Fórn – Rites of Despair (Gilead Media) – doom [feature review]

Sumac - Love In Shadow

Sumac – Love In Shadow (Thrill Jockey) – doom / sludge [full review]

Prezir - As Rats Devour Lions

Prezir – As Rats Devour Lions (Godz ov War Productions) – black metal

Also on tap:

Aborted – TerrorVision (Century Media) – death metal

Ash of Ashes – Down the White Waters (Independent) – heavy metal

Bangladeafy – Ribboncutter (Nefarious Industries) – tech metal

Beauty In Chaos – Finding Beauty In Chaos (33.3 Music Collective) – goth / industrial

Civic Soma – Hybris (Boersma Records) – psych rock

Cortez & Wasted Theory – The Second Coming of Heavy; Chapter IX (Ripple Music) – stoner metal

Cosmic Void Ritual – Grotesque Infections of Interplanetary Divide (Iron Bonehead) – death metal

Dalkhu – Lamentations and Ardent Fire (Godz ov War Productions) – black metal

Deep Memories – Rebuilding the Future (Heavy Metal Rock / Misanthropic / Invasion of Solitude / GS Prods.) – melodic death / doom

Dephosphorus – Impossible Orbits, Vinyl Reissue (7 Degrees Records) – grind

Domnitor – Duhul Belicos (Redefining Darkness) – death / black / war metal

Dream Patrol – Phantoms of the Past (Mighty Music) – rock

Eternal Rot – Cadaverine (Godz ov War Productions) – death / doom

Gnosis – The Offering of Seven (Terror From Hell Records) – black metal

I: Scintilla – Swayed (Alfa Matrix) – industrial

Invocation – The Mastery of the Unseen, 7″ EP (Iron Bonehead) – black / death

Juicer Mach – IV (All Good Clean Records) – orchestral metal

le mur – Exorta (Clostridium Records) – rock

Lost Tribes of the Moon – S/T (Independent) – heavy metal / progressive

Nuisable – Slaves and Snakes (Deadlight Entertainment / Terrain Vague) – hardcore

Över – Facing Transcendence (Avantgarde Music) – black metal

Perpetuum Mobile – Paradoxa Emblemata (Xenoglossy Productions) – black metal

Piles – Una Volta (Aagoo Records / REV. Lab Records) – experimental

Plainride – Life On Ares (Ripple Music) – stoner metal

Sage – Anno Domini 1573 (Rockshots Records) – power metal

Second Sun – Eländes Elände (Gaphals) – rock

Sercati – Devoted, Demons and Mavericks (WormHoleDeath) – melodic black metal

Superfjord – All Will Be Golden (Svart Records) – progressive psych rock

Therapy? – Cleave (Marshall Records) – rock

Voivod – The Wake (Century Media) – heavy metal

Wardance – Heaven Is For Sale, Reissue (Dying Victims Productions) – power / speed

Where’s My Bible – M ‘N’ R (Inverse Records) – metal

Wytch Hazel – II Sojourn (Bad Omen / RidingEasy) – heavy rock

– Josh

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