Initial Descent: May 31 – June 6, 2020

16 band
16 (photo courtesy of Chad Kelco)

2020 is, and has been, a dumpster fire of epic proportions—this is not news. All I can say is; ya’ll stay safe and stay well. Now, new metal time so let’s conjure up some actual good stuff, shall we? The best sludge band on the planet, 16, is back for another all killer, no filler eighth full length. These guys can do no wrong and for as long as they’ve been excellent at what they do, they just get better and better. Kult Mogił offers up a lightning rod of classic strained death metal full of speed and adrenaline that will raise the heart rate inside of its first twenty seconds, and Exhumed & Gruesome team up for a blood spraying, neck whipping, ass kicking split release from two different spectrums of death metal—two for one type of deal. Well, what are you waiting for? It all awaits, below.

16 - dream squasher

16 – Dream Squasher (Relapse) – sludge

Kult Mogil - Torn Away the Remains of Dasein

Kult Mogił – Torn Away the Remains of Dasein (Pagan) – death metal

Exhumed Gruesome - Twisted Horror

Exhumed / Gruesome – Twisted Horror (Relapse) – death metal

Also on tap:

156/Silence – Irrational Pull (Independent) – metalcore

Above Aurora – The Shrine of Deterioration (Pagan) – black metal

Azziard – Liber Secondus – Exégèse (Malpermesita) – black metal

Blight – Temple of Wounds (Svart) – avant-metal

Calling All Astronauts – #Resist (Independent ) – goth

Covet – technicolor (Triple Crown) – rock

Currents – The Way It Ends (SharpTone) – metalcore

Dätcha Mandala – Hara (Mrs Red Sound) – rock

Death Courier – Necrotic Verses (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Dreichmere – The Fruit of Barren Fields (Necrotic) – death / dark

Ebonivory – The Long Dream I (Wild Thing) – prog metal

Eisenhauer – Blessed Be the Hunter (Independent) – heavy metal

End – Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face (Closed Casket Activities) – extreme

Ferus Din – The Great Dying (Tridroid) – metal

Fraser Edwards – The Architect (Independent) – power metal

Front – Antichrist Militia (Iron Bonehead) – metal

Gridfailure – Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II (Nefarious Industries) – noise

Mustasuo – Katharsis (Inverse) – crust / hardcore

Ormskrik – S/T (Fysisk Format) – metal

Re-Armed – Ignis Aeternum (Black Lion) – melodic death metal

Sanctifying Ritual – S/T (Iron Bonehead) – black / thrash

Sarpa – Solivagus (Independent) – black metal

Solemnity – Through Endless Darkness, EP (Independent) – melodic death metal

Sorge – S/T, EP (Independent) – stoner / sludge

The Hollowed Catharsis – Killowner (Lacerated Enemy) – prog death

The Opium Cartel – Valor (Apollon) – synth

The Suns Journey – Through the Night (Eternal Black Transmissions) – Repose black metal

Throne Torcher – The Mechanics of a Nightmare (Independent) – hardcore

Witches – The Fates (Mighty Spells) – thrash / death

Witchfinder – Hazy Rites (Mrs Red Sound) – doom / stoner 

Witching  – Vernal (Independent) – black / sludge 

Witnesses – Doom II (Independent) – doom

YounA – Zornvlouch (Into Endless Chaos) – black metal

– Josh

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