Initial Descent: September 5 – 11, 2021


First up; as you may know, Louisiana got ripped up from Ida which means they could use all the help they can get seeing as it might be days/weeks before running water and power is established in some areas. If you can, go here to donate and trust me, every little bit helps even if it’s five bucks. Further, more areas were hit hard so do some research and find other donation links for these areas. Alright then, new metal time and of course, we got it. One might say Aborted was the easy choice to kick things off since it’s first in alphabetical order but, order means nothing when it comes to this hotly anticipated slab o’ death metal from these titans! What matters is quality, and they got it. Moving on, UK bruisers Mastiff got signed to a biggie and got heavier, honestly I had no idea they could get heavier yet here we are so be sure to grab this one. Then we’ve got a powerviolence meets sludge meets fastcore meets hardcore split from Trappist and Connoisseur and maaaaan what an anvil this thing is! Last up top but not least in this list is Cult Burial with a slappin’ EP of death metal that leans towards the sludgy side, and it rips. Obviously, much more awaits in the list below. So, if you’re in the US and celebrating a day off, there’s no excuse not to unload some cash on several of these albums. If you’re elsewhere, you still have zero excuse. So. Much. Good. Metal. DO IT…

Aborted – ManiaCult (Century Media) – death metal

Mastiff – Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth (Entertainment One) – black / sludge

Trappist / Connoisseur – Cross Fade, Split (Tankcrimes) – powerviolence / hardcore / sludge

Cult Burial – Oblivion, EP (Independent) – death / sludge

Also on tap:

Aeons – Consequences (Independent) – prog

Æpoch – Hiraeth (Independent) – tech death

Antim Sanskar – S/T (Independent) – death / doom

Areis – S/T (Wormholedeath) – metal

Black Mass – Feast at the Forbidden Tree (Redefining Darkness Records) – thrash

Centenary – Death…The Final Frontier (CDN) – death metal

Chrome Waves – The Rain Will Cleanse (Transcending Records / Disorder Recordings) – post-black metal

Coffin Rites – Human Erase (Independent) – black / death

Cult of Scarecrow – Tales of the Sacrosanct Man (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Disconnected Souls – Warring Elements (Independent) – metal

Goatskull – Tevras, EP (Independent) – thrash / speed

Grim Fate / The Sombre – From Ancient Slumber / The Horrid Silence Thus Began (Chaos) – death / doom

Hail Spirit Noir – Mannequins (Agonia) – synth

Hladomrak – Archaic Sacrifice (Non Serviam) – black metal

Hunted – Deliver Us (Pitch Black) – prog

If Nothing Is – S/T (Dark Essence) – experimental black metal

Impact Approved – Into the Fray, EP (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Infected Chaos – Dead Aesthetics (Independent) – death metal

Journey Into Darkness – Infinite Universe Infinite Death (Spirit Coffin Publishing) – symphonic black/death

Khroma – Ex Nihilo (Inverse) – metal

Lucifyre – The Broken Seal (Dark Descent / Norma Evangelium Diaboli) – black / death

Lunar Ark – Recurring Nightmare (Trepanation Recordings) – post-metal / sludge / doom

Mehenet – Ng’ambu (Gilead Media) – black metal

Mutant Blast – Detonation, EP (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Pa Vash En – Maniac Manifest (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Perfect World – War Culture (Petrichor) – hardcore

Replicant – Malignant Reality (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal 

Rotted Through – /the_Depths (Independent) – death metal 

Runespell – Verses In Regicide (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Shumaun – Memories & Intuition (Independent) – prog

Shuyet – S/T (Seance) – black metal 

Silence Equals Death – I’ll See You On the Other Side (Upstate) – hardcore

Sober Truth – Laissez Faire, Lucifer (A Chance For Metal) – prog metal

Starless – Hope Is Leaving You (Independent) – atmospheric rock

Sweeping Death – Tristesse, EP (Independent) – progressive metal

Trance of the Undead – Chalice of Disease (Iron Bonehead) – blackened death metal

Turn Cold – Break Your Faith (Independent) – thrash

Withered Land – The Endless Journey (Naturmacht Productions) – atmospheric black metal

Zealot R.I.P. – The Extinction of You (Three One G) – metal / punk


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