Initial Descent: October 23 – 29, 2022

Worm

First off, big thanks to brother Chris for holding it down for me last week here on Initial Descent. He brought the fire then, and I’m bringing it now. We’ve got the goods to help you get into the Halloween mood with a soul crushing outing from Worm, the next epic step from legendary black metallers Darkthrone, some absolutely extreme deathgrind from Psionic Madness, a rip roaring riff ride from Psychonaut, and a lengthy list of metal for every taste below these top four. So come one, come all and happy hunting. See you here throughout the week.

Worm – Bluenothing (20 Buck Spin) – death / black / doom

Darkthrone - Astral Fortress

Darkthrone – Astral Fortress (Peaceville) – black metal

Psionic Madness -

Psionic Madness – Rotting Dominion (Vargheist) – deathgrind 

Psychonaut – Violate Consensus Reality (Pelagic) – riff madness

Also on tap:

Abyssic – Brought Forth In Iniquity (Osmose) – black / doom

Ascends – Lost In Gravity (Independent) – prog

Anima Morte – Serpents In The Fields Of Sleep (Cadabra) – instru-metal

Antipope – Rex Mundi (Moribund Records) – prog metal

Antropofagus – Origin (Agonia) – tech / brutal death

Ascends – Lost In Gravity (Independent) – prog / metalcore

Blacklist – Afterworld (Profound Lore) – rock

Bones – Vomit (Disorder) – death / thrash / black

Brant Bjork – Bougainvillea Suite (Heavy Psych Sounds) – desert rock

BRIAN! – The Cataclysmic Engine (Nefarious Industries) – experimental 

Burn The Sun – Le Roi Soleil (Sliptrick) – rock

Buzzherd / Pale Horseman – Split (Independent) – sludge / doom

Charlie Bit My Finger – Back and Forth (Thousand Islands Records/Bearded Punk Record) – pop punk

Chrome Ghost – House of Falling Ash (Seeing Red) – metal

Clamoris – Opus Limbonica (Inverse) – symphonic death / black

Cult of the Fox – Blood Omens (Obelisk Polaris Productions) – heavy metal

Cultø – Of The Sun (Time To Kill) – melodic death metal 

Dead Cross – II (Ipecac) – metal

Deathsiege – Throne of Heresy (Everlasting Spew) – black / death

Defleshed – Grind Over Matter (Metal Blade) – deathgrind

Deicide – Crucifixion – The Early Years (Dissonance) – death metal

Despised Icon – Deterre, EP (Nuclear Blast) – death metal

Devenial Verdict – Ash Blind (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Devil’s Witches – In All Her Forms (Majestic Mountain) – psych

Dr. Acula – S/T (Silent Pendulum) – modern metal

Ekstasis – Paralyzing Impermanence (Independent) – death metal

Exessus – Asynapse (Independent) – metal

Eyes of Tomorrow / Perfect Sky – Songs of Faith and Demolition (WTF Records / Dedication Records) – hardcore

Faetooth – Remnants of the Vessel (Dune Altar) – doom

Fall of Seraphs – From Dust to Creation (Memento Mori) – death metal

Fear Factory – Recoded (Nuclear Blast) – industrial metal

Fit For A King – The Hell We Create (Solid State) – metallic hardcore

Flying Disk – In the Heart of the City (Akari / Forbidden Place / Urgence / Karma Conspiracy) – noise rock

Forlesen – Black Terrain (I, Voidhanger) – metal

Godzilla In The Kitchen – Exodus (Argonauta) – psych rock

Golgotha – Mors Diligentis (Xtreem) – doom

Gorotica – Morbid Menagerie (Independent) – deathgrind

Gotho – Mindbowling (Controcanti Produzioni) – prog / mathy

Ground – Habitual Self-Abuse (Hibernation Release) – grindcore

Harmonic Cross – The Grand Paradise (OST) (Dark Operative) – ambient

Helldrifter – Lord of Damnation (Independent) – death metal

Hiss From The Moat – The Way Out Of Hell (Distortion Music Group) – death / black

Hoaxed – Two Shadows (Relapse) – rock

Hostage – Memento Mori (Independent) – metal

Inner Urge – Consume and Waste (Independent) – heavy metal

Ironstone – The Place I Cannot Find, EP (Independent) – prog

Jesters of Destiny – Distorting Everything (Ektro) – rock

Jordfäst – Av stoft (Nordvis) – black metal 

Knekelput – Teloorgang (Independent) – progressive black/death

KZRN – Will You Survive (Independent) – metal

Lastbreath – Vendetta (Time To Kill Records) – hardcore

Lightlorn – These Nameless Worlds (Independent) – black metal

Maschinenzimmer 412 – Malfeitor (Cold Spring) – black / industrial

Metalian – Beyond the Wall (Temple of Mystery) – metal

MindAhead – 6119 – Part I (Rockshots) – rock

Morbikon – Ov Mournful Twilight (Tankcrimes) – blackened death metal

Morbific – Squirm Beyond the Mortal Realm (Memento Mori / Me Saco Un Ojo) – death metal

Mothman and The Thunderbirds / World Eaters – Split, EP (Independent) – heavy metal

Mulciber – Misery of One (Redefining Darkness Records) – death metal

Mysteria Mystica Aeterna – TheTemple of Eosphorus (Iron Bonehead) – metal

Necromutilator – Oath of Abhorrence (Osmose) – black / death

Noctem – Credo Certe Ne Cras (MNRK Heavy) – black / death

Nocturnis – Unsegen (Black Sunset) – black metal 

Nostromo – Bucephale (Hummus) – extreme

Obsidious – Iconic (Season of Mist) – modern metal

October Ends – Phases (UNFD) – metalcore

Pohjonen Alanko – Voice of Northern Lowland (Svart) – vocal improv

Royal Hunt – Dystopia. Part II (Northpoint Productions) – power metal

Sfeerverzieker – Death Is The Desired Ending (Independent) – sludge / doom

Sickrecy – Salvation Through Tyranny (Selfmadegod) – grind

Silver Phantom – Crimson Cabaret (UPRISING!) – rock

Slaughter the Giant – Depravity (Hammerheart) – melodic death metal 

Sodom – 40 Years At War (Steamhammer / SPV) – thrash

Spell – Tragic Magic (Bad Omen) – metal

Sugar Horse – Waterloo Teeth, EP (Small Pond) – rock

Sxokondo – Altered Ego (Division) – metallic hardcore

Teeth – 575, EP (Nuclear Blast) – death metal

Thammuz – Sons of the Occult (Argonauta) – psych doom rock

The End A.D. – It’s All In Your Head (Wormholedeath) – heavy metal

The Hunna – S/T (Believe) – rock

Them – Fear City (Steamhammer / SPV) – power metal

Theotoxin – Fragment : Totenruhe (AOP) – black metal

Thotcrime – D1G1T4L _DR1FT (Prosthetic) – cybergrind

Throwing Bricks – The Burden (Tartarus) – sludge / hardcore 

Timor Et Tremor – Realm of Ashes (Trollzorn) – melodic black metal 

Triskelyon – Downfall (Moribund) – power thrash

Universally Estranged – Dimension of Deviant Clusters (Blood Harvest) – death metal

Vakaren – Infernum (Independent) – black metal

Vetus Sanguis – Sangue Velho (Helldprod) – black metal

Whimz – PM226 (Literal Gold) – synth doom

Who On Earth – Blame (Independent) – heavy metal

Josh

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