Initial Descent: March 29 – April 4, 2020


The sentiment of ‘hope everyone is well and safe’ carries again this week as we’re still in this mess. But, to stave off the darkness and provide some living room destroying fun, we’ve got another long list of incoming metal so hopefully something here will help pass the time. London based Beggar offer up a debut full length of incendiary extreme sludge metal and I’ve been head over heels for this one, you should be too, Testament have their 13th full length on deck and one thing’s always been for sure about them: never, ever count them out as their brand of melodic thrash and heavy metal still sounds amazing after 34 years, Skam astutely define catharsis through grinding violence, and Zolle find cohesive and powerful ground with a solid mixture of noise and sludge. Incredible picks already and there’s so much more below so dig in and keep your head up as much as possible.

Beggar - Compelled To Repeat

Beggar – Compelled To Repeat (APF) – sludge [profile]

Testament - Titans of Creation

Testament – Titans of Creation (Nuclear Blast) – testametal 

Skam - The Sound of Disease

Skam – The Sound of Disease (Redefining Darkness) – grind

Zolle - Macello

Zolle – Macello (Subsound) – sludge / noise

Also on tap:

Aara – En Ergó Einai (Debemur Morti Productions) – atmospheric black metal 

Ad Infinitum – Chapter I: Monarchy (Napalm) – symphonic metal 

Anova Skyway – Diet of Worms (Independent) – prog rock / metal

Astral Bodies – Escape Death (Surviving Sounds) – instru-space doom

August Burns Red – Guardians (Fearless) – modern metal

Bonfire – Fistful of Fire (AFM) – metal

Bury Tomorrow – Cannibal (Music for Nations / Sony) – metalcore

Chotzä – Tüüfuswärk (Northern Fog / Sturmglanz / Worship Tapes) – black metal

Comaniac – Holodox (Metalworld) – thrash 

Consumer – S/T, EP (Fresh Outbreak) – black / sludge 

Crimson Star – The Olde Dawg, EP (Independent) – rock

Dawn of Ouroboros – The Art of Morphology (Rain Without End) – black / progressive metal

Drakonis – Blessed By Embers (Hostile Media) – black metal

Duende en la Penumbra – That Same Evergreen I Love So Well, Despite the Way Its Shadows Make Me Sad(Independent) – folk / black 

Duivel – Tirades uit de Hel (Ván) – black metal

Dynazty – The Dark Delight (AFM) – melodic metal

Errant – S/T, EP (Manatee Rampage Recordings) – metal

Escape Is Not Freedom – Surrounded By the Great Nothing (Independent) – sludge / noise

Forndom – Fapir (Nordvis) – nordic folk

Freeways – True Bearings (Temple of Mystery) – rock

Golden Blood – Cum, Coke & Blasphemy (Witching Hour Productions) – black / speed / punk

Grieve – S/T (Werewolf) – atmospheric black metal 

Häxanu – Snare of All Salvation (Amor Fati) – black metal 

Her Name Was Fire – Decadent Movement (Raging Planet) – rock

Hohenstein – Weisser Hirsch (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Illum Adora – Infernum et Necromantium (Folter) – black metal 

Joviac – Here and Now (Inverse) – prog metal

Live Burial – Unending Futility (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Loviatar – Lightless (Prosthetic) – post-metal

Lucifer Star Machine – Devil’s Breath (The Sign) – rock

Luctus – Užribis (Inferna Profundus) – black metal 

Nocturnal Prayer – Advance on Weakened Foes (Inferna Profundus) – black metal

Notörious – Glamorized (Sliptrick) – glam metal

Pale Mare – II (Seeing Red / Ancient Temple Recordings) – metal

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Viscerals (Rocket Recordings) – pigs metal

Shodan – Death, Rule Over Us (Deformeathing Productions) – melodic death metal 

Shyyne – Go Your Own Way (Independent) – sleaze metal

Slave Hands – No More Feelings (Dry Cough) – sludge

State of Millenia – Bleached (Independent) – metal

tētēma – Necroscape (Ipecac) – electro-acoustic rock

Thanatos – Violent Death Rituals (Listenable) – black / death

Thrashera – Não Gosto! (Helldprod) – thrash 

Världen Brinner – Vi Ager Natten (Vicisolum) – punk

Villagers of Ioannnina City – Age of Aquarius (Napalm Records) – heavy rock

Weed Demon – Crater Maker (Electric Valley) – sludge / doom

Witches of Doom – Funeral Radio (My Kingdom Music) – gothic doom

Wolfpack  – A.D. (BDHW) – hardcore

Wretched Empires – Bloom, EP (Independent) – folk / black

WVRM – Colony Collapse (Prosthetic Records) – grind

Xile – I’m Your God (BDHW) – hardcore

– Josh

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