Initial Descent: September 4 – 10, 2022


It’ll officially be Fall later this month which means spooky season is right around the corner. I can’t think of a better way to get in that mood than the trio of death metal new releases that lead this week’s list; Revocation return with an album that after a few spins really hits a sweet spot for me, and even more so than anything they’ve done to date, then we’ve got Bloodbath who are on the forefront of every death metal fan’s mind, next up is I Am with a groovy bruiser (and killer album art to boot), and rounding out the top slots is Abrams who are not death metal but are favorites around this back office. Now, these four will definitely keep you busy, but don’t forget about the long list of other new stuff that follows as there’s a ton of good stuff out this week. Happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the next several days. Until next time…

Revocation - Netherheaven

Revocation – Netherheaven (Metal Blade Records) – death metal [interview]

Bloodbath – Survival Of The Sickest (Napalm) – death metal

I Am – Eternal Steel (MNRK Heavy) – death metal

Abrams – In The Dark (Small Stone Recordings) – metal

Also on tap:

Allen Olzon – Army of Dreamers (Frontiers Music s.r.l.) – rock

An Abstract Illusion – Woe (Willowtip) – prog death / black

Anders Buaas – The Edinburgh Suite (Apollon) – prog metal

Astral Spectre – Phantom Nightmare / The Oath is Broken (Northern Silence Productions) – magick metal

Awaken the Misogynist – Descended From Vast Dimensions (Comatose Music) – slam death

Black Pyramid – II, Reissue (Labyrinth of Thoughts) – stoner

Black Reuss – Metamorphosis (Sliptrick) – goth / doom

Blood Chalice – The Blasphemous Psalms of Cannibalism (Werewolf) – black / death

Bones – Sombre Opulence (Invictus) – death metal 

Crosson – Ready Aim Rock (Galaxy Records) – glam rock

Crippled Black Phoenix – Banefyre (Season of Mist) – metal

Disadaptive – Apocryphal (Svanrenne Music) – death metal

Dispraised – Lines in the Dirt (Rottweiler) – punk

End x Cult Leader – Gather & Mourn (Deathwish / Closed Casket Activities) – metal

Escarnium – Dysthymia, EP (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

Fallujah – Empyrean (Nuclear Blast) – tech death

Goatchrist – Odes to the Radiant One (Wicker Man Recordings) – black metal

Greber – Fright Without (Hibernation Release) – grind / sludge / hardcore

Gridfailure & Megalophobe – Harbinger Winds (Nefarious Industries) – avantgarde [video premiere]

Grief Ritual – Spiritual Disease (Independent) – metal, core and post

Hellfuck – Diabolical Slaughter (Godz Ov War Productions) – thrash / speed

Hellgrimm – Ritual (Independent) – stoner metal 

Herbstlethargie – Melancholie im Blattfall (Northern Silence Productions) – dbsm

High Tone Son of a Bitch – Live at the Hallowed Halls (Ripple Music) – metal

Holy Fawn – Dimensional Bleed (Wax Bodega) – rock

Inhuman Depravity – The Experimendead (Gruesome) – death metal

Jack 13’s Panzercrow – Murder Ballads (82) – horror punk

Lunar Spells – Demise of Heaven (Northern Silence Productions) – black metal

Meteora – …of Shades and Colours (H-Music) – symphonic metal 

Moral Panic – Validation (Reptilian) – punk

Mourir – Disgrace (Throatruiner / Total Dissonance Worship) – black metal

Mo’ynoq – A Place For Ash (Independent) – black metal

Necrambulant – A Feast of Festering Flesh (Independent) – death / slam

Ole Devil & The Spirit Chasers – Apocalypse Blues (Apollon) – blues rock

Ozzy Osbourne – Patient Number 9 (Epic) – metal

Pentagram – Makina Elektrika (Sony Music) – metal

Perversion – Dies Irae (Hells Headbangers) – death metal

Praise the Sun – The Proffer of Light (Art of the Night Productions) – melodic death metal

Premortal Breath – Of Angles and Wolves, EP (Independent) – modern metal

Rotborn – On the Perspective of an Imminent Downfall (Redefining Darkness) – death metal

rotting in dirt – I Am Eating My Shame, EP (Zegema Beach) – discordant metal

Sedate Illusion – Time Is Not the End – Black Untold (Independent) – prog

Slugcrust – Ecocide (Prosthetic) – southern grind

Taboo – S/T (Frontiers Music s.r.l.) – rock

Taxi Caveman – Galactic Slope (Interstellar Smoke) – stoner 

Therion – Theli, Vovin, Deggial, Secret of the Rune, Lemuria, Sirius B, Reissues (Hammerheart) – symphonic metal

Toughness – The Prophetic Dawn (Godz Ov War Productions) – death metal

Until I Wake – Inside My Head (Fearless Records) – metallic hardcore

Valborg – Der Alte (Lupus Lounge) – death sludge

Vrenth – Succumb To Chaos (Rotted Life) – death metal

Warforged – The Grove / Sundial (The Artisan Era) – black / deathWayward Dawn – All-Consuming Void (Emanzipation) – death metal


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