Initial Descent: April 26 – May 2, 2020

Abrams – photo courtesy of Mike Goodwin

Uncharted times, folks. Who knows what the right answer to any of this is or will be but I do know there’s a whole list of new metal to uncover so let’s do it. For those of you that like some rock to go with your metal, Abrams returns with their third full length and it’s heavy on the good time jams perfect for whatever you’re doing. Symphonic extreme metal gets a HUGE shot in the arm with Foretoken‘s debut, Pyre roll the death metal dice and come up with doubles, and Black Pestilence fire a shot of blackened punk amongst the masses. So, four really good albums up top and a slew of more down below. Enjoy it!

Abrams - Modern Ways

Abrams – Modern Ways (Sailor) – rock / metal

Foretoken - Ruin

Foretoken – Ruin (Independent) – symphonic / extreme

Pyre - Chained to Ossuaries

Pyre – Chained to Ossuaries (Memento Mori / Dawnbreed) – death metal

Black Pestilence - Hail the Flesh

Black Pestilence – Hail the Flesh (Independent) – black / punk

Also on tap:

Abduction – Jehanne (Finisterian Dead End) – black metal

Abrupt Demise – The Pleasure to Kill and Grind (Raw Skull) – gore death metal

Aether Realm – Redneck Vikings from Hell (Napalm) – melodic death metal

Alkymist – Sanctuary (Indisciplinarian) – doom

An Autumn for Crippled Children – All Fell Silent, Everything Went Quiet (Prosthetic) – black / gaze

Ancient Burial – Beyond the Watchtowers (Signal Rex) – black metal

Ante-Inferno – Fane (Ukem) – black metal

Armnatt – Dense Fog (Signal Rex) – black metal

Ash Return – The Sharp Blade of Integrity (Swell Creek) – metal / hardcore

Blended Brew – Shove It Down (Mighty Music) – rock / metal

City of Souls – Synaesthesia (Independent) – prog metal

Cosmic Burial – Impakt (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Cryptworm – Reeking Gunk Abhorrence, Vinyl Issue (Me Saco Un Ojo) – death metal

Czerń – Zgliszcza (Selfmadegod) – hardcore

Deepshade – Soul Divider (Independent) – psych rock

Desert Storm – Omens (APF) – sludge

Dysylumn – Occultation (Signal Rex) – black metal

Final Coil – Convicted of the Right (WormHoleDeath) – post / prog rock

Fleshwolf – S/T (Independent) – death metal

Funeralopolis – of Deceit and Utter Madness (Memento Mori) – death metal

Golden Ashes – In the Lugubrious Silence of Eternal Light (Oaken Palace) – black / noise

Gruzja – Pierwszy koncert w mieście (Devoted Art Propaganda) – metal

Head of the Demon – Deadly Black Doom (Invictus / The Ajna Offensive) – black / death

Hills Like White Lions – S/T (Independent) – post-metal

Hyems – Anatomie des Scheiterns (Black Sunset / MDD) – black metal

Icon of Evil – S/T, EP (Selfmadegod) – death metal

Keverra – S/T (Seeing Red) – sludge

Kurnugia – Forlorn and Forsaken (Memento Mori) – death metal

Lasse Reinstroem – Rasputiza (Electric Talon) – psych stoner

Lesoir – Mosaic (Listenable) – prog rock

Lowlives – Bones (Death Culture) – grunge

Monolith – Lord Conspirator (MMD) – death metal 

Morte Lune – Temple of Flesh (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Nadir – The Great Dying (Independent) – black metal

Nulla+ / Othismos – Split (Independent) – black metal

Order of Orias – Ablaze (W.T.C.) – black metal 

Reminiscence – Tomorrow’s Gone (Independent) – metal

Resent  – Crosshairs (Dry Cough / Nerve Altar / Rope or Guillotine) – sludge 

Shatter Brain – Pitchfork Justice (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Slagmark – Purging Sacred Soils (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

The Scum – Dead Eyes (Wild Noise Productions) – death metal

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

Tombstoner – Descent to Madness (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

Torn In Half – Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

Witchkiss – Transformation, EP (Independent) – doom

– Josh

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