Initial Descent: November 11 – 17, 2018


By the time this goes to print, I’ll be on the way back from the Holy City where I’ll have indulged in breweries, old architecture and a graveyard or two (hey, old architecture there too) but for sure will have several of this week’s new offerings in my ears for the duration. What exactly is new this week? Read on to find out…

Kicking this thing off in grand fashion is the ever suffocating and esoteric maelstrom of darkness that is Ævangelist on Matricide In the Temple of Omega, this is a band that defies categorization but always pushes the boundaries of black and death metal as well as its listener’s limits. Don’t just sample it, completely bury yourself in its hour of audio terror. Next up is Ghostly White from Deceased who over the course of 30 years and some change have put out consistently great death metal and this eighth full length is no exception but furthermore after all this time the band seems to have more energy than ever and dare I say the best chops yet. Moving along is Introvert from Norway’s Slegest which really scratches that black ‘n’ roll itch I get from time to time, this things just rocks. Period. Last in this week’s opening four is Arête with their debut full length Hymnal which expands on everything that made their 2016 EP such a hit. They’ve taken a genre tag, atmospheric black metal, and offered us the very definition of its parts – as the weather turns cold this is an outstanding companion to steal away from the surrounding world and its crazed pace.

Plenty more inside to explore so jump in and don’t miss a thing.

ævangelist - Matricide In the Temple of Omega

Ævangelist – Matricide In the Temple of Omega (I, Voidhanger Records) – black / death [feature review]

Deceased - Ghostly White

Deceased – Ghostly White (Hells Headbangers) – death metal

Slegest - Introvert

Slegest – Introvert (Dark Essence Records) – black ‘n’ roll [feature review]

Arête - Hymnal

Arête – Hymnal (The Fear and the Void Recordings) – atmospheric black metal

Also on tap:

1914 – The Blind Leading The Blind (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

All Hail the Yeti – Highway Crosses (Minus Head) – sludge / stoner

Amon Amarth – The Pursuit of Vikings: Live At Summer Breeze (Metal Blade) – viking metal

Artillery – The Face of Fear (Metal Blade) – thrash

Atlas – Primitive (Inverse Records) – metalcore

Atria – New World Nightmare, EP (CDN) – modern metal

Azusa – Heavy Yoke (Solid State) – metal [full review]

Barbarian Hermit – Solitude and Savagery (APF) – sludge

Baring Teeth – Transitive Surgery (Translation Loss) – death metal

Black Oath – Behold the Abyss (High Roller) – heavy metal

Brothers of Metal – Prophecy of Ragnarok (AFM Records) – power metal

Dead Waves – God of the Wild (Entheon Records) – rock / folk

Death Vanish – Cold Hammer of Melancholy (Eternal Death) – black metal

Disrule – Sleep In Your Honour (Seeing Red Records) – doom / stoner

Dissonant Distance – S/T (Sliptrick) – prog rock

Divine Ascension – The Uncovering (ViciSolum Productions) – progressive metal

Funeral Chic – Superstition (Prosthetic Records) – black / crust

Irk – Recipes From the Bible (Independent) – noise rock

Karg – Dornenvögel (AOP) – atmospheric black metal

King Nine – Death Rattle (Closed Casket Activities) – hardcore

Kosm – Cosmonaut (Independent) – modern metal

Little Jimi – EP. 1 (Heavy Psych Sounds) – psych rock

Mentor – Cults, Crypts and Corpses (Pagan Records) – blackened thrash / hardcore

Of Grace and Hatred – Toxic Vows (Loyal Blood) – hardcore

Organic – Carved In Flesh (Testimony Records) – death metal

portrayal of guilt – Let Pain Be Your Guide (Gilead Media / Holy Roar) – extreme metal [feature review]

Rigor Sadonicus – Ridenti Mortuus (Independent) – funeral doom

Roadkiller – S/T (Independent) – thrash

Saboter – Architects of Evil (No Remorse) – heavy metal

Sacrificium Carmen – Hermetica (Saturnal) – black metal

Seething Akira – The Islander (Armalyte Records) – alt metal

Shattered Skies – Muted Neon (Incendia) – progressive metal

Sigh – Heir To Despair (Candlelight Records) – black metal

Skull Pit – S/T (Metal Blade) – heavy metal

Sobaki Tabaka – XX-XXIV (WOOAAARGH) – industrial

SuidAkrA – Cimbric Yarns (AFM) – ambient / folk

The Crawling – Wolves and the Hideous White (Grindscene Records) – doom / death

The Great Sabatini – Goodbye Audio (No List / Ancient Temple / No Why / Pink Lemonade) – sludge / noise

Trollwar – Oath of the Storm (Independent) – black / folk

Various Artists – Sound of the Raging Steppe (Tengger X Cavalry Recordings) – folk metal

Warkings – Reborn (Napalm) – power metal

– Josh

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