Initial Descent: January 2 – 8, 2022

The goings on that we’ve been through makes us all wonder just what fresh hell is in store now that we’ve officially closed the door on 2021 and opened a new one with 2022. Or, we could look at the bright side of it with an optimistic glare. Either way, who the hell knows. Trudge on we shall. And with that we trudge into the newest of the new metals for this new year and why not kick it off with a couple of death metal releases; Necrophagous brings the dirtier side while Wilderun brings the brighter, more polished side. Of note, you’ll be hearing more about the latter later in the month, FYI. And, as usual, there’s more new stuff hanging out below. Not a lot, but a few. So, if there’s anything we’ve all learned from the best of 2021 lists is that music does indeed get us through. Go confidently into this new year and grab all of it you can. And, hold on tight. 

Necrophagous – In Chaos Ascend (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Wilderun - Epigone

Wilderun – Epigone (Century Media) – melodic / progressive death metal

Also on tap:

Apes – Lullabies For Eternal Sleep (Translation Loss Records) – extreme metal

At The Movies – The Soundtrack Of Your Life (Atomic Fire Records) – hard rock

Darkened – Mourn the Dying Light, EP (Edged Circle) – death metal 

Helleruin / De Gevreesde Ziekte – Invincible (Babylon Doom Cult) – black metal

Kontact – First Contact (Independent) – metal

Needless – The Cosmic Cauldron (UPRISING!) – death metal

Nihility – Beyond Human Concepts (Vicious Instinct) – black / death

Nocturnal Graves – An Outlaw’s Stand (Season of Mist Underground Activists) – blackened death

OAR – The Blood You Crave (Blighttown Records) – post black metal

Ocultum – Residue, Vinyl Issue (Interstellar Smoke) – stoner / doom

Oh Osteen – Music of the Great Beyond (Kvlt and Kaos Productions) – black metal

Power Paladin – With the Magic of Windfyre Steel (Atomic Fire) – metal

Seven Nines and Tens – Over Opiated in a Forest of Whispering Speakers (Willowtip) – prog

TAL – Sapiduz (Öm Sound) – avantgarde 

The Grasshopper Lies Heavy / Woorms – Various Plants and Animals Under Domestication (Forbidden Place) – post hardcore / sludge

V/Haze Miasma – Nebula, EP (Supreme Chaos Records) – post black metal


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