Initial Descent: April 10 – 16, 2022


Feel free to feel how you want about this statement, but I’m just over here basking in the glory of the metal 2022 has brought us thus far and several you don’t even know about yet that will knock the socks clean off your crusty feet. Speaking of new metal, we’ve got a full listing and a few of these are at the level of ‘knocking socks off’ so let’s get to it… Kicking things off are a couple of top tier brutal death metal entries from Analepsy and Atoll which have my full attention. Then, we’ve got another MASSIVE doom outing from Seer, a progressive and slightly technical outing from Monuments, and a bloated list of other records worthy of your time and hard earned dollars. Just keep some of that change for new socks, eh?!

Analepsy – Quiescence (Miasma / Vomit Your Shirt / Agonia) – brutal death metal

Atoll - Prepuce

Atoll – Prepuce, EP (Unique Leader) – brutal death metal

Seer – Vol. 7 (Independent) – heavy / doom / progressive

Monuments – In Stasis (Century Media) – prog

Also on tap:

Abstracted – Atma Conflux (M-Theory Audio) – progressive death metal

Aevum – Glitch (DarkTunesMusic Group) – symphonic metal

Alex Rudi Peli – Lost XXIII (Steamhammer / SPV) – metal

Alunah – Strange Machine (Heavy Psych Sounds) – rock

Anatomia / Undergang – Split LP (Me Saco Un Ojo / Dark Descent) – death metal

Anna Sage – S/T (Klonosphere) – hardcore

Azaab – Summoning the Cataclysm (Maxima Music / Satanath) – death metal

Bekëth Nexëhmü – De Evigas Gravrit (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Beyond Mortal Dreams – Abomination of the Flames (Lavadome Productions) – death metal

Crashed Out – Against All Odds (Demons Run Amok) – hardcore

Cremation Lily – Dreams Drenched in Static (The Flenser) – gaze

Darkher – The Buried Storm (Prophecy Productions) – doom

Dimwind / Breaths – Split, EP (Trepanation Recordings) – post-metal / blackgaze

Dreariness – Before We Vanish (My Kingdom Music) – blackgaze / post-metal

Egregore – The Word of His Law (20 Buck Spin) – black / death

Epitaphe – II (Aesthetic Death / Gurgling Gore) – death / doom

Faceless Entity – The Great Anguish of Rapture (Argento) – black metal

Friend From Moon – Astray (Independent) – metal

Greve – Föllo af Svavel, Lifvets Dimridå (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Hurakan – Via Aeterna (Lacerated Enemy) – metal

Imminent Sonic Destruction – The Sun Will Always Set (Independent) – metal

Iselder – Metal Du Gwir Cymreig (Marwolaeth) – black metal

Limousine Beach – S/T (Tee Pee) – rock

Maceration – A Serenade Of Agony, Reissue (Emanzipation Productions) – death metal

Mano De Mono – Chameleon Tongue (Electric Valley) – stoner 

Mistcavern – Into Twilight (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

My Own Fear – Violence Made History (Music-Records) – thrash / death

Nazareth – Surviving the Law (Frontiers Music s.r.l.) – rock

Nonsun – Blood & Spirit (Drunk!records) – drone

Patterns of Decay – S/T (Independent) – heavy metal

postcards from new zealand – burn, witch, burn (Independent) – black / doom

Qaalm – Resilience & Despair (Hypaethral) – funeral doom

Saturna / Electric Monolith – Turned To Stone Chapter 4: Higher Selves (Ripple Music) – rock

Semblant – Vermillion Eclipse (Frontiers Music s.r.l.) – extreme

Sleepless – Host Desecration (Metal Warrior) – death metal

Soulbound – Towards the Sun, Rerelease (Metalville) – metal

Stone Broken – Revelation (Spinefarm) – metal

Taliesin – Faceless (Independent) – prog

The Reconciled – Skin & Bones (Independent) – metal

Trace Amount – Anti Body Language (Federal Prisoner) – industrial

Urferd – Resan (Independent) – folk metal

Vanderlust – S/T (Rockshots) – cosmic metal

Viande L’abime – devore les ames (Transcending Obscurity) – atmospheric death metal


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