Initial Descent: September 20 – 26, 2020

The Ocean

Oh hi. Last week’s list was long but this week’s list is longer. Score. Annnnnd, we’re off… The Ocean has yet to release anything less than stellar and this week’s second Phanerozoic chapter is no exception—expect another epic tour-de-force. If you’re in the camp of saying how much Uada sounds like x band or y band, this week’s third full length will change that as they reach far outside the confines of just black metal and come up with all aces. Speaking of great third full lengths, Svalbard return with what might be their finest post-metal, punk, abrasive yet ethereal moment to date, the amount this band has grown in a short time is unbelievable. Bringing the top four to a close, we have yet another third full length from Lik who bring the Swedeath HEAT. So, exceptional top four here but there’s a ton more to seek out immediately below. Happy hunting.

The Ocean Phanerozoic II

The Ocean – Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic (Metal Blade / Pelagic) – epic metal

Uada – Djinn (Eisenwald) – black metal

Svalbard – When I Die, Will I Get Better? (Translation Loss / Church Road Records) – post-metal / punk 

Lik – Misanthropic Breed (Metal Blade) – death metal 

Also on tap:

Abatuar – Mortandad (Dunkelheit Produktionen) – black / death

Angelic Desolation – Quorum of Unspeakable Curses (Independent) – death metal 

Anna Von Hausswolff – All Thoughts Fly (Southern Lord) – ambient

Blackevil – Forever Baptised in Eternal Fire (Dying Victims Productions) – black / thrash

Blazon Rite – Dulce Bellum Inexpertis (Gates of Hell) – metal

Bosphorus – Slow Burn (Trepanation Recordings) – post-metal

Chrome Waves – Where We Live (Disorder Recordings) – metal

Contagium – Chronicles of Carnage (Vargheist) – death metal 

Crystal Spiders – Molt (Ripple Music) – doom / proto metal

Dead Low – Listen Up! (Audio Epidemic Records) – punk / metal

Death Bells – New Signs of Life (Dais) – rock

Deftones – Ohms (Reprise) – defjams

Dropdead – Demos 1991 (Armageddon Label) – punk / thrash

Dropdead – S/T (Armageddon Label) – punk / thrash

Early Moods – Spellbound (Dying Victims Productions) – metal

Egregore – Thought Form (Sentient Ruin) – grind

Ewigkeit – 23 (Death To Music Productions) – rock

Eyes – Underperformer (Indisciplinarian) – metal / hardcore

Fleetburner – S/T (Butler) – metal

Four Stroke Baron – Monoqueen (Prosthetic) – metal

Gatecloser – From the Wasteland (Sliptrick) – prog thrash 

Grendel’s Sÿster – Myrtle Wrath / Myrtenkranz, Vinyl Reissue (Cruz Del Sur Music) – metal / folk

Gridfailure – Epicenter MMXX: Quarantine Instrumentals, EP (Independent) – noise

Haig – Freeze the World (Golden Robot) – rock

Hateful – Set Forever On Me (Transcending Obscurity) – tech death

Hexecutor – Beyond any Human Conception of Knowledge (Dying Victims Productions) – speed / thrash

Hexx – Entangled In Sun (High Roller) – thrash

Hittman – Destroy All Humans (No Remorse) – heavy / power metal

Horsewhip – Laid to Waste (Roman Numeral / Financial Ruin) – hardcore / crust

Illuminated Minerva – Enigma Adamantine (Independent) – metal

Indoctrinate – Antilogos: Arcane Transmutation In the Temple of Flesh (Unholy Prophecies) – black metal

Infesticide – Envenoming Wounds (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Just Before Dawn – An Army at Dawn (Raw Skull) – death metal

Kataklysm – Unconquered (Nuclear Blast) – death metal

Laser Dracul – Hagridden (Majestic Mountain) – doom / sludge

Madrost – Charring the Rotted Earth (No Life Til Metal) – death / thrash

Marche Funèbre – Einderlicht (Hypnotic Dirge) – doom

Memoira – Carnival of Creation (Inverse) – symphonic / gothic metal

Miasmal Sabbath – Ominous Radiance (Unholy Productions) – metal

Morta Skuld – Suffer For Nothing (Peaceville) – death metal

Mountain Tamer – Psychosis Ritual (Heavy Psych Sounds) – psych / sludge

Myosotis – Karoshi (Independent) – prog / metalcore

Mysthicon – Silva-Oculis-Corvi (Witching Hour Productions) – black / death / doom

Nasty – Menace (Century Media) – hardcore

Noite – A Cor do Fogo (I, Voidhanger) – black metal

Obsidian Kingdom – Meat Machine (Season of Mist) – post-metal

Onirik – The Fire Cult Beyond Eternity (I, Voidhanger) – black metal

Orplifd – Deus Vult (Independent) – neofolk

Ossuary Anex – Obscurantism Apogee (Xtreem) – brutal death metal 

Places Around the Sun – S/T (Independent) – heavy rock

Proscription – Conduit (Dark Descent Records) – death metal

Realize – Machine Violence (Relapse) – industrial metal

Reternity – A Test Of Shadows (Black Sunset) – melodic metal

Rumours – Neither Innocent Nor Wavering (Lupercalia) – heavy rock

-S- – Zabijanie Czasu I, EP (I, Voidhanger) – dark occult

Sacred Outcry – Damned For All Time (No Remorse) – power metal

Sangheilis – S/T (Music-Records) – metal

Satan – Early Rituals (Listenable) – metal

Scordatura – Mass Failure (Gore House Productions) – death metal

Scream3days – Rhesus Negative (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Shotgun Rodeo – Double Barreled Vengeance (Independent) – heavy metal

Skam – Green Eyes, Single (Golden Robot Records) – rock

Skeletoon – Nemesis (Scarlet Records) – nerdmetal

SpellBook – Magick & Mischief (Cruz Del Sur Music) – proto-metal

Teddy Panopoulus – Lost In Love (Entheon) – psych folk 

The Electric Mud – Burn the Ships (Small Stone) – stoner

The Reticent – The Oubliette (Heaven & Hell) – prog metal

The Waymaker – S/T (Melodic Passion) – melodic metal

Torch – Reignited (Metalville) – metal

Transcendence – Towards Obscurities Beyond (Blood Harvest) – black / death

Twin God – Deaths (Nefarious Industries) – sludge / noise

Undead – Existential Horror (Kadabra Music) – death metal

Under the Oak – Ripped Up By the Roots (WormHoleDeath) – thrash

Varathron – Glorification Under the Latin Moon (Agonia) – black metal 

Vous Autres – Sel de Pierre (Season of Mist) – black metal

Vrîmuot – O Tempora, O Mores! (Independent) – neofolk

Yobrepus – Mycelium Days (Apollon) – prog rock

Zeus the Temple – We Can Win (Sliptrick) – prog

Zhakiah – Where the Light Will Thread (Melodic Passion) – melodic death metal

– Josh

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