Initial Descent: September 13 – 19, 2020

Napalm Death

I find it amusing how deadlines get tighter and tighter yet info to meet these deadlines gets later and later. If you feel this pain, gimme a hell yeah in the comments. Anyway, as we journey deeper into the backside of 2020 the new release lists grow longer which just means more to choose from. Or overload, depending on perspective. But, either way, we win. This week sees the legendary grind masters Napalm Death return with their sixteenth(!) full length and it’s, as expected, a mindblowing experience—might just be their finest since we turned a new century, Hostia puts up their second full length of deathgrind and it’s clear these guys have honed their skills since their debut, generally a Various Artists album wouldn’t make top billing but Dirt, Redux is a fantastic homage to Alice In Chains with a fantastic list of contributing bands so do it, and Atlanta’s Palaces offer up some brutal, nasty noise metal. And, tons more to follow so get in there and spend some cabbage.

Napalm Death – Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism (Century Media) – grind

Hostia – Carnivore Carnival (Deformeathing Productions) – grind / death

Various Artists – Dirt, Redux (Magnetic Eye) – metal 

Palaces - Hellas Chasma

Palaces – Hellas Chasma (Independent) – noise rock [profile]

Also on tap:

1782 / Acid Mammoth – Doom Sessions Vol. 2 (Heavy Psych Sounds) – doom

Alfonso Corace – Fo’s Room (Independent) – prog

Ambassador – Care Vale (Independent) – post-metal

Automatism – Immersion (Tonzonen) – instru-psych rock

Bangladeafy – Housefly (Nefarious Industries) – industrial

Behemoth – And the Forests Dream Eternally, Reissue (Metal Blade) – black / death

Brick – Done Counting My Scars (Sliptrick) – heavy metal

Carnation – Where Death Lies (Season of Mist) – death metal

Cross Bringer – The Signs of Spiritual Delusion (Consouling Sounds) – metal

Dan Weiss Starebaby – Natural Selection (Pi Records) – electronic doom

Daufødt – 1000 Island (Fysisk Format) – avantgarde 

Dynfari – Myrkurs er pörf (code666) – black metal

Enwretch – Sermon of the Dead (Redefining Darkness) – death metal 

Evoke – Seeds of Death (Pulverised) – speed metal

Face Off – Machines, EP (Independent) – post metal 

Fight the Fight – Deliverance (Metal Blade) – metal

Fires in the Distance – Echoes From Deep November (Prosthetic) – melodic death metal

Hark From the Tomb – Let Them Die (Independent) – black metal

Hidden Mothers – S/T, EP (Surviving Sounds) – blackgaze / screamo

Hildenhauta – Riivin (Inverse) – folk

Hræ – par see skepnur reika (Goathorned Productions) – black metal

Illkynja – Sæti Sálarinnar (Goathorned Productions) – black metal 

kariti – Covered Mirrors (Aural Music) – folk

Khors – Where the World Acquires Eternity (Ashen Dominion) – atmospheric black metal

Lacittadolente – Salespeople (Trepanation Recordings) – hardcore

Maahes – Reincarnation (MDD Records) – black metal

Maul – Deity Demise (Redefining Darkness) – death metal 

Melted Bodies – Enjoy Yourself (Sweatband Records) – hard rock

Movements – No Good Left To Give (Fearless) – post-punk

Mynskh – Chapter 01: Obliterating Perfection (Atmaah) – metal

NoN – III (Crusader) – rock

Novae Militiae – Topheth (Goathorned Productions) – black metal

Offset – Bent Benevolence (Pulverised) – punk / death

Orochen – Thylacine (Suicide Records) – folky hardcore 

Ottone Pesante – DoomooD (Aural Music) – brass metal

Pimmit Hills – Heathens & Prophets (Independent) – doom rock

Plague Years – Circle of Darkness (eOne) – death / thrash

Ragehammer – Into Certain Death (Pagan) – black / death

Sadistic Embodiment – Blood Spell (CDN) – metal

Sinsid – Enter the Gates (Pitch Black) – heavy metal

Soulbound – Addicted to Hell (Metalville) – industrial / gothic metal

The Infernal Sea – Negotium Crucis (Apocalyptic Witchcraft) – metal

The Last Reign – Evolution (Independent) – melodic death metal

The Mercy Kills – Fall (Golden Robot Records) – punk

The White Swan – Nocturnal Transmissions, EP (War Crime Recordings) – atmospheric sludge

Thorn – The Encompassing Nothing, EP (Independent) – death / doom

Thrasherwolf – We Are Revolution (Independent) – thrash

Varg – Zeichen (Napalm) – black / death

Vatican Shadow – Persian Pillars of the Gasoline Era (20 Buck Spin) – industrial / ambient

Wail – Civilization Maximus (WormHoleDeath) – heavy metal


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