Initial Descent: May 8 – 14, 2022

Moon Tooth

Full transparency here; this is the week I’ve been waiting quite a while for and in extremely large part due to the top four on this here new release list. I’ve been saying we’ve had a plethora of great releases, but this week you can take that to the bank. Period. Let’s do it…Moon Tooth hit very high on my EOY list with Crux and I’m calling it now with Phototroph, they’ll do it again—the sheer energy, inventiveness, and enthusiasm for music this band has is unmatched, which leads perfectly into Alive from doomgaze-post-metallers Dead Register which is another band that truly loves what they do and it shows as this album is an absolute triumph, then we’ve got the heaviest doom band on the planet, Primitive Man, with Insurmountable and even in EP format they crush it, and speaking of crushing it, brutal death metal giants Mutilatred do just that on Determined To Rot (seriously), AND THEN there’s a very long list of other albums worthy of your time and bucks. So, get to it folks…tons to dig into here.

Moon Tooth – Phototroph (Pure Noise) – rock / metal

Dead Register – Alive (Seeing Red) – doomgaze / post-rock

Primitive Man – Insurmountable, EP (Closed Casket Activities) – the heaviest doom

Mutilatred – Determined To Rot (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

Also on tap:

A Crack In The Sky – A Tribute To William J Tsamis (Pitch Black Records) – epic heavy metal

Aara – Triade II: Hemera (Debemur Morti) – black metal

Allsiah – Hallowed Halls, Consecrated Stone (Sonic Transmitter Records) – avantgarde black metal

Anniken – Climb Out of Hell (Rockshots Records) – heavy metal

Blasphematory – The Lower Catacombs (Nuclear Winter) – death metal

Cage Fight – S/T (Candlelight) – hardcore

Cartilage – The Deader The Better (Creator-Destructor) – deathgrind

Cavernlight – As I Cast Ruin Upon the Lens That Reveals My Every Flaw (Translation Loss) – sludge / doom / post-metal

Cyphonism – Cosmic Voidance (Black Sunset / MDD) – death metal

Demiricous – Chaotic Lethal (Post. Recordings) – death / thrash

Ecstatic Vision – Elusive Mojo (Heavy Psych Sounds) – psych rock

Famyne – II: The Ground Below (Svart Records) – doom/grunge

Glassbone – Spirals (Bloodblast) – metalcore

Gonemage – Master of Disgust (Independent) – black / death

Graham Bonnet Band – Day Out In Nowhere (Frontiers Music s.r.l.) – hard rock

Graveland / Commander Agares – Awakening of the Storms (Inferna Profundus) – black metal

Heterochrome – From the Ashes (Independent) – metal

Hiraki – Alterer (Nefarious Industries) – experimental 

Intolerance  – Dark Paths of Humanity (Godz Ov War Productions) – death metal

John Denver Airport Conspiracy – Something’s Gotta Give (Cardinal Fuzz, Little Cloud Records) – psych

Jungle Rot – A Call To Arms (Unique Leader) – death metal

Junkyard Drive – Electric Love (Mighty Music) – rock

Katharos – Of Lineages Long Forgotten (Willowtip) – black / death

Liar Thief Bandit – Diamonds (The Sign) – rock

Master Boot Record – Personal Computer (Metal Blade Records) – electronic metal

Mezzrow – Then Came the Killing, Reissue (Hammerheart) – thrash 

Misanthropic Rage – Hallucinatory Phenomenon (Godz Ov War Productions) – avantgarde black metal 

Misery Index – Complete Control (Century Media) – death metal

Mondo Podre – Necronomia De Subexistencia (many) – deathgrind

Montclair – The Stars Will Look Down Upon Us, EP (Independent) – pop punk

Moonlight Sorcery – Piercing Through the Frozen Eternity (Avantgarde Music) – melodic black metal

Natjager – At Kende Bolge Fra Hav (Last Mile) – post-hardcore

Nechochwen – Kanawha Black (Bindrune) – black metal

Neon Scaffold – Cruising Satan (Devoted Art Propaganda) – experimental

Norilsk – Beyond the Mountains (Hypnotic Dirge) – death doom

Sacred Son – The Foul Deth of Engelond (Independent) – black metal

Septekh – Greetings from the End (ViciSolum Productions) – black thrash

Skills – Different Worlds (Frontiers Music s.r.l.) – hard rock

Sleepyard – Head Values (Apollon) – prog

Slow Dawn – Into The Machine Haus (Cardinal Fuzz, Centripetal Force Records) – post-punk

Synteleia – The Secret Last Syllable (Floga) – black metal

The Big Deal – First Bite (Frontiers Music s.r.l.) – melodic rock

The Gates – ...of Pandemonium (Northern Silence Productions) – psych metal

The Same River – Weight of the World (Electric Talon / Sliptrick) – stoner doom

Unendlich – Misanthrope Divine, EP (Parasadistic) – black metal

Urine Hell – Weakling, EP (Already Dead Tapes) – sludge / post-metal

Various Artists – A Crack In the Sky: A Tribute to William J Tsamis (Independent ) – metal

Virgin Idol – S/T (Super Sargasso) – heavy / thrash

Void of Light – S/T (Independent) – post metal

Void Wrath – II (American Decline) – black metal

Where’s My Bible – Circles (Inverse Records) – metal

Woorms – Fatalismo (SuperNova) – sludge

Writhing Shadows – S/T (Dawnbreed / Gurgling Gore) – death metalZwart – Heem (Void Wanderer Productions) – atmospheric metal

Josh

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