Initial Descent: July 12 – 18, 2020


I know you missed me yesterday. Or, was it the new metals? Ah yes, the new metals; that you did indeed miss, more than me. Anywho, as usual, we’re overflowing with good picks so let’s get to it… back in 2017 Finland’s Väki put out a blistering EP of fierce yet cold black metal and with this week’s debut full length they up the ante in almost every aspect—expect utter chaos. The Czech Republic’s Oči Vlka offer up a scathing demo that defies any sort of easy categorization and it’s out on Caligari so you know it’s quality, Battalions continue their sludgy ass-kicking trajectory, and Mystras form of black metal is as fascinating as one might expect coming from Ayloss who you may know from Spectral Lore. So, several winners already and many, many more to follow. Enjoy.

Väki - Kuolleen Maan Omaksi

Väki – Kuolleen Maan Omaksi (Redefining Darkness / Saturnal) – black metal

Oči Vlka - Demo

Oči Vlka – Demo (Caligari) – black / death

Battalions - Pure Humber Sludge

Battalions – Pure Humber Sludge (APF) – sludge

Mystras - Castles Conquered and Reclaimed

Mystras – Castles Conquered and Reclaimed (I, Voidhanger) – black metal

Also on tap:

Ascendency – Birth of an Eternal Empire (Iron Bonehead) – black / death

Battle Dagorath – Abyss (Avantgarde Music) – cosmic black metal

Caedes Cruenta – Ερείπια Ψυχών (Helter Skelter / Regain) – black metal

Carthagods – The Monster In Me (FDA) – heavy metal

Conan / Deadsmoke – Doom Sessions Vol. 1 (Heavy Psych Sounds) – doom

Daggers – Neon Noir Erotica, Vinyl Release (Throatruiner) – noise / punk

Dark Sarah – Grim (Napalm) – cinematic metal

Deathnoisefrequency – Horrid Dirge, EP (Independent) – metal

Eisenkult – …gedenken wir der Fisnternis (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

EMBR – 1823 (New Heavy Sounds) – doom / grunge / gothic

Entry  – Detriment (Southern Lord) – hardcore punk

Eremit – Desert of Ghouls (Transcending Obscurity) – atmospheric sludge / doom

Figures – Operating In Unsafe Mode (Independent) – modern metal

God – IV – Revelation (Independent) – prog metal

Herxheim – Incised Arrival (I, Voidhanger) – black / doom

Inisans / Sepulchral Frost – Death Fire Darkness (Helter Skelter / Regain) – death metal

Khthoniik Cerviiks – Æequilizoiikum (Iron Bonehead) – black / death

Kruelty – Immortal Nightmare (Creator-Destructor) – hardcore 

Maggot Heart – Mercy Machine (Rapid Eye) – metal

Might – S/T (Exile On Mainstream) – blackgaze / doom

Nekus – Death Nova Upon the Barren Forest (Blood Harvest) – death metal

On Hollow Ground – Blood Is Blood (Independent) – metalcore

Phobeter – When Life Falls Silent (Black Jasper) – extreme 

Riket – Ofärder (Vicisolum) – metal

Rumahoy – Time II: Party (Napalm) – pirate metal

Scolopendra – Those of the Catacombs (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – death metal 

Serene Dark – Enantiodromia (Independent) – black / death

Snøgg – Ritual of the Sun (Independent) – black / ambient

The Funeral Orchestra – Negative Evocation Rites (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – doom

The Lightbringer – From the Void to Existence (Independent) – atmospheric black metal

TOOMS – The Orb Offers Massive Signals (Cursed Monk) – prog-sludge

U.D.O. and the Musikkorps der Bundeswehr – We Are One (AFM) – metal

Wilderun – Veil of Imagination, Re-release (Century Media) – melodic death metal

Ysengrin – Initiatio (I, Voidhanger) – dark metal

– Josh

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