Initial Descent: October 7 – 13, 2018


I’m seeing tons more people getting into the whole 31 days of horror extravaganza this year and want to remind everyone to not miss the Blood Red series from Chris where he goes all in for Hooptober. This is the month where horror and metal collide in an evil symphony and needless to say, I’ll drink to that. Speaking of metal, there’s plenty of it this week so let’s get to it…

Swedish death metallers Vanhelgd offer up their fifth installment of insanely good death metal on Deimos Sanktuarium and yes, it is better than Temple of Phobos. NY’s King Buffalo may tag themselves as heavy blues but after spending much time with their second full length Longing To Be the Mountain I would add ‘explosion’ to that tag – it’s an explosion of ideas; a psychedelic cousin and a blues brother meet up to grab drinks with a rocker friend and a metal head uncle. Great second effort here. Vermithrax make their brand of thrash pulse with the soul of classic heavy metal on Imperium Draconus and Solium Fatalis return with a crunchy, melodic blast of death and black metal on Genetically Engineered To Enslave – the production on this thing is unbelievable which is good news for eardrums all around the world.

Stacked week so far but there’s much more candy to enjoy below, go get them.

vanhelgd - deimos sanktuarium

Vanhelgd – Deimos Sanktuarium (Dark Descent) – death / doom

King Buffalo - Longing to be the Mountain

King Buffalo – Longing To Be the Mountain (Independent, US / Stickman Records, EU) – psych / progressive rock

Vermithrax - Imperium Draconus

Vermithrax – Imperium Draconus (Divebomb Records) – thrash

Solium Fatalis - Genetically Engineered To Enslave

Solium Fatalis – Genetically Engineered To Enslave (Independent) – black / death

Also on tap:

Agrypnie – Grenzgaenger + Pavor Nocturnus (Supreme Chaos Records) – black metal

Arcane Tales – Legacy of the Gods (Broken Bones / Sliverstream) – power metal

Beyond Creation – Algorythm (Season of Mist) – tech death [feature review]

Black Mold – Atavism (Helldprod Records) – black metal

Cherubs – Short of Popular, Comp. (Sonic Surgery Records) – noise rock

Chthonic – Battlefields of Asura (Independent) – metal

Deadbird – III: The Forest Within the Tree (20 Buck Spin) – doom

Dragony – Masters of the Multiverse (Limb Music) – power metal

Drift Into Black – Dead Suns Under the Forever Moon (Independent) – dark rock

DungeönHammer – Infernal Moon (Pulverised) – black metal

Eosphoros – S/T (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Gama Bomb – Speed Between the Lines (AFM Records) – thrash

Helsott – Slaves and Gods (M-Theory Audio) – pagan metal

House of Atreus – From the Madness of Ixion (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Khandra – There Is No Division Outside Existence (Redefining Darkness / Possession Productions) – atmospheric black metal

Luicidal – Born In Venice (Cleopatra) – punk / hardcore

Nick Oliveri – N.O. Hits At All, Vol. 5 (Heavy Psych Sounds) – rock

Norilsk – Weepers of the Land, Mini Album (Hypnotic Dirge) – death / doom

Northern Crown – S/T (Independent) – doom

Pa Vash En – Church of Bones (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Pulverized – Monuments of Misanthropy (Krucyator Productions) – death metal

Road Warrior – Power (Gates of Hell Records) – heavy metal

Rodent Epoch – Rodentlord (Saturnal) – black metal

Saber Tiger – Obscure Diversity (Sliptrick) – heavy metal

Seasonal – Weathered, EP (Undead Collective Records) – pop punk

Set and Setting – Tabula Rasa (Pelagic Records) – metallic instrumental rock

Shading – The Vanishing of Our Lore (Independent) – sci-fi metal

Skalmöld – Sorgir (Napalm Records) – viking metal

Skraeckoedlan – Appelträdet (The Sign Records) – sci-fi rock

Terrorizer – Caustic Attack (The End Records) – grindcore

The Odious Construct – Shrine of the Obscene (The Artisan Era) – tech melodic death [feature review]

thisquietarmy – The Body and the Earth (Consouling Sounds) – experimental

Valkyria – Tierra Hostil (Fighter Records) – heavy metal

Verni – Barricade (Mighty Music) – thrash

– Josh

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