Initial Descent: November 7 – 13, 2021

200 Stab Wounds – image courtesy of Nick McGroder

It got colder. And rainy. And the time changed. Make it stop. But, enough of my discomforts. New metal is why you came and we definitely can oblige with another long list this week: 200 Stab Wounds are coming in hot with their long awaited full length that’s an open love letter to the kind of gory death metal that struck fear in parents back in the day, next up is Dold Vorde Ens Navn with a black metal effort that’s an excellent combination of its members (do your research), then we’ve got an off kilter death metal outing from Vertebra Atlantis, a physical edition of cosmic black metal from Mesarthim, and a whole grab bag more that follows. As usual, something for every taste here so jump in and get some. 

200 Stab Wounds - Slave To The Scalpel

200 Stab Wounds – Slave to the Scalpel (Maggot Stomp) – death metal

Dold Vorde Ens Navn - Mørkere

Dold Vorde Ens Navn – Mørkere (Lupus Lounge / Prophecy Productions) – black metal

Vertebra Atlantis - Lustral Purge In Cerulean Bliss

Vertebra Atlantis – Lustral Purge In Cerulean Bliss (I, Voidhanger Records) – death metal

Mesarthim - CLG J02182–05102

Mesarthim – CLG J02182–05102 (Avantgarde Music) – cosmic black metal 

Also on tap:

All Hail The Yeti – Within the Hollow Earth (Minus Head) – sludge

All That Remains – The Fall of Ideals, Re-Release (Craft Recordings) – metal

Ars Magna Umbrae – Throne Between Worlds (I, Voidhanger Records) – black metal

Astrophobos – Corpus (Triumvirate) – black metal

Black Soul Horde – Horrors From The Void (Vinyl Store) – epic heavy metal

Blood Sport – Hot Blood and Cold Steel (Gates of Hell Records) – speed metal

Borknagar – S/T, 25th Anniversary Re-Issue (Century Media) – black metal

Burntfield – Impermanence (Progressive Gears) – prog

Cave Bastard – Wrath of the Bastard (Independent) – prog

Creature – Eloge De L’Ombre (I, Voidhanger Records) – progressive metal

Curse of Denial – The Reckoning (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

Dauþuz – Vom schwarzen Schmied (Amor Fati) – black metal

Delphian – Somnambulant Foregoer (Independent) – progressive death metal

Demonic Temple – Through the Stars Into the Abyss (Putrid Cult / Dark Horizon) – black metal

Djiin – Meandering Soul (Klonosphere) – stoner rock 

Dr. Haze and the Wise Lizards – And Beyond (Independent) – stoner / prog

Electric Guitars – Freewheeler (Mighty Music) – rock

Eyemaster – Charcoaled Remains / Festering Slime (Caligari Records) – death metal

Eyes Wide Open – Through Life and Death (Arising Empire) – metal

Going Up North – Waiting For the Sun (Apollon) – rock

Hyperdontia – Hideous Entity (Dark Descent / Me Saco Un Ojo / Dessicated) – death metal

In Somnia – Harlequin (Independent) – prog metal

Intaglio – II (Solitude Productions) – doom / death

Kanaan – Earthbound (Jansen) – prog

Kill City – Last Man Standing (Music-Records) – rock

Killrazer – The Burial Begins (Battlegod Productions) – thrash

Life of a Hero – Letting Go (Battlegod Productions) – rock

Matt Pike – Head On A Pike: The Illustrated Lyrics of Matt Pike (Rare Bird Books) – book

Monument of Misanthropy – Unterweger (Transcending Obscurity) – brutal death

Non Serviam – Il Pleut Partout Derriere (Trepanation Recordings) – experimental 

Obscura Qalma – Apotheosis (Rising Nemesis) – black / death

Predictor – …thus spoke death (Iron Bonehead / Knekelput Recordings) – death metal

Prospectors – Proven Lands (Independent) – experimental 

Rhine – Ausland (Within the Mind) – metal

Scattered Hamlet – Stereo Overthrow (Buck Moon Productions) – metal

Screaming Shadows – Legacy of Stone (From the Vaults) – power metal

Selvans – Dark Italian Art (Avantgarde Music) – art metal

Show-Ya – Showdown (Metalville) – metal

Shizzura – Ronan (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Signs of Truth – Signs of a Future (Boersma) – rock

Signum Draconis – The Divine Comedy: Inferno (Rockshots) – metal

Sijjin – Sumerian Promises (Sepulchral Voice Records) – death metal

sleepmakeswaves  – Live At The Metro (Bird’s Robe Records) – post rock

Snaum – Selfmadeself (Independent) – black / noise

STEW – Taste (UPRISING!) – retro rock

Timechild – And Yet It Moves (Mighty Music) – metal

Ültra Raptör – Tyrants (Fighter) – speed / metal

Vaticinal Rites – S/T (Redefining Darkness Records / Caligari) – death metal

Vomit The Soul – Cold (Unique Leader) – death metal


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