Initial Descent: October 3 – 9, 2021

Kowloon Walled City

Alrighty then…it’s spooky month, finally, and I’m happy about that. Time to stock up on all the horror you can feast on. That is unless, like me and co-conspirator Chris, you do that all year, in which case you already win and this will just give you an excuse to gorge. And, do remember all the nasty metal that goes so well with this season, soak it all up folks. Speaking of metal, it’s a new week which means we’ve got a fresh batch of new releases to kick the month off right. First up is an album we’ve all been waiting on for faaar toooo long from Kowloon Walled City (FINALLY!), next up is a stunning technical death entry from Atræ Bilis, then a quick chapter of brutish death metal from Creeping Death that you’ll hear more about later in the week, an epic dash of symphonic deathcore from The Breathing Process, and several more that follows in the list below. Dive headfirst into the coffin and find yourself something devilish to kick the month off with.

Kowloon Walled City - Piecework

Kowloon Walled City – Piecework (Neurot / Gilead Media) – sludge / post-hardcore

Atræ Bilis - Apexapien

Atræ Bilis – Apexapien (20 Buck Spin) – technical death metal

Creeping Death - The Edge of Existence

Creeping Death – The Edge of Existence, EP (eOne) – death metal

The Breathing Process - Labyrinthian

The Breathing Process – Labyrinthian (Unique Leader) – deathcore

Also on tap:

Alda – A Distant Fire (Eisenwald) – folk black metal

Antichrist Siege Machine – Purifying Blade (Profound Lore) – black / death

Black Sites – Untrue (Independent) – progressive metal

Blood Red Throne – Imperial Congregation (Nuclear Blast) – death metal

Bornwithhair – When the Witches Fall (Trepanation Recordings) – blackened death rock

Death’s Eminence – In a Hideous Dream Made True (Independent) – black / death

Desalmado – Mass Mental Devolution (Gruesome Records) – grindcore

Endless – Lapse: The Guilt We Hold (Independent) – post hardcore

Eternal Silence – Timegate Anathema (Rockshots) – symphonic metal

Haerdsmaelta – All Alone In the Danger Zone (Sliptrick) – post-punk

Horn Project – Illusions of Maya (Planet K) – black metal

Karloff – S/T (No Funeral) – hardcore

Kirril – S/T (Tartarus) – dark industrial 

Kite – Currents (Majestic Mountain) – sludge / post-hardcore

Liktjern I – Ruiner (Folter) – black metal

Misticia – XVA (Yahuar Mallcu Records) – thrash / groove metal

Non Residents – Against Police Brutality (Independent) – heavy metal

Norse – Ascetic (Transcending Obscurity) – black metal

Our Man In the Bronze Age – Hexed Endeavors (Fr33zehead) – rock

Paydretz – Chroniques de l’Insurrection (Antiq) – black / folk

Shy, Low – Snow Behind the Sun (Pelagic) – instru-post-rock

Siren’s Rain – Rise Forth (Independent) – folk metal

Slowshine – Living Light (TLD) – stoner / psych

Sordal – June & Jupiter (Apollon) – prog

Spacegoat – Catharsis (Independent) – alternative metal

Spectral Darkwave – At Outer Dark (Occidental Records) – dark metal

Spiritual Deception – Oxymoron (Independent) – tech death

Stheno – Wardance (7 Degrees / Chaos & Hell) – grind / black metal

Sugarcult – Start Static, 20th Anniversary Edition (Craft) – rock

Teramaze – And the Beauty They Perceive (Wells Music) – prog rock

The Circular Ruins and Mystified – Fantastic Journey (Cold Spring) – dark ambient

The Omnific – Escapades (Wild Thing Records) – progressive metal

Trivium – In The Court Of The Dragon (Roadrunner) – heavy metal

Wreche – All My Dreams Came True (I, Voidhanger Records) – black metal, in a sense


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