Initial Descent: December 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019


‘Tis the season for hopes and dreams (aka: new years resolutions) that fly by like memories on the hard drive of some tragic half human, half robot that’s been beat up and spit out over the course of too many attempts to recreate a life that once was. If you subscribe to this line of thinking, stick to it and see where it leads but don’t half-ass it. New metal? Yes, we got it and just in time after the big purge of eoy lists. What’s up this week? Read on…

Let’s get this started with a very late December release that trips the filthy, nasty  Swedeath trigger and while Feral isn’t reinventing the wheel on Flesh For Funerals Eternal they are keeping the stream everflowing. Vanha returns with an incredible sophomore effort on the mournfully dark Melancholia and brutal death metallers Meathook break a long silence with the fetid gore of Crypts, Coffins, Corpses – yes, it sounds exactly as the title suggests.

Quantity will return in the coming week or so but this is a great batch of releases to shake the holiday gluttony and get your head in the game for what’s to come. Sink below to kick off 2019 and don’t forget: if you commit, don’t quit.

Feral - Flesh for Funerals Eternal

Feral – Flesh For Funerals Eternal (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Vanha - Melancholia

Vanha – Melancholia (Black Lion Records) – doom / death

Meathook - Crypts, Coffins, Corpses

Meathook – Crypts, Coffins, Corpses (Unmatched Brutality Records) – brutal death metal

Also on tap:

Cloudburst – S/T (Samstrong Records) – metallic hardcore

Festerday – Iihtallan (Season of Mist) – death metal

Gandalf’s Owl – Who’s the Dreamer? (Club Inferno) – ambient rock

Internal Chronicles – Crimson Storm (Guts ‘n’ Blood Records) – melodic doom / black

John Garcia – John Garcia and the Band of Gold (Napalm Records) – stoner

Legion of the Damned – Slaves of the Shadow Realm (Napalm Records) – thrash

Lightsabres – A Shortcut To Insanity (Medusa Crush) – stoner grunge

Mark Deutrom – The Blue Bird (Season of Mist) – heavy rock

Neonderthal Death – Neonderthal, 7″ (Ektro) – synth death

Nefastu – Obscura Tentacles (Purodium Rekords) – black metal

Neuronaut – State of Not Enough (Duplicate Records) – atmospheric metal

Organ – Everything is pared down. Minimal expectations (Duplicate Records) – black progressive rock

Plague Years – Unholy Infestation, EP (Seeing Red) – thrash

Undantagsfolk – Den ondes fingrar (Nordvis) – folk

Yatra – Death Ritual (Grimoire Records) – doom

– Josh

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