Initial Descent: October 4 – 10, 2020

Johansson & Speckmann

Huxley once said “Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.” Think about that for a second, the current perspective is surreal. Anyway, another load of new metal this week and a load of it presented below is, yet again, outstanding. Speaking of outstanding, the death metal dream duo of Johansson & Speckmann deliver their fifth full length, Tennessee’s tech-death titans Inferi roll out an EP, Venom Prison offer up a collection of re-recorded EP’s and two new tracks, and an anthemic yet melodic post-punk return from Bootblacks. Read through the list, pick out several that strike a chord, then go give them your support. They’ll appreciate it and you’ll have some shiny new tunes to enjoy, SCORE.

Johansson & Speckmann – The Germs of Circumstance (Soulseller Records) – death metal

Inferi - Of Sunless Realms

Inferi – Of Sunless Realms, EP (The Artisan Era) – technical death metal

Venom Prison – Primeval (Prosthetic) – death metal

Bootblacks – Thin Skies (Artoffact) – post-punk

Also on tap:

Arcadian Child – Protopsycho (Rebel Waves) – psych rock

Ascension of the Watchers – Apocrypha (Dissonance Productions) – metal

Black Communion – Miasmic Monstrosity (Dunkelheit Produktionen) – death / black

Blood of Angels – Failure of Faith (Sliptrick) – melodic death / black

Coastlands – Death (Translation Loss) – instru-post-metal

DeathEpoch – Abysmal Invocation (Putrid Cult) – black / death

Dysylumn – Cosmogonia (Signal Rex) – black metal 

Empress – Premonition (Petrichor) – sludge / doom

Foul Body Autopsy – Consumed By Black Thoughts (Independent) – death metal

Furnace – Dark Vistas (Soulseller Records) – death metal

Gargoyl – S/T (Season of Mist) – prog / tech death

Hagathorn – Hartworld (Nordvis) – folk

Helion Prime – Question Everything (Saibot Reigns) – power metal

Incinerate – Sacrilegivm (Comatose Music) – death metal

Infiltration – Point Blank Termination (Time To Kill) – death metal

Invernoir – The Void and the Unbearable Loss (BadMoodMan Music / Funere) – death / doom

Ixion – L’Adieu aux Etoiles (Finisterian Dead End) – doom

King Parrot – Holed Up In the Liar (Agonia) – thrash / grind

Lindsay Schoolcraft – Worlds Away (Cyber Proxy) – metal

Noitatalid – Furies in the Steppes from Russia (Music-Records) – death / thrash

Ocean Gates – S/T (Boomland) – metal

Rabid Beast – S/T (Unspeakable Axe) – death / thrash

Radiant Knife – The Ghost (Independent) – experimental 

Repuked – Dawn of Reintoxication (Soulseller Records) – death metal

R.I.P. – Dead End (RidingEasy) – metal

Rise to the Sky – Death Will Not Keep Us Apart (Independent) – death / doom

Scaphoid – Absent Passages (Shunu) – post-metal

Somnus Throne – S/T (Burning World) – doom

The Messenger Birds – Everything Has To Fall Apart Eventually (Third Man Pressing) – rock

The Troops of Doom – The Rise of Heresy, EP (Blood Blast Distribution) – death metal

The Unguided – Father Shadow (Napalm) – melodic death metal 

Ventr – Numinous Negativity (Signal Rex) – black metal

Vhäldemar – Straight To Hell (Fighter) – heavy metal

Warlung – Optical Delusions (Heavy Psych Sounds) – metal / rock

Wreck-Defy – Powers That Be (Sublevel) – thrash 

Yatra – All Is Lost (Grimoire) – psych doom

– Josh

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