Initial Descent: February 9 – 15, 2020


Hoo boy did I ever miss the mark last week not putting Sepultura’s Quadra up top. That album is straight fire from top to bottom. Missed opportunity for sure but hey, it got opening sentence this week so, score?! Anywhoo, new metals this week include an outstanding death metal debut from Plague who take the tried and true death template and do amazing things with it – actual wizardry in death metal? Absolutely. Noise rock friends of Nine Circles Disastroid are back with an outstanding follow up to 2017s Screen, ethereal doom knows no bounds in the hands of Frayle on their latest, and Ihsahn is up with an EP that really grabbed me from the lead off singles but who knows, the rest might be a techno trance jam. I kid, I kid – I jumped on the preorder so there’s that. Much more awaits those who care to plunder the depths below. Enjoy. Oh, happy V day and all that.

Plague - Portraits of Mind

Plague – Portraits of Mind (Redefining Darkness / Nuclear Winter) – death metal

Disastroid - Mortal Fools

Disastroid – Mortal Fools (Heavy Psych Sounds) – noise rock

Frayle - 1692

Frayle – 1692 (Aqualamb / Laybare Recordings) – doom

Ihsahn - Telemark

Ihsahn – Telemark, EP (Candlelight) – black metal..ish

Also on tap:

Angellore – Rien Ne Devait Mourir (Finisterian Dead End) – gothic doom

Anvil – Legal At Last (AFM) – metalish

Apokryphon – Subterra (Avantgarde Music) – black metal

Arcaine – As Life Decays (Black Sunset / MDD) – melodic death

Assumption – The Three Appearances, Vinyl Re-Release (Sentient Ruin / Everlasting Spew) – death / doom

Black Royal – Firebride (Suicide Records) – sludge

Blaze of Perdition – The Harrowing of Hearts (Metal Blade) – black metal

Blissful Stream – When the Wolves Start to Circle (Independent) – metal

Catafalque – Corpses (Trepanation Recordings) – harsh noise / doom

Colosso – Apocalypse (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Dead Sea Apes – Night Lands (Feeding Tube / Cardinal Fuzz) – psych

Diabulus in Musica – Euphonic Entropy (Napalm Records) – metal

Ensnared – Inimicus Generis Humani (Invictus Productions / Dark Descent) – death metal

Faustian Pact – Outojen Tornien Varjoissa (Werewolf) – black metal

From Under Concrete Kings – Modus Exodus, EP (Independent) – deathcore

Godthrymm – Reflections (Profound Lore) – doom and riffs

Grafvitnir – NâHásh, Reissue (Clavis Secretorvm) – black metal

Hällas – Conundrum (Napalm) – protoish metal

Holycide – Fist to Face (Xtreem Music) – thrash

Izthmi – The Arrow of Our Ways (Within the Mind) – atmospheric metal

JJ Anselmi – Doomed to Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, and Post-Metal (Rare Bird Books) – book

Kvelertak – Splid (Rise) – metal

Malleus – Storm of Witchcraft, Remastered (Armageddon Label) – black metal

Ossaert – Bedehuis (Argento) – black metal

Pornohelmüt – Bang Lord (Atypeek Music) – experimental 

Sarcator – Visions of Purgatory (Redefining Darkness) – melodic death

Skumstrike – Execution Void (Caligari) – crust punk

Somaesthesia – Recidivist, EP (Independent) – prog death

Suum – Cryptomass (Seeing Red) – doom

Turia – Degen van Licht (Eisenwald) – black metal 

Twins – Soon (No Funeral) – post-hardcore

Unfold – Aeon Aony (Division) – post-metal

– Josh

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