Initial Descent: September 1 – 7, 2019


Last week was a week. Stuff happened or didn’t, things fell apart or didn’t, story of our lives. But, stuff is happening right here with new metal and we’ve a lot to cover so let’s do that.

On the heels of a debut that I said “has the power to split the extreme death metal genre wide open,” Vitriol is back with their debut full length and trust me when I say that the future of extreme death metal is in great hands. For all the well-earned coverage and pieces on Mizmor over the last few years, this week’s new offering might just be their best yet – syrupy black metal and emotionally draining doom combine to perfection here. Lochness burst onto the heavy as lead doom yet fuzzy and psychedelic scene with their debut 4-track EP and it’s a banger, be sure to get on that asap. Sewing up the top slots this week is Vokonis who are yet another band this week releasing their best effort to date, progressive and psychedelic rub shoulders with forward looking doom and heavy metal and it’s a sweet, sweet sound. So, the only thing left to do is get in there and grab some of this week’s blazing inferno.

Vitriol - To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice

Vitriol – To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice (Century Media) – death metal

Mizmor - Cairn

Mizmor – Cairn (Gilead Media) – black / doom

Lochness - Black Smokers

Lochness – Black Smokers, EP (From the Urn) – doom / stoner / psychedelic / heavy

Vokonis - Grasping Time

Vokonis – Grasping Time (The Sign) – prog metal [profile]

Also on tap:

5rand – Dark Mother (Time To Kill) – modern metal

Alcoholocaust – Necro Apocalipse Bestial (Helldprod) – black / speed / thrash

Alluvion – The Secret’s Out (Independent) – psych / sludge

A//tar – Hallowed (Monochord) – post-metal

Altar – And God Created Satan to Blame for His Mistakes (Raw Skullz) – death metal

Anamorph – Lucid (Independent) – instru-metal

Barkasth – Hear My Void (Ashen Dominion) – atmospheric black metal 

Black Cilice – Transfixion of Spirits (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Casket Robbery – The Ascension, EP, Expanded Version (Independent) – death metal

Dead Head – Dream Deceiver (Hammerheart Records) – thrash

Dekathlon – Be Safe, 7” (Ektroz) – synthwave

Die A Legend – Winning (Loyal Blood Activities) – hardcore

Drugs of Faith – Decay (Selfmadegod) – grind

Eclipser – Pathos (Noise Salvation) – black / death

Ether Feather – Devil – Shadowless – Hand (Ether Feather) – proto punk

Everfrost – Winterider (Rockshots) – fantasy metal

Greyscale – Nella Vita (Fearless) – alt-rock

Gurt – Bongs of Praise (When Planets Collide) – stoner

Horrific Demise – Excruciating Extermination (Comatose Music) – brutal death metal

Knaaves – The Serpent’s Root (Confluence) – hardcore 

Kristian Eidnes Anderson / Handel – Antichrist, OST (Cold Spring) – soundtrack

Lamassu – Into the Empty (Independent) – heavy rock

Madder Mortem – Mercury, 20th Anniversary Edition (Dark Essence) – post-metal

Mortal Infinity – In Cold Blood (Independent) – thrash

Omophagia – 646965 (Unique Leader) – brutal tech death

Pale Grey Lore – Eschatology (Small Stone Recordings) – psych doom

Perdizione / Haxen – Split (Eternal Death Recordings) – black metal

Pinewalker – Migration (Independent) – doom / sludge

Reflex Machine – Interzone (Over the Counter Culture) – sludge

Rottendawn – Occult (Saturnal) – trad doom / death

Runespell – Voice of Opprobrium (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Saint Karloff / Devil’s Witches – Coven of the Ultra-Riff (Majestic Mountain) – doom / fuzz

Shades of Sorrow – Paradox (Sliptrick) – prog metal

Slaughtbbath – Alchemical Warfare (Hells Headbangers) – black / death

Sleeping Ancient – There Is No Truth But Death (Viridian Flame) – atmospheric post-black metal

Soul of Anubis – The Last Journey (Seeing Red) – doom

Spring.Fall.Sea – Time + Tide (Independent) – post-hardcore

Swan Valley Heights – The Heavy Seed (Fuzzorama) – psych / stoner

The Burning Tree – Pariah (Independent) – rock

Twin Seeds – Red Powder (Independent) – instru-metal

Year of the Goat – Novis Orbis Terrarum Ordinis (Napalm) – occult rock

– Josh

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