Initial Descent: August 23 – 29, 2020


Catch that Enslaved Below the Lights stream last week? Maybe it’s still up but if not, and you missed it, shame on you is all I can say. Anyway, another new week and another massive pile of bloody metal to sink your teeth into. Shall we? Rhetorical, of course. The Bay Area’s death metal behemoths Necrot are back with a vicious slab of old school infused death that’ll set your head on fire and make your ears bleed, everyone’s favorite grind masters Pig Destroyer have an EP that is at once familiar but boundary pushing on the backside, Exist chair an all star class on how progressive metal should be done, and Panzerfaust hit us right in the raw yet hypnotic black metal feels and those are good feels, to be sure. See? I told you this week would be massive, and there’s still a ton more below. Enjoy.

Necrot - Mortal

Necrot – Mortal (Tankcrimes) – death metal [interview]

Pig Destroyer - The Octagonal Stairway

Pig Destroyer – The Octagonal Stairway, EP (Relapse) – pdxgrind

Exist - Egoiista

Exist – Egoiista (Prosthetic) – progressive metal [interview]

Panzerfaust - The Suns of Perdition II

Panzerfaust – The Suns of Periditon II: Render Unto Eden (Eisenwald) – black metal

Also on tap:

Aleynmord – The Blinding Light (AOP) – metal

Assimilation – Tainting the Purity (Independent) – death metal

Babirusa – Humanoid (Independent) – deathcore

Begrafven – Dödsriket (Unexploded) – black metal 

Black Elephant – Seven Swords (Small Stone Recordings) – fuzz

Cavern – Powdered (Independent) – post-rock

Celestial Sanctuary – Mass Extinction (Redefining Darkness) – death metal 

Crafting the Conspiracy – The Cosmic Key II (Innerstrength Records) – melodic deathcore

Cultus Profano – Accursed Possession (Debemur Morti Productions) – black metal

Devil’s Witches – Guns, Drugs and Filthy Pictures, 10″, EP (Majestic Mountain) – lounge metal

Dreams of Avalon – Beyond the Dream (Metalville) – melodic rock 

Entropy – Force Convergence (Independent) – metal

Exist – Egoiista (Prosthetic) – progressive metal [interview]

From the Depth – Moments (Rockshots) – power metal

Frostvore – Drowned By Blood (Testimony) – death metal

Goatvulva – S/T (Werwolf) – black / death

Gorgatron – Pathogenic Automation (Blood Blast Distribution) – deathgrind

Grumpynators – Still Alive (Mighty Music) – metal

Gutvoid – Astral Bestiary, CD/Vinyl/Tape (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Hinayana – Death of the Cosmic (Napalm) – death / doom

Hymn – Breach Us (Fysisk Format) – doom

Intoxicated – Walled, EP (Seeing Red) – thrash 

Luna’s Call – Void (Independent) – prog/tech death

Manticora – To Live to Kill to Live (Vicisolum) – thrash / power

Morta – Fúnebre (Signal Rex) – black metal

Narcissistic Necrosis – The Art of Deformity (Independent) – brutal deathgrind

Nonexist – Like the Fearless Hunter (Mighty Music) – death metal

Núll – Entity (Ván) – black metal

Ominous Resurrection – Judgement, Repress (Terratur Possessions) – metal

Over the Voids… – Hadal (Nordvis) – black metal

Poema Arcanvs – Stardust Solitude (Transcending Obscurity) – doom

Possession – Disentombed Manifestations (Xtreem Music) – death / thrash

Psychoïd – Thrash Impact, Reissue (Music-Records) – thrash

Psychosomatic – The Invisible Prison (Nefarious Industries) – thrash

Radiant Knife – The Body (Independent) – experimental 

Redemption – Alive In Color (AFM) – prog

Reptoid – Worship False Gods (Learning Curve) – industrial noise rock

Slomosa – S/T (Apollon) – rock

Spook The Horses – Empty Body (Pelagic Records) – prog

Suicide Circle – Demo MMXX (Osmose Productions) – dbsm

Svederna – Härd (Carnal) – black metal

Svnth – Spring In Blue (Transcending Records) – post-black metal

The Devil’s Trade – The Call of the Iron Peak (Season of Mist) – dark folk

Tsatthoggua – Hallelujah Messiah (Osmose Productions) – metal

Upcdownc – Score (Trepanation Recordings) – progressive sludge

Válvera – Cycle of Disaster (Brutal) – melodic thrash 

Vanishing Point – Dead Elysium (AFM) – melodic metal

Venomous Concept – Politics Versus the Erection (Season of Mist) – punk / grind

Veritas – Threads of Fate (Amplified Distribution) – metal

Vital Spirit – In the Faith That Looks Through Death (Hidden Tribe) – black metal

Wampirvs Sinistrvs – Blood of the Vampyre (Harvest of Death) – black metal

Wills Dissolve – Echoes (Hypnotic Dirge) – black / death

– Josh

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