Initial Descent: November 22 – 28, 2020


Turkey week, folks. Do it up. New stuff this week brings us some dissonant black metal from Deveneror, blackened death metal from Azarath that favors speed and brutality, an excellent thrash return from Sodom, and an outstanding live album from Morne. Beyond that, the list is yet again very long so there’s certainly something here for everyone. If you’re reading this and in a band with an upcoming release you want featured here, send us an email with the details. And, if you’re wondering why X band is not featured here, tell us in the comments what we missed and why it should’ve been here. You never know, your favorite might become ours as well. Sharing is caring. Or, something like that.

Deveneror – Malleus Philosophorum (Vargheist) – black metal

Azarath – Saint Desecration (Agonia) – death / black

Sodom – Genesis XIX (eOne / Steamhammer / SPV) – thrash

Morne – Live at Roadburn (Armageddon Label / Morne) – metal

Also on tap:

Amahiru – S/T (earMusic) – melodic metal 

Amerderia – Sometimes We Have Wings, Reissue (BadMoodMan Music) – gothic doom

Arrayan Path – The Marble Gates to Apeiron (Pitch Black Records) – epic power metal

Attic Theory – The Sign of an Active Mind, EP (Independent) – rock

Avlivad – S/T (Invictus Productions) – death metal

Beaten To Death – Laat maar, deel drie: ik verhuis naar 青木ヶ原 (Independent ) – grind

Belarus Beaver – Planet of the Beavers (Grind To Death) – grind

Bent Out of Shape – Who Laughs Last, 7″ (Demons Run Amok) – punk

Bisönte – Ancestral Punishment (Xtreem Music) – doom / stoner

Black Death Cult – Devil’s Paradise, CD (Hells Headbangers) – black / death

Blokowisko – Płonie (Requiem) – coldwave

BruteAllies – Ash & Nails (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Carnage Alpha – From There To Oblivion (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Cell Press – S/T, EP (Ancient Temple / No Funeral) – metal

Ceremonial Castings – Salem 1692 (MMXX) (Eisenwald) – black metal

Corrupt Moral Altar – Patiently Waiting For Wonderful Things, EP (APF) – sludge / grind

Crostpaths – Mutated, EP (Independent) – metalcore

Cryptic Shift / Replicant / Inoculation / Astral Tomb – Chasm of Aeons (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Diamond Head – Lightning to the Nations 2020 (Silver Lining Music) – heavy metal

Eleine – Dancing in Hell (Black Lodge Records) – symphonic metal

Electric Hydra – S/T (Majestic Mountain) – rock

E.N.D. – A Grave Deceit, EP (Greenger) – thrash / death / groove

Glorious Depravity – Ageless Violence (Translation Loss) – extreme death metal

Godsend – As the Shadows Fall (Petrichor) – melodic doom metal

Griftigæn – Graven til Måneåpenbaringer (Inferna Profundus) – black metal

Hatebreed – Weight of the False Self (Nuclear Blast) – metalcore

Haven – Vessel (Independent) – post-metal

Heavy Pettin – Best of (Burnt Out Wreckords / Cherry Red) – rock

Helena Aleksandre – Angels Don’t Sleep (Sliptrick Records) – instrumental folk metal

Hellraizerr – Life After Death (Reaper Metal) – speed / thrash

Holy Death Trio – Black Wave (Independent) – metal

Hombrehumano – Crepuscular (Interstellar Smoke) – stoner fuzz

I Am Pariah – Charm Before the Storm, EP (Independent) – modern metal

Ingrina – Siste Lys (Medication Time) – post-metal

Intolerant – Primal Future (Time To Kill) – war metal

Keiser – Our Wretched Demise (Non Serviam) – black metal

Leviathan – Words Waging War (Independent) – prog metal

Lexi Layne – Sinner & Saint (Independent) – rock

Loudblast – Manifesto (Listenable) – metal

Marathon – Mark Kelly’s Marathon (earMusic) – prog

Mongrel’s Cross – Arcana, Scrying and Revelation (Hells Headbangers) – black / death

Mutual Hostility – Sacred Propaganda (Cult of Parthenope) – death metal

Nails – Unsilent Death, 10th Anniversary Edition (Southern Lord) – metal

Nuclear Winter – Corridor of Shells (MMD) – melodic death metal

Obscurae – To Walk the Path Of Sorrows (American Dreams) – electronic

Ocean Hills – Santa Monica (AFM) – rock

Oreamnos – Into the Night (Bloody Mountain) – metal

Oros Kaù – Imperil Templum Aries (I, Voidhanger) – black metal

Pågå – The Evil Year (Svart) – post-punk

Panychida – Gabreta Aeterna (Folter) – black metal 

Pharaoh Overlord – 6 (Rocket Recordings) – electronic 

Precaria – Nigraluminiscencia (I, Voidhanger) – black metal

Prog Power Ultimatium – Virtuality (Rockshots) – prog metal

Psycroptic – The Watcher of All (Agonia) – death metal

Revolting – The Shadow At The World’s End (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Sagittarius  – Songs of Dream and Death (Die Neue Runde / Pierre Marteau) – neoclassical

Sainte Marie des Loups – Funérailles de Feu (Amor Fati / Extraconscious Records) – avant

Scour  – The Black, EP (Housecore / Nuclear Blast) – extreme 

Sealand Airlines – S/T (The Sign) – prog rock

Shaark – Deathonation (Slovak Metal Army) – metal

Shores of Null – Beyond the Shores (On Death and Dying) (Spikerot) – doom

Slaverty – Beyond Imagination, CD (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Synastry – Civilization’s Coma, EP (Independent) – modern metal

Temple – Funeral Planet (Ozium) – doom

The Corona Lantern – Certa Omnibus Hora (Metalgate) – sludge / doom

To Dust – Nightmare Cycles, EP (Seeing Red) – grind

Twisted Mist – Orbios (Music-Records) – folk metal

Urfaust – Teufelsgeist (Van) – ambient 

Vaneno – Struggle Through Absurdity (Raging Planet Records) – death/sludge

Varde – Fedraminne (Nordvis) – black metal

What is TEC – Genodified (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Within the Ruins – Black Heart (eOne / Good Fight Music) – deathcore

Wreck-Defy – Powers That Be (Punishment 18) – thrash


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