Initial Descent: August 29 – September 4, 2021

Literally no words for all the goings on that are going on….and now the scenes coming out of Louisiana are just beyond words. Thoughts are with everyone affected by Ida. Moving on, new release time and we got them. Deathdoomsters Wharflurch are up with their sickening (in a good way, of course) full length debut, so go and get your Flurch’ on. More deathdoom in store from the UK’s Slimelord which based on their last EP, this EP will be a good time (side note: it is). Then we’ve got a pair of heavy metal’s finest with a single from Lady Beast and another entry from Portrait, both are excellent and make for one hell of a good time. So, there’s a thread here; although the world around us is in total disarray there’s still good times to be had with metal. Score. That’s your top four, but stick around for the rest of the list. What’s that? Where’s Maiden you say? It’s in there, just not up top. Deal with it.

Wharflurch – Psychedelic Realms Ov Hell (Personal / Gurgling Gore) – death metal

Slimelord – Moss Contamination, EP (Dry Cough) – death / doom

Lady Beast – The Poisoned Path (Reaper) – heavy metal

Portrait – At One With None (Metal Blade) – heavy metal

Also on tap:

Antediluvian – The Divine Punishment (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – metal 

Behemoth – Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic), Reissue (Metal Blade) – black / death

Beyond Grace – Our Kingdom Undone (Prosthetic Records) – death metal

Biere Noire – Piece Secrete (Throatruiner / Croux) – black metal

Bloodphemy – Blood Sacrifice (Emanzipation Productions) – extreme

Closet Disco Queen & The Flying Raclettes – Omelette du Fromage (Hummus) – prog

Cryptae – Decrepit Collection (Sentient Ruin) – death metal

Dagtum – Revered Decadence (Eastbreath / BRC-30) – death / sludge

Dead Soul Alliance – Behind the Scenes (Bitter Loss) – death metal

Deathsomnia – You Will Never Find Peace (Isolation) – darkwave

Defacement – S/T (I, Voidhanger) – dissonant death/black metal

Deformatory – Inversion of the Unseen Horizon (Independent) – metal

Doctor Smoke – Dreamers and the Dead (Ripple Music) – heavy metal

Earth Groans – The Body, EP (Solid State) – metal

Forever Autumn – Hail the Forest Dark (Independent) – doom 

Genocidio – The Grave (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – black / death

Grandeur – Aurea Aetas (Personal) – black metal

Heretic – Feast (Soman / Treehouse) – experimental

Illum Adora – Ophidian Kult (Folter) – black metal

In the Absence of Words – A Collection II (Independent) – dark ambient

Internal Bleeding – Heritage of Sickness II (Comatose) – death metal

Iron Maiden – Senjutsu (BMG) – maiden metal

Lotan – Angelus Pestis (UPRISING!) – black metal

Malison – Death’s Embrace (Metal Assault) – thrash / power 

Mysterizer – The Holy War 1095 (Rockshots) – heavy / power

Nattmaran – The Lurking Evil (Independent) – thrash ‘n roll

Necrosexual – Seeds of Seduction (Folkvangr) – black / speed

Nuummite – Celestial Triarchy (Trepanation Recordings) – post-metal

Pestilential Shadows – Revenant (Seance Records) – black metal

Rise to the Sky – Per Aspera Ad Astra (GS Productions) – death / doom

Ropes of Night – Impossible Space (Golden Antenna Records) – dark wave

Rotting Christ – Der Perfekte Traum (VinylStore.Gr) – black metal

Schizogoat – War, Pestilence and Sacrifice (Helldprod) – black metal

Seething Akira – Dysfunctional Wonderland (FiXT) – modern metal

Sermon of Flames – I Have Seen The Light, And It Was Repulsive (I, Voidhanger) – black / death

Sol Kia – Zos Ethos (I, Voidhanger) – psychedelic black metal

SpermChurch – merdeka atau mati (Riverworm) – elecro

Stone Deaf – Killers (Coffin & Bolt Records) – desert rock

The Maledict – Remembrance (Independent) – death / doom

The Night Flight Orchestra – Aeromantic II (Nuclear Blast) – rock

The Picturebooks – The Major Minor Collective (Century Media) – metal / rock

Thecodontion and Vessel of Iniquity – Split (I, Voidhanger) – experimental/noise

Tommy Stewart’s Dyerwulf – Doomsday Deferred (Black Doomba Records) – doom 

Total Isolation / Sedimentum – Split (Seed Of Doom Records) – death metal

Tuesday The Sky – The Blurred Horizon (Metal Blade) – progressive metal

Various Artists – Eurodance – The Metal Way (Antichrist magazine) – metal

Vow – Icarian (Surviving Sounds) – post-metal

Wingtips – Cutting Room Floor (Artoffact) – darkwave / synth pop


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