Initial Descent: May 3 – 9, 2020

Forgotten Tomb
Forgotten Tomb

Another Monday in this godforsaken mess. New metal, we got it, you need it, let’s do it. Tenth time’s the charm, they say, and Forgotten Tomb have finally found their way around the perfect mix of black metal and doom. Seriously, if you’re in the camp of their more doomy ways, this is a must. Another must is the newest from cinematic prog rock masters Green Carnation, great is what this thing is. Spain’s finest death metal export, Aposento, return with another slab of raucous death and it’s worth every penny I know you’ll spend on it which leaves black metal vets Naglfar as the last band standing up top and it’s business as usual for them—top tier black metal…obviously. There you have it, great picks already and we’ve barely begun so GO GET SOME.

Forgotten Tomb - Nihilistic Estrangement

Forgotten Tomb – Nihilistic Estrangement (Agonia) – black / doom

Green Carnation - Leaves of Yesteryear

Green Carnation – Leaves of Yesteryear (Season of Mist) – prog rock

Aposento - Conjuring the New Apocalypse

Aposento – Conjuring the New Apocalypse (Xtreem Music) – death metal

naglfar - cerecloth

Naglfar – Cerecloth (Century Media) – black metal

Also on tap:

…and Oceans – Cosmic World Mother (Seasons of Mist) – symphonic black metal

And the Sky Darkened – The Darkened Await, EP (Independent) – metal

Asofy – Amusia (Avantgarde) – black / doom

Avast – S/T, EP, Vinyl Issue (Darkhan Music) – blackgaze

Bear – Propaganda (Pelagic) – prog metal / hardcore

Biesy – Transsatanizm (Godz Ov War Productions) – black / electronic

BlackLab – Abyss (New Heavy Sounds) – doom

Bnn – Oblivion (Cursed Monk) – funeral sludge

BruceXCampbell – South To No Life (Give Praise) – grind / crust

Burial – Satanic Upheaval (Apocalyptic Witchcraft) – black metal

Civerous / Stygian Obsession – Heralds of Affliction (Pacific Threnodies) – death metal

Combos – Steelo (Loyal Blood) – punk / noise

Cryptic Shift – Visitations from Enceladus (Blood Harvest) – death / thrash

Forming the Void – Reverie (Ripple Music) – metal

Goden – Beyond Darkness (Svart) – metal

Holden – Ursa Minor (Independent) – post-metal / doom

Keitzer – Where the Light Ends, Reissue (Give Praise) – death / grind

Kły – Wyrzny (Pagan) – black metal 

Mean Messiah – Divine Technology (Slovak Metal Army) – metal

Noctu – Gelidae Mortis Imago (Transcending Obscurity) – atmospheric doom

Secrets of the Moon – Black House (Prophecy Productions) – goth metal

Sojourner – Premonitions (Napalm) – atmospheric black metal

Sores – S/T (Nihilistische KlangKunst) – black metal

Sørgelig – Devoted to Nothingness (Nihilistische KlangKunst) – black metal

TerraDown – Judgement (Independent) – melodic death

The Last Seed – Revenant (Nihilistische KlangKunst) – black metal

Theosophy – Towers of Dark Pantheon (Sliptrick) – black metal

Thy Despair – The Song of Desolation (Rockshots) – metal

Toothless – Misinformed, EP (Independent) – metalcore

Vorstellan – Encephalon (Independent) – rock

Vuur & Zijde / Impavida – Split (Prophecy Productions) – black metal

Winterblut – monotot (Nihilistische KlangKunst) – black metal

Winterfylleth – The Reckoning Dawn (Candlelight / Spinefarm) – black metal

WitchUrn – The Debt (Independent) – black metal

– Josh

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