Initial Descent: July 26 – August 1, 2020

Imperial Triumphant
Imperial Triumphant

Friendly reminder before we get into all the new metal, Enslaved is kicking off their Cinematic Summer Tour this week (Thursday) with the first of three scheduled shows, Chronicles of the Northbound, which can be streamed on their YouTube channel. Set a reminder, plug it in the calendar, just don’t forget. Alright, new metal this week consists of the next extremely extreme avantgarde look at NYC as seen through the eyes of Imperial Triumphant, the first full length from brutal death metallers Katalepsy in four years, a diverse and very satisfying platter of death metal from Valgrind, and some quality Finnish death metal from Sepulchral Curse. All that and a ton more to sink your teeth into. Do it.


Imperial Triumphant – Alphaville (Century Media) – extreme / avantgarde

Katalepsy - Terra Mortuus Est

Katalepsy – Terra Mortuus Est (Unique Leader) – brutal death

Valgrind - Condemnation

Valgrind – Condemnation (Memento Mori) – death metal

Sepulchral Curse - Only Ashes Remain

Sepulchral Curse – Only Ashes Remain (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Also on tap:

Æpoch – The Scryer (Independent) – death metal

Brotthogg – The Die Is Cast (Independent) – black / death

Burn the Mankind – Chaos Matter, EP (Emanzipation Productions) – death metal

Cardiac Arrest – The Day That Death Prevailed (Memento Mori / Boris) – death metal

Crusty Old Toad – Doom Gloom and Poon (Independent) – black metal

Deathstorm – For Dread Shall Reign (Dying Victims Productions) – thrash

Dee Snider – For the Love of Metal, Live (Napalm) – metal

Disavowed – Revocation of the Fallen (Brutal Mind) – brutal death

Dkharmakhaoz – Proclamation ov the Black Suns (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Draconis – Anthems for an Eternal Battle (Brutal) – death metal

Draghkar – At the Crossroads of Infinity (Unspeakable Axe) – death metal

Drouth – Excerpts from a Dead Liturgy (Translation Loss) – black / death

Dystopia A.D. – Rise of the Merciless (Independent) – prog / tech-death [profile]

Fall of Messiah – Senicarne (Holy Roar) – hardcore

Fleshdriver – Leech (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

Foot – The Balance of Nature Shifted (Cooper Feast) – stoner metal

Geist & The Sacred Ensemble – Waning Hymns (Scry Recordings) – doom folk

Heresiarch / Antediluvian – Defleshing the Serpent Infinity (Iron Bonehead) – death / black 

Herxheim – Incised Arrival (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – black / doom

High Spirits – Hard to Stop (High Roller) – metal

Hole Dug Deep – Buried Alive (Sliptrick) – metal

Insight – Neura (Australis) – heavy / speed

Juracán – Jarineo (Anima Recordings) – ambient / post-rock

Khar Sulde – The Black Banners of Cosmic War (Crown and Throne Ltd) – black metal

King Gorm – S/T (Independent) – rock

Lionheart – The Reality of Miracles (Metalville) – metal

Lucynine – Amor Venenat (Inverse) – metal

Kekal – Quantum Resolution (Eastbreath) – avant/experimental metal

MrKill – Day of Reckoning (Independent) – melodic death metal

My Silent Wake – Damnum Per Sacaelorum (Opa Loka) – ambient

Nite – Darkness Silence Mirror Flame, Cassette Issue (Sentient Ruin) – dark heavy metal

Omitir – Ode (Loudriver) – folk / black / ambient 

Osi and the Jupiter – Appalachia, EP (Eisenwald) – drone

Pale Horseman – For Dust Thou Art (Independent) – sludge / doom

Pazuzu – Revenant of Blasphemies (Dunkelheit Produktionen) – death / doom

Resin Tomb – S/T (Brilliant Emperor) – deathgrind

Septicflesh – Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX, Live (Season of Mist) – symphonic death metal

Shezmu – À Travers Les Lambeaux (Krucyator Productions) – black / death / doom

Soulrot – Victims of Spiritual Warfare (Memento Mori) – death metal

Thundermother – Heatwave (AFM) – rock

Turkey Vulture – Time to Pay (Independent) – metal

Underking – The Mask (Independent) – metalcore

Unruly – S/T (Sludgelord) – sludge

Venator / Angel Blade – Split, Vinyl Issue (Dying Victims Productions) – metal

Warkings – Revenge (Napalm) – heavy metal

Winter Nights – S/T (Independent) – death metal

– Josh

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