Initial Descent: November 25 – December 1, 2018


Food coma anyone? If you’re in the states you know what I’m talking about and if not you’re all the better for it. Just as waistlines are expanding so is the quantity of releases vying for that ‘before the end of the year’ release date. Good for us. Exactly what, you’re wondering? Read on…

With the exception of a few small spots in time, Master has been around for 35 years and are still here and still kicking all kinds of death metal ass on their fourteenth full length Vindictive Miscreants, so get on that. Just in time for the much needed slow and low feeling after massive amounts of food last week, Psychlona give us rolling rhythms of fuzzed out desert rock on Mojo Rising. Blackened death metal and 90s era thrash collide on Fireborn, the debut EP from Aempyrean, and Bane offer up more blackened death metal on Esoteric Formulae but melodicism takes a front seat on this one.

Jump in face — or belly — first to this week’s offerings and we’ll be seeing you, here, throughout the week.

Master - Vindictive Miscreant

Master – Vindictive Miscreant (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal [full review]

Psychlona - Mojo Rising

Psychlona – Mojo Rising (Ripple Music / Cursed Tongue) – desert rock [profile]

Aempyrean - Fireborn

Aempyrean – Fireborn, EP (Cyclopean Eye Productions) – black / death

Bane - Esoteric Formulae

Bane – Esoteric Formulae (Black Market / Funeral Hymns / Corde Raide) – black / death

Also on tap:

Anna Sage – Downward Motion, EP (Vox Project Records) – alt-hardcore

Antiverse – Under the Regolith, Cassette Issue (Tridroid Records) – death metal

Arrayan Path – Archegonoi (Pitch Black Records) – power metal

Baneful Storm – Invocations (Invictus Productions) – death metal

Battalions – Forever Marching Backwards (APF) – sludge / punk / metal [feature]

Bullhead – Tough Luck (Boersma Records) – grunge / punk

Cantique Lépreux – Paysages polaires (Eisenwald) – atmospheric black metal

Cirrosis – The Collector of Truths (Concreto Records) – death metal

Coffin Birth – The Serpent Insignia (Narcotica / Time To Kill) – death metal

Degredo – A Noite dos Tempos (Harvest of Death) – black metal

Evilfeast – Mysteries of the Nocturnal Forest (Eisenwald) – black metal

Grant the Sun – Simmar Ur Bild (Mas-Kina Recordings) – prog / metal / post-rock

Grog – Macabre Requiems (Helldprod Records) – death / grind

Groza – Unified In Void (AOP) – black metal

High Cost – S/T (Tridroid Records) – hardcore / grind

Horehound – Holocene (Doom Stew) – doom

I Am Pariah – Procreate//Annihilate, EP (Independent) – heavy metal

Inoculated Life – Exist to Decay (Redefining Darkness) – death / grind

JT Ripper – Gathering of the Insane (I Hate Records) – black / thrash / speed

Kryptamok – Profaani, CD & LP Reissue (Helter Skelter) – black metal

Lividity – Perverseverance (Metal Age Productions) – grind

Marasme – Malsons (WOOAAARGH) – sludge / post metal

Marius Danielsen – Legend of Valley Doom: Part 2 (Crime Records) – power metal

Morbosidad / Kill – Santuario del Diablo (Hells Headbangers) – black / death

Morgal – S/T (Werewolf) – black metal

Necroart – Caino (The Goatmancer Records) – metal

Night Crowned – Humanity Will Echo Out, EP (Black Lion Records) – black metal [profile]

Odyssian – Day of Wrath (Independent) – progressive death metal

Onset – Unstructured Dissemination (Weird Truth Productions) – atmospheric doom

Sarah Longfield – Disparity (Season of Mist) – instrumental

Scald – Will of the Gods Is A Great Power, Reissue (Ordo MCM) – black metal

Second To Sun – The Walk (Independent) – metal

Skelethal / Cadaveric Fumes – Heirs of Hideous Secrecies, Split (Hells Headbangers) – death metal

Son of Cain – Closer to the Edge (Raging Planet Records) – heavy rock

Stilla – Synviljor (Nordvis) – black metal

Tusmørke – Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder, vol. 1 (Karisma Records) – progressive folk/psych/rock

Un – Sentiment, Cassette Issue (Tridroid Records) – doom

Unto the Wolves – Year Two (Independent) – hard rock

Valkyrja – Throne Ablaze (WTC Productions) – black / death

Vane – Black Vengeance (Independent) – melodic death metal

Vanishing Kids – Heavy Dreamer (Svart) – doom

Veonity – Legend of the Starborn (Sliptrick) – power metal

Vitriol – Pain Will Define Their Death, CD & 7″ Issue (Everlasting Spew) – death metal [interview]

Voodus – Into the Wild (Shadow) – black metal

Whoredom Rife – NID – Hymner Av Hat (Terratvr Possessions) – black metal

Wilderness Hymnal – Anthropocene (AWAL / Kobalt) – post-rock

Wulkanaz – S/T (Helter Skelter) – black metal

– Josh

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