Initial Descent: October 31 – November 6, 2021


Weather has turned a bit cool…and I don’t like it. Yea, yea, I know; that’s what fall and winter brings but I’m #teamold and hate cold weather so there’s that. If any of you do seasonal music listening at all, our lead off album for this week’s new releases is from Sarke and sits perfectly balanced between bitter black metal and melodically dark rock, and as expected, it’s really good…and cold…and grim. Following that is a devastating gut punch from Churchburn, a down and dirty old school death return from Outre-Tombe, a quick but raucously fun death romp from Heads For The Dead, and a seriously looooong list that follows. Seems tons of bands were trying to get that Halloween release in or at least close to Halloween. Anyway, tons to dig into here so jump in, enjoy, and we’ll see you around these parts through the week.

Sarke - Allsighr

Sarke – Allsighr (Soulseller) – black metal

Churchburn - Genocidal Rite

Churchburn – Genocidal Rite (Translation Loss) – doom / death / black

Outre-Tombe - Abysse Mortifere

Outre-Tombe – Abysse Mortifere (Temple of Mystery) – death metal

Heads for the Dead - Slash 'n' Roll

Heads For The Dead – Slash ‘n’ Roll, EP (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Also on tap:

Aarkanne – Mysterii (Inferna Profundus Records) – black metal

Abysmal Grief – Funeral Cult of Personality (Sun & Moon) – doom / occult

Acid Witch / Vaultwraith – Spooky Vol. II (Hells Headbangers) – halloween metal

Adliga – Vobrazy (Independent) – doom / post-metal

Adoperta Tenebris – Oblivion: The Forthcoming Ends (Ladlo) – black metal

Altareth – Blood (Magnetic Eye) – sludge / fuzz / doom

Anima Hereticae – Ov Behest (Inverse) – black / death

Anomalie – Tranceformation (AOP) – post-black metal

Archangel – Nosferatu, EP (Independent) – metal

Autokrator – Persecution (Krucyator Productions) – death/black metal

Black Hill Cove – Broken (Raging Planet) – metal / hardcore

Black TarPoon – Probable Caws (Roots Union Records) – folk punk

Blind Tiger – S/T (Independent) – metal

Bone Tower – We All Will Die One Day (No Funeral / Fresh Outbreak) – deathgrind

Bryan Eckermann – Plague Bringers (Independent) – death / black

Bulletproof – Dynamite (Independent) – metal

CRΩHM – Paindemic, Live (Independent) – heavy metal 

Cyffrous Indignus / Necrosophik Abyss – HVHY, Split (Reaping Scythe) – black metal

Cystectomy – Deprive to Hollowness (Comatose) – death metal

Death Has Spoken – Call of the Abyss (Ossuary) – death / doom

Deber – Aspire to Affliction (Personal) – funeral doom

Deceased – Thrash Times at Ridgemont High (Hells Headbangers) – death / thrash

Demonztrator – Sinister Forces of Hatred (Independent) – death metal

Disbeliever – Archetype (Revalve) – goth metal

Duncan Evans / Wilderness Hymnal – Until Liars Fear You (Trepanation Recordings) – post-metal

Dungeon Steel – Bloodlust (Signal Rex) – black metal

Dying Hydra – Of Lowly Origin (Many) – doom / sludge

Elkepath – Black Spiders (Symmetric) – metal

Entropy Created Consciousness / Silent Remission – Horror From the Shadows (Independent) – doom / drone / noise

Extinction A.D. – Chaos, Collision, Carnage & Propaganda (Unique Leader Records) – thrash

Fearout – Bleedthrough (Inverse) – stoner

Fordom – Manic Howls (Night In Terrors) – black metal

Fornhem – Stämman från Berget (Trollmusic) – black metal

Frightful – Spectral Creator (Awakening) – death / thrash

Funeral Chant – Dawn of Annihilation (Carbonized) – black / death

Gaahls WYRD – The Humming Mountain (Season of Mist) – metal

Glemt – Eclipsing Through The Womb Of Twilight And Dementia (Inferna Profundus Records) – black metal

