Initial Descent: June 16 – 22, 2019

Lunar Shadow
Lunar Shadow

By the time this goes to press, I’ll be having my morning coffee sitting on the sand and near the waves for the first time since last year. Needless to say, I’ll be in my happy place and will be enjoying every second of it. Luckily, I will have brought along some of this week’s new metal which will, of course, only enhance the week ahead. A trio of heavy metallers get this edition of new releases under way; one that leans towards the goth side: Lunar Shadow, one that leans towards the fantasy side: Gygax, and one that leans towards the thrash side: Kryptos, and all of which kick some major heavy metal ass. Which leads us to the last top slot with newcomers Murk Rider who weave long, epic and twisting black metal tales to add the just the right amount of darkness to my current playlist.

Now, go seek and destroy. I’ll be over here getting sand in my crack.

Lunar Shadow - The Smokeless Fires

Lunar Shadow – The Smokeless Fires (Cruz Del Sur) – heavy / epic / goth

Gygax - High Fantasy

Gygax – High Fantasy (Creator-Destructor) – fantasy / heavy

Kryptos - Afterburner

Kryptos – Afterburner (AFM) – heavy / thrash

Murk Rider - Exile of Shadows

Murk Rider – Exile of Shadows (Independent) – black metal

Go here and just get it already.

Also on tap:

Berthold City – What Time Takes (WAR) – hardcore

Bury Me Alive – Unexpected Miseries (Dedication / Hopeless World) – metalcore

Crush the Altar – Abhorrent Oblation (Redefining Darkness) – thrash

Defixion – Tabella Defixionis (Xtreem Music) – death metal

Flesh of the Stars – Mercy (Independent) – prog doom

Gorilla – Treecreeper (Heavy Psych Sounds) – stoner rock

Hex Machine – Cave Painting (Minimum Underdrive) – heavy noise rock

High Tone Son of a Bitch – Death of a New Day / Eye In the Sky, EP (Throne) – doom / desert rock

Holocausto Canibal – Assintonia Hertziana (Lusitanian Music) – death metal

House of Hatchets – Reach (Independent) – alt-metal

Howling Sycamore – Seven Pathways to Annihilation (Prosthetic) – progressive metal

Iltheist – S/T (Independent) – extreme metal

Intothecrypt – Vakor (Ordo MCM) – extreme

Lightning Born – S/T (Ripple Music) – doom

Luna Sol – Below the Deep (Slush Fund Recordings / Cargo) – heavy rock

Lyken21 – Cyclical Insight (Sliptrick) – hard rock

Memoriam – Requiem for Mankind (Nuclear Blast) – death metal

Moonlight Haze – De Rerum Natura (Scarlet) – symphonic power metal

NervoChaos – Ablaze (Hammerheart) – thrash / death

Organectomy – Existential Disconnect (Unique Leader) – brutal death metal

Rainer Landfermann – Mein Wort In Deiner Dunkelheit (Independent) – avantgarde

Ravensire – A Stone Engraved In Red (Cruz Del Sur) – trad metal

Sacri Monti – Waiting Room for the Magic Hour (Tee Pee) – psych metal

Sanity Control – Demo 2019 (Seeing Red) – thrash

Scythe Lore – Through the Mausoleums of Man, CD & Vinyl (Iron Bonehead) – metal

Skelator – Cyber Metal (Gates of Hell) – heavy metal

Sonoran Rebel Black Magick – True Western Doom (New Density) – western doom

Superstition – The Anatomy Of Unholy Transformation (20 Buck Spin) – death metal

The Lord Weird Slough Feg – New Organon (Cruz Del Sur) – metal

The Odious – Vesica Piscis (Independent) – prog-death / rock

Tony Mills – Beyond the Law (Battlegod Productions) – rock

Tristengrav – II – Nychavge (Caligari) – black / goth

Tyrmfar – Renewal Through Purification (MTAF) – black / death

Valaraukar – Demonian Abyssal Visions, CD & Vinyl Issue (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Wolftooth – S/T, Reissue (Ripple Music) – heavy metal / stoner

Wretched of the Earth – Collapse/Rebirth (Shove) – crust

Xentrix – Bury the Pain (Listenable) – thrash

– Josh

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