Initial Descent: April 14 – 20, 2019

Dead To A Dying World
Dead To A Dying World – photo courtesy of Kathleen Kennedy

Didn’t we just do this? Just confirmed and it has indeed been a week. Anyway, much metals to tend to this week and since I can’t manage to figure out where the hell a week went let’s just get to it.

You know, I haven’t had an album completely captivate me as much as Dead To A Dying World’s third full length Elegy has, it’s like listening to GY!BE In one ear and blackened doom in the other but as the minutes tick off it transports your mind to some decaying world that’s all too familiar. And that production, hoooo boy – get this in your ears. Moving on to a pair of albums that excite and charge me; the first is Mork’s Det Svarte Juv which brings the early Norwegian black metal strain roaring back to life in a way that is as cold and chaotic as it is warm and vibrant, yea I know that may be impossible to understand but once you hear it, you will. The second of these is Finnish black metal vets Förgjord who lay down a viciously scalding 41 minutes on their fourth effort Ilmestykset – why do these excite me? Mostly due to this pair being what I want to hear when I want to hear black metal, period. All this leads us to Allegaeon’s fifth outing of technically busy, progressively minded, melodically leaning, and best may I add, Apoptosis. They shed some of their shell here but add so much more depth, Charles has the run down so click the full review link when you get there.

So much more to go and I’m just surprised another week hasn’t gone by already…

Dead To A Dying World - Elegy

Dead To A Dying World – Elegy (Profound Lore) – apocalyptic dark metal

Mork - Det Svarte Juv

Mork – Det Svarte Juv (Peaceville) – black metal

Förgjord - Ilmestykset

Förgjord – Ilmestykset (Werewolf) – black metal

Allegaeon - Apoptosis

Allegaeon – Apoptosis (Metal Blade Records) – technical / progressive / melodic death [full review]

Also on tap:

A Constant Knowledge of Death – Vol III: Forth From the Quiet to the Air That Trembles (Independent) – acoustic metal

After the Burial – Evergreen (Sumerian) – modern metal

Ancalagon – Noctopoth (Independent) – melodic black metal

Ancient Altar – Cosmic Purge/Foie Gras (Black Voodoo Records) – doom

Archaic Decapitator – The Apothecary, EP (Independent) – melodic death metal

Atlas Pain – Tales of a Pathfinder (Scarlet) – pagan metal

Benjamin Hinz – DEEP (Philip K Discs) – psych rock

Black Sites – Exile (Hoove Child) – progressive metal

Black Tree Vultures – S/T, EP (BTV) – heavy rock

Brannthorde – Die Letzte Aller Wahrheiten, EP (Astat Entertainment / Silent Pendulum) – black metal

Chalice of Suffering – Lost Eternally (Transcending Obscurity) – atmospheric death / doom

Chemical City Rebels – A New Plague (Independent) – stoner punk

Cosmic Putrefaction – At the Threshold of the Greatest Chasm (I, Voidhanger) – death metal

Countless Goodbyes – Cycles (Inverse) – metalcore

Dawn of Demise – Into the Depths of Veracity (Unique Leader) – death metal

Deathwomb – Moonless Night Sacraments (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Devoid of Thought – Cosmic Apoptosis (Caligari) – death metal

Dratna – An Cath (The Battle) (Independent) – black metal

Embludgeonment – Barn Burner (Comatose Music) – deathgrind

Everest Queen – Dead Eden (Independent) – progressive sludge

False Gods – The Serpent and the Ladder (Independent) – doom

Fatal Curse – Breaking the Trance (Shadow Kingdom) – speed metal

Fractal Universe – Rhizomes of Insanity (Metal Blade Records) – progressive death metal

Gods Forsaken – Smells of Death (Soulseller) – death metal

Grand Magus – Wolf God (Nuclear Blast) – heavy metal

Haze Mage – Chronicles (Grimoire) – fantasy doom

Hedonihil – I (Inverse) – death metal

High Priestess – S/TCassette (Tridroid Records) – desert psych

Hosemen – Saturday Night Conformity (Independent) – alt-metal

Lethal Vendetta – No Prisoners No Mercy (Black-Roos) – metal

Martelo Negro – Parthenogenesis (Helldprod) – black / thrash / death

Mephorash – Shem Ha Mephorash (Shadow Records) – black metal

One Day In Fukushima – Ozymandias (WOOAAARGH) – grind

Pagan Altar – Judgement of the Dead (Temple of Mystery) – doom

Sabbath Assembly – A Letter of Red (Svart) – dark rock

Sangue – Culś (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – black / death

Solar Haze – S/T (Metal Assault Records) – stoner metal

Sólveig Matthildar – Constantly In Love (Artoffact) – melancholic

The Chris Rolling Squad – Spitfire (WormHoleDeath) – metal

The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name – To Be Where There Is Pale Light (Independent) – alt-rock

Totengott – The Abyss (Xtreem) – dark metal

Tripsitter – The Other Side of Sadness (Prosthetic) – blackgaze

Twilight Fauna – That Old Time Way (Independent) – folk / acoustic / black

Uncured – Epidemic (Seek and Strike) – death metal

Various Artists – BC 35 Volume Two: Martin Bisi (Bronson Recordings) – alternative

Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip (RidingEasy) – proto-metal

Vitriol – Chrysalis (Iron Bonehead) – death metal

Wounds – Light Eater, EP (Everlasting Spew) – technical death metal

– Josh

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