Initial Descent: February 27 – March 5, 2022


As the world keeps laying dull turds at our feet, the music just gets better and better. At least there’s that. For this week’s new release batch, we’ve got several examples of my previous statement and first up is everyone’s favorite demon rocker, Midnight, who are nothing if not incredibly reliable when it comes to needing something fast, dangerous, and wickedly good. Following that we’ve got sludge from the all time great riff lords Crowbar, death metal with a side of blackened char from Hath, a stunning return from Vio-Lence who prove they haven’t lost a thrashy step in all these years, and a bunch more worthy of your time in the list that follows. So, keep expecting those turds, but absolutely keep supporting great music. Seemingly, it only gets better from here.

Midnight – Let There Be Witchery (Metal Blade) – 666

Crowbar – Zero and Below (MNRK Heavy) – sludge

Hath – All That Was Promised (Willowtip Records) – blackened death metal

Vio-Lence – Let the World Burn (Metal Blade) – thrash

Also on tap:

Accursed Womb – Hymns of Misery and Death (Independent) – death metal

Aerialis – Dear Silence (Independent) – rock

As I May – Karu (UPRISING!) – melodic metal

As Sahar / Warkvlt – Le666ion of Nusantra, Split (Independent) – black metal 

Cadaver is – The Shadows’ Madame, Reissue (Time To Kill) – horror metal

Deserted Fear – Doomsday (Century Media) – death metal

Endtime – Impending Doom (Heavy Psych Sounds) – doom

Ghost Toast – Shade Without Color (Inverse Records) – progressive metal

Godless Truth – S/T (Transcending Obscurity) – tech death

Gryftigaen – Fehunoyrdaudr (Inferna Profundus Records) – black metal

Horsebiter – S/T, EP (Independent) – crust

Humator – Curse of the Pharaoh (Time To Kill) – death metal

Illumination – Worship Death More Than Life (Personal Records) – black metal

Iniquity – Grime, Reissue (Emanzipation Recordings) – death metal

Izthmi – Leaving This World, Leaving It All Behind (Satanik Royalty Records) – progressive black metal

Jirm – The Tunnel, The Well, Holy Bedlam (Ripple Music) – psych metal

Kind & Kinky Zoo – Swamp! (Funk Night Records) – progressive rock

Kuolemanlaakso – Kuusumu (Svart) – doom

Laughing Stock – Zero, acts 3&4 (Apollon Prog) – prog

Maledictis – Delicta (Independent) – gothic chamber metal

Mantiel – Obskurité (Inferna Profundus Records) – black metal

Midnight Bullet – Hostile Resistance (Inverse) – thrash

MINES – Your Ever Failing Happiness, EP (Trepanation Recordings) – sludge / noise

Nocturnal Prayer – Mutilation on the Bed of Winter (Inferna Profundus Records) – black metal

NORD – Machine Blood (Inverse) – alt-metal

Old Castles – Sarcophagical Lament of the Past (Inferna Profundus Records) – black metal

On The Loose – S/T (Independent) – doom

Ottone Pesante  – …and the Black Bells Ring (Aural Music) – jazz / metal 

Pylar – Abysmos (Humo Internacional) – black / doom

Sabaton – The War to End All Wars (Nuclear Blast) – power metal

Sanhedrin – Lights On (Metal Blade) – metal

SIMULACRE x ARCHVILE KING – Split (LADLO Productions) – black/thash

Slob – Deepwoods Shack of Sodomy (Comatose Music) – death metal 

Snøgg – Dan, ko je Vrag vzel salo (Independent) – black metal

Sylvaine – Nova (Season of Mist) – multi-instrumental

The Defaced – Charlatans (Vicisolum Productions) – melodic death metal

Thunder Rising – Back To The Time Of Rock (Independent) – rock

Troglodyte – The Heirarchical Ecological Succession: Welcome to the Food Chain (Blood Blast) – death metal

Twisted Tower Dire – Crest of the Martyrs Demos (Nameless Grave) – heavy metal 

Unru – Die Wiederkehr des Verdrangten (Babylon Doom Cult) – atmospheric black metal

Vaina  – Futue Te Ipsum (Aesthetic Death) – black metal 

Valais – S/T (Signal Rex) – black metal 

Vampirska – Vermilion Apparitions Frozen In Chimera Twilight (Inferna Profundus Records) – black metal – This World Is Going To Ruin You (Closed Casket Activities) – metal


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