Initial Descent: April 12 – 18, 2020

The Black Dahlia Murder
The Black Dahlia Murder

I’m out of words for much other than metal at this point. On that note, The Black Dahlia Murder lay down, quite possibly their best in a few years—so. damn. good., dark neofolk OLS mesmerize on their stunning effort, Oranssi Pazuzu put the capital P, B, and M in psychedelic black metal—no surprise to anyone I hope, and since every damn show every-damn-where is cancelled here comes Khemmis with a quick but great live EP that’ll bring back the good times. Tons more to follow so keep reading. Also, please support bands, labels, restaurants, and everything you can and in any way you can and if you can’t, don’t sweat it just hang in there.

The Black Dahlia Murder - Verminous

The Black Dahlia Murder – Verminous (Metal Blade) – death metal


OLS – Wildma (Pagan) – neofolk [video premiere, album premiere]


Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi (Nuclear Blast) – psych black metal

Khemmis - Doomed Heavy Metal

Khemmis – Doomed Heavy Metal, EP (Nuclear Blast) – metal

Also on tap:

Aborted – La Grande Mascarade, EP (Century Media) – death metal

Abysmal Dawn – Phylogenesis (Season of Mist) – death metal

Angel Vengeance – Angel of Vengeance (Downfall) – melodic power metal

Argesk – Realm of Eternal Light (Clobber) – black metal

Asenblut – Die Wilde Jagd (AFM) – melodic death metal

Aspidium – Harmagedon (Independent) – black / death

At the Altar of the Horned God – Through Doors of Moonlight (I, Voidhanger) – black metal

Azath – Through a Warren of Shadow (Pulverised) – death metal

Bismarck – Oneiromancer (Apollon Records) – doom metal

Bloodbound – Bloodheads United (AFM) – melodic power metal

Bombs of Hades – Phantom Bell (Black Lodge) – death metal

Caspar Brötzmann Massaker – Home, Reissue (Southern Lord) – noise

Cemetery Filth – Dominion (Unspeakable Axe / Boris) – death metal

Chopping Mall – Mauled By a Magical Bear With Scalding Hot Liquid Cheese Spraying from its Eyesockets (Independent) – grind

Coldbones – The Cataclysm (Dunk!) – post-rock / metal

Collision – The Final Kill (Hammerheart) – grind / thrash

Disbelief – The Ground Collapses (Listenable) – death metal

Dynfari – Myrkurs er pörf (Code666) – atmospheric black metal

Electric Boys – The Lion’s Roar (Mighty Music) – hair

Etherius – Chaos. Order. Renewal. (Independent) – prog metal

Exlibris – Shadowrise (Independent) – melodic metal

Feed Them Death – Panopticism: Belong/Be Lost (I, Voidhanger) – black / death / drone 

Foes – American Violence, EP (Glacier Recordings) – metallic hardcore

Forlesen – Hierophant Violent (Hypnotic Dirge) – avantmetal

Funeral Leech – Death Meditation (Carbonized) – death / doom

Graveir – King of the Silent Sword (Impure Sounds) – black metal

Hexvessel – Kindred (Svart) – psych forest folk

Ignea – The Realms of Fire and Death (Independent) – prog metal

Khôra – Timaeus (Soulseller) – black / death / symphonic

Kryptograf – The Veil (Apollon Records) – heavy metal

Myrath – Live In Carthage (earMusic) – metal

Oblivion Gate – Wisdom of the Grave (ATMF) – death metal

Reptilian – Adrenochromacy (Slam Worldwide) – death slam

Ripped To Shreds – (Pulverised) – death metal

Shards of Humanity – Cold Logic (Unspeakable Axe) – death metal 

Sxokondo – Flesh & Sky (Division) – hardcore

The Ditch and the Delta – S/T (Prosthetic) – sludge

The Headlines – Warpaint (Metalville) – alternative rock

The Projectionist – The Stench of Amalthia (Moribund) – black metal opera

Titaan – ITIMA (ATMF) – black metal

Ulveblod – Omnia Mors Aequat (Consouling Sounds) – black metal

Vanir – 10 Years of Mead and Metal (Mighty Music) – viking metal

– Josh

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