Initial Descent: May 17 – 23, 2020


As of today, my Mortician facemasks have been delivered. Glorious day, folks. Anyway, new metal Monday so let’s do it. Canada’s Revenge have been called a lot of things but extreme and chaotic are among the most pertinent descriptors, and they’re back with a major label debut and if anyone thought that would mean a less striking platter of extreme, those kind of thinkers are dead wrong. Pile of Priests drop their self titled debut which is a stunning display of thinking man’s death metal that has cahones as big as a planet, Chepang doles out punishing grindcore on their sophomore effort that will bring the eardrum pain, and Cosmic Putrefaction offer an all encompassing journey through every imaginable metal arena—kind of an ‘all that and a bag of chips’ sort of deal. So, as I don my fresh Mortician face mask you go and drop some cash on today’s offerings, I’ll be there in a sec.

Revenge - Strike.Smother.Dehumanize

Revenge – Strike.Smother.Dehumanize (Season of Mist) – chaotic black metal


Pile of Priests – S/T (Rockshots) – death metal [interview]

Chepang - Chatta

Chepang – Chatta (Independent) – grind

Cosmic Putrefaction - The Horizons Towards Which Splendour Withers

Cosmic Putrefaction – The Horizons Towards Which Splendour Withers (I, Voidhanger) – black / grind / death metal

Also on tap:

6th Circle – Pacified / Conjuring, Comp. (Sentient Ruin) – dark electro industrial 

American Terror – Influencer (EMP Label Group) – metal / punk

Arstidir Lifsins – Saga á tveim tungum II: Eigi fjǫll né firðir (Ván) – black metal

Barren Womb – Lizard Lounge (Loyal Blood) – metal

Between Bodies – On Fences, EP Vinyl Reissue (i.corrupt) – punk rock

Black Rainbows – Cosmic Ritual Supertrip (Heavy Psych Sounds) – heavy rock

Bloodred – The Raven’s Shadow (Independent) – black / death

C Kodi Temes – Plaguebringer, EP (Independent) – prog / metalcore

Capra – S/T (Independent) – metal

Cauldron Black Ram – Slaver (20 Buck Spin) – death metal 

Close the Hatch – Modern Witchcraft (Red Moth) – atmospheric doom metal

Commando – Rites of Damnation (High Roller) – heavy metal

Deathing – All Hail the Decay (Inverse) – death metal

Devil With No Name – S/T (New Density) – black metal

Die Kreatur – Panoptikum (Napalm) – goth metal

Drapsnatt –  Skelepht, Reissue (Nordvis) – black metal

Esoctrilihum – Eternity of Shaog (I, Voidhanger) – black / death

Evertrapped – The Last Extinction (Independent) – death metal

Féleth – Depravity (DeadPop) – death metal

Feral Light – Life Vapor (Hypnotic Dirge) – black metal 

Fires in the Distance – Echoes From Deep November (Independent) – melodic death metal

Frust – The Advent of Adhara (901514 Records DK) – metal

Henry Kane – Age of the Idiot (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal 

Hot Nuns – Rude, Dumb & Anxious (Loyal Blood) – punk

Killitorous – The Afterparty (Tentacles Industries) – metal

Master Massive – Black Feathers on their Graves (Independent) – metal

Mountaineer – Bloodletting (Lifeforce) – post-metal

Ötzi – Storm (Artoffact) – post-punk

Protosequence – A Blunt Description of Something Obscene (Lacerated Enemy) – death metal

Ruadh – The Rock of the Clyde (Independent) – atmospheric black metal

Shadow In the Darkness – Erstwhile Befell (Sliptrick) – progressive death metal 

Sodomisery – The Great Demise (Testimony) – black / death

Solar Flare – S/T (Independent) – power metal 

Souls of Tide – Black Magic (Mighty Music) – hard rock

Temnein – Tales: Of Humanity and Greed (Blood Blast) – melodic death

The Brazilian Gentleman – L & L (Internet & Weed) – experimental 

The Headlines – Warpaint (Metalville) – alternative rock

The Tunnel – Nightfall, EP (Forbidden Place) – noise rock

Toronto – Under Siege, EP (Dying Victims Productions) – speed / punk

TreaTmenT – Sagacity (Inverse) – prog metal

VanMahner – Landing Is Done (Lazerdiscs) – synth

Vesicarum – Reign of Terror (One Eyed Toad) – death metal

War Cloud – Earhammer Sessions (Ripple Music) – power metal

Wolftooth – Valhalla (Ripple Music) – heavy metal

Zatyr – Ornament of Proposition (Dying Victims Productions) – heavy metal

– Josh

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