Initial Descent: March 28 – April 3, 2021

Wode – image courtesy of Phillip James Torriero

We’ll be crossing April Fools Day this week and maybe this is when we find out that all this shit has been a cruel April Fools joke. We won’t and don’t get your hopes up. One thing that isn’t a joke is this week’s list of new metal, let’s do that now; first up is a new one from black metallers Wode who absolutely kill it, again. Next up is a pair of black metalish albums; a weird but good one from Sleepwalker and a death metal leaning one from Unflesh, and rounding out the top slots in intergalactic death metal form is The Beast of Nod—think of a favorite sci-fi space flick then put this on as the soundtrack. Tasty. So, brave the jokes this week with some extra smart ass and go buy some stuff off this list. 

Wode – Burn In Many Mirrors (20 Buck Spin) – black metal

Sleepwalker – Noč Na Krayu Sveta (Sentient Ruin) – avantgarde black metal

Unflesh – Inhumation (Independent) – black / death

The Beast of Nod – Multiversal (Independent) – death metal

Also on tap: 

Amulets – Blooming (The Flenser) – analog

Angelic Desolation – Rumpus Time Is Over / Quorum of Unspeakable Curses (Independent) – death metal 

Arx Atra / Bleakwinter Shrine – The Warrior Cycle (Independent) – post-black metal

Avaland – Theater of Sorcery (Rockshots) – metal

Aythis – Secrets From Below (Independent) – dark metal

Blue Ox – Holy Vore (Signaturetone Recording) – stoner hardcore

Bones of the Earth – II. Eternal Meditations Of A Deathless Crown (Holy Anvil Recording) – hardcore/doom

Bridge Burner – Disempath (Hibernation Releases) – d-beat / death / hardcore

Bruit – The Machine Is Burning and Now Everyone Knows It Could Happen Again (Elusive Sound) – post-rock

Devastating Light – I Have Already Failed You (Planet K) – post-metal / doom

Eclipsus – Yürei (Talheim) – black metal 

Everson Poe – Grief (Trepanation Recordings) – doom / sludge

Fossilization – He Whose Name Was Long Forgotten (Everlasting Spew Records) – death metal

Frayle – Live At The House of Wills (Aqualamb) – doom

Fulci – Opening the Hell Gates, Reissue (Time To Kill) – death metal 

Funeral Storm / Synteleia – The Ancient Calling (Hells Headbangers) – black metal

Ghostly Aerie Coven – Bird of Prey (Vacula Productions) – black metal

Grabak – Scion (Talheim Records) – black metal

Heavy Trip – S/T (Burning World Records) – heavy psych metal

Ischemic – S/T (Independent) – doom / death / black

JoeyDiabolic – Through Soundwaves Vol. 4 (Independent) – electro-metal

Jointhugger – Reaper Season, EP (Majestic Mountain) – doom

Karma Violens – Mount of the Congregation (Independent) – metal

Labored Breath – Dyspnea (Sentient Ruin) – black metal

Lifeless – Anhedonia (Talheim) – dbsm

Lord – Undercovers (Dominus) – metal

Los Disidentes – Del Sucio Motel Polaris (Klonosphere) – rock

Malacoda – Crawling Chaos, EP (Independent) – goth

Misanthropik Torment – Murder Is My Remedy (Independent) – black / death

Moral Collapse – S/T (Subcontinental) – death metal

Moribund Oblivion – Endless (Talheim) – black metal 

Mura – Doom Invocations and Narcotic Rituals, EP (Caligari) – doom

Mythic Sunship – Wildfire (Tee Pee) – metal

Nekkrofukk – Mysterious Rituals in the Abyss of Sabbath & Eternal Celebration of the Blakk Goat (Putrid Cult) – black / doom

Noisepoetnobody – Insanity Mirror (Scry Recordings) – experimental

Obscure Fate – Raven’s Call, EP (Inverse) – melodic death metal

Obsequial Joy – Show My Mercy (Talheim) – doom / post-black metal

Obvurt – The Beginning (Brutal Mind) – death metal

Odd Circus – Mantha, EP (Good Idea Music) – avant-rock

Plaguewielder – Covenant Death (Disorder Recordings) – extreme metal

Pulse – ImPulse (WormHoleDeath / The Orchard) – metal

Rorcal & Earthflesh – Witch Coven (Hummus Records) – black / doom

Ruttokosmos – Kärsimys (Werewolf) – black metal

Sea of Snakes – World of Fire (Metal Assault) – metal

Semi-Civil – Cult of Masses, Single (Independent) – progressive

Sielunvihollinen – Teloituskäsky (Hammer of Hate) – black metal 

Slimelord – The Delta Death Sirens (Dry Cough Records) – death/doom

Snake Bite Whisky – Black Candy (Sliptrick) – sleaze metal

Spellforger – Upholders of Evil (Personal) – black / thrash

Steel Bearing Hand – Slay In Hell (Carbonized / Cimmerian Strength) – death metal

The Harvest Moon – Decline to Disorder (Talheim Records) – post black metal

The Sun and the Mirror – Dissolution to Salt and Bone (Brucia) – doom / ambient

Trope – Eleutheromania (Beats Mee) – alt-rock

Vektor – Activate, EP (District 19) – thrash

Vitrail – Les pages oubliees (Independent) – post-black metal

XificurK – 1410 (Void Wanderer Productions) – black metal


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