Initial Descent: February 21 – 27, 2021

Black Sheep Wall
Black Sheep Wall

Last week was a good week. Finally. Lots of reasons and none of which matter to anyone but me. I mention it because it was an anomaly as of late and demanded mentioning. And, I’m all out of witty one liners—even though last week was full of crappy but funny movie quotes—so you got that for an opening statement. Yay you. Anyway, new week means new releases and we got a ton of them to get to and from all corners of the vast metal and metalish landscape. Looking for some incredible sludge that bites back? Black Sheep Wall has your back. How about some shamanic doom? Sunnata saves the day. Or maybe some filthy doom/sludge is calling? 16 and Grime do it and do it well on a split so you’re covered there. Or maybe some exceptionally low end driven, crazy, avant-metal fits the bill? You guessed it, Timo Ellis is looking out for you—just sayin’, I’ll die on the hill of Timo Ellis and Netherlands so there’s that to entice you. All that and a very long list to follow so GET AFTER IT, folks.

Black Sheep Wall - Songs for the Enamel Queen

Black Sheep Wall – Songs for the Enamel Queen (Silent Pendulum) – sludge

Sunnata – Burning In Heaven, Melting On Earth (Independent) – doom

16 / Grime – Doom Sessions Vol. 3 (Heavy Psych Sounds) – doom

Timo Ellis – Death Is Everywhere, EP (Independent) – avant-rock / metal

Also on tap:

Abstrakt – Uncreation (Inverse) – symphonic black / death

Aeonblack – The Time Will Come (Black Sunset) – heavy metal

Ævangelist – Dream an Evil Dream III (Dead Seed Productions) – dark metal

Ambassador  – Care, Vinyl Issue (Independent) – post-punk

Amon Acid – Paradigm Shift (Helter Skelter / Regain) – doom / stoner

Anime Torment – Void Terror (Slovak Metal Army) – extreme

Black Totem – II: Shapeshifting (Svart) – blackened blues / doom / punk

Blitzkrieg – A Time of Changes, Reissue (High Roller) – heavy metal

Bonfire – Roots (AFM) – metal

Caligonaut – Magnified As Giants (Apollon Records Prog) – prog

Cannibal Accident – Nekroluster (Time To Kill) – grind

Cave of Swimmers – Aurora (BroomTune) – metal

Chainsword – Blightmarch (Godz Ov War Productions) – death metal

Coffin Mulch – Septic Funeral (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

Cortége – Chasing Daylight (Desert) – ambient doom

Cult Graves – Strange Customs (Godz Ov War Productions) – death metal

Culted – Nous (Underground Activities) – black / doom

Dead Mammals – S/T (Trepanation) – noise

Dead Register – Don’t Fail Me, EP (AVR) – post-rock / avant-doom

Detestor – The Abysswalker, Single (Sound Revival Production) – deathcore

Domestic Terror – S/T (x7Ax) – grind

Druadan Forest / Old Sorcery – Split (Werewolf) – dungeon synth

Empyrium – Über den Sternen (Prophecy Productions) – folk / dark metal

Evergrey – Escape of the Phoenix (AFM) – prog metal

Evulse – Pustulant Spawn (Godz Ov War Productions) – death metal

Fellowcraft – This Is Where You’ll Find Me (Independent) – rock

Five the Hierophant – Through Aureate Void (Dark Essence) – psych / doom / jazz

FM Einheit – Exhibition of a Dream (Cold Spring) – industrial / electronic

Furia – W śnialni (Pagan Records) – nekrofolk

Gatuplan – Kampen Gâr Vidare! (Wild Kingdom) – punk

Grale – Agitacion (Independent) – heavy metal

Grizzle – Fly You Fat Bastard (Independent) – metalcore

Gypsy Pistoleros – Lost In A Town Called Nowhere (Riot) – rock n’ sleaze

Herr Nox – Where Shadows Fade (Independent) – gothic metal

Hidden Intent – Dead End Destiny (Independent) – thrash 

Inflabitan – Intrinsic (Soulseller) – black metal

Innersphere – Omfalos (Slovak Metal Army) – melodic death metal 

Ionophore – Knells (Independent) – ambient

Iotunn – Access All Worlds (Metal Blade) – metal

Jameson Raid – Raiderstronomy, Reissue (High Roller) – heavy metal 

Jarhead Fertilizer – Product of My Entertainment (Closed Casket Activities) – deathgrind

