Initial Descent: June 2 – 8, 2019

Cave In
Cave In

As I was expecting, Darkthrone’s Old Star does not disappoint so make sure you check it out while perusing what this week has to offer. Speaking of, there’s plenty so let’s get after it.

Cave In literally had the wind knocked out of them with the loss of bassist Caleb Scofield in early 2018 and with even a cursory listen to Final Transmission, last works with Caleb, you can feel it in every note and especially the tear jerking opener which is 100% him – not gonna lie here, it’s a tough album to get through for any fan but ohh so worth it to experience and immerse yourself in this phenomenal album. Next up, with a little extra time on their hands post Caustic recordings, Primitive Man went back in the studio and punched out Steel Casket which draws on their recent forays into noise, ambient, and drone but make no mistake; this IS a Primitive Man release and it destroys. Moving along is the debut, Steeping Corporeal Mass from Fetid, a band that picked the right name based on their nasty, corpsecrushing sound – dirty old death metal done right. Last up top is debut, Flub, from the somewhat star-studded Flub who offer up a dizzying, technical, and avantgarde approach to death metal that has something new around every corner and layers that take double digit spins to peel back. Need different? Right here.

Alright then, jump in and see what other treasures await.

Cave In - Final Transmission

Cave In – Final Transmission (Hydra Head) – rock

Primitive Man - Steel Casket

Primitive Man – Steel Casket (Crown and Throne Ltd. / Tartarus) – P//M

Fetid - Steeping Corporeal Mess

Fetid – Steeping Corporeal Mess (20 Buck Spin) – death metal

Flub - Flub

Flub – S/T (The Artisan Era) – experimental death metal

Also on tap:

Alase – Vastaus (Inverse) – atmospheric rock

Alberto Rigoni – Prog Injection (Independent) – prog metal

All Hell – The Witch’s Grail (Prosthetic) – blackened thrash

Ancient Hostility – S/T (Akashic Envoy) – black metal

Barbarian – To No God Shall I Kneel (Hells Headbangers) – black / traditional

Daemoni – Black Tyrant (Goathorned Productions) – black metal

Death Hawks – Psychic Harmony (Svart) – psych metal

Depressor – Hell Storms Over Earth, Comp. (Sentient Ruin) – industrial metal

Distant – Tyrannotophia (Unique Leader) – death metal

Driving Slow Motion – Arda (Fail Safe Audio Recording) – post-rock

Drowse – Light Mirror (The Flenser) – blackgaze

Embrace of Disharmony – De Rervm Natvra (My Kingdom Music) – dark metal

Enthroned – Cold Black Suns (Season of Mist) – black metal

Faerie Ring – The Clearing (King Volume) – fuzz rock

Gravefields – Embrace the Void (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

Heavenward – A Future Worth Talking About?, Deluxe Issue (Divebomb) – power metal

Helligators – Hell III (Sliptrick) – rock

Hereza – Death Metal Drunks (Godz Ov War Productions) – death metal

Ian Blurton – Signals Through the Flame (Pajama Party) – rock

In Other Climes – Ruthless (Dead Serious Recordings) – hardcore

Infernal Conjuration – Infernale Metallum Mortis (Iron Bonehead) – death metal

Jess By the Lake – Under the Red Light Shine (Svart) – rock

Kingdom – Rotting Carcass Arise upon the Burial Mound (Godz Ov War Productions) – death metal

Misanthropic Rage – Towards the Greyscale Aphorysm (Godz Ov War Productions) – black metal

Mofsed – Rattenkrieg! (Independent) – death metal

Møl – I/II, Comp. (Holy Roar) – blackgaze

Mutilate – Contagium (Iron Bonehead) – black / death metal

Nebula – Holy Shit (Heavy Psych Sounds) – space grunge

Pelican – Nighttime Stories (Southern Lord) – post-rock

Python – Astrological Warfare (:AJNA: / AnnapurnA) – dark rock

Roadsaw – Tinnitus the Night (Ripple Music) – metal

Snøgg – Chhinnamasta (Independent) – experimental black metal

Soulline – The Deep (Profane) – melodic death / hardcore

Statue – Comes To Life, Reissue (Divebomb) – thrash

Tanzwut – Seemannsgarm (AFM) – power metal

Tessitura – Unearth the Underworld, EP (Independent) – death / thrash

The Hÿss – Hound (Independent) – fuzz metal [profile]

The Membranes – What Nature Gives… Nature Takes Away (Cherry Red) – post-rock

This Sun No More – In Circles (Sludgelord) – doom / post-metal

Touching God – Profane, EP (Independent) – noise rock

Vulture – Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves (Metal Blade) – thrash

Wykan – Brigid: Of the Night, EP (Independent) – psych metal

– Josh

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