Initial Descent: February 17 – 23, 2019


By the time this goes to press I’ll be working my way out of the mountains and back into the hustle and bustle. I’ll probably get lost along the way and will, no doubt, be cold but it’ll be worth it. Nature rules, you should try it sometime. Anyway, thanks to these music players / phones / leashes we all have I won’t be without some of this week’s shiny new metal. Long list ahead so let’s get to it…

Ontario’s Minors was recently one of our Profile subjects and we said that their brand of sludge fueled hardcore would “leave jaws planted firmly on floors the world over” on sophomore outing Abject Bodies and we weren’t kidding – take our word for it and buy it. Next up is new music from Primitive Man and Hell which separately would rule by default but to have them on the same album, in Split format, is likely to knock the earth off its axis with their massive combination of death, doom and sludge. Pernicion wreak trve death metal havoc on their EP Seek What They Sought, and Sanhedrin keep the flames of classic heavy metal extremely well stoked on The Poisoner.

What else is up? Read on…

Minors - Abject Bodies

Minors – Abject Bodies (Holy Roar / Deathwish) – sludge / hardcore [profile]

Primitive Man and Hell - Split

Primitive Man / Hell – Split (Translation Loss) – doom / sludge

Pernicion - Seek What They Sought

Pernicion – Seek What They Sought, EP (Osmose Productions) – death metal [full review]

Sanhedrin - The Poisoner

Sanhedrin – The Poisoner (Cruz Del Sur) – heavy metal

Also on tap:

Abyssic – High the Memory (Osmose Productions) – funeral death / doom

Bang Bang Firecracker – Welcome to the Slaughterhouse (Independent) – hard rock

Barnett + Coloccia – VLF (Sige) – cinematic electronic

Basilysk – Emergence (Independent) – death metal

Bellrope – You Must Relax (Exile On Mainstream Records) – doom / noise

Booze Control – Forgotten Lands (Gates of Hell) – heavy metal

Boundaries – My Body In Bloom (Unbeaten Records) – hardcore

Brick By Brick – Hive Mentality (Upstate Records) – hardcore

Candlemass – The Door to Doom (Napalm Records) – doom

Cil City – Jump off the Cliff (GIFD / Preiser) – hard rock

Cold Colours – Northernmost (Independent) – death / doom

Continuum – Designed Obsolescence (Unique Leader) – tech death

Dead Witches – The Final Exorcism (Heavy Psych Sounds) – doom

Death Tribe – Beyond Pain and Pleasure: A Desert Experiment (Independent) – metal

Delain – Hunter’s Moon (Napalm) – symphonic metal

Demon Head – Hellfire Ocean Void (Svart) – dark rock

Down To the Bunker – Misery (Tenacity Music) – alt-metal

Dr. Awkward & The Screws – Gettin’ Out Of Style (Independent) – stoner

Drontheim – Down Below (Wraith Productions) – post-metal

Eggs of Gomorrh – Rot Prophet, Cassette (War Arts) – black metal

Evil Conspiracy – Evil Comes (Sliptrick) – thrash

Evi Vine – Black//Light//White//Dark (Solemn Wave Records) – doomy rock

Ewigkeit – DISClose (Death To Music) – death doom

ExitWounds – Visions (Sharptone) – metal

Fedrespor – Fra en Vugge / Fjellet (Nordvis) – neofolk

Feral Light – Fear Rides A Shadow, Vinyl Edition (Pulverised) – post-black metal

Fredrik Klingwall & Julia Black – Sentience (ViciSolum Productions) – jazzy pop

Gatekeeper – Grey Maiden, EP (Cruz Del Sur) – melodic metal

Germ Bomb – Gist Sucked Out (Metal Race) – apocalyptic rock

Ghost Ship Octavius – Delirium (Mighty Music) – progressive power metal

Grass – Fresh Grass (Independent) – stoner metal

Gypsy Chief Goliath – Masters of Space and Time (Kozmik Artifactz) – stoner metal

Hexvessel – All Tree (Prophecy Productions) – folk

Hiss From the Moat – The Harrier (M-Theory Audio) – black / death

Illum Adora – …of Serpentine Forces (Folter Records) – black metal

KGB – Smert’ju Vosstavshij (Metal Race) – thrash

Markers – Heaven In The Dark Earth (God Unknown) – math rock

Miscarriage – Imminent Horror (Sentient Ruin) – doom

Mortanius – Till Death Do Us Part (Rockshots) – progressive power metal

Necrogosto – S/T, Cassette Reissue (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – deathcore

Oculum Dei – Dreams of Desire and Torment (Independent) – black metal

Onirophagus – Endarkenment (Xtreem Music) – doom / death

Opprobrium – The Fallen Entities (High Roller) – death metal

Palace In Thunderland – The King of the Empty Aeon (Fuzzdoom / Cursed Tongue) – psych metal

Porn – The Darkest of Human Desires – Part II (Les Disques Rubicon / Echozone) – goth / industrial

Pounder – Uncivilized (Hells Headbangers) – heavy metal

Prion – Aberrant Calamity (Comatose Music) – death metal

Rhapsody of Fire – The Eighth Mountain (AFM Records) – symphonic metal

Silent Island – Stormvalley (Casus Belli Musica) – post rock

Straytones – Beware, Dark Lord! Here Comes the Bell-Man (Robustfellow) – psych rock

Teeth Of The Sea – Wraith (Rocket Recordings) – experimental rock

Traveler – S/T (Gates of Hell Records) – heavy metal

Various Artists – Volume Doom (Alternative Control) – doom

Visions of Atlantis – The Deep & The Dark, Live (Napalm Records) – symphonic metal

Vorga – Radiant Gloom, EP (Independent) – black metal

Werian – Animist (Eisenwald) – progressive black metal

Wolf Counsel – Destination Void (Endless Winter) – doom

Wolves In Argyle – Dangereux (Incineration Ceremony Recordings) grunge / punk

Wretched Fate – Fleshletting (Redefining Darkness) death metal

– Josh

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