Initial Descent: June 28 – July 4, 2020


As of last week, Deicide’s self titled album turned 30 years old. I look back on it like it was yesterday as that album was the one that really pushed me headfirst into death metal. Sure, I had dabbled in the tape trading circles but nothing I had heard to that point really grabbed me like “Lunatic of God’s Creation” or the pummeling of “Dead By Dawn.” Stone cold classic. Anyway, there’s no way to know which album off of these new release lists we’ll be looking back on with the same admiration but damn if it ain’t fun searching. About that search; this week brings us a sick manifestation of blackened death metal from Myrkridia, a soul crushing epic of death/doom from Convocation, and a tumultuous amalgamation of black metal, doom and noise from Swarming. And, as always, so much more below. Seek and enjoy.

Myrkridia - Termination Entity

Myrkridia – Termination Entity (Vargheist) – black / death

Convocation - Ashes Coalesce

Convocation – Ashes Coalesce (Everlasting Spew / Sentient Ruin) – death / doom

Swarming - Primeval Arteries of the Dead

Swarming – Primeval Arteries of the Sacred Dead (Nihilistic Noise Propaganda) – black / doom / noise

Also on tap:

666 – S/T (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – black metal

Aleah – S/T (Svart) – dark folk

Athanatheos – Prophetic Era (Or How Yahveh Became the One) (Lavadome) – death / black

Awake the Mutes – Eyes (Bastardized Recordings) – modern metal

Black Altar / Kirkebrann – Deus Inversus (Odium) – black metal

Black Funeral – Scourge of Lamashtu (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Bloodhunter – S/T (Independent) – melodic death metal 

Blood Stronghold – Spectres of Bloodshed (Nebular Carcoma / Satanik Requiem) – black metal

Bofo Kwo – Space/Time Carnivorium (Sliptrick) – symphonic black metal

Bury Tomorrow – Cannibal (Music for Nations / Sony) – modern metal

Ddent – Couvre-sang (Chein Noir) – post-rock

Dead Tree Seeds – Push the Button (Music-Records) – thrash

Deeper Graves – Open Roads (Disorder Recordings) – shoegaze

Enshadowed – Stare Into the Abyss (Odium) – black metal

Godless North – Dark Rites of the Mystic Order (Nebular Carcoma) – black metal

Gramma Vedetta – A.C.I.D. Compliant (Independent) – heavy rock 

Ignea – The Realms of Fire and Death (Kadabra Music) – melodic metal

IRN – S/T, EP (Rope Or Guillotine / Craniophagus Parasiticus) – sludge

Isaurian – Chains of Blue (Independent) – doomgaze

K.F.R. – Nihilist (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Levendleed – Algehele Malaise (Back From the Grave Tapes / War Productions) – dsbm

Limos – Tales of the White Eye (Inverse) – melodic death metal

Northern Crown – In a Pallid Shadow (Independent) – doom rock

Of Wolves – Balance (Trepanation Recordings) – sludge / metal / punk

Pixie Ninja – Colours Out of Space (Apollon Records Prog) – instru-prog

Powerwolf – Best of the Blessed (Napalm) – power metal

Sickening Horror – Chaos Revamped (Pathologically Explicit Recordings) – tech death

Somniate – The Meyrinkian Slumber (Lavadome) – black metal

Torrefy – Life is Bad (Independent) – black / speed / thrash / death

Victim Unit – Hopeless Failure, EP (Hibernacula / Affair) – harsh noise / industrial

Virtual Symmetry – Exoverse (Independent) – prog metal

Walpurgia – Altar of the Goatbaphomet (Helter Skelter / Regain) – war metal

– Josh

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