Initial Descent: June 10, 2016

sumac band

Big week here on the new metal front, and of course, your boy’s nursing a bit of a hangover from last night’s Noisey showcase at Saint Vitus. Big ups to all the bands that played, and big downs to the amount of alcohol that was consumed coming back to bite me in the ass. Oh well. I guess this is what happens when Dan tries to concert on a weeknight…

Anyway, what’s dropping today? All kinds of stuff. We’ve got new full-lengths from Aaron Turner and Sumac, as well as from Boston’s Astronoid and San Diego’s Ghoulgotha. Plus, if you feel like getting #MetalTwitter’s panties in a knot, there’s also a physical reissue of Ghost Bath‘s Moonlover, which originally dropped last year. A bunch more in the works, so let’s jump into it — here’s what’s on tap for this week:

June 10, 2016

Sumac – What One Becomes (Thrill Jockey)

Sumac - What One Becomes

(No, I don’t quite know why Spotify split the album’s five tracks into ten, either.)

[full review]

Astronoid – Air (Blood Music)

astronoid air cover

Ghoulgotha – To Starve the Cross (Dark Descent)

ghoulgotha to starve the cross

Other New Releases of Note:

  • Ghost Bath – Moonlover [physical release] (Nuclear Blast)
  • Rage – The Devil Strikes Again (Nuclear Blast)
  • Bat – Wings of Chains (Hells Headbangers) [full review]
  • Orphaned Land – El Norra Alila [reissue] (Floga)
  • Mantar – St. Pauli Sessions [live album] (Svart)
  • D.R.I. – But Wait…There’s More (Beer City)
  • 偏執症者 – Satyagraha (Southern Lord) [full review]
  • Sarabante – Poisonous Legacy (Southern Lord) [full review]

Keep it heavy,

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