Initial Descent: May 21 – 27, 2023


I am getting so close to vacation I can smell the sand and surf. But, for now, we’ve got another long list of new metal releases to push out that kicks off with my favorite local band Olkoth who kick out the jams death metal style, then we’ve got black / death metal debauchery from Hate Manifesto, more death metal from Vomitory, another somewhat local band that’s risen in the black metal ranks: Cloak, and a shit ton more hanging out just below these four. Happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the week…

Olkoth – At The Eye of Chaos (Everlasting Spew) – death metal

Hate Manifesto – ΑΠΟΣΤΑΤΗΣ (Helter Skelter Productions / Regain Records) – black/death

Vomitory – All Heads Are Gonna Roll (Metal Blade) – death metal

Cloak – Black Flame Eternal (Season of Mist) – black metal

Also on tap:

A Pretext To Human Suffering – Endless Cycle of Suffering (Reality Fade) – tech death

Aphir – The Halo Is Shapeless (Independent) – ambient

Armagh – Serpent Storm, Physical Copy Issue (Dying Victims Productions) – heavy metal

Beastmaker – Body and Soul & EP 1-2, Reissues (Helter Skelter / Regain) – metal

Belushi Speed Ball – What, Us Worry?, Vinyl Issue (Empire) – metal

Bloody Nightmare – Pillars of Chaos (Fighter) – speed metal

Bosparans Fall – Gotterspiel: Dunkle Zeiten (Black Sunset) – melodic death metal

Church of the Dead – Beyond Death (Redefining Darkness Records) – extreme metal

Contaminazione – Pericolo Di Morte (Helter Skelter / Regain) – industrial

Dødsferd – Asphyxiating Late Night Sessions (FYC Records) – black metal

Ethereal Void – Gods of a Dead World (Abstrakted) – death metal

Fen & De Arma – Towards the Shores of the End (Nordvis) – black metal 

Formalist  – We Inherit a World at the Seams (Brucia) – sludge

Garoted – Bewitchment of the Dark Ages (Lavadome) – death metal

Gawthrop – Deterioration (Sentient Ruin) – sludge / doom

G.N.L.S. – Conspiracy of Thoughts (FYC Records) – black metal

Heathen Kings – Fealty To None (Independent) – melodic metal

High Desert Queen / Blue Heron – Turned To Stone Chapter 8 (Ripple Music) – stoner

Immortal – War Against All (Nuclear Blast) – black metal

Inherus – Beholden (Hypnotic Dirge) – post metal

itSELF – The Absence (Independent) – death metal

Kostnatění – Úpal (Willowtip Records) – black metal

Lightchapter – Time To Obey (Independent ) – electro melo death

Liquid Flesh – Dolores (Time To Kill) – death metal

Loose Sutures – Sado Sex for Dummies (Electric Valley) – stoner 

Mesarthim – Arrival (Avantgarde Music) – cosmic black metal

Mournful Congregation – The Exuviae of Gods – Part II (Osmose Productions / 20 Buck Spin) – funeral doom

Mud Spencer – Kliwon (Argonauta) – psych / fuzz

Nattverd – I Helvetes Forakt (Soulseller) – black metal

Nibiru – Anamorphosis (Argonauta) – psych sludge

Oceanlord – Kingdom Cold (Magnetic Eye) – doom

Ockra – Gratitude (Argonauta) – doom rock

Oryad – Sacred & Profane (Independent) – jazz metal

Pandrador – Seior (Pagan) – death metal

Phlebotomized – Clouds of Confusion (Hammerheart Records) – progressive death metal

Rapid – Blackstar Oppression Regime (Dying Victims Productions) – speed

Resolution 13 – Derelict (Sliptrick) – industrial

Ruïm – Black Royal Spiritualism – I – O Sino da Igreja (Peaceville) – black metal

Sarvekas – Woven Dark Paths (Soulseller) – black metal

Shy, Low – Babylonica, EP (Pelagic) – instru-metal

Sigir – Rainmaker (Gramophone) – melodic death metal 

Speedwhore – Visions of a Parallel World (Dying Victims Productions) – thrash

Strange Horizon – Skur 14 (Apollon) – heavy metal

Suffering Quota – Collide (Tartarus) – grind

Teitan – In Oculus Abyss (Onism / Void Wanderer) – black metal

Terrifier – Trample The Weak, Devour The Dead (Empire) – thrash

The Foreshadowing – Forsaken Songs, EP (Ardua Music) – gothic doom

The Mon – Eye (Supernatural Cat) – psych metal

The Silent Rage – Nuances of Life (Scarlet) – power metal

The Way of Purity – The Order of the Deep Roots (WormHoleDeath) – ambient

Traillight – Mirrors (Independent) – progressive metal

Trespass – Wolf at the Door (From The Vaults) – heavy metal

Trold – Der Var Engang… (Mighty Music) – troll folk

Tymo – The Art of a Maniac, Vinyl Issue (Empire) – thrash

Under Attack – Fury of the Thunder God (Lake Of Fire) – rock / metal

Usnea – Bathed In Light (Translation Loss Records) 0- doom

Vampyroteuthis Infernalis – S/T (Avantgarde Music) – atmospheric black metal

Vermilion Whiskey – Crimson & Stone (Independent) – southern metal

Vexing – Grand Reproach (Ordovician Records) – sludge

Violent Sin – Serpent’s Call (Dying Victims Productions) – heavy metal

Vorder – False Haven (Suicide Records) – progressive death metal

Whythre – Impregnate My Hate (High Point) – metal

Wolkn – Un (Independent) – black metal 


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