Initial Descent: June 19-25, 2022

Andy Marshall of SAOR

Man, it’s been a while since I did one of these. I think I pulled a muscle just typing that last sentence. But, our fearless leader Josh is taking a very, VERY well-deserved vacation, so you’ve got me for this edition. I’ll try not to disappoint too much. Lucky for you, (maybe?) there are some bands I know releasing stuff this week! We start with Saor, who returns with full-length No. 5, Origins. I still fondly remember the early days of this blog, when Corey and I didn’t know about folky black metal and thus promptly had our minds blown by the band’s then-new album, Aura. Good to see ’em back. Let’s see, who else… oh! Khold! Pretty sure I know them! The Norwegians return with their first full-length slab of black metal in almost eight years. Not into black metal? How about some good, old-fashioned Swedish death? Well, good news: Paganizer is also back this week! We also have a highlight that… isn’t really metal, per se, but still kinda exciting: the first reunion album from Canadian post-hardcore legends Alexisonfire. That’s just four highlights, so you know what to do from here: hit the link below and peep the full list!

Saor – Origins (Season of Mist) – atmospheric folk/black metal

Khold – Svartsyn (Soulseller) – black metal

Paganizer – Beyond the Macabre (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Alexisonfire – Otherness (Dine Alone) – post-hardcore

Also on tap:

10,000 Years – III (Interstellar Smoke Records) – stoner metal

Alestorm – Seventh Rum of a Seventh Rum (Napalm) – pirate metal

Arthur Brown – Long Long Road (Prophecy / Magnetic Eye) – rock

Axioma – Sepsis (Translation Loss) – dark metal

BongBongBeerWizards – Ampire (Electric Valley) – doom / drone / sludge

Botgörelsen – Att Kuva det Upproriska Köttet (Onism Productions) – black metal

Cachemira – Ambos Mundos (Heavy Psych Sounds) – psych rock

Chaotian – Effigies of Obsolescence (Dark Descent) – death metal

Dali Vans Gogh – New Blood, Old Wounds EP (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Dybbuk – Dybbuk (independently released) – prog death

Enchantment – Cold Soul Embrace (Transcending Records/Cosmic Key Creations) – death/doom

Enphin – End Cut (Pelagic) – psych doom

Entrails – An Eternal Time of Decay (Hammerheart) – death metal

Final Light – Final Light (Red Creek) – synthy post-metal

Grave Gnosis / Hvile I Kaos – Towards the Nameless Darkness split (Red Nebula) – black metal

Guillotine A.D. – Born to Fall (M-Theory Audio) – death metal

Härdrocker – Rider of the Night (RipRide) – speed metal

Hats Barn – Y.a.HW.e.H (Osmose) – black metal

Heavy Baby Sea Slugs – The Decline and Fall of Everything (independently released) – heavy metal

Horned Wolf – Become Like They Are (independently released) – heavy metal

Hush – The Pornography of Ruin (Sludgelord) – sludge

Immortal Sÿnn – 7 Sÿnns (independently released) – heavy metal

Instigate – Unneeded Warnings of Decay (Everlasting Spew) – death metal

Intoxicated – Watch You Burn (Seeing Red Records) – death metal

Knoll – Metempiric (independently released) – metal

Kollaps – Until the Day I Die (Cold Spring) – post-industrial

Lament In Winter’s Night – At the Gates of the Eternal Storm (Hells Headbangers) – black metal

Limbs – Coma Year EP (UNFD) – post-hardcore

Made of Teeth – Sociopathogen (APF) – hardcore punk

Mankind Grief – Monarch (Lacerated Enemy) – deathcore

Mine Collapse – Delusions (Nefarious Industries) – punk / metal

Mirror Queen – Inviolate (Tee Pee Records) – hard psych rock

Misgivings – Misgivings (Dolorem Records) – death metal

Mislead – Find Your Enemy (independently released) – rock

Morrigan – Anwynn (Werewolf) – black metal

Mystery Dudes – Exit Through the Wormhole (Electric Valley) – stoner metal

Nightbearer – Ghosts of a Darkness to Come (Testimony) – death metal

Nubivigant – The Wheel and the Fortune (Amor Fati) – black metal

Onelinedrawing – Tenderwild (Iodine Recordings) – rock

0N0 – Unwavering Resonance (The House of What You See) – industrial doom / death

Orgg – Dimonios (independently released) – black metal

Ornamentos Del Miedo – Yo, No Soy Yo (Negre planY, Vertebrae, Nekromantra Records) – funeral doom

Our Dying World – Hymns of Blinding Darkness (independently released) – metal

Pathos & Logos – Cult (independently released) – instru-metal

Perdition Temple – Merciless Upheaval (Hells Headbangers) – death metal

Philosophobia – Philosophobia (Sensory) – prog

Profiler – Profiler EP (SharpTone Records) – nu-metal

Radian – Discordian (Elburno) doom / sludge

Rebel Priest – Lesson in Love EP (independently released) – metal

RXPTRS – Living Without Death’s Permission (Metal Blade) – rock

Scumslaught – Knives and Amphetamines (Caligari) – black / thrash

Serpent Spawn – Crypt of Torment (Iron Bonehead) – death metal

Serpents Oath – Ascension (Soulseller) – death metal

sickOmania – sickOmania (Sliptrick) – death / thrash

Tyrannos – Spears of the Aten (independently released) – death metal

Varathron / Ungod – Apocalyptic Mysticism EP (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Veter Daemonaz – Muse of the Damned (Osmose Productions) – black metal

Volcandra – Border World EP (Prosthetic) – black metal

Werewolves – From the Cave to the Grave (Prosthetic) – death metal

Keep it heavy,

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