Initial Descent: June 24, 2016

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Forteresse (Photo by Catherine Leclerc)

Morning, y’all. What a weird world we’re waking up in. #Brexit actually happened yesterday, and while I hesitate to make knee-jerk, YOU’RE ALL FUCKED pronouncements here — I won’t pretend to know enough about the intricacies of it all to do so — it’s admittedly hard not to focus on it in the aftermath. I spent last night glued to Twitter in the wake of it all and didn’t get a ton of sleep, so our weekly whole new-metal distraction is most definitely a welcome one.

So, the new-metal distraction. What’ve we got this week? Well, somewhat appropriately, we start with Thèmes pour la rébellion, the latest from Québécois separatists Forteresse. Beyond that, we’ve got a new album from Mercyful Fate legends Michael Denner and Hank Shermann under their Denner / Shermann moniker, and new stuff from VölurKayo Dot and more. Check all that out below. For now, I’m back to the Twitter:

June 24, 2016

Forteresse – Thèmes pour la rébellion (Sepulchral Productions)

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So, this thing wasn’t available on Spotify or Bandcamp at the time of posting. But it did premiere at Noisey last week, and you can — and should — go listen to it here.

Denner / Shermann – Masters of Evil (Metal Blade)

Völur – Disir (Prophecy)

[full review]

Other New Releases of Note:

  • Internal Suffering – Cyclonic Void of Power (Unique Leader)
  • Black Fucking Cancer – Black Fucking Cancer (Osmose)
  • Kayo Dot – Plastic House on Base of Sky (The Flenser)
  • Waxen – Weihung auf Satan (Moribund)
  • In Extremo – Quid pro Quo (Vertigo Berlin)
  • Kvlthammer – Oath (self-release)
  • Countless Skies – New Dawn (Kolony) [full review]

Keep it heavy,

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