Initial Descent: August 2 – 8, 2020

Faceless Burial
Faceless Burial

It’s Monday. Again. Just like last week and same for next week…maybe. Lucky for you, Monday means a fat stack of new metals to wrap your ears around and open your wallets for. As far as the top four, it’s a sick week if you like sick tunes and honestly, who doesn’t? Rhetorical, of course. Anyway, Australia’s Faceless Burial fly the 90s death metal flag like it’s their lifeblood but what they do with it is what makes this new album absolute GOLD, deathgrinders Stillbirth ride a razor thin line of brutal but technical death metal and grindcore with just a pinch of slam making this effort an easy choice for best of their career, another Australian band Yanomamo is making waves—or slinging mud—with their latest EP of psychedelic sludge, and Texas Murder Crew put an emphasis on the brutal aspect of brutal death metal on their latest. Go do the thing where you give bands all your money, tons of opportunities this week. Enjoy.

Faceless Burial - Speciation

Faceless Burial – Speciation (Dark Descent / Me Saco Un Ojo) – death metal

Stillbirth - Revive the Throne

Stillbirth – Revive the Throne (Unique Leader) – death grind 

Yanomamo - No Sympathy for a Rat

Yanomamo – No Sympathy for a Rat, EP (Independent) – sludge [profile]

Texas Murder Crew - Everyone's Last Breath

Texas Murder Crew – Everyone’s Last Breath (Comatose Music) – brutal death metal

Also on tap:

Angel Morgue – In the Morgue of Angels (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

Astriferous – The Lower Levels of Sentience (Me Saco Un Ojo) – death metal 

Bašmu – VVitchblood (Lunar Apparitions) – black metal

Black Crown Initiate – Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape (Century Media) – death metal 

Christwvrks – Messiah Complex (Apocalyptic Witchcraft) – death / industrial

Concrete – Free Us From Existence (Black Voodoo / Blood Blast Distribution) – hardcore

Drainbow – The Tower of Flints (Independent) – metal

Entartung – Maleicae Artes (Dunkelheit Produktionen) – black metal

Fore – Diagnosis (Smoke & Mirrors Productions) – punk

Howling Giant / Sergeant Thunderhoof – Turned to Stone Chapter II (Ripple Music) – stoner

Jet Fuel Chemistry – Sign of the Times, EP (Independent) – rock / metal

Lord of the Lost – Swan Songs III (Napalm) – dark metal 

Lord Orots – Conquering the Infinite Void (Onism Productions) – black metal 

Malus Votum – Tradition (Lunar Apparition) – black metal

Megalith Levitation / Dekonstruktor – Split (Aesthetic Death) – stoner doom

Messiah – Fatal Grotesque Symbols – Darken Universe (High Roller) – metal

Misery Signals – Ultraviolet (Independent) – modern metal

Moonspell – The Butterfly Effect, Deluxe Version Reissue (Napalm) – gothic metal

Nordend – Gegenwind (Dedication) – modern hardcore

Oneiric Celephaïs – The Obscure Sibyl (Gore House Productions) – tech death

Onslaught – Generation Antichrist (AFM) – thrash

Ooze – Shivers (RobustFellows Prods.) – metal

Peter Carlsohn’s The Rise – Out of the Blue (Independent) – rock 

Ravened – From the Depths (Jono) – metalcore

Sanity Control – War On Life (Seeing Red / Selfmadegod) – thrash

Scars – Predatory (Brutal) – thrash

Selbst – Relatos De Angustia (Debemur Morti Productions) – black metal

Selenseas – The Outer Limits (Rockshots) – power metal

Shadow People – Washing In Soap Opera (Independent) – noise / sludge 

Slaves – To Better Days (SBG) – metal

Starless Domain – ALMA (Aesthetic Death) – death metal

Temple Nightside – Pillars of Damnation (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Terminal Nation – Holocene Extinction (20 Buck Spin) – death / punk / hardcore

Turfboy – At Tension (Independent) – grunge

Vassafor – To the Death (Iron Bonehead) – black / death

WoR – Prisoners (Independent) – groove metal

– Josh

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