Initial Descent: March 22 – 28, 2020


As we slip further into the abyss, I fully believe metal will be the savior to it all. Obviously not but it will give us all a good soundtrack to keep us occupied. Oh, by the way, GOOD JOB last Friday hitting Bandcamp in droves and helping artists, do that more. Really, a lot more. And on that note, there’s a ton of stuff to throw money at this week starting with the always razor sharp grind of Wake but on this new one they have bested all their back catalog, Angerot brings some serious death and black metal on their sophomore effort, Temple of Void show how true, heavy doom is done, and Demonic Death Judge reek havoc in the sludge / stoner arena. See? Plenty of hits already and there’s TONS more below so get to it. Stay safe and well, friends.

WAKE - Devouring Ruin

Wake – Devouring Ruin (Translation Loss Records) – grindcore

Angerot - The Divine Apostate

Angerot – The Divine Apostate (Redefining Darkness Records) – black / death

Temple of Void - The World That Was

Temple of Void – The World That Was (Shadow Kingdom) – doom / death

Demonic Death Judge - The Trail

Demonic Death Judge – The Trail (Suicide) – metal

Also on tap:

Aevum – Multiverse (DarkTunes) – power metal 

After the Abduction – Cracked & Bled (UKEM) – brutal death

Alchemists – Chapter One: Love (Tenacity Music) – progressive metal

Amnutseba – Emanatism (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Aodon – 11069 (Willowtip) – post-black metal 

Arcada – Projections (Edged Circle) – black / thrash

Balmog – Pillars of Salt, Mini Album (War Anthem) – black / death

Black Vice – The Alchemist’s Vision (Crown and Throne Ltd.) – black metal

Bull Brigade – Stronger Than Time, 7″ (Demons Run Amok) – hardcore

Candlemass – The Pendulum, EP (Napalm) – doom

Chrome Ghost – The Diving Bell (Seeing Red) – doomgaze

Chrome Waves / Gridfailure – S/T, Split (Independent) – shoegaze / noise

Chronicle – Demonology (Mighty Music) – melodic death / black metal

Deranged – Deeds of Ruthless Violence (Agonia) – death metal

Descent Into Maelstrom – Iconoclasm (Club Inferno Ent) – prog death

Destroyer of Light – Generational Warfare, EP (Heavy Friends) – doom

Diarchy – Splitfire (Unherd Music) – psych metal

Dodenbezweerder – Vrees de toorn van de wezens verscholen achter majestueuze vleugels (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Enepsigos – Wrath of Wraths (Osmose Productions) – black metal

Fatalisté – Mercurial Gaslighting (Trepanation Recordings) – avantgarde black / noise

Fer de Lance – Colossus (Cruz Del Sur Music) – heavy metal

Gigafauna – Frozen Wastes (Independent) – metal

Graceless – Where Vultures Know Your Name (Raw Skull) – doom / death

Grim Ravine – It’s a Long Way Down, To Where You Are (Hostile Media) – black / sludge

Igorrr – Spirituality and Distortion (Metal Blade Records) – experimental black metal

Imonolith – State of Being (Imonolith Music) – metal

In This Moment – Mother (Atlantic / Roadrunner) – hard rock

Lethal Steel – Running From the Dawn (High Roller) – rock

Little Albert – Swamp King (Aural Music) – doom / blues

Loose Sutures – S/T (Electric Valley) – fuzz

Lord Buffalo – Tohu Wa Bohu (Blues Funeral Recordings) – dark rock / post-americana

Lutharo – Wings of Agony (Independent) – power / death 

Magic Sword – Endless (Joyful Noise Recordings) – heavy synth

Me and That Man – New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol 1 (Napalm) – behemofolk

Membaris – Misanthrosophie (W.T.C. Productions) – black metal

Nekrovault – Totenzug: Festering Peregrination (Van) – black / death

Nerve Saw – Peril (Testimony) – death metal

Nicumo – Inertia (Inverse) – melancholic metal

Nox Formulae – Drakon – Darshan – Satan (Dark Descent Records) – black metal

Omega – Infinity Solar Spectre (Season of Mist) – ambient black metal 

Perdition Temple – Sacraments of Descension (Hells Headbangers) – death metal

Rämlord – From Dark Waters (Inverse) – heavy metal

Riot  – Rock World, Rare & Unreleased (Metal Blade) – metal

Sign of Evil – Psychodelic Horror (Edged Circle) – black / speed

Skyryder – Vol. 2 (High Roller) – heavy metal

Solothus – Realm of Ash and Blood (20 Buck Spin) – death / doom

Stone Machine Electric – S/T (Independent) – stoner

Subtype Zero – Ceremonious Extinction, EP (Seeing Red) – metal

Telepathy – Burn Embrace (Svart Records) – post metal

The Heavy Eyes – Love Like Machines (Kozmik Artifactz)  – psych rock

The Holy Flesh – Emissary & Vessel (Caligari) – psych black metal

The Sonic Dawn – Enter the Mirage (Heavy Psych Sounds) – psych rock

Thunderbird Divine – The Hand of Man (Salt of the Earth) – psych doom

Torchia – The Coven (Rockshots) – melodic death metal 

Twitch of the Death Nerve – A Resting Place for the Wrathful (Comatose) – brutal death

Unholy Desecration – Unholy Horde (Confused) – black / death

Velnias – Scion of Aether (Eisenwald) – doom / black / folk

Vintlechkeit – Svartskogen, svartvinter… / Dødssted… (Eternal Death) – atmospheric black metal

Void of Sleep – Metaphora (Aural Music) – sludge

Walk Through Fire – Vår Avgrund (Wolves & Vibrancy) – sludge / doom

Witchfinder – Hazy Rites (Mrs Red Sound) – doom / stoner 

Woorms – Twitching, As Prey (Hospital / Sludgelord) – sludge

WuW – Rétablir L’Eternité (Prosthetic) – instru-prog

zhOra – Mortals (Hostile Media) – sludge

– Josh

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