Initial Descent: May 15 – 21, 2022

Cave In

Here’s hoping no more devastating news this week. You know how this works, it’s Monday which means it’s new metal release time and we kick things off with a long awaited album from Cave In that hits all the right buttons, Mortal Thrall very successfully trip the post-black metal trigger, Stjärnfält warps the typical black metal tropes with an excellent effort, Sadistic Ritual keeps the thrash fires burning oh so high, and, as always, a hefty list follows. If we missed anything, let us know and if your band or label wants to be feature here in the future, hit the about page and send us an email. Happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the week…

Cave In – Heavy Pendulum (Relapse) – metal

Mortal Thrall - A Path To Fire

Mortal Thrall – A Path To Fire (Trepanation Recordings) – post-black metal [video premiere]

Stjärnfält – Lapporten (Avantgarde Music) – black metal

Sadistic Ritual – The Enigma, Boundless (Prosthetic Records) – thrash

Also on tap:

Abronia – Map Of Dawn (Cardinal Fuzz, Feeding Tube Records) – psych

AIT! – Romanticismo Oltranzista (Devoted Art Propaganda) – neo-cabaret

Aparthiva Raktadhara – Adyapeeth Maranasamhita (Iron Bonehead) – metal

Assumption – Hadean Tides (Everlasting Spew / Sentient Ruin) – death / doom

Blut Aus Nord – Disharmonium – Undreamable (Debemur Morti) – black metal

Bog Body – Cryonic Crevasse Cult (Profound Lore) – doom

Brandy and the Butcher – Lucky Foot (Independent) – hard rock

Cauchemar – Rosa Mystica (Temple of Mystery) – doom

Cities of Mars – S/T (Ripple Music) – doom

Clairvoyance – Threshold of Nothingness (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Come To Grief – When The World Dies (Translation Loss) – sludge / doom

Dim Lights – Starspire (Avantgarde Music) – ambient 

Elusive God – Trapped In a Future Unknown (Rafchild) – doom

Geezer – Stoned Blues Machine (Heavy Psych Sounds) – stoner blues

Gronibard – Regarde Les Hommes Sucer (Season of Mist) – grindcore

Have No Heroes – Letters To Nowhere (Black Star Foundation) – melodic hardcore

Helsott – Will and The Witch (M-Theory Audio) – pagan metal

Hild – Obliterating Silence (Independent) – black / thrash

Horn – Verzet (Independent) – black metal

Isaurian – Deep Sleep Metaphysics (Independent) – metal

Krause – The Art of Fatigue (Venerate Industries) – noise rock

Last Temptation – Fuel For My Soul (Crusader) – metal

Lucer – The New World (Mighty Music) – rock

Luminous Vault – Animate The Emptiness (Profound Lore Records) – electronic black/death metal

Mary Ann Hawkins – S/T (Svart) – surf rock

Melt Motif – A White Horse Will Take You Home (Apollon) – prog

MNRVA – Hollow (Black Doomba) – doom

Nattehimmel – The Night Sky Beckons (Hammerheart) – black metal

Ophe  – Somnium Nocte Mendaciis (My Kingdom Music) – post-black metal

Oratory – Inner Pyre (Independent) – death metal

Predatory Light – Death And The Twilight Hours (20 Buck Spin) – black metal

Provectus – Postero Mundi (Independent) – black metal

Pymlico – Supermassive (Apollon Prog) – prog

Ratos De Parao – Necropolitica (FOAD) – crossover thrash

Rebirth – Live: American Hellion Metal (Independent) – metal

Sadist – Firescorched (Agonia) – progressive death metal

Septicflesh – Modern Primitive (Nuclear Blast) – metal

Serpentent – Ancient Tomes, Volume I: Mother of Light (Svart) – dark folk

Sign of Evil – Psychedelic Death (Edged Circle) – black/death metal

Sinsid – In Victory (Pitch Black) – heavy metal

Spheric Universe Experience – Back Home (UPRISING!) – prog metal

Spintria – Bacchanalia (Moonlight Cypress Archetypes) – drone / free jazz

Symphonity – Marco Polo: The Metal Soundtrack (Limb Music) – metal

Texas Murder Crew – Wrapped In Their Blood (Comatose Music) – death metal

The Dark Alamorte – Lunacrium Thepsis (Unique Leader) – death metal

Thy Kingdom Will Burn – The Void and the Vengeance (Scarlet) – metal

Trouble – Simple Mind Condition, Reissue (Hammerheart) – metal

Unbowed – Colour The Soul (Independent) – melodic death/black

Vaamatar – Medievalgeist (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Volturian – Red Dragon (Scarlet) – metal

Violentor – Manifesto Di Odio (Time To Kill) – thrash

Wampyrinacht – Night of the Desecration (Iron Bonehead) – black metal


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