Initial Descent: December 15 – 21, 2019


By the time these albums come out I’ll be high atop a mountain peering through the fog and snow from my comfy spot in front of a fireplace. Needless to say, I can’t wait. And that goes for the mountain spot as well as these new releases. It is a shorter list this week but still packs quite the punch. Let’s do it. 

Members of Gaerea have cross pollinated into the death / doom realm with Oak and are so convincing I think they missed their initial calling, Ashen Horde are on a rampage this year with a cracking, early, full length and now a follow up EP full of the same cracking black and death metal, and Italy’s Daemoniac triumphantly throw their hat in the ring of Swedish death metal (Swedeath if you’re nasty). Now, go and show these bands some love.

Oak - Lone

Oak – Lone (Transcending Obscurity) – atmospheric death / doom

Ashen Horde - Tintregen EP

Ashen Horde – Tintregen, EP (Mandol) – black / death metal

Daemoniac - Dwellers of Apocalypse

Daemoniac – Dwellers of Apocalypse (Xtreem Music) – death metal

Also on tap:

AngelBlast – Rotting Paradise, EP (Edged Circle Productions) – death metal

Bloodlet – Viper In Hand (Translation Loss) – hardcore

Broken Spirit – Demo Collections 2012-2017 (Goatowarex) – black metal

Cult of Erinyes – Æstivation (Amor Fati) – black metal

Dead Woman’s Ditch – Hræfn (Third I Rex) – black / doom / sludge

Dreamlord – Disciples of War (No Remorse) – thrash

Grant the Sun – Sur Jupiter, EP (Mas-Kina Recordings) – prog metal / post-rock

Growing Horns – The Nobility of Pain (Independent) – doom

Gunjack – The Cult of Triblade (Independent) – heavy metal

Haxandraok – Ki Si Kil Ud Da Kar Ra (Ván) – black metal

Köwa Axis & Pale World – Niche Field (Trepanation Recordings) – drone

Myrholt – Solens Soenn og Maanens Datter (Independent) – black metal 

Nullingroots – Malady’s Black Maw (Casus Belli Musica / Beverina) – atmospheric black metal

Prophets of the Apocalypse – Threshold of War (Sliptrick) – thrash

Qoheleth – Mark It Well, All Roads End In Death, EP (Philip K Discs) – experimental 

Ramihrdus – Eternity, Re-Release (Casus Belli Musica / Beverina) – atmospheric black metal

Ramihrdus – Midsummer’s Twilight (Casus Belli Musica / Beverina) – atmospheric black metal

Saber Tiger – The Shade of Holy Light, EP (Sliptrick) – heavy metal

– Josh

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