Initial Descent: September 22 – 28, 2019

Creeping Death
Creeping Death, photo courtesy of Rahul Raveendran

Expect Halloween talk here for a bit, just FYI. Between Chris kicking off this year’s Hooptober, 3 From Hell, and AHS 1984 starting, the season is off to a killer start (see what I did there?). Those things are all great and as a bonus we’ve got, what might be, the longest list of new metal thus far so let’s jump right in…

Everything’s bigger in Texas, is what they say, and Creeping Death prove it on their full length debut of cracking death metal – don’t miss it folks, just don’t. Opeth return with their next prog filled opus and honestly some old Opeth creeps in but without a doubt, it’s another great album and I can’t wait to see all the “I’M MAD STILL” happen – wait for it…. You want psych metal that’s as retro as it is exceptionally great? The Neptune Power Federation definitely have you covered there and no they’re not a throwback rasslin’ group for those of you with questions. Last up top is everyone’s favorite sludgers, Fister, who cover classic metal tracks in their own wretched way. And it’s fantastic, so get on that. 

Start bingeing bloody horror and vile death metal, ‘tis the season.

Creeping Death - Wretched Illusions

Creeping Death – Wretched Illusions (eOne) – death metal

Opeth - In Cauda Venenum

Opeth – In Cauda Venenum (Nuclear Blast / Moderbolaget) – progressive

The Neptune Power Federation - Memoirs of a Rat Queen

The Neptune Power Federation – Memoirs of a Rat Queen (Cruz Del Sur Music) – retro / psych metal

Fister - Decade of Depression

Fister – Decade of Depression (Listenable) – sludge

Also on tap:

30,000 Monkies – Are Forever (Consouling Sounds) – sludge / doom / noise

Advent Sorrow – Kali Yuga Crown (Werewolf) – black metal

Anacrusis – Reason, Bonus Edition (Metal Blade) – metal

Anacrusis – Suffering Hour, Bonus Edition (Metal Blade) – metal

Archangel A.D. – Eventide (Independent) – thrash

Beyond Forgiveness – Live to Tell the Story (Sliptrick) – symphonic metal

Bhleg – Aril (Nordvis Produktion) – folk metal

Big Scenic Nowhere – Dying on the Mountain (Blues Funeral Recordings) – stoner rock

Bison Machine – Seas of Titan (Small Stone) – fuzz

Bretus – Aion Tetra (Ordo MCM) – doom

Byzanthian Neckbeard – Extinction, EP (Independent) – doom

Car Bomb – Mordial (Independent US / Holy Roar EU) – mathy progressive metal

Cathari – Corporeality (Seeing Red) – metal

Chron Goblin – Here Before (Grand Hand) – fuzz metal

City of Industry – Conspire Conspire Conspire (Amerikan Aesthetics) – hardcore

CoreLeoni – II (AFM) – rock

Cortége – Capricorn (Independent) – doom / drone

Creeping Flesh – Into the Meat Grinder (Growls from the Underground) – death metal

Darkmoon Warrior – Angels of Dirt – Beasts of Rebellion (Folter) – black metal

Dragonforce – Extreme Power Metal (Metal Blade) – power metal

Druadan Forest – Dismal Spells from the Dragonrealm (Werewolf) – black metal 

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

Ewigkeit – Starscape 2.019, Re-Release (Death To Music Productions) – symphonic black metal

Excalion – Emotions (Scarlet) – power metal

FDEM – Death Frequency (Armageddon Label) – hardcore punk

Firebreather – Under A Blood Moon (RidingEasy) – metal

Freakings – Rise of Violence (Independent) – thrash

Funeral Fvkk – Carnal Confessions (Solitude Productions) – trad doom

Ghosts of Glaciers – The Greatest Burden (Translation Loss) – post-metal

.gif from god – approximation_of_a_human (Prosthetic) – screamo

Goatburner – Extreme Conditions (Time To Kill) – metal

Goatess – Blood and Wine (Svart) – doom

Graveview – Demos ‘18-‘19 (Raw Skullz Recordz) – black metal

Grimtone – Hymner till döden (Downfall) – black metal

Hashshashin – Badakshan (Art As Catharsis) – psych drone rock

Heaven’s Club – Here There and Nowhere (Profound Lore) – gazey

High Command – Beyond the Wall of Desolation (Southern Lord) – heavy metal

Horror God – Cursed Seeds (Lavadome Productions) – death metal

Howling Giant – The Space Between Worlds (Blues Funeral Recordings) – stoner metal

Iatt – Nomenclature (Black Lion) – black / death

In Thousand Lakes – Evolution (Xtreem Music) – melodic death metal

John Hoyles – Night Flight (Bad Omen) – rock

M:40 – Arvsynd (Suicide Records) – d-beat / crust

Mars Red Sky – The Task Eternal (Listenable) – psych metal

Mortem – Ravnsart (Peaceville) – black metal

Mosaic – Cloven Fires, EP (Eisenwald) – dark metal

Narrenwind – Ja, Dago (Pagan Records) – black metal

Netherbird – Into the Vast Uncharted (Eisenwald) – melodic black / death

Nex Carnis – Black Eternity, 7″ (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Non Opus Dei – Glod (Pagan Records) – black metal

Numen – Iluntasuna Besarkatu nuen Betiko (Ladlo) – black metal

Patronymicon – Ushered Forth By Cloven Tongue (Osmose Productions) – black metal

Peter Beste – Defenders of the Faith (Sacred Bones) – book

Planet of Zeus – Faith in Physics (Heavy Psych Sounds) – heavy rock

Prime Creation – Tears of Rage (Kingart Music) – melodic metal

Pyramido – Fem (The Sign) – sludge

RDS-220 – Hell Is Truth Seen Too Late, CD Issue (Consouling Sounds) – metal

Sempiternal Dusk – Cenotaph of Defectuous Creation (Dark Descent) – death / doom

Shadowthrone – Elements’ Black Legacy (Non Serviam0 – black metal

Skullshitter / Bleeding Out – Split (Nerve Altar) – deathgrind

Sorrow’s Path – Touching Infinity (Iron Shield) – metal

Steel Panther – Heavy Metal Rules (Independent) – hair

Survive – Immortal Warriors (Sliptrick) – metal

Tales of the Tomb – Volume Two: Mendacium, EP (Independent) – death metal

The Colony – Smoke and Mirrors (Independent) – melodic metal

Venereal Baptism – Repugnant Coronation of the Beast (Osmose Productions) – bestial metal

Vintersea – Illuminated (M-Theory Audio) – progressive metal

Voice of Ruin – Acheron (Tenacity Music) – melodic death metal

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

War Cloud – State of Shock (Ripple Music) – metal

Wednesday 13 – Necrophaze (Nuclear Blast) – goth / horror punk

Wreck – Defy – Remnants of Pain (Inverse) – thrash

– Josh

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