Initial Descent: December 13 – 19, 2020

Akhlys – photo courtesy of Kuba Leszko

I know; lists, right? We’re in that season and you’ve probably read a ton and will read a ton more but this list is new stuff and if you’ll remember, last week I said the hits just continue to roll in. Now, I prove it with more of those new hits. Black metallers Akhlys are back to wreck the sleep/dream continuum as only they can, Wombbath and Pillory keep death metal brutal and nasty, and Grayceon offer something vastly different in the form of prog rock but as the album cover eludes, it’s got way more depth than just prog and rock. Yep, hits. And lots of them. Roll through all the goods below and go support as many as you can. You can also gift them to your friends and enemies since we’re in that season too, just a thought.

Akhlys - Melinoe

Akhlys – Melinoë (Debemur Morti) – black metal

Wombbath – Tales of Madness (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Pillory – Scourge On Humanity (Unique Leader) – death metal

Grayceon – Mothers Weavers Vultures (Translation Loss) – prog rock

Also on tap:

Archaic Thorn – Eradication (Endless Chaos) – death metal

Black Soul Horde – Land Of Demise (Independent) – heavy metal

Bonejammer – Do It Yourself (TONEwood Music) – thrash / punk

Children of Technology – Written Destiny (Hells Headbangers) – speed metal

DeathOrchestra – Symphony of Death (Independent) – deathchestra

Dormanth – Complete Downfall (Xtreem Music) – death metal 

Eos – The Great Ascension (Brilliant Emperor) – black metal 

Eternal Evil – The Rise of Death (Redefining Darkness) – thrash

Evangelist – As Mortem Festinamus (Nine) – doom

Extirpation – A Damnation’s Stairway to the Altar of Failure (Redefining Darkness) – black metal

Fhail – Engraved Misery (Independent) – extreme

Fordærv / Kokain / Bonejammer – Nu Det Nu (TONEwood Music) – punk

Fucked and Bound – Suffrage (Quiet Panic) – hardcore punk

Gjoad – Samanōn (Antiq) – black metal

Grafjammer – De Zoute Kwel (Folter) – black metal 

H.P. Lovecraft – The Festival (Cadabra) – spoken word

Hands of Attrition – Colder Places (Independent) – modern metal

Haunted Cenotaph – Abyssal Menace (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

In Arcadia – Phon (Trepanation Recordings) – metal

Infernal Torment – Man’s True Torment, Reissue (Emanzipation Productions) – death metal

Infirmum – Walls of Sorrow (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Kavyk – Radiant Abyss (Caustic Hollow) – black / doom

Kult of the Wizard – Gold (Interstellar Smoke) – metal

Megalophobe – Music For Resistance Fantasies (Nefarious Industries) – ambient / experimental

Mike Tramp – Trampthology (Target) – rock

Myrholt – Retterting, EP (Independent) – black metal

Nihilum – Sunless Death (Independent) – black metal

No Return – Live XXX (Mighty Music) – death metal

Old Growth – Mossweaver (Supreme Chaos) – black metal 

Rise to the Sky – A Cold Embrace from Life, EP (Independent) – doom

Sonic Taboo – S/T (Interstellar Smoke) – fuzz

Stephen Kern – Majestic Kingdom (Sliptrick) – instru-metal

Stormhunter – Ready for Boarding, EP (GUC / Metal-Store24) – heavy / power metal

The Hollywood Stars – King Of The Night Time World (Live) (Golden Robot Records) – rock

Vandampire – The last good thing has happened (Trepanation Recordings) – post-metal

Within Nostalgia – Void & Decay (Independent) – doom / black

Xeno Ooze – Slimewave, EP (Independent) – deathgrind


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