Initial Descent: November 10 – 16, 2019


As we move closer to Thanksgiving it’s time to reflect on the smorgasbord of exceptional metal releases this year. And, of course, give thanks for them. At this point, anyone still pushing the “2019 metal has been weak” agenda gets these two middle fingers. Moving on…

This week’s new metal kicks off with Tribulation who offer an opportunity to experience their commanding stage presence with an audio visual double treat from a gig captured in Sweden and yes, a live album caught top spot — it’s Tribulation so it’s an automatic thing. Casket Huffer get filthy via blackened death and sludge on their sophomore outing, and Warsenal combine old school speed metal with a healthy dose of thrash and holy crap is it ever a sweet sound with a killer album cover to boot. Last up top but certainly not least, I’ve got a soft spot for anything Michael Denner does (King Diamond and Mercyful Fate ring a bell?? Anyone?) and lucky for me Denner’s Inferno returns with a full length that’s heavy on those majestic riffs of his. All that and there’s so much more awaiting directly below. Get ready to offload some cash. 

Tribulation - Alive and Dead at Södra Teatern

Tribulation – Alive & Dead at Södra Teatern (Metal Blade) – epic

Casket Huffer - Filth Ouroboros

Casket Huffer – Filth Ouroboros (Hibernation Release) – black / death / sludge

Warsenal - Feast Your Eyes

Warsenal – Feast Your Eyes (Svart) – speed / thrash

Denner's Inferno - In Amber

Denner’s Inferno – In Amber (Mighty Music) – heavy metal

Also on tap:

Abigail Williams – Walk Beyond the Dark (Blood Music) – black metal

Anacrusis – Manic Impressions, Bonus Edition (Metal Blade) – metal

Anacrusis – Screams and Whispers, Bonus Edition (Metal Blade) – metal

Ateiggär – Us d’r Höll chunnt nume Zyt (Eisenwald) – black metal 

Bad Men – Bong Weasley (Trepanation Recordings) – doom

Bölzer – Lese Majesty, Mini Album (Lightning & Sons) – metal

Chamber of Torture – Necrodomain (Eclectic Productions) – death metal

Dead|Love – The Hunger Builds (Sliptrick) – hardcore / punk

Diabolic Night – Beyond the Realm (High Roller) – heavy metal

Dolch – Feuer (Ván & Totenmusik) – atmospheric 

Drift Into Black – Anthems From the Darkest Winter (Independent) – doom / death 

Earth and Pillars – Earth II (Avantgarde Music) – atmospheric black metal

El Drugstore – The Golden Age of Bad Ideas (Nefarious Industries) – tech instru-metal

Fake Figures – We Are the Dead, EP (War Against Records) – alt-metal

Forest Mysticism / Krypta Nicestwa – Mirrors of Glaciated Earth (Nebular Carcoma) – black metal

Front Beast – Shadows (Helldprod) – black metal

Havohej – Table of Uncreation (Hells Headbangers) – black metal

Ignivomous – Hieroglossia (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – death metal

Infidel Reich – Reichenstein (Helter Skelter) – death metal

Krater – Venenare (Eisenwald) – black metal

Kurokuma / Under – Split (Astral Noize) – doom / sludge

Necropanther – The Doomed City (Independent) – extreme metal

Nibiru Ordeal – Solar Eclipse (Inverse) – power metal

Nox Irae – Here the Dead Live (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Opposition Party – Tales to Horrify, EP (Pulverised) – punk / thrash

Powernerd – Far From Human (Beatport / Lazerdiscs) – darkwave

Ragnarok – Non Debellicata (Agonia) – black metal

Raw Hex – Always High, Always Low (Closed Casket Activities) – black metal

R.U.S.T.X. – Center of the Universe (Pitch Black) – heavy metal

Serpens Luminis – Bright Euphoria (Goathorned Productions) – black metal

SuidAkrA – Echoes of Yore (MDD) – metal

Swampbeast / Void Terror – Holocaust of Terrestrial Empires, Vinyl Issue (Me Saco Un Ojo) – black / death 

Syr Daria – Tears of a Clown (Sliptrick) – heavy / thrash

Tan Kozh – Lignages Oubliés (Antiq) – black metal

The Deathtrip – Demon Solar Totem (Svart / Profound Lore) – black metal

The Hydden – Vagabond Songs (Metalville) – rock

The Night Watch – An Embarrassment of Riches (Independent) – prog-strumental

Vatican – Sole Impulse (1126) – modern metal

Verdun – Astral Sabbath (Throatruiner / Deadlight Entertainment) – sludge / doom

Witch Trail – The Sun Has Left the Hill (Consouling Sounds) – doom 

Wraith – Absolute Power (Redefining Darkness) – thrash

– Josh

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