Initial Descent: January 31 – February 6, 2021

Chaos Echœs

You may ask “why feature Chaos Echœs now?” and the answers are: 1) because they are releasing an astounding live soundboard recording from 2018 on glorious vinyl and 2) because they were masters of their craft. Period. Must own situation so go do that now and then finish up here. Other, of note, new releases this week come in the form of entrancing black metal from The Ruins of Beverast, upbeat folk metal from Korpiklaani, and epic post-metal from Cult of Luna—it’s an EP so maybe half epic? All that and much more directly below.

Chaos Echœs – Ecstasy With the Nonexistents, Live (Sentient Ruin) – experimental death metal

The Ruins of Beverast – The Thule Grimoires (Van) – black metal

Korpiklaani – Jylhä (Nuclear Blast) – folk metal [full review]

Cult of Luna – The Raging River, EP (Red Creek Recordings) – post-metal

Also on tap:

3 Dreams Never Dreamt – Another Vivid Detail (My Kingdom Music) – gothic progressive metal

Age ł Total – S/T (Soza / Collectif 5024) – progressive

Alkerdeel – Slonk (Consouling Sounds) – black metal 

Anael – Mare (Into Endless Chaos) – dark metal

Angelus Apatrida – S/T (Century Media) – thrash

Appalooza – The Holy of Holies (Ripple Music) – rock

Black Hole Deity – Lair of Xenolich, EP (Everlasting Spew) – death metal

Black TarPoon – The Thad, EP (Independent) – rock

Blurr Thrower – Germes Vermeil (Ladlo) – avant

Boozewa – First Contact (Independent) – rock

Bornwithhair – Someplace To Haunt (Independent) – death / doom

Carcinoma – Labascatio (Rat King) – doom

Colossus – Degenesis (Comatose Music) – brutal death metal

Deacon Blue – Riding On The Tide Of Love (earMusic) – rock

Dead Exaltation – Despondent (Independent) – tech / prog death metal

DSKNT – Vacuum y-Noise Transition (Sentient Ruin) – black metal 

Everdawn – Cleopatra (Sensory) – symphonic metal

Felgrave – A Waning Light (Personal) – black metal

Feskarn – Raven’s Sky (Vegvisir Distribution) – viking metal

Ghosts of Sunset – Headed West (Golden Robot) – rock

King Bong – Sand ≈ Return (Mandrone Records) – psych metal

Komatsu – Rose of Jericho (Heavy Psych Sounds) – metal

Lawrence Wallace – Journey Through Time (Independent) – instru-shred-metal

Lowlives – I Don’t Like You (Death Culture Records) – grunge

Maestitium – Tale of the Endless (Black Lion) – symphonic / melodic death

Meister Leonhardt – S/T (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Misotheist – For the Glory of Your Redeemer (Terratur Possessions) – black metal

Mourners – Act I: Tragedies (Personal) – doom

Neorhythm – Evils, EP (Independent) – metal

Nicolas Cage Fighter – Cast You Out, EP (Independent) – metal

Old Castles – Die Wampyriskra Symphonie (Inferna Profundus) – dungeon synth / black

Old Growth – Mossweaver (Supreme Chaos) – black metal

Omination – NGR (Hypnotic Dirge) – funeral doom

ORCumentary – Fully ORChestrated (Independent) – comedic metal

Ploho – Phantom Feelings (Artoffact) – post-punk

Rack & Gridfailure – The Sun Exploded (Independent) – noise

Revulsion – S/T (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Sarin – You Can’t Go Back (Prosthetic) – post-metal

Sea Sleeper – Nostophobia (Metal Assault) – death / post-metal

Sintax – Nano3000 (Sliptrick) – thrash

Stargazer – Psychic Secretions (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – extreme

Svn.Seeker – Means to an End, EP (Independent) – melodic death metal 

Ulvegr – Isblod (Ashen Dominion) – black metal

Uncertainty Principle – Sonic Terror (Xenoglossy Productions) – drone / doom

Vermineux – 1337 (Purity Through Fire) – metal

Wampyric Rites – The Eternal Melancholy of the Wampyre (Inferna Profundus) – black / dungeon synth 

White Nights – Solanaceae (Iron Bonehead) – black / deathrock

Zebediah Crowe – Lych Milk (Independent) – metal / industrial


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