Initial Descent: February 13 – 19, 2022


Every time I see another news blip that Chris Barnes has opened his mouth, I shake my head and wonder why he’s even talking. For a guy that hasn’t put out a good death metal album in 23 years, he sure can talk some stupid shit. So, in case you missed it, just type it in the search bar and read up for a good laugh. MOVING ON… speaking of good excellent death metal, Immolation are back with a beast of an album and again, I get to knock off another preorder for one of my highly anticipated releases. Much excite. The death metal rolls on with speed freaks Schizophrenia and techies The Last of Lucy, Pike vs The Automaton lands and it’s absolutely Matt Pikeian (good, good thing), and we close with tons more in the list below. By the way, death metal ain’t dead folks. It’s just getting better everyday.

Immolation – Acts of God (Nuclear Blast) – death metal 

Schizophrenia – Recollections of the Insane (Redefining Darkness) – death / thrash

The Last of Lucy – Moksha (Transcending Obscurity) – tech death

Pike vs The Automaton – S/T (MNRK Heavy) – pike metal

Also on tap:

Annihilator – Metal II (earMUSIC) – metal

Archvile King – À La Ruine (LADLO Productions) – black/thrash

ARD – Take Up My Bones (Prophecy Productions) – doom

Asgaard – What if… (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Black Altar / Vulture Lord – Deathiah Manifesto (Odium) – black metal 

Blinded By Hope – We Are (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Bloodywood – Rakshak (Independent) – folk metal

Buñuel – Killers Like Us (Profound Lore) – noise

Circa Arcana – Bridget Viginti, EP (Independent) – metalcore

Crimson Throne – Instinct, EP (Apocalyptic Witchcraft) – black metal

Crusade of Bards – Tales of the Seven Seas (Rockshots) – pirates

Desultory – Bitterness / Into Eternity, Reissues (MDD) – death metal

Devoured Elysium – Void Grave (Gore House Productions) – death metal

Eight.Fold.Path – Fear (Independent) – spacey thrash

Enemy Of The Enemy – The Last Dance (WormHoleDeath) – metal

First Draft – Declines Are Long Gone (LyloProd) – post-metal

Fostermother – The Ocean (Ripple Music) – stoner doom

Fulanno – Nadie esta a salvo del mal (Helter Skelter / Regain) – stoner doom

Fumigation – Structural Extermination (Independent) – death metal

Glasya – Attarghan (Scarlet Records) – epic metal

In Arcadia – Hauntology (Trepanation Recordings) – post-metal

Lark’s Tongue – Eleusis (Consouling Sounds) – psych rock

Lord Agheros – Koine (My Kingdom Music) – avantgarde black metal

Lunar Blood – Twilight Insurgency (Pulverised) – death metal 

Kluizenaer – Ein Abbild Der Leere (Wolves of Hades / Breath:Sun.:Bone:Blood.:) – black metal

Mæntra – Kundalini Rising (Independent) – brutal death / industrial 

Manic Sinners – King of the Badlands (Frontiers Music s.r.l.) – rock

Masakre – Morbid Extinction, EP (Pulverised) – death / crust

Noircure – Kyrie (Avantgarde Music) – blackgaze

Obšar – Počornily Hory, Počornily Lisy (Void Wanderer Productions) – black metal

Pyrrhic Salvation – Manifestum I (Independent) – tech black / death

ROT T.V. – Tales of Torment (Tee Pee) – rock

Savage Grace – After the Fall From Grace & Master of Disguise, Reissue (Hammerheart) – speed metal

Sickbay – Brutal Existence, EP (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

Sleepwulf – Sunbeams Curl (Heavy Psych Sounds) – occult rock

The Blank Canvas – Dark Mirage (Drown Within) – post-rock

The Body & OAA – Enemy of Love (Thrill Jockey) – noise

The Neptune Power Federation – Le Demon De L’Amour (Cruz Del Sur Music) – rock

Tom McKay – Call To the Dæmon Sultan (Independent) – metal

Veonity – Elements of Power (Scarlet Records) – power metal

Vulture Lord / Black Altar – Deathiah Manifesto (Odium) – black / thrash

Weserbergland – Sacrae Symphonia no. 1 (Apollon) – synth


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