Initial Descent: February 2 – 8, 2020


One month down and eleven to go. January was a good kick off month for metal in 2020 and February shows no signs of letting us down either. So, score one for the music but hey, Doctor Death, how about stick that sickle up your ass and chill for a bit. Anyway, in the interest of new metal — as we feature here every week — branch out a bit and take a chance on something new or something you might view as outside your realm. You never know what might be found lurking just outside of that comfort zone. On that note we’ve got new stuff from top-tier screamo legends envy, melodic and emotionally heavy hardcore from Giver, off kilter and wildly avantgarde sounds from OvO, and mind blowing instru-prog-tech-death from Thoren. Plenty of stuff here that’s out on the fringe so take a chance and check them out. But, as always, there’s so much more to dig into so do that. Enjoy.

envy - The Fallen Crimson

envy – The Fallen Crimson (Pelagic) – screamo

Giver - Sculpture of Violence

Giver – Sculpture of Violence (Holy Roar) – hardcore

OvO - Miasma

OvO – Miasma (Artoffact) – avantgarde metal

Thoren - Gwarth II

Thoren – Gwarth II (Drylands) – instru-prog / tech death

Also on tap:

Arbrynth – A Place of Buried Light (Independent) – folk / heavy metal

Atavisma / Void Rot – Split (Everlasting Spew) – death / doom

Bannwald / Uruk-Hai / Druadan Forest – Kingdoms Long Gone (Antiq) – dungeon synth

Codex Serafini – Serpents of Enceladus (Halfmeltedbrain / Ceremonial Laptop) – psych prog

Delain – Apocalypse & Chill (Napalm) – symphonic metal

Depraved – Raped Innocence (Music-Records) – brutal death / grind

Dråpsnatt – I Denna Skog, Reissue (Nordvis) – black metal

Drittmaskin – Sosial Prolaps (Edged Circle Productions) – black / punk

Dzö-nga – Thunder In the Mountains (Avantgarde Music) – melodic black metal

Ewigkeit – Land of Fog 20/20 ReVision (Death To Music Productions) – metal

Giöba – Plasmatic Idol (Heavy Psych Sounds) – acid rock / synthwave

Goatreich – Godfeter (Ashen Dominion) – black metal

Goblinsmoker – A Throne In Haze, A World Ablaze (Sludgelord) – black / doom

God Dethroned – Illuminati (Metal Blade) – black / death

Gorevent – Fate (Comatose Music) – slam

Ironflame – Blood Red Victory (Divebomb) – heavy metal

Karg – Traktat (AOP) – post-black metal

Kings Never Die – Raise a Glass, EP (Upstate) – metallic hardcore [profile]

Krosis – A Memoir of Free Will (Unique Leader) – deathcore

Loathe – I Let It In and It Took Everything (SharpTone) – metal

Lowlives – Hey You (Death Culture) – noise rock

Machinations of Fate – S/T (Redefining Darkness) – black metal

Necrochaos – Crawling Through Cadavers (Godz Ov War Productions) – death metal

Nightfear – Apocalypse (Fighter) – heavy metal

Purveyors of Sonic Doom – Eyeless Void / Entombed Black Earth, Demos (Independent) – doom

Radian – Chapters (Independent) – doom / sludge

Revoltons – Underwater Bells Pt. 2: October 9th 1963 Act 1 (Independent) – power metal

Rising Anger – I Am (Bastardized Recordings) – hardcore

Rotten Mind – Rat City Dog Boy (Lövely) – punk / post-punk

Sepultura – Quadra (Nuclear Blast) – metal

Serpent Noir – Death Clan OD (W.T.C. Productions) – black metal

Seven Planets – Explorer (Small Stone) – instru-metal

Sleazy Way Out – Here Comes Trouble (Sliptrick) – sleaze rock

Sophist – Dissolution (Niflhel) – black / grind

Soul Dragger – S/T(Time To Kill) – metal / thrash

Summon – Helios (Godz Ov War Productions) – black / death

The Spirit – Cosmic Terror (AOP) – black / death

VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC – Austrian Dukes of Derangement, EP (Xenocorp) – slam / goregrind 

Warrior Within – In Light Act II (Independent) – thrash

Wilczyca – S/T (Godz Ov War Productions) – black metal

Ye Banished Privateers – Hostis Humani Generis (Napalm) – pirate metal

Ygg – The Last Scald (Ashen Dominion) – black metal

– Josh

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