Initial Descent: April 2 – 8, 2023


I’m on weekend time as I write this, three bourbons deep, and have at least one of the below opening four new releases cranked in my headphones. Good times indeed. Which one of the four? You probably didn’t ask but I’m telling anyway… Devangelic‘s Xul which is just as massive as I knew it would be. Brutal death meets extremely technical prowess and holy nuts this thing blazes. Elsewhere we’ve got black metal from Bacchus (up next, by the way), part sludge and part noise from Sunrot, deathgrind from heretic plague, and a slew of other releases in the long list that resides further below. If you’ve been waiting on the sidelines to pick up some new stuff, this is the week to get in the game. Happy hunting and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week.

Devangelic – Xul (Willowtip) – brutal death

Bacchus – II (Debemur Morti Productions) – black metal

Sunrot – The Unfailing Rope (Prosthetic) – sludge / noise

heretic plague – Context Is A Stumbling Corpse (selfmadegod) – death / grind

Also on tap:

Aisles – Beyond Drama (Independent) – prog rock

Arched Fire – Trust Betrayal (WormHoleDeath) – thrash

Asystole – Siren To Blight (I, Voidhanger) – death metal

Atemporal – Thorn GenesiS (I, Voidhanger) – black metal

Ayyur – Prevail (Armée de la Mort Records/Hidden Rooms Recordings/Xenoglossy Productions) – metal

Blind Leading the Blind – Found Missing? (WormHoleDeath) – metal

Blood Moon Wedding – An American Nightmare (Mobilization Recordings) – post-punk

CH’AHOM – Camazotz Cult (Sentient Ruin) – black death

Children Of The Reptile – Heavy is the Head (Independent) – heavy metal

Cicada The Burrower – Blight Witch Regalia (Blue Bedroom) – black metal

Cultura Tres – Camino De Brujos (AJM / Bloodblast) – sludge / doom

Cursebinder – Drifting (Avantgarde Music) – psych black metal

Descent Into Maelstrom – Dei Consentes (Club Inferno Ent.) – metal

Dystersol – Anaemic (Independent) – modern death metal

Exdestrier – Glorious Barbarism (Independent) – black / sludge

Facs – Still Life In Decay (Independent) – art rock

False Gods / Abiuro – Split (Doom Fujiyama) – sludge

Godsleep – Godsleep (Ouga Booga and the Mighty Oug Records) – heavy rock

Grin – Black Nothingness (The Lasting Dose) – doom / stoner

healthyliving – Songs of Abundance, Songs of Grief (La Rubin) – post-rock

I Miss You, C……. – Catalina (Tragedy Productions) – black metal

Imperial Demonic – Beneath the Crimson Eclipse (Independent) – melodic black metal

Ison – Stars & Embers (Avantgarde Music) – drone

Kärbholz – Kapitel 11: Barrikaden (Metalville) – metalcore

Larvae – Entitled To Death (Fucking Kill) – death / doom

Lesotho – Through the Dying Light (Independent) – post-metal

Lethvm – Winterreise (Dunk! / Silenceless) – post-metal

LO! – The Gleaners (Pelagic) – black / sludge

Lotus Thrones – The Heretic Souvenir (Disorder / Seeing Red) – post-punk

Lucifer’s Fall – Children of the Night (Morbid and Miserable) – doom

Lurk – Aegis (Transcending Obscurity) – sludge / doom

Mast Year – S/T (Grimoire Records) – hardcore / noise

Maudiir – Soliloque, EP (Independent) – black / thrash

Medevil – Mirror in the Darkness (Independent) – heavy metal

Messa – Live at Roadburn (Svart) – doom

Moral Collapse – Divine Prosthetics (Subcontinental Extreme) – death metal

MV & EE – Green Ark (Ramble) – psych

Nachtmuse – Darker Skies, EP (Independent) – symphonic metal

Nadsat – Torn Times (Overdrive) – noise

Nekus – Sepulchral Divination (Sentient Ruin) – black / death / doom

Omnicidal – The Omnicidalist (Non Serviam) – death metal

On The Loose – Dark Emotions (Independent) – doom

Ossaert – Offerdier (Argento) – black metal

Paraphilia – The Memory of Death Given Form (Independent) – death metal

Raider – Trial By Chaos (Independent) – melodic death / thrash

Savage Hands – Rock Bottom, EP (SharpTone) – rock

Sleep Research Facility / LLYN Y CWN – Sargo / Posidonia (Cold Spring) – ambient

The Crooked Whispers – Funeral Blues (Ripple Music) – sludge metal

The Golden Grass – Life Is Much Stranger (Heavy Psych Sounds) – psych rock

The Grifted – Doomsday & Salvation (Personal) – swedeath

Thecondontion and Ceremented – S/T (I, Voidhanger) – death metal

Thysia – Islands in Cosmic Darkness (Chaos) – black metal

Tide Harvester – Palemoon Spelltome (Syrup Moose) – funeral doom

Tina Fey // Louise – S/T (Nefarious Industries) – grind / hardcore

Tir – Awaiting The Dawn (Brilliant Emperor Records/Orko Productions) – dark folk

Tribulation – Hamartia, EP (Century Media) – black ‘n’ roll

(Un)Worthy – Where Light Divides (Rottweiler) – deathcore

Utilitarian – Gaslights (Independent) – hardcore punk

Valensorow – Shorestank (Independent) – prog

Walking Bombs – Spiritual Dreams Above Empty Promises (Independent) – alt-rock 

Weissravana – Awakening of the Ancient Blood (Sliptrick) – deathcore

When Plagues Collide – An Unbiblical Paradigm (Necktwister) – deathcoreYskelgroth – Bleeding of the Hideous (Xtreem Music) – black metal


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