Initial Descent: January 27 – February 2, 2019


Botflies. Old Scratch’s botflies. Shiver me timbers that was a rough one to get away from and all of a sudden I’m a pirate. Last week I was a bit predisposed but I’m back basically because Old Scratch wants his music on display. And that, we do and do well. Exactly what you might be wondering…read on, dear reader…

In Gladiator, Russel Crowe asked ‘are you not entertained?’ and because of Plague from the UK’s Mastiff I will now ask ‘are you not entertained by the heaviness?’. Seriously, this band finds new ways to make sludge, hardcore and grind heavier than a really heavy thing. Ossuarium continues the heavy theme but in an old school nasty death metal vein on Living Tomb, Tennessee’s Thetan bring the power and the violence and the hardcore on sophomore effort Abysmal, and Unendlich hit the right combination of melodicism and second wave black metal on Thanatophobia.

Now, if I can just keep those botflies from ruining my hard drive…dive in below while I find an electric fly swat.

mastiff - plague

Mastiff – Plague (APF) – sludge / grindcore / hardcore [profile]

ossuarium - living tomb

Ossuarium – Living Tomb (20 Buck Spin) – death / doom

thetan - abysmal

Thetan – Abysmal (Anti Corporate Music) – powerviolence / hardcore

unendlich - thanatophobia

Unendlich – Thanatophobia (Horror Pain Gore Death) – black metal [profile]

Also on tap:

Almøst Human – XS2XTC (Fastball / Normosis) – metal

Aneurysm – Awareness (Tor Johnson Records) – noise

Astronoid – S/T (Blood Music) – post-metal

Better Than Mending – Desire Lines, EP (Independent) – post hardcore

Blot & Blod – Ligæder (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Brave the Waters – Chapter II: Days of Solitude (Independent) – ambient / post-rock

Dead Head – The Feast Begins At Dawn, Reissue (Hammerheart) – thrash

Der Rote Milan – Moritat (Unholy Conspiracy Deathwork) – black metal

Dekathlon – The Thin Road, 7” (Ektro / Full Contact) – synthwave

Destroyers of All – The Vile Manifesto (Mosher) – prog death / thrash

Die Klute – Planet Fear (Cleopatra Records) – industrial metal

Enon Chapel – S/T, EP (Acephale Winter Productions) – black metal

God In A Cone – Passing (Independent) – experimental

Graves – Liturgia da Blasfemia (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Hazpiq – Cepheid (Melancholia Records) – prog metal

Hedfuzy – Waves (Hostile Media) – progressive metal

Innero – Chaoswolf (Third I Rex) – black metal

Juseph – Óreida (WOOAAARGH) – post-metal

Lazer Angel – Soul Exchange, 7″ (Ektro) – synthwave

Lighteater – Autoscopy (Independent) – post-rock / instrumental

Mörglbl – The Story of Scott Rötti (Laser’s Edge / Free Electric Sound) – progressive instrumental jazz metal

Morild – Så kom mørket… (Indisciplinarian) – atmospheric black metal

NEX – The World Collapses (Independent) – death metal

NŪR – S/T (Suicide Records) – post-metal

Optimist – Vermächtnis (BDHW) – death metal/hardcore

Örmagna – S/T (Signal Rex) – black metal

Pulchra Morte – Divina Autem Et Aniles (Ceremonial Records) – death/doom

Sammas’ Equinox – Pilgrimage / Boahjenásti (Signal Rex) – black metal

Se Lusiferin Kannel – Valtakunta (Signal Rex) – atmospheric black metal

Set It Off – Midnight (Fearless) – modern metal

Siberian – Live At Studio Underjord (The Sign) – sludge

Soen – Lotus (Silver Lining Music) – progressive metal

Split / Cross – Rise of Discontent (Independent) – grind / d-beat

The Sonic Dawn – Eclipse (Heavy Psych Sounds) – psych metal

Thronum Vrondor – Ichor (The Rebellion) (Pulverised Records) – black metal

Toxik Attack – Assassinos em Serie (Helldprod Records) – speed / thrash

Twilight Fields – Songs from the Age of Ruin (N/A) – rock

Various Artists – Heavy Psych Sounds Sampler Vol. 4 (Heavy Psych Sounds) – metal

Vex – Golden Times (Boersma) – modern metal

Zohamah – Spreading My Ashes (Redefining Darkness) – black / death / doom

– Josh

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