Initial Descent: February 7 – 13, 2021

Hello one and all to another edition of Initial Descent where I’ve got nothing quippy due to it being Monday and all. And, I’d love one more weekend day but that ain’t happening so here we are. New stuff, we got it and you want it so let’s get after it… This week we’ve got a couple of tech death albums from Abiotic and Demon King, but holy crap look at that Abiotic album artwork! Kung Fu movies anyone? The answer is yes with this playing in lieu of the tv sound. Elsewhere we have a death metal banger from Humanity’s Last Breath and one that has made our very own Zyklonius happy; the misery pop of Emptiness who travel waaaaay outside the lines of expectations and offer up a whole lot of something, or in Zyklonius’ words: ‘something and nothing at the same time.’ Decode that and you win the week. Speak with him for your prize. As always, much more follows these four so dig in.

Abiotic – Ikigai (The Artisan Era) – tech death

Humanity’s Last Breath – Välde (Unique Leader) – death metal

Emptiness – Vide (Season of Mist) – misery pop

Demon King – The Final Tyranny (The Artisan Era) – tech death

Also on tap:

Ablaze My Sorrow – Among Ashes and Monoliths (Black Lion Records) – melodic death

Aborym – Hostile (Dead Seed Productions) – electronic metal

Abythic – Dominion of the Wicked (Iron Bonehead) – doom

Ad Nauseum – Imperative Imperceptible Impulse (Avantgarde Music) – black / death

Alltar – Live At Ceremony of Sludge (Independent) – post doom

Amoriello – Dear Dark (Sliptrick) – trad metal

Arcaeon – Cascadence (Independent) – metalcore

Black Pyramid – S/T, Reissue (Labyrinth of Thoughts) – stoner / doom

Blessed Black – La Brea (Independent) – doom

Blue Hour Ghosts – Due (Rockshots) – melodic death

Caedes Cruenta – Of Ritual Necrophagia and Mysterious Ghoul Cults (Helter Skelter / Regain) – black metal

Camera Obscura Two – D.O.D. (Selfmadegod) – grind / thrash / crossover

Chmcl Str8jckt – DRK PRGRSSN (Cleopatra) – old school industrial

Crawl Below – 9 Mile Square (Independent) -0 doom / post-metal

DayGlo Mourning – Dead Star (Black Doomba) – doom

Death By Unga Bunga – Heavy Male Insecurity (Jansen) – rock

Déhà / Humanity Defiled – So Humanity Burns (Back From the Grave) – death metal

Disout – Mien (Independent) – rock

Grand Cadaver – Madness Comes, EP (Majestic Mountain) – melodic death

Hogstul – Ominous Fragmenta Tuptdair (Independent) – symphonic black metal

Immortal Guardian – Psychosomatic (M-Theory Audio) – power prog

Narakah – Blast Haven (Independent) – deathgrind

Nathr – Beinahrúga (Signal Rex) – doom

Ordo Cultum Serpentis – Derej Najash (Signal Rex) – black / death / doom

Pestis Cultus – S/T (Signal Rex) – black / death

Sacred Reich – Ignorance (Metal Blade Records) – thrash

Sacred Reich – Surf Nicaragua (Metal Blade Records) – thrash

Sacred Reich – The American Way (Metal Blade Records) – thrash

Stone Mammoth – S/T (Inverse) – stoner / doom

Sur Austru – Obârsie (Avantgarde Music) – folk black metal

Surut – S/T (Petrichor) – hardcore / gazey

Swampbeast – Seven Evils Spawned Of Seven Heads (Translation Loss Records) – black / death

The Mercy Kills – New Rule, EP (Golden Robot) – sleaze rock

Torressian Call / Welldweller – Split (Eternal Death) – black metal

Tragedy In Hope – Sleep Paralysis (Independent) – metal

Vestindien – Null (Dark Essence) – dark metal

Josh

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