Initial Descent: July 7 – 13, 2019


Sure hope your 4th didn’t consist of off-time fireworks, as in until 1 or 2am for the entire damn weekend. If so, I have a roll of razor wire with your name on it but you’ll have to share with tons of folks surrounding me – no worries, I’ve got many rolls to go around. For those of you who didn’t have the day off or don’t celebrate, I’m sure it was just another Thursday. Anyway, new metal time and it’s another stacked week so here we go…

False turn in a blistering and all encompassing performance on their second full length of long form black metal and in case you missed it: False rule. Torche may be the AC/DC of party-fuzz-sludge but their fifth full length finds them back in fightin’ strength and rockin’ like it’s 2012 all over again (do some diggin’). If you’re still reeling from the battle of the Batushka’s consider this week’s offering as yet another hot bomb of epic, dark, and spiritual black metal to keep the irons of war hot. Last up top, but not least in this list, is the wonderful chainsaw buzz of Swedeath on Burial Remains’ killer debut.

The. Hits. Just. Keep. Coming.

False - Portent

False – Portent (Gilead Media) – black metal

Torche - Admission

Torche – Admission (Relapse) – fuzz / sludge / metal

Batushka - Hospodi

Batushka – Hospodi (Metal Blade) – black metal

Burial Remains - Trinity of Deception

Burial Remains – Trinity of Deception (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Also on tap:

Aeon Winds – Stormveiled (Avantgarde Music) – black metal 

Aphrodite – Lust and War (Fighter) – speed metal

Arctic Sleep – Kindred Spirits (Independent) – progressive / atmospheric doom

Arrowhead – Coven of the Snake (Ripple Music) – stoner rock

Bleach Everything – So We Gnaw (Dark Operative) – hardcore punk

Burial Party – Please, Electric Move Slow (Independent) – hardcore / noise [profile]

Cazador – Failure To Thrive (Independent) – sludge

Cold Curse – Violent Measures, 7” (Creator-Destructor) – metalcore

Concrete Winds – Primitive Force (Sepulchral Voice) – death metal

Demiurgon – The Obvious Lure (Everlasting Spew) – death metal

Disentomb – The Decaying Light (Unique Leader) – brutal death metal

Disowning – Human Cattle (Xenocorp) – death metal

Drab Majesty – Modern Mirror (DAIS) – dark synth pop

Dream Tröll – Second To None (Independent) – trad metal

Freighter – The Den (Independent) – tech prog metal

Gjöll – Residual, EP (Wormholedeath / The Orchard) – melodic metal

Hemisferio – Anacronia (Dying Victims Productions) – heavy metal

Impavida – Antipode (Ván) – black metal

Kafka – S/T (WOOAAARGH) – blackened hardcore

Kilonova – Omnicide, EP (Independent) – metal

Metalian – Vortex (High Roller) – metal

Motive – Fight the World, Vinyl Issue (Metal Devastation) – thrash

Nekrofilth – Love Me Like a Reptile, 7” (Hells Headbangers) – speed metal

Pathetic – Rat King (Independent) – death metal

Pinto Graham – Dos (Independent) – rock

Rraaumm – The Eternal Dance At the Nucleus of Time (Ván) – black metal

Sarinvomit / Eggs of Gomorrh – Encomium of Depraved Instincts (Krucyator Productions / Atavism) – black / death / thrash

Seraph In Travail – Lest They Feed Upon Your Soul, CD Issue (Independent) – black metal 

Shadowpath – Rumours of a Coming Dawn (Sliptrick) – symphonic death metal

Space Monkey / Fuck Your Birthday – Blow Out The Candles and Make a Split – (Nefarious Industries) – punk-ish

Spiker – Heavy Metal Macht, EP (Dying Victims Productions) – heavy metal

Temptress – The Orb (Dying Victims Productions) – heavy metal 

The Night Eternal – S/T, EP (Dying Victims Productions) – heavy metal

Theatre of Tragedy – Remixed, Comp. (AFM) – gothic metal

Under a Full Moon – Our Riches (Tridroid) – funeral doom

Wait – We Are In Transit, EP (The Artisan Era) – tech experimental death metal

– Josh

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