Initial Descent: March 1 – 7, 2020

Scarab (photo courtesy of Omar Abou Doma)

Yep. Way late with this but life, folks. So, we’ll make it a ‘stuff that comes out today or already out’ kinda thing and we’ll hit the highlights to make it quick. Good chance if you happen to be out of the loop so here we go… Scarab hits all the right marks for astonishingly good Egyptian death metal. I mean, if Nile actually were from Egypt, I imagine this is what they’d sound like but all comparisons aside, Scarab stand firmly and violently on their own – go get this NOW. My Dying Bride make a return and it’s a splendidly beautiful, doomy return, Swedeath demons Wombbath are back in the Swesaddle and it hurts so good at high volume, and Pure Wrath offer up another beautiful album in the form of atmospherically epic black metal. Go find all the stuff you missed out on. See you back here in a few days.

Scarab - Martyrs of the Storm

Scarab – Martyrs of the Storm (ViciSolum Productions) – death metal

My Dying Bride - The Ghost of Orion

My Dying Bride – The Ghost of Orion (Nuclear Blast) – doom

Wombbath - Choirs of the Fallen

Wombbath – Choirs of the Fallen (Soulseller) – death metal

Pure Wrath - The Forlorn Soldier

Pure Wrath – The Forlorn Soldier, EP (Debemur Morti Productions) – atmospheric / symphonic black metal

Also on tap:

Ahna – Crimson Dawn (Caligari) – crust 

Azure Emote – The Third Perspective (Selfmadegod) – avant / extreme

Beast of Revelation – The Ancient Ritual of Death (Iron Bonehead) – death / doom

Canis Dirus – Independence to the Beast (Bindrune) – black metal

Dwaal – Gospel of the Vile (Dark Essence) – atmospheric sludge / doom

Medium – S/T (Transcending Obscurity) – grind / crust

Nexorum – Death Unchained (Non Serviam) – black / death

Psychonaut – Unfold the God Man (Pelagic) – post-metal

Ross the Boss – Born of Fire (AFM) – power metal

Svenghali – Nightmares of Our Own Design, EP (Independent) – experimental 

The Flesh Trading Company – Franconian Witchcraft, EP (Independent) – thrash / death

To Conceal the Horns – Purist (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Trauma – Ominous Black (Selfmadegod) – death metal

Tulus – Old Old Death (Soulseller) – black metal

UW/D – Hollow (Seeing Red / Araki / Brigante) – post-rock / noise

Viscera – Obsidian (Unique Leader) – death metal

Vredehammer – Viperous (Indie) – metal

– Josh


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