Initial Descent: January 24 – 30, 2021


I don’t know if the best of 2020 glut has me temporarily bloated on music or what, but it’s been tough to really focus on new albums for more than a cursory spin. Instead, I’ve been catching up on some long overdue reading and burning the midnight oil in the mountains and it’s been a head clearer, to say the least. However, this week’s new release haul has offered at least a few that have me refocused and paying close attention. The first of which is the new gothic barnburner from Tribulation, progressive metallers Soen have given reason to pause, neofolk group Rome give much to reflect on as well as a bevy of amazing tracks, and Werewolves’ brand of intense yet melodic yet groovy death metal has been loads of fun. So, you could say that just when I need it the most, the artists have come through with precisely what I need and right on time. Obviously, there’s a ton more included below so there’s something here for everyone. Thrill of the hunt type of deal. Or whatever. Just do it.

Tribulation – Where the Gloom Becomes Sound (Metal Blade / Century Media) – gothic metal

Soen – Imperial (Silver Lining Music) – progressive metal

Rome – Parlez-Vous Hate (Trisol Music Group / COP International) – neofolk

Werewolves – What A Time To Be Alive (Prosthetic) – death metal

Also on tap:

Accept – Too Mean to Die (Nuclear Blast) – metal

Altered Dead – Returned To Life (Memento Mori) – death metal

And Now the Owls Are Smiling – Dirges (Clobber) – atmospheric black metal

Angriff – Sodomy in the Convent (Firecum) – thrash

Astral Bomb – Degradation of Human Consciousness, Tape (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Barbarian Hermit – One, Reissue (Independent) – metal

Beyond Extinction – The Fatal Flaws of Humankind, EP (Independent) – death metal 

Bleach Everything – Bound / Cured (Dark Operative) – metal

Bloodtrust – In Blood We Trust (People of Punk Rock) – punk

Cabeza – Broken Wanderer, EP (Independent) – extreme

Collapse Culture – S/T (Pax Aeternum) – experimental 

Cruel Hand – Dark Side of the Cage (Dead Serious) – hardcore

Crystal Viper – The Cult (Listenable) – metal

Deep Space Mask – Songs From the Dark Light (Planet K) – stoner

Demon Head – Viscera (Metal Blade) – rock

Devotion – The Harrowing (Memento Mori) – death metal

Dipygus – Bushmeat (Memento Mori) – death metal 

Dreamslain – Tales of Knights and Distant Worlds (Independent) – prog metal

Dreamweapon – Rites Of Lunacy (Cardinal Fuzz / Little Cloud Records) – drone

Escarion – Pillars of the Faith (Independent) – death metal

Eternal Autumn – To Tame the Impaler, EP (Independent) – metal

Eximperitus – Šahrartu (Willowtip Records) – tech death

Gravedäncer – Ripping Metal (Helldprod) – metal

Hån – Breathing the Void (Northern Silence Productions) – black metal

Hell-Born – Natas Liah (Odium) – black / death / thrash

Hinisides / Monstraat – Split 12″ (Shadow Records / Regain Records) – black metal

Ho Chi Minh – This Is Hell (Independent) – metal

King Baal – Conjurements (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Kriegsgott – H8 4All, EP (Odium) – black metal

Mordkaul – Dress Code: Blood (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Nopes – Djörk (Magnetic Eye) – punk

Oceana – The Pattern (Time To Kill) – death / doom

portrayal of guilt – We Are Always Alone (Closed Casket Activities) – hardcore / metal

Pounder – Breaking the World (Shadow Kingdom) – metal

Reconvalescent – The Process of Nothing, EP (Machineman Records) – industrial

Rezet – Truth In Between (Metalville) – rock

Sataray and Zania Morgan – Argyropoeia, Split EP (Scry Recordings) – ambient

Seide – Auakistla, Physical Edition (Throats Productions) – black metal

Skam – Sound of a Disease (Petrichor) – death grind 

Sonic Flower – Rides Again (Heavy Psych Sounds) – psych 

Souls of Diotima – Janas (Diotima / Rockshots) – symphonic metal

Speedkiller – Midnight Vampire (Edged Circle) – speed / black 

Starcrazy – Played for Suckers, EP (Independent) – rock

Steegmoord – S/T, EP (Independent) – instru-metal

Storm Seeker – How to Be a Pirate (single) (NoCut Entertainment) – folk metal

The Body – I’ve Seen All I Need To See (Thrill Jockey) – noise / electro-industrial 

The Hawkins – Live In the Woods (The Sign) – rock

These Colors Fade – Contemporary Tragedy (Independent) – post-hardcore

Trial – Sisters of the Moon (Metal Blade Records) – heavy metal

Trillionaire – Romulus (Nefarious Industries) – rock

Wallowing – Planet Loss + Graphic Novel (Independent) – black / sludge

Warzaw – Werewolves On Wheels (Independent) – heavy metal

Wømb – Here, The World Falls… (Purodium) – black / occult

Wowod – Yarost I Proshchenie (Church Road) – post-metal

Yoth Iria – As the Flame Withers (Pagan) – black metal

Zeahorse – Let’s Not (And Say We Did) (Copper Feast Records) – noise rock


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