Initial Descent: January 5 – 11, 2020


The ball has dropped, the headaches are gone, the messes are cleaned up, and it’s time for some new metal now that the lists will be growing in quantity. Killer week so let’s get to it.

Metal’s busiest band, Haunt, are back with another supercharged dose of heavy metal but this time we get some synth. And, it’s great. If you’re in the market for some soul crushing blackened doom that has no idea how to take it easy then Plague Weaver has you covered, and Lotus Thief are rounding out the top slots to cleanse the palate with some floating orbs of post-rock atmospherics. All that and more awaits below.

Haunt - Mind Freeze

Haunt – Mind Freeze (Shadow Kingdom) – heavy metal

Plague Weaver - Through the Sulphur Eyes

Plague Weaver – Through the Sulfur Eyes (Independent) – black / doom

Lotus Thief - Oresteia

Lotus Thief – Oresteia (Prophecy) – post-rock / doom / black

Also on tap:

Behemoth – Live from Maida Vale (Metal Blade) – black / death

Body Stuff – Body Stuff 3 (The Chain) – industrial

Brothers of Metal – Emblas Saga (AFM) – heavy metal

Crowhurst + Gavin Bryars – Incoherent American Narrative (Prophecy) – experimental 

Dead Hour Noise – Sleeping Dogs (Silver Maple Kill) – mathy / sludge / black metal

Empire of the Moon – ΕΚΛΕΙΨΙΣ (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Ether Coven – Everything is Temporary Except Suffering (Century Media) – post-metal / gloom 

Kassad – London Orbital(Hypnotic Dirge) – black / post-metal

Kawir – Adrasteia (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Mortal Incarnation  – Lunar Radiant Dawn, Cassette Issue (Sentient Ruin) – psych death / doom

Silverlight Shadows – Black the World (Independent) – stoner

Snorlax – II (Brilliant Emperor) – grind

Traps – The Fighter (Halfmeltedbrain) – prog metal

Unreqvited – Mosaic II (Prophecy Productions) – atmospheric black metal

Vaeok – S/T, EP (W.T.C. Productions) – black metal

Waldgefluster – Stimmen im Wind 2020, Re-recording (Nordvis) – black metal

War Dogs – Die By My Sword (Fighter) – heavy metal

– Josh

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