Initial Descent: January 15 – 21, 2023

Katatonia – image courtesy of Mathias Blom

In this, the third full week of new releases, if anyone thought Katatonia wouldn’t be at the top of said third week list, you have been hiding under a rock. This will sound weird but Sky Void of Stars is the most current Katatonia sounding album ever, and I mean that in the best possible way. However, there are more excellent releases that need your attention in the form of death metal from Nothingness, deathdoomgrind deliciousness from Turbid North, and melodic black metal from Inherits The Void. Speaking of knowing us or not; what am I going to say next? Yep, you guessed it…and there’s many more in the list below that are definitely worth seeking out. Ok, ok, trivia time is over. Happy hunting and see you here throughout the week.

Katatonia – Sky Void of Stars (Napalm Records) – melancholic metal

Nothingness – Supraliminal (Everlasting Spew) – death metal

Turbid North - The Decline

Turbid North – The Decline (Independent) – deathgrind [profile]

Inherits The Void – The Impending Fall of the Stars (Avantgarde Music) – melodic black metal [feature review]

Also on tap:

Anareta – Fear Not (Independent) – classical metal

Apokatastasis – The Consecratory Secretion (Hessian Firm) – black / death

Ashen Tomb – S/T (Personal) – death metal

Celestial Scourge – Dimensions Unfurled, EP (Time To Kill) – death metal

Celestial Wizard – Winds of the Cosmos (Scarlet) – power / death

Cloudy Skies – Changes (Argonauta) – post-metal

Deiquisitor – Apotheosis (Extremely Rotten / Night Shroud) – death metal

Druids of Eld – A Day of Sorrow, EP (Independent) – doom / death

Dryad – The Abyssal Plain (Prosthetic Records) – black metal

Dying Light – Shallow Grave (Independent) – metal

Fatalismo – Dominate to Exterminate (Independent) – melodic death metal

Gypsy Chief Goliath & End Of Age – Turned To Stone Chapter 7, Split (Ripple Music) – stoner metal

Heroes & Monsters – S/T (Frontiers Music s.r.l.) – rock

Imperium Dekadenz – Into Sorrow Evermore (Napalm) – black metal

Kommandant – Titan Hammer (APF) – black metal

Laura Cox – Head Above Water (earMUSIC) – rock

Mindless Hope – Mental Truancy (Sliptrick Records) – progressive metal

Natt – S/T (Edged Circle) – progressive metal

Negative Vortex – Tomb Absolute (Sentient Ruin) – death metal 

Oak Pantheon – The Absence (Independent) – atmospheric metal

Olēka – Driftwood, EP (WormHoleDeath) – groove / death

Pander – Break the Oath (Argonauta) – stoner doom

Re-Buried – Repulsive Nature (Translation Loss) – death metal

Sarah Halter – The Doom That Binds Us (Sparrow Heart Records) – progressive death metal

Scarlatamusic – Skatepunk (Independent) – metal

Slegest – Avstand (Dark Essence Records) – heavy metal

Tension Rising – The Last Judgement (Independent) – melodic metal

The Mighty Mister Shame – Through Hell (Firecum) – sludge / punk

Tidal Wave – The Lord Knows (Ripple Music) – stoner

Tribunal – The Weight Of Remembrance (20 Buck Spin) – death/doom

Ulth – Umidus Lacer Tecte Horrificus, EP (Independent) – metal

Underneath – Nothing Here Is Held Sacred, EP (Independent) – metalcore

Varjo-Orkesteri – Seremonia (Inverse) – prog rock

Veliu Namai – Alkai (Nordvis) – dark folk

Wuodan’s Wunde – Es glimmt empor aus ewger Nacht (Altare Productions) – atmospheric black metal


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