Initial Descent: August 22 – 28, 2021

Hooded Menace

Look at that pic up there. Gets the yearning burning for cooler weather and haunting season. Yes, haunting…as in Halloween and early fall. Hooded Menace know a thing or two about scaring the shit out of people with their deathdoom but with this week’s release they also show an 80s heavy metal side that we’ve yet to hear in this capacity…and it’s freakin’ killer. Next up in this list of new metal is Oxygen Destroyer who get the lead out with an “all genres on deck” approach to extreme metal, and again, killer release. Then we’ve got heavy metal champs Spirit Adrift with a very short EP that expands just a bit on their last release and furthers their journey into being one of metal’s current greats. Last, but not least, is deathpunkers Nunslaughter who literally kick ass and take names on their first utterance in seven years and first without drummer Jim Sadist (RIP)…and, you guessed it, another quality album. All that and a ton more to follow, so dive in skull first.

Hooded Menace – The Tritonus Bell (Season of Mist) – death / doom

Oxygen Destroyer – Sinister Monstrosities Spawned By the Unfathomable Ignorance of Humankind (Redefining Darkness) – death / thrash

Spirit Adrift – Forge Your Future, EP (Century Media) – heavy metal

Nunslaughter – Red is the Color of Ripping Death (Iron Bonehead) – deathpunk

Also on tap:

Boneyard – Oathbreaker (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Comet Control – Inside the Sun (Tee Pee) – psych metal

Confused – Riot (Confused) – thrash / punk

Crimson Fire – Another Dimension (No Remorse) – heavy metal

Desecrator – Summoning (Independent) – thrash

Devoid Of Thought – Outer World Graves (Everlasting Spew Records) – death metal

Feral Lord – Purity of Corruption (Vargheist) – black metal

Fluisteraars – Gegrepen door de Geest der Zielsontluiking (Eisenwald) – atmospheric black metal 

Golden Ashes – A Lightless Christ Shuns The Crown of Divinity (Improved Sequence) – black metal 

Graveland – Hour of Ragnarok (Inferna Profundus) – viking metal

Grayscale – Umbra (Fearless) – rock

Grieving – Songs for the Weary (Interstellar Smoke) – doom

Headshrinker – Callous Indifference (Independent) – death metal

Heathen Rites – Heritage (Svart) – doom

Horte – Maa antaa yon vaientaa (Pelagic) – art-rock

Hour of 13 – Black Magick Rites (Shadow Kingdom) – doom

Infesticide / In Obscurity Revealed – Split (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Irrlycht – Wolffish Grandeur (Folter) – black metal

Javier Areal Vélez – rrrrrrrrrr tKtK (Nefarious Industries) – rrrrr

Kal-El – Dark Majesty (Majestic Mountain) – stoner metal

Karellan – Mersum (Trepanation Recordings) – doom / sludge / prog

Low Flying Hawks – Fuyu (Magnetic Eye) – doomgaze

Moon Oracle – Muse of the Nightside (Signal Rex / Bestial Burst) – black metal

Moon Unit – Differences in Language and Lifestyle (PRT) – prog rock

Obscurity – Skogarmaors (Trollzorn) – black metal

Osi and the Jupiter – Stave (Eisenwald) – folk

Our Place of Worship is Silence – Disavowed, and Left Hopeless (Translation Loss Records) – black / death

¡PENDEJO! – Toma (Independent) – heavy rock

Phinehas – The Fire Itself (Solid State) – rock

Remah – Une Main (Avantgarde Music) – black metal

Ruin – Spread Plague Death (Nameless Grave Records) – death metal

Slowpoke – S/T (Independent) – stoner / doom

Sons of Alpha Centauri – Push (Exile On Mainstream) – post-hardcore

Sugar Horse – The Live Long After (Small Pond) – rock / post-metal

Summoner’s Circle – Chaos Vector (Blood Blast Distribution) – black / death

The Bronx – Bronx VI (Cooking Vinyl) – hard rock/punk

The Slow Death – Siege (Transcending Obscurity) – death / doom 

Toxic Ruin – Nightmare Eclipse (M-Theory Audio) – death / thrash

Tiny Tree – XI (Independent) – post-metal

Thief – The 16 Deaths of My Master (Prophecy Productions) – electronic rock

Thyrfing – Vanagandr (Despotz Records) – pagan metal

Transport League – Kaisershnitt (Mighty Music) – hard rock

Utopia – Stalker (APF) – metal

Veil Of Conspiracy – Echoes Of Winter (BadMoodMan Music) – melancholic metal

Venues – Solace (Arising Empire) – metal

Veterans – Fake Quiet and Peace (Independent) – metal

Voidgazer – Dance of the Undesirables (Independent) – metal

White Stones – Dancing Into Oblivion (Nuclear Blast) – progressive death metal

Windfaerer – Breaths of Endless Dawn (Avantgarde Music) – black / folk

Winter Nights – Sky Burial (Independent) – melodic death metal

Wormwood – Arkivet (Black Lodge) – black metal

Wormwitch – Wolf Hex (Prosthetic Records) – black metal

Wulfgar – From The Ashes (Downfall Records) – viking metal

Yanomamo / Slomatics – Split (Iommium) – doom

Josh

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