Initial Descent: May 14 – 20, 2023

Another new week, another list of new metal releases, and a fresh chance to tell you: if you didn’t preorder this new Frozen Soul joint, you done fucked up. It’s death metal done right. Honestly the same could be said for the rest of this week’s lead off bunch with Gozu killing it better than their metal chops ever have, Wings of Steel seriously scratch that classic heavy / hair metal itch, The Ocean…you already know and if you don’t you better call somebody, and of course the rest of the lengthy list that follows. There’s something here for everyone AND bonus points if you get the reference I dropped. Dig in and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week.

Frozen Soul – Glacial Domination (Century Media) – death metal

Gozu – Remedy (Metal Blade / Blacklight Media) – metal

Wings of Steel – Gates of Twilight (Independent) – heavy metal 

The Ocean – Holocene (Pelagic) – post-metal

Alcatrazz – Take No Prisoners (Silver Lining Music) – heavy metal

All Hallow’s Evil – Coven (Independent) – goth 

Ara Solis – Ashvatta (Iron Bonehead) – black metal

Astrophyte – 2192 (MDD Records) – death metal

Blindfolded and Led to the Woods – Rejecting Obliteration (Prosthetic) – prog death

Botanist – VIII: Selentrope (Prophecy Productions) – avantgarde metal 

By A Storm – Beware of the Underdogs (Backbite) – hardcore

Chronicle  – Where Chaos Thrive (Mighty Music) – death metal

Citizen Rage – Harsh Reality (Cursed Blessings) – hardcore

Darklon – The Redeemer (No Remorse Records) – heavy power metal

Deimhal – The Grand Gathering (Independent) – black metal

Domidium – Beyond (Independent) – metal

Elitium – Wrong (Gruesome) – metal

Eyes Of Tomorrow / Perfect Sky – Split (Dedication) – hardcore

Gallows Rites – Witchcraft and Necro Desecration (Helldprod Records) – black thrash

Gråande – S/T (Nordvis) – black metal

Henget – Beyond North Star (Season of Mist) – avant-black metal

Heretoir – Wastelands (AOP) – black metal

Hrada – Mirrorland (Mythic Panda) – prog

HYL – Where Emptiness Is All (Independent) – black metal

Inferion – Inequity (Horror Pain Gore Death) – extreme 

Last Rizla – Noise Without Decay (Venerate) – noise

Legacy of Brutality – Travelers to Nowhere (Abstract Emotions) – death metal

Lust – Invictvs (Violence In the Veins) – hardcore

Magick Touch – Cakes & Coffins (Edged Circle) – metal 

Millennium – The Sign Of Evil (No Remorse Records) – heavy metal

Moor – Heavy Heart (Blood Blast / Believe Digital) – doom

Mystic Prophecy – Hellriot (ROAR!) – heavy metal

Nattehimmel – Mourningstar (Hammerheart) – black metal

NEON BURTON – Take A Ride (Independent) – psych stoner

Nexorum – Tongue of Thorns (Non Serviam) – black / death

Omen Astra – The End Of Everything (Hypaethral Records/Protagonist Music/Moment Of Collapse) – prog post metal

Pa Vesh En – Martyrs (Iron Bonehead) – dsbm

Radien – Unissa palaneet (Svart) – doom / sludge

Ring of Gyges – Metamorphosis (Sound Pollution / ViciSolum) – prog metal

Sacred Outcry – Towers of Gold (No Remorse) – metal

Shadows – Out For Blood (Sentient Ruin) – heavy metal

SHRVL – Limbus (Pelagic) – post-metal

Skade – Gudinnen (Sliptrick) – black metal

Sleep Token – Take Me Back To Eden (Spinefarm) – rock 

Sporae Autem Yuggoth – However It Still Moves (Personal) – death / doom

Svetlanas  – The Alien’s Blues (Demons Run Amok) – hardcore

Sweet & Lynch – Heart & Sacrifice (Frontiers Music s.r.l.) – rock

Tankzilla – S/T (Heavy Psych Sounds) – stoner rock

Tardigrade Inferno – Arrival of a Train (Independent) – metal

Temblad – Hallucignosis (Independent) – death metal

The End Of Six Thousand Years – S/T (Hypershape) – black / death

Thetan – Dim Times, EP (Anti-Corporate Music) – powerviolence 

Tombstones In Their Eyes – Sea of Sorrow (Kitten Robot) – gaze

Umbilichaos – Mourning Carnivals From Now On (Time To Kill) – prog / experimental

Vansidian – Reflecting the Shadows (Inverse) – hybrid metal – wtf

VHS – Quest For The Mighty Riff (Wise Blood) – death / punk

Vomitheist – NekroFvneral (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Voul – Concrete Cult (Abstract Emotion) – sludge

Wesele – Fin de siècle (Underground Kvlt Records) – dsbm

Yakuza – Sutra (Svart) – avantgarde


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