Initial Descent: February 19 – 25, 2023

Bodyfarm – image courtesy of Stefan Schipper

Just like the redneck uncle that always crashes every family get together drunk and full of piss and venom (we all love this uncle, and you know it), we’re back with another rowdy bunch of new metal albums. This week we’ve got death metal debauchery from Bodyfarm, entrancing melodic death from Insomnium, goreific death from FesterDecay, and some experimental heavy from Big|Brave. As usual though, there’s way more in the list below that will tickle nearly every fancy out there so get to digging and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

Bodyfarm - Ultimate Abomination

Bodyfarm – Ultimate Abomination (Edged Circle) – death metal

Insomnium – Anno 1696 (Century Media Records) – melodic death metal

FesterDecay - Reality Rotten to the Core

FesterDecay – Reality Rotten To The Core (Everlasting Spew) – death metal

Big Brave - nature morte

Big|Brave – nature morte (Thrill Jockey) – experimental heavy

Also on tap:

Adversor – Portrait Of A Wasteland (Time To Kill) – thrash

Air Raid – Fatal Encounter (High Roller) – heavy metal

Anatomy of Habit – Black Openings (Independent) – post-punk / doom

Anthropic – End of the Bloodline (Independent) – grind

Asylence – Endanger Us All (Independent) – metal

Atrocious Filth – OVV (Moans Music & Fabryka Halas’s) – avant

Bijou Noir – Enough Cold For A Lifetime (GIVE/TAKE) – death pop

Black Knife – Live At Haus of Yarga (Morbid and Miserable) – metal / punk

Bræ – Av Välnader Bortom Allt (Amor Fati) – black / ambient

Burn The Ocean – Modern Ruins (Argonauta) – rock

Buzzard – Gambler, Reissue (Dying Victims Productions) – heavy metal

Ciemra – The Tread of Darkness (Avantgarde) – black metal

Crown of Madness – Elemental Binding (Independent) – death metal

Ddent – Ex Auditu (Chien Noir) – instru post-metal

Disgustulent – LOD, EP (Independent) – brutal death

Edley ODowd – F(our) Ward (13) – harsh ambient

El Supremo – Acid Universe (Argonauta) – psych rock

Ended – Into the Nothing (Melodic Passion) – rock

Enemy Of Reality – Where Truth May Lie (Vinyl Store) – symphonic metal

Funeral Winds – Stigmata Mali (Osmose Productions) – black metal

Furnace – The Casca Trilogy (Obelisk Polaris Productions) – melodic death metal

Give Up To Failure – Cocoon (Requiem) – post-rock

Good Bison – Ghost On Mulholland (Independent) – rock

Great Cold Emptiness – Immaculate Hearts Will Triumph (Flowing Downward) – black metal

Hammerhedd – Nonetheless (Independent) – tech/groove metal

Host – IX (Nuclear Blast) – darkwave / goth

Hurricane On Saturn – onx (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Hypno5e – Sheol (Pelagic) – prog

Icestorm – The Northern Crusades (Independent) – melodic death metal

Idolatrous – Sorrow on Midgard (WormHoleDeath) – melodic death metal

Iron Curtain – Metal Gladiator (Dying Victims Productions) – metal

Isolant – Drain (Sentient Ruin) – industrial death doom

King Abyss – Snake Oil (Independent) – thrash

Küntsquäd – S/T (Wormholedeath Records) – deathpunk

Maerzfeld – Alles anders (Metalville) – metal

Mammoth Caravan – Ice Cold Oblivion (Independent) – sludge

Märvel – Double Decade, Comp. (The Sign) – rock

Megaton Sword – Might & Power (Dying Victims Productions) – metal

Merlock – Onward Strives Colossus (Independent) – doom / stoner

Molitoth – You (Independent) – experimental

Morphetik – Proclamation of War (Independent) – thrash

Mortalus – We Are Human (Independent) – heavy metal

Motörhead – Bad Magic: SERIOUSLY BAD MAGIC (Silver Lining Music) – motörmetal

Mythraeum – Halls of Mythras (M-Theory Audio) – black metal

Necrovation – Storm the Void / Starving Grave (Blood Harvest) – death metal

No Spill Blood – Eye Of Night (Svart) – kraut metal

Nyia – Head Held High (Moans Music & Fabryka Hałasu) – metal

Oerheks – Landschapsanachronismen (Amor Fati) – black metal

Old Spirit – Burning in Heaven (Bright as Night) – hard rock

Omega Infinity – The Anticurrent (Season of Mist) – black metal

Psychic TV – Those Who Do Not (Cold Spring) – industrial

Sarcoptes – Prayers To Oblivion (Transcending Obscurity) – black / thrash

Satanika – Horde of Disgust (Osmose) – black / thrash

Sienna Root – Revelation (Atomic Fire) – rock

Slumbering Sun – The Ever-Living Fire (Independent) – rock

Stöner – Boogie to Baja, EP (Heavy Psych Sounds) – stoner

High Castle Teleorkestra – A Beginners Guide To Sublime Frequencies Vol. 1 & 2 (Independent) – many

Teksti-TV 666 – Vapauden tasavalta (Svart) – krautrock

The Church – The Hypnogogue (Communicating Vessels) – psych

The Design Abstract – Transhuman Ascendant (Sliptrick) – symphonic melodeath

The Mountain King / Gate To Xibalba – Split (Cursed Monk) – drone

They Grieve – To Which I Bore Witness (Silent Pendulum Records) – post metal / doom

Upcdownc – Duel (Trepanation / Forbidden Place) – prog / sludge / instru-noise

Úzkost – “For Property and Profit,” Single (Independent) – black / doom

Westing – Future (RidingEasy) – rock

What The Five Fingers Said To The Face – Endless (Independent) – prog

When Hearts Wither – This Is Where It Ends (Independent) – atmospheric death / doom

Wolves In Winter – The Calling Quiet (Argonauta) – doom

Wretched Fate – Carnal Heresy (Redefining Darkness) – death metal


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