Initial Descent: May 23 – 29, 2021


I feel like I said this recently, but the everflowing stream of live shows and fests are excellent news. I mean, EXCELLENT. We’ve all missed them, and each other for that matter. Even if you’re the dude that loves to windmill dead in the middle of the crowded floor…you have been missed. Me? I won’t be in the middle of said floor, but will be holding up the bar in the back grinning from ear to ear to actually see this magical thing happen again. Anyway, I digress as we’re here for new metal and that we have tons of. Atmospheric black metal is something Svneatr dive into even deeper than before on their latest, Impaled Nazarene make sick music for sick folks and they continue their sick black metal pulverization of humanity this week, the band with the always stunning Conanish album covers and excellent heavy metal, Cirith Ungol, are once again upon us with a quick ripper of an EP, and Engraver offer up another quick ripper of an EP but this time thrash is the name of the game. Head below to find all the albums that will empty your wallet and go plan your upcoming events wisely. See you there.

Svneatr – Chinook (Independent) – atmospheric black metal [video premiere

Impaled Nazarene – Eight Headed Serpent (Osmose Productions) – black metal

Cirith Ungol – Half Past Human, EP (Metal Blade Records) – heavy metal

Engraver – Behind, EP (WormHoleDeath) – thrash

Adarrak – Ex Oriente Lux (Sathanas / Blood Blast Distribution) – death metal

Alastor – Onwards and Downwards (RidingEasy) – occult metal

Alluvial – Sarcoma (Nuclear Blast) – death metal

Angstskrig – Skyggespil (Despotz) – black metal

Armnatt – Eternal Flame (Signal Rex) – black metal 

Ascète – Calamites & les Calamités (Antiq) – black metal

Aufhebung – Chasms (Independent) – post-metal

Austin Taft – Skeletons (Independent) – metal

Awaketh – S/T (Signal Rex) – black / death

Balmog – Eve (War Anthem) – black / death

Birdflesh – All the Miseries, EP (Everlasting Spew) – thrash

Black Flare – S/T (Firecum) – metal

Blazon Rite – Endless Halls of Golden Totem (Gates of Hell) – metal

Bleeth – Harbinger (Seeing Red) – post-metal / sludge / doom

Bloodbound – Creatures Of The Dark Realm (AFM Records) – power metal

CMPT – Mrtvaja (Osmose Productions) – black metal

Countime – No Apologies No Regrets (Demons Run Amok) – hardcore

Cross Vault – As Strangers We Depart (Iron Bonehead) – metal

Crouch – In G.O.D. You Trust (Slovak Metal Army) – hardcore

Dödsrit – Mortal Coil (Wolves Of Hades) – atmospheric black metal

Drift Into Black – Patterns of Light (Independent) – synth doom

Eclipser – Pages (Independent) – death metal

Electric Haze – Get In Line (Idle North) – rock

Exmortem – Berzerker Legions, Reissue (Emanzipation) – death metal

Exorcist – Nightmare Theatre, Re-Release (High Roller) – metal

Ghastly – Mercurial Passages (20 Buck Spin) – death metal

Giuntini Deathline – V (Giuntini) – prog rock

Head of Jeddore – How To Slaughter A Lamb (Independent) – metal

Heavy Sentence – Bang To Rights (Dying Victims Productions) – metal

High n’ Heavy – V (Electric Valley) – doom / rock 

Karpenter – Sleepless (Rockshots) – melodic death metal 

Kill the Imposter – The Violence Sessions (Independent) – deathcore

King of Asgard – Svartvior (Trollmusic) – nordic metal

Layr – Vulgord’s Tower Soundtrack (Eleventh Key) – dungeon synth

Lung Knots – Golden Dirges, Molten Larynges (Tartarus) – harsh noise

Mental Cruelty – A Hill To Die Upon (Unique Leader) – death metal

Mesarthim – Vacuum Solution, EP (Avantgarde Music) – black metal 

Mosara – S/T (Transylvania Recordings) – doom

No Possession – Third Time’s A Charm (Melodic Passion) – rock

Noctiferia – Reforma (Blood Blast / Nika) – metal

Noctule – Wretched Abyss (Church Road) – black metal

Orodruin – Epicurean Mass, Vinyl Re-Release (Cruz Del Sur Music) – doom

Ouija – Selenophile Impia (Negra Nit) – black metal

Pačess – Poupe (Slovak Metal Army) – metal

Pale Divine – Cemetary Earth, Vinyl Re-Release (Cruz Del Sur Music) – metal

Palus Somni – Monarch Of Dark Matter (BlackSeed Productions) – black metal

Perturbator – Lustful Sacraments (Blood Music) – industrial

Pledge – Haunted Visions (Raging Planet) – hardcore

Raw Grip – Kaleidoscope, EP (Dead Red Queen / Law of Cycles) – hardcore / screamo

Reject the Sickness – While Our World Dissolves (WormHoleDeath / Aural) – death / thrash

Reixhumation – The Final Revelation of Abbadon (Lavadome Productions) – death metal

Sadistik Forest – Obscure Old Remains (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Schismopathic – The Human Legacy (selfmadegod) – grind

Seance Of… – The Colour of Magick (Signal Rex) – black metal

Sectlinefor – Kissing Strangers In An Outbreak (Independent) – avant

Silver Talon – Decadence and Decay (M-Theory Audio) – power metal

Sunrise – Equilibria (Independent) – power metal 

T-Tops – Staring at a Static Screen (Magnetic Eye) – punk / noise

Tardus Mortem – Engulfed In Pestilent Darkness (Emanzipation Productions) – death metal

The Flight of Sleipnir – Eventide (Eisenwald) – experimental

The Obsessed – Lunar Womb, Re-Release (High Roller) – doom

The Spectre Beneath – The New Identity of Sidney Stone (WormHoleDeath) – prog

The Vicious Head Society – Extinction Level Event (Hostile Media) – prog metal

The Wring – Wring Project Cipher 2021 (Independent) – prog

Tygers of Pan Tang – Majors & Minors (Mighty Music) – rock

Unfathomable Ruination – Decennium Ruinae (Willowtip) – death metal


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