Initial Descent: September 15 – 21, 2019


It’s fully warranted, at this point, to have the fall and Halloween stuff out in stores but I’m already seeing the xmas stuff out in full force. Seriously. I mean look, I get it, santa is a heck of a money maker but pump the brakes on everything except Halloween, just for now. Thanks. Anyway, we’ve got yet another great list of new metal this week so let’s dig in…

Exhorder return with a KILLER slab of melodic thrash and it’s so freaking good after 27 years of silence, it’s aggressive and in your face – welcome back! Cult of Luna push the limits of post metal on their seventh full length, Engulf offer up another EP of wicked good extreme death metal plus a guest spot from a certain member of Vitriol doesn’t hurt (mile wide grin for me), and Monolord slow it down a bit as well as trim a hair or two off their fuzz to make their Relapse Records debut a doom outing to remember. TONS more await…go do the thing. 

Exhorder - Mourn the Southern Skies

Exhorder – Mourn the Southern Skies (Nuclear Blast) – melodic thrash

Cult of Luna - A Dawn to Fear

Cult of Luna – A Dawn To Fear (Metal Blade) – post-metal

Engulf - Transcend

Engulf – Transcend, EP (Everlasting Spew) – extreme death metal

Monolord - No Comfort

Monolord – No Comfort (Relapse) – doom

Also on tap:

Ancient Moon – Benedictus diabolica, Gloria Patri (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Apprentice Destroyer – Permanent Climbing Monolith (Independent) – experimental 

Arctos – Beyond the Grasp of Mortal Hands (Northern Silence Productions) – black metal

Belenos – Argoat (Ladlo / Northern Silence Productions) – black metal

Bones – Diseased (Transcending Obscurity) – death / crust

Capstan – Restless Heart, Keep Running (Fearless) – post-hardcore

Cult of Sorrow – Invocation of the Lucifer (Black Doomba) – doom

Dead Kosmonaut – Rekviem (High Roller Records) – heavy metal

Ecstatic Vision – For the Masses (Heavy Psych Sounds) – psych metal

Ereb Altor – Järtecken (Hammerheart) – folk metal

Fathom Farewell – Consume the Earth, EP (Independent) – metal

Galaxy – Lost From the Start (Dying Victims Productions) – speed metal

Geist – Swarming Season (Cursed Monk) – hardcore / crust

Ghost: Hello – The Sound of Color In Space (Independent) – stoner

Grabunhold – Unter dem Banner der Toten (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Graveyard – Hold Back the Dawn (War Anthem) – death metal

Hembree & The Satan Sisters – F.Y.F. (Rusty Knuckles Music) – punk [profile]

Holy Dragons – Unholy and Saints (Pitch Black) – metal

Kobra and the Lotus – Evolution (Napalm Records) – heavy metal

Kürøishi – Sound the Alarm (Fight / Break the Records / SPHC) – d-beat / hardcore punk 

Lost Orb – Low Ebb’s Lament (Giganto) – stoner metal

Megaton Sword – Niralet, EP – CD & Vinyl Issue (Dying Victims Productions) – heavy metal

Midnight Prey – Uncertain Times, CD and Vinyl Issue (Dying Victims Productions) – heavy metal

Morast – II Nostro Silenzio (Totenmusik / Van) – atmospheric black metal

Murder Made God – Endless Return (Unique Leader) – death metal

Nephilim – Demonic Society (Independent) – metal

Neshiima – Green, EP (Incendia) – modern metal

No One Knows What the Dead Think – S/T (Willowtip) – grind

Nupta Cadavera – S/T, 7” EP (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – black metal

O Samuli A – Condition Yellow (Svart) – electronic

Once Upon A Winter – Pain and Other Pleasures (Snow Wave) – post-rock

Ossomancer – Artes Magickae (Pacific Threnodies) – black metal 

Parzival – The Golden Bough (Moondrop) – occult rock

Staredown – Choose Life (Dead Serious) – hardcore

Sur Austru – Meteahna Timpurilor (Avantgarde Music) – black metal

Takafumi Matsubara – Strange, Beautiful and Fast (GCBT) – grind 

The Agonist – Orphans (Rodeostar) – metalcore

The Number Twelve Looks Like You – Wild Gods (Overlord Music) – mathcore

Torpor – Rhetoric of the Image (Truthseeker / Sludgelord / Moment of Collapse / Smiths Food / Medusa Crush) – noise / sludge / post-metal

TripleMurder – Pre-Meditated, EP (Independent) – modern metal

Twisted Tales – Bringer of Woe (Independent) – thrash / death

Urkraft – A Scornful Death, Remastered (First Force Music) – death metal

Urkraft – Our Treacherous Fathers (First Force Music) – death metal

Urn – Iron Will of Power (Season of Mist) – black / speed

Vortex – Them Witches (Gates of Hell) – heavy metal

White Ward – Love Exchange Failure (Debemur Morti Productions) – post-black metal

– Josh

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