Initial Descent: October 30 – November 5, 2022

Acid Witch

Happy Halloween, IT IS UPON US. I’ve loved this day since being a kid and even though there’s no bag of candy for me come night time, I’ve had a treat bag full of horror movies since the month changed. But really, that’s an all year thing and no excuses needed. My point? There’s not one, ha. Anyway, speaking of horror and new metal releases, we’ve got two extremely well timed picks kicking the week off from Acid Witch and VHS that show just how thin the veil between horror and metal is. Following that we’ve got a banger from Black Anvil, more death metal from Ingested, and many more treats in the list that follows. Why yes, there might be some tricks here too but you’ll have to see for yourself. Be careful out there tonight with all the kiddos wandering around and by all means, watch a horror movie (PSA: Screambox is premiering Terrifier 2 today for those of us that didn’t have the option of a theater viewing and they offer a healthy free trial). Jump below and investigate, we’ll see you here throughout the week.

Acid Witch – Rot Among Us (Hells Headbangers) – death / doom / horror

VHS – Deep Gashes and Long Lashes (HPGD) – death / horror

Black Anvil – Regenesis (Season of Mist) – black / death

Ingested – Ashes Lie Still (Metal Blade Records) – death metal

Also on tap:

9 Dead – S/T (Comatose) – death metal

96 Bitter Beings – Synergy Restored (Nuclear Blast) – rock

Apollo’s Army – End of the Road (Independent) – metal

Atomic Witch – Crypt of Sleepless Malice (Redefining Darkness) – death / thrash

Aurora Borealis – Prophecy is the Mold in which History is Poured (Hammerheart) – black / death 

Black Mirrors – Tomorrow Will Be Without Us (Napalm) – rock

Bran – Odchazeni (Signal Rex) – black metal

BRKN Love – Black Box (Spinefarm) – rock

Burning Sister – Mile High Downer Rock (Independent) – psych doom

Casket Grinder – Sepulchral Trip (Awakening Records) – death metal

ChuggaBoom – Death Pledge (Dead Serious) – metalcore

Contracult – The New Torment (Hogwasche Music) – metal

Cydemind – The Descent (Independent) – prog

Dayseeker – Dark Sun (Spinefarm) – rock

Demona – Dirty Speed Metal (Morbid And Miserable) – speed metal

Denial of Death – A Failed Exorcism (Independent) – black / death

Devin Townsend – Lightwork (InsideOut) – hevydevy

Disillusion – Ayam (Prophecy Productions) – progressive metal

Dragonhammer – Second Life (My Kingdom Music) – power metal

Echolot – Curatio (Independent) – doom

Edge of Haze – The Convoy of Ruin (Darkening Tone Records) – progressive metal

EF – We Salute You, You and You! (Pelagic) – post-rock

Epidermal Veil – Psalms of the Flayed (Independent) – tech death

Evillution – Elements of Genocide (Firecum) – thrash

Exordium Mors – As Legends Fade and Gods Die (Praetorian Sword Records) – blackthrash

False Figure – Castigations (Transylvanian Recordings) – death rock

Fliege  – One Day They’ll Wonder What Happened Here (Independent) – metal / synth

Foul Body Autopsy – Shadows Without Light: Part 3 (Independent) – melodic death metal

Funeral Harvest – Redemptio (Signal Rex) – black metal

Fuzznaut – Apophenia (Independent) – psych doomgaze

Gorgatron – Agony Reborn (Blood Blast Distribution) – death metal

Gorycz – Kamienie (Pagan) – metal

Grift – Vilsna andars utmark, EP (Nordvis) – folk

Grip – Structure, EP (Independent) – skramz

Hellsingland Underground – Endless Optimism (Wild Kingdom) – rock

Helvellyn – The Lore of the Cloaked Assembly (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Houkago Grind Time  – Houkago Grind Time 2: The Second Raid (Outrageous Weeb Power Productions) – grind / mincecore 

Impugner – Advent of the Wretched (Sentient Ruin) – death metal

Indignu  – Adeus (Dunk!records / A Thousand Arms Music) – post-metal

Insonika – Pithos (Independent) – metal

InTechnicolour – Midnight Heavyweight (Small Pond) – rock

Iron Flesh – Limb After Limb (War Anthem) – metal

Iron Kingdom – The Blood of Creation (Independent) – heavy metal

Licht des Urteils – Uhraamo (Purity Through Fire) – black metal

Lokurah – Distorted Truth (Crimson Productions) – death / thrash

Lucifer Jones – Awful (Rotten Xore) – doom

Mammock – Rust (Venerate Industries) – noise

Mandragora Thuringia – Rex Silvarum (MDD) – folk

Mist of Misery – Severance (Non Serviam) – symphonic black metal 

Mord’A’Stigmata – Like Ants and Snakes (Pagan) – black metal

Mournument – Smouldering Into Dust (Ardua) – doom

Munitions – Blackwind, EP (Independent) – black / death

Ninth Realm – A Fate Unbroken (Mercenary Press) – thrash

Nothing Is Real – The End Is Near (Cave Dweller) – doom / sludge

Os – Tehom (Iron Bonehead) – primitive death metal

Oxytoxin – Don’t Lose Your Head (Independent) – alternative metal

Pale Spektre – Bereft of Xerotic Layers (Amor Fati / Nuclear War Now!) – black metal

Pit Lord – Gallery of Skewered Swine (Independent) – metal and bbq wut

R.A.M.B.O. – Defy Extinction (Relapse) – hardcore punk

Sarcator – Alkahest (Black Lion Records) – black thrash

Stälker – Cranking Evil, 12″ (Napalm) – thrash / punk

Strychnos – A Mother’s Curse (Dark Descent) – extreme

Suborbital – Planetary Disruption (War Anthem) – death metal

Sweet Cobra – Threes (Hawthorne Street / Pax Aeternum) – post-rock

The Bedroom Witch – A Place of Hurt (Psychic Eye / Ratskin) – synth pop

The Grand Mal  – II (APF) – metal

The Offering – Seeing The Elephant (Century Media Records) – heavy metal

The Pretty Reckless – Other Worlds (Fearless) – rock

Time To Kill – S.B.A.H. (Sliptrick) – thrash / punk

Tiwanaku – Earth Base One (Avantgarde Music) – prog death

Trocar / Fluids / Lipoma – Dissertations (Scumlord Distro) – death / goregrind / extreme

Vacuous Depths – Corporal Humiliation (Blood Harvest / Chaos / Goat Throne) – death metal

Vægtløs – Kakofoni (many) – blackgaze

Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Fifteenth Trip (RidingEasy) – proto metal

Vitskär Süden – The Faceless King (Ripple Music) – rock

Voivod – Ultraman, EP (Century Media) – metal

Warlung – Vulture’s Paradise (Heavy Psych Sounds) – heavy metal

We Are To Blame – Duality I (Independent) – melodic metal

White Mare – Isle of Bliss (Negre planY / Symbol Of Domination) – doom

Wolfcross – From The North (Grind To Death) – black metal

Wyrmwoods – No Sun Nor Moon (Inverse Records) – avant-garde metal

YFEL 1710 – Zlatuja sie Cmy (Pagan) – black metal

Zvylpwkua – Anomalous Altrium (Witchhouse) – black / death metal

Josh

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