Initial Descent: February 10 -16, 2019

Endorphins Lost
Endorphins Lost – courtesy of Jon Fett

It’s love week. Cupid, hearts….and all that. Who do you love? I say, who do you LOooOVE?! Whoa, the spirit of Bo Diddley got me for a sec. But, to further his point: we love metal and lists of new metal. We have both, in spades, right here. Keep reading, dear reader…

It’s been awhile since the last really good powerviolence fix but Endorphins Lost repair that missing element on the devastatingly vicious Seclusions – think Choose Your Way with more hate and venom. If you’ve been paying attention, speed metal with a heavy lean towards all things 80s is a very good thing and Chainbreaker do just that, tremendously so, on debut Lethal Desire. Saor don’t exactly break their own mold on Forgotten Paths but they still execute their brand of folk and atmospheric black metal well and if we we’re betting folks, we would bet that this album will be much better when played at Fire In the Mountains Fest. Last up top are the black ‘n’ punk phenoms Truchło Strzygi who offer one of the most seamless mixes of those two genres on Nad Którymi Nie Czuw Żaden Stróż.

Happy love week. Keep reading to find something you really love.

Endorphins Lost - Seclusions

Endorphins Lost – Seclusions (From the Head of Zeus) – powerviolence

Chainbreaker - Lethal Desire

Chainbreaker – Lethal Desire (Hells Headbangers) – speed metal

Saor - Forgotten Paths

Saor – Forgotten Paths (Avantgarde Music) – atmospheric black metal / folk

Truchło Strzygi - Nad Którymi Nie Czuwa Żaden Stróż

Truchło Strzygi – Nad Którymi Nie Czuw Żaden Stróż (Godz Ov War) – black ‘n’ punk

Also on tap:

Asphodelus – Stygian Dreams (Terror From Hell) – doom / death

Backstabber – Conspiracy Theorist (Independent) – death metal

Blodhemn – Mot Ein Evig Ruin (Soulseller) – black metal

Born From Pain – True Love (BDHW) – hardcore

Caustic Vomit – Festering Odes to Deformity (Redefining Darkness) – death / doom

Cleaning Women – Intersubjectivity (Svart) – avantgarde

Crematory Stench – Grotesque Deformities (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Death Worship – End Times (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – black metal

Dzjenghis Khan – S/T (Heavy Psych Sounds) – acid rock

Emerald Sabbath – North Star – A Tribute to Black Sabbath (Plastic Head) – doom

End of Silence – Sail To the Sunset (Wormholedeath / The Orchard / Aural Music) – metal

Endless Floods – Circle the Gold (Fvtvrecordings / Bigoût Records) – melodic metal

Eva Can’t – Febbraio (My Kingdom Music) – progressive metal

Evulse – Call of the Void (Godz Ov War) – death metal

Funereal Presence – Achatius (Ajna) – black metal

Gridfailure – Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I (Nefarious) – avantgarde noise

Hellnite – Midnight Terrors (Sliptrick) – thrash

Herod – Sombre Dessein (Pelagic Records) – post-metal

Il Vuoto – Vastness (Hypnotic Dirge) – atmospheric / funeral doom

Illimitable Dolor / Promethean Misery – Split (Independent) – doom

Joyless Euphoria – Dreaming In Ultraviolet (Boersma) – post-black metal

Kaamos Warriors – Ikuisen Talven Sarastus (Inverse) – dark metal

Mastord – Trail of Consequence (Inverse) – progressive metal

Murmur – The Boundless Black (Independent) – dark folk

Oldd Wvrms – Codex Tenebris (Cursed Monk Records) – doom / drone / industrial

ROSS – Sing, Guslar!, LP (Ordo MCM) – power metal

Rotting Christ – The Heretics (Season of Mist) – black metal

Signo Rojo – End of Tether (Independent) – hardcore punk / sludge

Skraeckoedlan – Eorpe (Fuzzorama Records) – progressive metal

Snake Tongue – No Escape No Excuse, EP (The Sign) – metallic hardcore

Telümehtår – The Well (Hidden Marly Productions) – black metal

The Munsens – Unhanded (Sailor Records) – black /punk / metal

The Wandering Ascetic – Crimson (Transcending Obscurity) – black / thrash

Trauma – As the World Dies (Pure Steel Records) – heavy metal

Un / Coltsblood – Split (Independent) – doom

Vanir – Allfather (Mighty Music) – viking metal

Witchgoat – Egregors of the Black Faith (Morbid Skull Records / Hell Productions) – black/thrash metal

– Josh

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