Initial Descent: July 5 – 11, 2020

Skeleton, photo courtesy of Mark Garcia

Now that we’re officially in the back half of 2020, the past six months has brought a wealth of outstanding metal spanning all genres. As for me, death metal is in the lead. What about this back half? Will the metal of death stay at the top? Who knows. But, I do know there’s no signs of the quality waning or quantity slowing down so that’s a good thing. Welcome, one and all, to the first full week of the back half and tons more new releases. Cases in point; a full length debut that’s an extreme display of punk, thrash, and death metal aggression from Texas based Skeleton, another entry into ‘negative wizard metal’ from Rebel Wizard (you figure that one out or ask our very own Charles who got me into it), and an outstanding third full length from Lantern that proves, yet again, that Finnish death metal is SO ON POINT. Much more below to sink your teeth into so go do that. Enjoy.

Skeleton - Skeleton

Skeleton – S/T (20 Buck Spin) – punk / metal

Rebel Wizard - Magickal Mystical Indifference

Rebel Wizard – Magickal Mystical Indifference (Prosthetic Records) – wizard metal

Lantern - Dimensions

Lantern – Dimensions (Dark Descent) – death metal 

Also on tap:

Aseitas – False Peace (Lizard Brain) – avant-death metal 

Bryan Eckermann – The 7th Sin (Independent) – death metal

Dawn of a Dark Age – La Tavola Osca (Antiq) – avantmetal

Decrepid – Endless Sea of Graves (Xtreem) – death metal

Devastator – Baptized In Blasphemy (Clobber) – black / speed

Disabled – The Final Exhumation (Xenocorp) – death metal

Ensiferum – Thalassic (Metal Blade) – folk melodic death metal

Eternal Rot – Putridarium (Godz Ov War Productions) – doom / death

Executioner’s Mask – Despair Anthems (Profound Lore) – goth 

Fatal Fusion – Dissonant Minds (Apollon Records Prog) – prog rock

Hvile I Kaos / Emerson Sinclair – Never Without the Pentagram (Metal Assault) – black metal

Inter Arma – Garbers Days Revisited (Relapse) – doom covers

Kingnomad – Sagan Om Rymden (Ripple Music) – prog rock

Llyn Y Cwn – Dinorwic (Cold Spring) – ambient

Meridian Dawn – The Fever Syndrome (Seeing Red) – melodic death metal

Merlock – that which speaks… (Independent) – sludge

Nodus Tollens – Melancholic Waters Ablaze With the Fires of Loss (Trepanation Recordings / Pacific Threnodies) – atmospheric black metal 

Osyron – Foundations (Independent) – prog metal

Puro Odio – S/T, Cassette Issue (Sentient Ruin) – punk

Queen Elephantine  – Tribute to Aprophos Vol. I + Vol. II (Atypeek Music) – doom / experimental 

Rites of Daath – Doom Spirit Emanation (Godz Ov War Productions) – death / doom

Sail – Mannequin (Independent) – prog sludge

Saints of Death – Ascend to the Throne (Independent) – modern metal

SpiritWorld – Pagan Rhythms (Independent) – apocalyptic hardcore

Taake / Deathcult – Jaertegn (Edged Circle) – black metal

Ten Foot Wizard – Get Out of Your Mind (Beard of Zeus) – rock

Trial – 1, EP (Independent) – thrash

Uerberos – Stand Over Your Grave (Godz Ov War Productions) – death metal

Voivod – The End of Dormancy, EP (Century Media) – voimetal

– Josh

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