Initial Descent: July 19 – 25, 2020


If you’re reading this, I highly recommend doing your research on all the new metals we’ve got this week and particularly the lead off four albums. I’m not Australian but CRIKEY this is a good week. How good? Read on… Gaerea had a great debut album two years ago but now, on their sophomore effort, they have an excellent album that’s equal parts dark black metal and thundering melodies—they truly have found their calling here. Next up is a trio of death metal delights: Exhibit A is of the technical / brutal persuasion from Defeated Sanity which is a barnburner of epic proportions, if you can get past the production. Exhibit B is of the technical (not tech) variety from Ahtme and is a blast from start to finish, plus that crazy album art. And, Exhibit C is of the “all in but the kitchen sink” variety from Writhing and while it is very short, it’s a whole lot of ass kicking in six minutes. So, four down and tons more to go. Explore, explore and the more you will know. Poet and didn’t know it…and all…whatever.


Gaerea - Limbo

Gaerea – Limbo (Season of Mist) – black metal

Defeated Sanity - The Sanguinary Impetus

Defeated Sanity – The Sanguinary Impetus (Willowtip) – brutal death

Ahtme - Mephitic

Ahtme – Mephitic (Unique Leader) – technical death metal

Writhing - Eternalised In Rot

Writhing – Eternalised In Rot (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

Also on tap:

Bedsore – Hypnagogic Hallucinations (20 Buck Spin) – death metal

Blackballed – Elephant in the Room (Metalville) – rock

Bobby Singer – Salvation (APB) – screamo

Buried Realm – Embodiment of the Divine, EP (Independent) – prog / melodic death metal

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

Culture Abuse – Good Shit, Bad Shit, Who Gives A Shit, Comp. (Epitaph) – punk

Dead Bronco – The Annunciation (Sun & Moon) – neo-folk / black metal

Deadlight Sanctuary – Thaumaturgical Rites of the Damned (Sentient Ruin / Iron Bonehead) – black / doom

Drops of Heart – Stargazers (Independent) – melodic death metal 

Empress – Premonition (Independent) – doom

Escaping Aghartha – Oceanic Womb (Independent) – black / doom

Evil Warriors – Schattenbringer, EP (Into Endless Chaos) – black metal

Extinction – Smouldering Enfoulment (Independent) – slam

Fides Inversa – Historia Nocturna (W.T.C. Productions) – black metal

Ice War – Defender, Destroyer (Fighter) – speed / heavy metal

In Mourning – Monolith (Agonia) – prog / melodic death metal

Judicator – Let There Be Nothing (Prosthetic) – power metal

Las Historias – S/T (Electric Valley) – psych metal

Laughing Stock – The Island (Apollon) – prog rock

Let Us Prey – Virtues of the Vicious (M-Theory Audio) – prog / power / thrash

Mosaic – Harvest: Songs of Autumnal Landscapes and Melancholy (Eisenwald) – folk

Rückwater – Supernova  (Inverse) – stoner

Stonebirds – Collapse and Fail (Ripple Music) – post-metal

Temple of Dread – World Sacrifice (Testimony) – death metal

Valkyrie – Fear (Relapse) – sludge / heavy

Volturyon – Xenogenesis (Vicisolum) – death metal

– Josh


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