Initial Descent: September 19 – 25, 2021

Unto Others

Look, I don’t know all the answers, nor does anyone else for that matter, apparently. However, I do know a good one which is something the old guard of country knew well: let’s just get wasted and kick all the footlights out. Very effective. Anyway, new metal time and we’ve got another long list ahead that’s full of it. First up are the undisputed kings of goth metal, Unto Others, with their second full length that’s everything you loved about Mana, but better. Next up is a technical platter from Rivers of Nihil who continue to show how adept they are at exceptional ideas and making them heavy as lead, then we’ve got Wraith who show that the thrash revival is better than ever, and last up top is LLNN with their healthy serving of sludge, hardcore, and post-metal. Many, many more follow these picks so jump in and grab them all.

Unto Others – Strength (Roadrunner) – goth metal

Rivers of Nihil – The Work (Metal Blade) – technical metal [interview]

Wraith – Undo the Chains (Redefining Darkness) – thrash

LLNN – Unmaker (Pelagic) – post-metal

Also on tap:

Abramelin – Never Enough Snuff (Petrichor) – death metal

Akefal – Opus Darkness (Shadow / Regain) – black / death

Azazel – Aegrus Satanas Tecum (Primitive Reaction – black metal

Cognizance – Upheaval (Prosthetic) – death metal

Concrete – Ethereal Atrocities (Independent) – death metal

Dark Redeemer – Into the Deep Black (Blasphemous Records) – death metal

Dawn Fades – Ode (Metal Assault) – post-metal

Dawn of a Dark Age – Le Forche Caudine (Antiq) – jazz metal

Doro – Triumph and Agony Live (Rare Diamonds) – metal

Drott – Orcus (By Norse Music) – progressive blackened folk 

Emissary of Suffering – Mournful Sights (Cold Knife Records) – death thrash

Enthrallment – Against the Will to Live – Sky Burial (Independent) – death metal

Eteritus – Rotten Transition (Godz Ov War Productions) – death metal

Fake Muslims – Delusions of Grandeur (Morbid and Miserable) – grind

Farer – Monad (Tartarus) – doom / noise

Farewell To Fear – Brainwashed (Crusader Records) – rock

Grinder Blues – El Dos, EP (Metalville) – rock

Headless – Square One (M-Theory Audio) – prog rock

Hellsword – Cold Is The Grave (Emanzipation Productions) – black metal

Hinsides – Under Betlehems brinnande stjärne (Shadow / Regain) – black metal

Howlin May Queen – Tapes from the White Ballroom (Independent) – rock

I Was Born Twice – Nemiza (Independent) – deathcore

Infidel Reich – N.W.O. – New World Outrage (Raw Skull) – death metal

Insect Ark – Future Fossils, EP (Consouling Sounds) – psych

Iskandr – Vergezicht (Eisenwald) – black metal

Isolated – The Enemy of Reason (Godz Ov War Productions) – death metal

Jeromes Dream – Presents, 20th Anniversary Reissue (Iodine Recordings) – math-rock

Judas Knife – Death is the Thing With Feathers (Translation Loss) – noise

Kehlvin – Holistic Dreams (Division) 0 metalcore

Kesem – Post-Terra (Senteint Recordings) – psych prog

Malignament – Hypocrisis Absolution (Primitive Reaction) – black metal

Mandragora Scream – Nothing But The Best (Independent) – industrial goth

Morbid Messiah – Disgorged in the Coffin (Chaos Records) – death metal

Mostly Autumn – Graveyard Star (Mostly Autumn) – prog rock 

Nefariym – Morbid Delusions (Inverse Records) – death metal

Nür – Negative Transfer (Suicide) – post-metal

Orbstruct – Deimos Falling (Envenomed Music / Paragon) – death metal

Paradox – Heresy II – End of a Legend (AFM) – thrash metal

Profane Desecration – Abysmal Stillness (Godz Ov War Productions) – death metal

Profeci – Aporia (Godz Ov War Productions) – black metal

Psycho – Vulture Church (Selfmadegod) -0 grind / punk

Rude – Outer Reaches (FDA) – death metal

Runescarred – The Distant Infinite, Expanded Edition (Independent) – heavy metal

Ryghär – Thurmecia Eternal (Rafchild) – metal

Signs of the Swarm – Absolvere (Unique Leader) – death metal

Skepticism – Companion (Svart) – funeral doom

So Far As I Know – The Omega Point, EP (Independent) – metal

Solacide – Fall From Eternity (Saturnal Records) – black metal

Solarius – Universal Trial, EP (Heavy Psych Sounds) – rock

Spirit Bomb – Tight (Music-Records) – rock

Still – { } (Trepanation Recordings) – noise / hardcore

StumpTail – Goat Rodeo Sacrifice: The Sound of Summer (Moonlight Cypress Archetypes) – black sludge

Succumb – XXI (The Flenser) – black / death / punk

Tentation – Le Berceau Des Dieux (Gates of Hell) – metal

The Answer Lies In the Black Void – Forlorn (Burning World) – avantgarde

The Electric Mud – Black Wool, EP (Independent) – stoner rock 

Thy Row – Unchained (Rockshots) – metal

Toxic Rose – In For the Kill (Crusader) – sleaze

Triacanthos – Apotheosis (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Trumbiten – Out (Independent) – metal

Tumba de Carne – Decatexis // Perpetuo Altar (Lavadome) – death metal 

Veilburner – Lurkers in the Capsule of Skull (Transcending Obscurity) – black / death

Virial – Transhumanism (Vicious Instinct Records) – tech death

Voodus / Domgard – Ginnungagap / Ljungeld Over Manniskan (Shadow / Regain) – black metal

Vortex of End – Abhorrent Favor (Osmose Productions) – black / death

Waldgeflüster – Dohoam (AOP) – black metal

Wang Wen – 100,000 Whys (Pelagic) – post-metal

Wanton Attack – S/T (No Remorse) – heavy metal 

We Butter the Bread With Butter – Das Album (AFM) – rock

When At Night – Weltanschauung (Independent) – melodic death metal

Withering Soul – Last Contact (Mortal Music) – melodic death metal

Zeromancer – Orchestra Of Knives (Trisol Music Group) – electro rock


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