Initial Descent: September 29 – October 5, 2019

Exhumed – photo courtesy of Jehn W.A.

Fall is officially upon us and October will begin tomorrow. Who’s excited? ME. And you, of course. No surprise there and no surprise either that many of you are still reeling from the new Opeth album that dropped last week. Well, guess what? We’ve got another list of new stuff for you to get lost in and argue over. All killer, no filler. GO…

Exhumed kick off the witching season with their ninth album and it’s a freaking beast with punishing body blows and feral fangs that rip and tear. Seriously, it’s been quite some time since they’ve sounded this vicious so go and do that, pronto. Another thing to add to the “do now” list is the eighth effort from Insomnium, just when you think a band couldn’t get any better, they do, and they did. Likewise for Ripper’s newest 20 minutes of mind melting thrash – anyone remember how devastating Experiment of Existence was? This one multiplies it many times over. Last up top is Obsidian Tongue’s first utterance in six years and it’s their most affecting and astounding work of black/atmospheric/post/gaze metal to date. Knowing their discography, I’m even shocked I just wrote that, just trust me here. So really, these top slots are all can’t miss albums and start yet another STRONG week. But, there’s so much more and it’s a smorgasbord of gory delights.

Exhumed - Horror

Exhumed – Horror (Relapse) – death metal

Insomnium - Heart Like A Grave

Insomnium – Heart Like A Grave (Century Media) – melodic death metal

Ripper - Sensory Stagnation

Ripper – Sensory Stagnation, EP (Unspeakable Axe) – thrash

Obsidian Tongue - Volume III

Obsidian Tongue – Volume III (Bindrune) – black metal

(enjoy an older stream and let me know if you see a new one)

Also on tap:

Aggravator – S/T (Unspeakable Axe) – death / thrash

Algebra – Pulse? (Unspeakable Axe) – thrash

Anoxia – To the Lions (Mighty Music) – heavy metal

Boris – LφVE & EVφL (Third Man) – amp worship

Cell – Ancient Incantations of Xarbos (Independent) – black metal

Chasing Embers – Beckoning Call (Independent) – metal

Deafest – Ephemeral / From Light and Wind (Tridroid) – black metal

Disrhythmia – Terminal Threshold (Translation Loss) – progressive metal

Dogs for Breakfast – Suiru (Overdrive / WOOAAARGH / Mothership / Shove) – metal

Ehlder – Nordabetraktelse (Nordvis Produktion) – black metal

Entrail – Eater of Starlight (Scry Recordings) – drone

Esogenesi – S/T (Transcending Obscurity) – death / doom

Fought Upon Earth – Grave Miscalculation (Independent) – progressive metal

Friedemann – Mehr Schein als Sein (Exile On Mainstream) – rock / folk

Gatecreeper – Deserted (Relapse) – death metal

Hellhorse – Paradise Lost, EP (Creator-Destructor) – hardcore

In Mourning – Garden of Storms (Agonia) – melodic death / doom

Maïeutiste – Veritas (LADLO) – black metal

Messora – The Door (Independent) – modern metal

MNRVA – Black Sky (Independent) – doom

Monte Luna – Drowners Wives (Argonauta) – psych sludge

Mother’s Tomb – Absent Not Dead (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

Myronath – Into the Qliphoth (Non Serviam) – black metal

Nightstalker – Great Hallucinations (Heavy Psych Sounds) – rock

Ramallah – The Last Gasp of Street Rock n Roll (Sailor’s Grave) – punk

Saint Karloff – Interstellar Voodoo (Majestic Mountain) – psych metal

Slutvomit – Copulation of Cloven Hooves (Invictus Productions) – black / death

Syberia – Seeds of Change (Metal Blade) – post-metal

Tir – Mountains Redux (Repose) – dungeon synth

Toxic Holocaust – Primal Future: 2019 (eOne) – thrash

Vukari – Aevum (Independent) – black metal

Vultures – Hunger, EP (Independent) – metalcore

Wömit Angel – Under Sadistic Pressure (Reaper Metal Productions) – punk / black

Xul Ov Kvlten – Entropic Increase From the Omega Aeon (ATMF) – black / death

Zeistencroix – Gen Z (Sliptrick) – post-industrial

– Josh

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