Initial Descent: December 2 – 8, 2018

Graf Orlock
Graf Orlock

Sickness sucks. I’ve been fighting a damn cold for what feels like an eternity and it just won’t quit. YAY ME. Ugh. But, you know what makes me feel better? Hey WHAT, you don’t care?! FINE. But, I’m saying it anyway because I can: new metal makes me feel better and there’s another heaping load of it this week so let’s hop to it, shall we…

Graf Orlock, who define DIY hardcore punk these days, returns with their fourth full length (and 11th release overall) Examination of Violent Cinema, Volume 1 which features inspiration from, you guessed it, violent films released in 2017 and autopsied corpse packaging but really it’s another notch in the belt of a band that defines its own genre in 2018. Viscera/// return with a quick hitter EP in the form of City of Dope and Violence and it’s a twisted rail of hardcore, sludge and experimentation but a fast trip you’ll want to take. Svartidauði have been through a whirlwind of life happenings in their short existence but that didn’t stop them from releasing a stunning sophomore effort of epic black metal on Revelations of the Red SwordLast up top this week is the labyrinthine maze of progressive / technical death metal from Zealotry on At the Nexus of All Stillborn Worlds which is the band’s maiden voyage for Unspeakable Axe, perfect fit.

After that opening four I’m already feeling better. Thanks for your concern…or not. Anyway, you know what to do next. GO. NOW.

Graf Orlock - Examination of Violent Cinema, Volume 1

Graf Orlock – Examination of Violent Cinema, Volume 1 (Vitriol Records) – hardcore punk

Viscera/// - City of Dope and Violence

Viscera/// – City of Dope and Violence, EP (Third I Rex) – black / sludge

Svartidauði svartidaudi Revelations of the Red Sword

Svartidauði – Revelations of the Red Sword (Ván Records) – black metal [feature review]

Zealotry - At the Nexus of All Stillborn Worlds

Zealotry – At the Nexus of All Stillborn Worlds (Unspeakable Axe) – death metal

Also on tap:

Ashes Collide – First Collide (Sliptrick) – alt-rock

Atlas : Empire – The Stratosphere Beneath Our Feet (Independent) – rock

Cardiac – Mañana No Será Otro Día Igual (Tenacity Music) – metallic hardcore

Crevassian – S/T, EP (Independent) – atmospheric post metal

Dawn of Winter – Pray For Doom (I Hate Records) – doom

Dayglo Mourning / Bludy Gyres – Rope Enough For Two (Blake Doomba Records) – doom [profile]

Deathkings – Ex Nihilo (Independent) – black / doom

Disciples of the Void – S/T (Primitive Reaction) – black metal

Dropdead – Arms Race, EP (Armageddon Label) – hardcore

Ernia – S/T (Absolute Contempt Records) – death / grind

Etchirion – Psalms of the Risen Dead (Sondmass) – symphonic metal

Evi Nine – Black Light White Dark (Solemn Wave Records) – post punk

Faceless Burial – Multiversal Abbatoir, EP (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Forest of Shadows – Among the Dormant Watchers (Inverse Records) – doom metal

Goathammer – Ceremony of Morbid Destruction (Hells Headbangers) – black / death

Goats of Doom – Rukous (Primitive Reaction) – black metal

Human Agony – Goring Christ, EP(Invictus) – extreme metal

Hyvmine – Retaliation, Single (Seek and Strike) – progressive metal

Ichor – Hadal Ascending (Unholy Conspiracy Deathwork) – death metal

Inhume – Exhume: 25 Years of Decomposition (Xenokorp) – grind / brutal death

Instorm – Taming the Chaos (Metal Carnival Records) – melodic death metal

Irk – Recipes from the Bible (For the Lost) – doom

Khors – Beyond the Bestial, EP (Ashen Dominion) – black metal

Lumnos – The Heliosphere Singularity (Flowing Downward) – atmospheric black metal

Mass Infection – Shadows Became Flesh (Comatose Music) – brutal death metal

Nattravnen – Kult of the Raven (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Omgeving – Wijde widjte (Hypnotic Dirge) – experimental black metal

Omnipotence – Praecipitium (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Order of the Nameless Ones – Utter To Me the Word of Wrath (Iron Bonehead) – death metal

Othismos – Separazione (Independent) – extreme metal

Rauhnåcht – Unterm Gipfelthron (Debemur Morti Productions) – black metal

Redemptor – The Becoming, 2005 -2011 (Selfmadegod Records) – technical death metal

Space Coke – L’appel Du Vide (Mystery School Records) – fuzz

Thulsa Doom – Realms of Hatred (Invictus Productions) – death metal

Tombtoker – Coffin Texts, EP (Seeing Red / Metal Swarm) – doom / stoner

Trees – S/T (Svart) – folk rock

Tuskar – The Tide, Beneath, The Wall (Riff Rock Records) – sludge / doom

Twilight Fields – Demagogue (Independent) – folk rock

Ulver – Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, EP Vinyl Issue (House of Mythology) – ulver

Vvorse – Ajatus vapaudesta, EP (Inverse) – hardcore

Warp Chamber – Abdication of the Mind (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

Warren Schoenbright – Machinae Inutiles (Astral Noize Records) – industrial

– Josh

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