Initial Descent: October 27 – November 2, 2019


Alright folks, THIS IS IT: Halloween week. Do all the things associated and do them with vigor, we’ve been discussing this for weeks now so if you’re behind, GET CAUGHT UP. Moving on, bands are fighting for your attention this week — it’s the devil’s week so why not? — seeing as we’ve got the longest list in recent memory so let’s get to it.

Nile has always understood how to make some of the best death metal around and this week’s new album is no exception, expect more Egyptian tales and more vitriol. Score. November’s Doom officially usher in the gloominess of winter on their eleventh powerhouse, Paganizer keep Swedeath punchy and neck-breaking on their eleventh full length, and Wilderun make a strong case for uniquely different progressive metal that’s truly one for the ages AND it’s not another Opeth clone, finally. So much music to get to and so many Halloween things to do, it’ll be a busy week on so many levels. Go forth and destroy…

Nile - Vile Nilotic Rites

Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites (Nuclear Blast) – death metal

Novembers Doom - Nephilim Grove

November’s Doom – Nephilim Grove (Prophecy Productions) – doom

Paganizer - The Tower of the Morbid

Paganizer – The Tower of the Morbid (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal 

Wilderun - Veil of Imagination

Wilderun – Veil of Imagination (Independent) – progressive metal

Also on tap:

Aegrus – Wolves Howl Revenge, EP (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Aeons Abyss – Impenitent (Independent) – death metal

American Grim – Ultra Black (eOne) – hard rock 

And Now the Owls Are Smiling – The Comforting Grip of Misery (Clobber) – atmospheric black metal

Angel Witch – Angel of Light (Metal Blade) – heavy metal

Apotheus – The Far Star (Black Lion) – melodic death metal

Asphodele – Jours Pâles (LADLO) – black metal

Blackhearth – S/T (Sliptrick) – heavy metal 

Bleach Everything / Integrity  – RFTCC x SDK (Dark Operative) – hardcore

Byzanthian Neckbeard – Minaton (Independent) – doom / death [profile]

Caïna – Gentle Illness (Apocalyptic Witchcraft) – black metal

Cannabis Corpse – Nug So Vile (Season of Mist) – weed-metal, duh

Carcinoid – Metastatic Declination (Blood Harvest) – doom

Chthonic Deity – Reassembled In Pain, EP (Carbonized / Wood Smoke / Lunar Tomb) – death metal

Cinema Cinema – CCXMD (Nefarious Industries) – experimental punk

Clouds Taste Satanic – Second Sight (Kinda Like Music) – doom

Coldside – A Call for Justice, 7” (Demons Run Amok) – hardcore

Cradle of Filth – Cruelty and the Beast, Remixed and Remastered (Music For Nations) – gothic black metal

Cunts – S/T (Ipecac) – hardcore 

Deaf Rat – Ban the Light (AFM) – hard rock

Deform / Mortuous – Lamenting Reflections, Split (Carbonized and Dawnbreed / Unholy Domain) – death metal

Die Kunst der Finisternis – Revenant In a Phantom World (Lamech / Amor Fati Productions) – death metal

Ectoplasma – White-Eyed Trance (Caligari / Memento Mori / Repulsive Echo) – death metal

Eigenstate Zero – Sensory Deception (Independent) – death metal

Golden Core – Fimbultyr (Fysisk Format) – doom

Gridfailure – Psychological Badlands: Henchpersons Instrumentals (Independent ) – noise / experimental

Griiim – Pope Art (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Grond / Graceless – Endless Spiral of Terror (Raw Skull) – death metal

Kaamos Warriors – Shadows of Northern Chaos (Inverse) – metal

King Hiss – Earthquaker (Independent) – metal

Kosmokrator – Through Ruin… Behold (Ván) – black / death

Legendry – The Wizard and the Tower Keep (High Roller) – epic metal

Les Chants Du Hasard – Livre Second (I, Voidhanger) – metal

Locean – Chav Anglais (Artificial Head) – experimental 

Lvx Caelis – Maher Shalal Hash Baz (Lamech) – black metal

Meth Fetish – S/T, EP (Dry Cough) – sludge

Midnight Odyssey – Boilume Part I – In Tartarean Chains (I, Voidhanger) – black / doom

Minenwerfer – Alpenpässe (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Nachtig – S/T (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Nemesis – The Beginning of the End, EP (Necromance) – death / thrash

Nocturnal – The Great Emptiness (Seance) – black metal

Oniricous – La Maldición, Mini Album (BlackSeed Productions) – death metal

Ordiosordo – Con Il Buio Nel Sangue (Third I Rex) – black metal 

Örnatorpet – Vid Himinsenda (Nordvis) – dungeon synth

Orthodoxy – Novus Lux Dominus (The Sinister Flame / Dark Descent) – death metal

PH – Osiris Hayden (Svart) – electronic 

Psychomancer – Shards of the Hourglass (Orchestrated Misery Recordings) – death metal

Purulent Necrosis – Cadaverized Humanity (Comatose Music) – brutal death metal

Qayin Regis – Doctrine (BlackSeed Productions) – black metal

Runes Order – Fase XIV (Terror From Hell) – dark ambient

Sarke – Gastwerso (Indie Recordings) – black metal

Serpent Warning – Pagan Fire (Topillo) – doom

The Kryptik – When The Shadows Rise (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Turkey Vulture – In the Pines, Demo Single (Independent) – punk / metal

Úlfarr – Hate & Terror – The Rise of Pure Evil (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Valosta Varjoon – Oberpfälzer Wald (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Vanhelga – LPT, Remastered (War Against Yourself) – black metal

Vaultwraith – Light the Candle In Honour of Devils (Hells Headbangers) – speed / thrash

Violation Wound – Dying to Live Living to Die (Peaceville) – hardcore

Voimaton – Demo 2019 (Blood Harvest) – death / doom

Voyager – Colours In the Sun (Season of Mist) – metal

Vulture  – Drowned In Gangrenous Blood (Memento Mori) – death metal 

Woodhawk – Violent Nature (Independent) – metal

Xeno Ooze – Parasligm Shift (Last World) – grind

Year of the Cobra – Ash and Dust (Prophecy Productions) – stoner / doom

– Josh

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