Initial Descent: July 29, 2016

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Ghoul release their new album, “Dungeon Bastards” on July 29. (Image courtesy of the band)

It’s Friday! And I’d like to talk about Ghoul for a second. You see, Ghoul are releasing their fifth full-length, Dungeon Bastards, today. The vinyl edition of the album comes with a gatefold jacket that opens into a board game, which they described as follows in the August 2016 edition of Decibel:

“Essentially, it’s a board game in the style of Candyland or the traditional Creepsylvanian game, ‘Ivan Must Escape from the Pederast.’ It can truly be said that when playing this game no one gains anything and there are no winners. The only thing you will gain is a drinking problem, and you will certainly lose friends.”

Welp, sign me the fuck up. If you don’t love this band after reading that, you’re doing it wrong. That’s all there is to it. Anyway, there’s some other stuff out this week, too! Like A.M.S.G. and Ringworm! And also Descendents, even though, okay, they’re not metal. So let’s dig into it. Here’s what’s on tap this week:

July 29, 2016

Ghoul – Dungeon Bastards (Tankcrimes)

ghoul dungeon bastards album cover

A.M.S.G. – Hostis Universi Generis (Profound Lore)

a.m.s.g. hostis universi generis album cover

Ringworm – Snake Church (Relapse)

Ringworm - Snake Church

Other New Releases of Note:

  • Valient Thorr – Old Salt (Napalm)
  • Panopticon – Revisions of the Past [compilation] (Bindrune)
  • Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate (Epitaph)
  • Sinsaenum – Echoes of the Tortured (earMUSIC)
  • Shataan – Weigh of the Wolf (Iron Bonehead)
  • Feign – Atlas (Into the Night)
  • Wombbath / Departed Souls – Embracing the Cold… (Raw Skull) [7/30]
  • Lux Divina – Nox Microcosmica (A Compendium of Rare and Introspective Songs) EP (Darkwoods) [7/26]
  • Phobocosm – Bringer of Drought [vinyl release] (Dark Descent) [7/27]

Keep it heavy,
Dan

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