Kombi Killers – Don’t Start (Riot) – punk

Korpse – Insufferable Violence (Unique Leader) – death metal

Los Males Del Mundo – Descent Towards Death (Northern Silence Productions) – black metal

Lost For Life – Don’t Let It Consume You (Dead Serious Recordings) – hard rock

Lun – Chamanes, EP (Independent) – neofolk

Melvins – Gluey Porch Treatments, Vinyl Reissue (Ipecac Recordings) – melvins

Melvins – Hostile Ambient Takeover, Vinyl Reissue (Ipecac Recordings) – melvins

Melvins 1983 – Working With God (Ipecac Recordings) – melvins

Mephistofeles – A Path of Black (Helter Skelter / Regain) – stoner doom

Messiahvore – S/T (Coffin & Bolt) – doom / stoner

Metalite – A Virtual World (AFM) – melodic power metal

Minefield – Seventh Heaven, Single (Golden Robot) – rock

MIY – Work (Independent) – darkwave / synth

Mountainscape – Acceptance (Trepanation Recordings) – post-metal

Night Prowler – No Escape (Dying Victims Productions) – heavy metal 

Ominous Ruin – Amidst Voices That Echo In Stone (Willowtip Records) – tech death

Paranorm – Empyrean (Redefining Darkness) – thrash / black / death

Performed – Moronia (Slovak Metal Army) – thrash

Plague Weaver – Ascendant Blasphemy, EP (Independent) – metal

Profond Barathre – Tinnitus (Hummus Records) – black metal

Sadistic Drive – Anthropophagy (Blood Harvest) – death metal 

Sandstorm – Desert Warrior (Dying Victims Productions) – metal

Scald – There Flies Our Wail!, EP (High Roller) – doom

Shadows – S/T, EP (Agonia) – doom

Significant Point – Into the Storm (Dying Victims Productions) – speed / heavy

Sinira – The Everlorn (Northern Silence Productions) – melodic black metal

Skam – Intra, EP (Golden Robot Records) – power rock

Slough of Despair – Catacombs of Terror (Chaos / Personal) – doom / death

Sow Discord – Quiet Earth (Tartarus) – electro-heavy

Spelljammer – Abyssal Trip (RidingEasy Records) – desert rock

Sullen Guest – Chapter III (Independent) – death / doom

Summoning the Lich – Untied In Chaos (Prosthetic) – death metal 

Tenebro – Liberaci dal Male (Xtreem) – horror death metal

Terminal Bliss – Brute Err/ata (Relapse) – punk

The Generals – To Hell (Black Zombie) – death n roll

The Slumbering – Looking For Sorrow Within One’s Fear (Independent) – doom

The Split – Reminiscences (Slovak Metal Army) – prog metal

Valdaudr – Drapsdalen (Soulseller) – black metal

Varang Norg – Pārķiuņa Uomurs (Sliptrick) – folk / pagan / viking 

Vladimir Pavelka – Spomienky (Beyond Eyes) – metal

Volvopenta – Simulacrum (Tonzonen) – post-rock

Wehrmacht – Biermächt (Hammerheart Records) – thrash

Wehrmacht – Shark Attack (Hammerheart Records) – thrash

Wolvencrown – A Shadow of What Once Was (Clobber Records) – atmospheric black metal

Wolves of Perdition – Ferocious Blasphemic Warfare (Folter Records) – black metal

Wych – Agony (Independent) – deathcore

Xeper – Ad Numan Satanae (Soulseller) – black metal


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