Initial Descent: January 8 – 14, 2022


Who has already broken the horse of 2023? I know, it’s still early but you know what they say…early bird gets the worm. Enough motivation, let’s get to it. As predicted, the new metal releases have multiplied quickly so we’re just about back to full steam ahead with a multitude of ways to empty your wallet. This week we’ve got a return from the mighty doom tyrants Ahab, Moonlight Sorcery is back already to scratch your symphonic black metal itch, then we’ve got two delicious death metal efforts from Obituary and Leper Colony, and many more in the list below to sink your teeth into. All that and we aren’t done with list season, so stay tuned for that and happy new release hunting. See you here throughout the week.

Ahab – The Coral Tombs (Napalm Records) – doom

Moonlight Sorcery – Night Wind: The Conqueror From The Stars (Avantgarde Music) – symphonic black metal

Obituary – Dying of Everything (Relapse) – death metal

Leper Colony – S/T (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Also on tap:

Admire the Grim – Rogue Five (Inverse) – melodic death metal

Antimozdebeast – Vision (Independent) – metal

Aquilla – Mankind’s Odyssey (Jawbreaker) – heavy metal

Azken Auzi – S/T (Argonauta) – sludge / doom

Crom – The Era of Darkness (From The Vaults) – metal

Cursed Excruciation – Arcane Diabolism (Iron Bonehead) – black / death

Death Engine – Ocean (Throatruiner) – noise

Defy the Curse – Horrors of Human Sacrifice (Hammerheart) – death metal

Draken – Book of Black (Majestic Mountain Records) – prog rock

Endtime // Cosmic Reaper – Doom Sessions Vol. 7, Split EP (Heavy Psych Sounds) – doom

Feverhill – Trapped Under Lies (Independent) – rock

Funereality – Til Death (Helter Skelter / Regain) – black / death

Grá – Lycaon (Avantgarde Music) – black metal

Gyaos:Diabolical – In Accordance With The Prophecy (Independent) – black / thrash

Hellevate – The Purpose Is Cruelty (Independent) – speed / thrash

Høstsol – Lange Leve Doden (Avantgarde Music) – black metal

Invertia – Through The Black Bubble (Independent) – doom

Kollaps/e – Phantom Centre (Trepanation Recordings) – post-metal / sludge

Kohnerah – Ominous Ubiquitous (Independent) – death metal

Leipa – Reue (Avantgarde Music) – black metal

Malo De Dentro – Follow Me (Independent) – melodic thrash

Nachtmaer – Van de Mare Bereen (Thenra Collection) – black metal

NordEnd – A Okay (Dedication) – hardcore

Odium – Wothrosch (Hammerheart) – extreme 

Phal:Angst – Whiteout (Noise Appeal Records/Rough Trade) – industrial/post-rock

Polar – Everywhere, Everything (Arising Empire) – post hardcore

Ropes Inside A Hole – A Man And His Nature (Voice of the Unheard / Shove) – post-metal

Ruinthrone – The Unconscious Mind Of Arda (Independent) – power metal

Screamer – Kingmaker (Steamhammer / SPV) – heavy metal

Slog – Divination (Morbid And Miserable Records) – death/doom

The Gauntlet – Dark Steel and Fire (Eternal Death) – heavy metal

Thy Darkened Shade – Liber Lvcifer II – Mahapralaya (W.T.C.) – black metal

Vanguardian – II: The Heretic (Inverse Records) – progressive metal

Ville Valo – Neon Noir (Spinefarm) – love metal


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