Initial Descent: April 21 – 27, 2019

Lord Dying
Lord Dying – photo courtesy of Alyssa Herrman

New week, new set of circumstances, new opportunities, and new metal which is the one reason we’re here. As some band once said ‘nothing else matters.’ And with that, let’s get on with it.

This week will be remembered for many reasons, I’m sure, but the biggest of which is whatever you thought you knew about Lord Dying forget it and make way for their new, more progressive, more classically psychedelic, and more fantastic look on Mysterium Tremendum – talk about surprises, it’s nearly impossible to tell this is the same band but make no mistake, it IS amazing. Then we’ve got black metallers Murg who moved mountains with their debut Gudatall but return to grab the sky and move it too on Strävan, it’s everything that was great about their debut, just better and particularly so in the memorable songwriting department. Next is everyone’s favorite droners Sunn O))) (say it with me…sun) who return with another slab of frequencies on Life Metal that are so heavy you can feel them, or breathe them – points if you know where that came from and if you missed out on RSD, now’s your chance. Last up top but certainly not least is Spotlights who prove that post-metal as a tag is limiting seeing as how Love & Decay is so much more with its power, haunting melodies, and wisps of granite destroying heaviness – ‘iron tone in a velvet glove’ was part of the promo accompaniments and it couldn’t be more accurate.

Beyond that you’ll just have to explore for yourself. Get in there…

Lord Dying - Mysterium Tremendum

Lord Dying – Mysterium Tremendum (eOne) – heavy metal

Murg - Strävan

Murg – Strävan (Nordvis Produktion) – black metal

Sunn O))) - Life Metal

Sunn O))) – Life Metal (Southern Lord) – SunnDoomDrone

Spotlights - Love & Decay

Spotlights – Love & Decay (Ipecac) – post-metal

Also on tap:

Altar of Oblivion – The Seven Spirits (Shadow Kingdom) – heavy metal

Arckanum – Första Trulen (Folter) – black metal

Arstidir Lifsins – Saga á tveim tungum I: Vápn ok vior (Ván) – black metal

Avandra – Descender (Blood Music) – progressive metal

BAT – Axestasy (Hells Headbangers) – speed metal

Blyh – Awake To Emptiness (The Crawling Chaos / Akashic Envoy) – black metal

Burial – Relinquished Souls (Redefining Darkness / Raw Skull) – death metal

Cathartic Demise – S/T, EP (Independent) – progressive thrash

Chevalier – Destiny Calls (Gates of Hell) – speed metal

CineMuerte – Refúgio (Independent) – symphonic metal

Crownaside – From Mud to Ashes (Independent) – death metal

De Lirium’s Order – Singularity (Inverse) – tech death

Embalmer – Embalmed Alive (Hells Headbangers) – death metal

Enforcer – Zenith (Nuclear Blast) – metal

Filtheater – Blight of Sempiternal Putrefaction (Memento Mori) – death metal

For All I Care – Forever and a Day (Boersma) – metalcore

Geezer – Spiral Fires, EP (Kozmik Artifactz) – psych metal

Helms Alee – Noctiluca (Sargent House) – metal

Helheim – Rignir (Dark Essence) – black metal

Hypoxia – Abhorrent Disease (Selfmadegod) – death metal

Istapp – The Insidious Star (Trollzorn) – melodic black metal

Ketos – First Strike (Hostile Media) – metal

Liars & Thieves – Thaumatrop (Bastardized Recordings) – hardcore

Lörd Matzigkeitus – From the Many Splintered Minds (Appalachian Noise) – extreme metal

Lost In Kiev – Persona (Pelagic) – post-rock [profile]

Manegarm – Fornaldarsagor (Napalm) – black metal

Marianas Rest – Ruins (Inverse) – melancholic death / doom

Nighnacht – Cristophilia, 7″ EP (Hells Headbangers) – black / death

NNRA – Incarne (Independent) – post-black metal

Norsemen – Bloodlust (Time To Kill) – death metal

Ossuaire – Premiers Chants (Sepulchral Productions) – black metal

Profanation – Into Cascades of Blood and Burning (Hostile Media) – death metal

Protector – Summon the Hordes (High Roller) – thrash

Redshift – Cataclysm (Independent) – prog metal

SINNRS – Profound (Rockshots / Extreme Metal Music) – symphonic black metal

夢遊病者 (Sleepwalker) – Ѫ, EP (Sentient Ruin / Babylon Doom Cult) – black metal

Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring (Cruz Del Sur) – doom / power metal

Tanagra – Meridiem (Independent) – epic metal

The Damned Things – High Crimes (Nuclear Blast) – metal

The Lumberjack Feedback – Mere Mortals (Deadlight Entertainment) – doom

The Well – Death and Consolation (RidingEasy) – psych metal

Trucker Diablo – Other Side of the City (Big Truck) – rock

Vaura – Sables (Profound Lore) – avantgarde

Vargrav – Reign In Supreme Darkness (Werewolf) – black metal

Vigilance – Enter the Endless Abyss (Dying Victims Productions) – heavy metal

Walking Bombs & Gridfailure – Suicide By Citizenship (Nefarious Industries) – metal / noise

Whiskey Ritual – Black Metal Ultras (Folter) – black / thrash

– Josh

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