Initial Descent: February 6 – 12, 2022

Amorphis courtesy of Sam Jamsen

This winter weather is relentless. Maybe spring will start early. Anyway, new release time and this week knocks off a handful of my early 2022 most anticipated albums and preorders. A mailbox full of preorders does indeed make me happy despite the cold weather, so there’s that. Moving on, Amorphis just get better with age and Halo finds them lean just a tad harder on the heavier side but still in excellent melodic form, pretty much one of my favorites from them in a long time. As we all know, when Zeal & Ardor hit the scene they shook all the foundations of metal and beyond and with this week’s effort, they throw caution completely to the wind and offer up their best, and wildest, yet. Following those we’ve got epic post-metal from Cult of Luna, wrecking ball grind from Napalm Death, and a long list of other releases worthy of your time. Jump in there and get cracking, tons of goodies to discover this week. 

Amorphis – Halo (Atomic Fire) – melodic death metal

Zeal & Ardor – S/T (MVKA) – black metal / folk

Cult of Luna – The Long Road North (Metal Blade) – post-metal

Napalm Death – Resentment Is Always Seismic – a final throw of Throes, EP (Century Media) – napalm grind

Also on tap:

A Pale December – Dearth Panacea (Avantgarde Music) – black metal

Abrasive – Edge of Darkness (RTM-Productions) – death metal

Anachoret – Syndrom (Folter) – black metal

Author & Punisher – Krüller (Relapse) – industrial

Backslider – Psychic Rot (To Live A Lie) – extreme

Bludgeoned – Summary Execution (Vile Tapes) – extreme

Breidablik – Alduorka (Apollon Prog) – prog

Caveat – Alchemy (Independent) – metal

Chasmdweller – Bacterial Lotus, Reissue (Dawnbreed / Life After Death) – death metal

Creeping Flesh – …And Then the Bombs Came (Emanzipation Recordings) – death metal

Crestfallen Queen – Hall of Maati (Vocem Interiorem Manifestations) – doom

Dead Tree Seeds – Back To the Seeds, EP (Music-Records) – thrash

Funeral Whore – Dreadfully Expired (Vidar Records) – death metal

Greyhawk – Call of the Hawk (Fighter) – heavy / power

Hammr – Eternal Possessions (Hells Headbangers) – black / punk

Heavy Meta – Mana Regmata (Independent) – metal

Kadavereich – Radiance of Doom (Godz Ov War Productions) – death metal

Karmanjaka – Gates of Muspel (Grind to Death Records) – progressive black metal

Kill Alters – Armed to the Teeth L.M.O.M.M. (Independent) – rock

Mainbrain – Jawbreaker (Independent) – death metal

Mariangela Demurtas – Dark Ability (Independent) – dark

Moluchtas – Telos Terminus (Godz Ov War Productions) – black / death

Mortuary Drape  – Wisdom Vibration Repent (Peaceville) – black metal

Near Death Condition – Ascent from the Mundane (Unique Leader) – black / death

Nervochaos – All Colors Of Darkness (Emanzipation Productions) – death metal

Night Cobra – Dawn of the Serpent (Irongrip / High Roller) – metal / punk

Non Serviam / Gallkrist – Split, EP (Trepanation Recordings) – black metal

Once Human – Scar Weaver (earMUSIC) – metal

Sataray – Blood Trine Moon, EP (Scry Recordings) – ambient

Shield of Wings – Unfinished (Elderpath) – symphonic metal

Son of Seth – De Dor a Odio (Trepanation Recordings) – black / industrial

Soulcarrion – Infernal Agony (Godz Ov War Productions) – death metal

Stalker – S/T (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Syvyj Yar – Golden Threads (Avantgarde Music) – black / neofolk

Tersivel – To The Orphic Void (UPRISING! Records) – death/doom

Theandric – Flight Among The Tombs (Independent) – progressive metal

The Sea Shall Not Have Them – Debris (Bird’s Robe Records) – instrumental/post-rock

Trouble – One for the Road / Unplugged, Remastered (Hammerheart) – metal

Tugt – Ved Lysets Ophør (Onism Productions) – black metal

Vastatum – Mercurial States of Revelation (Avantgarde Music) – black metal

Voivod – Synchro Anarchy (Century Media) – sci-fi metal

Whales Don’t Fly – The Golden Sea (Raging Planet Records) – heavy thrash

Ysyry Mollvün – S/T (Avantgarde Music) – black metal


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