Gold Spire – S/T (Chaos) – prog

Green Desert Water – Black Harvest (Small Stone Records) – psychedelic blues rock

Haiku Funeral – Drown Their Moons In Blood (Aesthetic Death) – metal

Illusions Of Grandeur – The Siren (Revulsion of Spirit Records/Universal Music Group) – theatrical metal

In Aphelion – Luciferian Age (Edged Circle) – black / death

Increase the Anima – Elisabeth, EP (Tunecore) – metal

Infected Parasite – S/T (Dedication) – hardcore

Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik – Hardanger (By Norse Music) – VIKINGS

Jointhugger – Surrounded by Vultures (Majestic Mountain Records) – doom

Kornmo – Fimbulvinter (Apollon Records Prog) – instrumental folk prog

Lithik – Weather The Storm (N/A) – black doom

Lucifer for President – Asylum (My Kingdom Music) – metal / horror punk

Maudits – Angle Mort (Klonosphere) – post-metal

Minnesjord / Teufelsberg – Split (Signal Rex) – black metal

Møl – Diorama (Nuclear Blast) – blackgaze

Moonshine Oversight – The Frame (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Mors Verum – The Living (Independent) – death metal

Morte Incandescente – Vala Comum (Signal Rex) – black metal

Mortiferum – Preserved In Torment (Profound Lore) – death metal

Mother Iron Horse – Under the Blood Moon (Ripple Music) – stoner metal

Mystras – Empires Vanquished And Dismantled (I, Voidhanger Records / Stellar Auditorium Prod) – black metal

Narnia – Soli Deo Gloria, 25 Year Compilation (Narnia Songs) – melodic metal

Nequient – Collective Punishment (Nefarious Industries) – hardcore

Old Man Wizard – Kill Your Servants Quietly (Independent) – heavy rock

Omnium Gatherum – Origin (Century Media) – melodic death metal

Orgia Nuclear – O Retorno Do Caos Total A Eliminacao Completa (Murder) – black / death

Pluto Jonze – Awe (Bird’s Robe Records) – indie pop

Rongeur – Glacier Tongue (Fysisk Format) – sludge

Rundgard – Stronghold of Majestic Ruins (Signal Rex) – black metal

Ruttenskalle – Skin em Alive (Gruesome) – death metal 

SchwertMann – Theater of Grief (Glassville) – prog

Sea Sleeper – Nostophobia (Metal Assault) – death/prog

Sense of Noise – S/T (Independent) – melodic death metal 

Shock Wave – Force Ethics (Xtreem) – thrash

SpiritWorld – Pagan Rhythms (Century Media) – death western

Svpremacist – Meaningless Death (Independent) – death metal

Tardus Mortem – Armageddon (Emanzipation Productions) – death metal

Thangorodrim – Liberation In Unbound Chaos 666 (Blood Blast) – occult rock

The Candi Scissors – S/T, EP (Trepanation Recordings) – noise rock

The Catechists – Faded Away… Rust and Strings (Tortonia) – rock

The Three Tremors – Guardians of the Void (Steel Cartel) – metal

Thraxas! – Planetary Terrorism, EP (Independent) – thrash

Tsunxmi – Broken On Reflection (GIVE/TAKE) – drone / shoegaze

Uranium  – Wormboiler (Sentient Ruin) – black / industrial

Various Artists – Brown Acid – The Thirteenth Trip (RidingEasy) – protometal

Varius – Concordance, EP (Independent) – metal

Visions From Beyond – Drawing Down the Darkness (Dry Cough) – death / doom

Wazzara – Cycles (Independent) – post-metal

When The Deadbolt Breaks – As Hope Valley Burns: Eulogy (Electric Talon Records) – psych doom

Witnesses – The Collapse (Independent) – doom / rock

ZAÄAR – Magická Džungl’a (I, Voidhanger Records) – psychedelic


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