I went into this week excited about the abundance of new black metal I had to look forward to. While things started off well enough with Volahn’s Aq’ab’al, the highlight was supposed to be Dodsfall‘s Kaosmakt. But of course, the metal gods gifted me my favorite thing… disappointment, as that album is nowhere to be found—on Spotify, on Bandcamp, you name it. Alas, I was left scrambling for something to listen to while trying to suppress the bitter taste in my mouth. But then, with an RKO out of nowhere, Daemon Pyre showed up on my radar screen with an absolutely relentless self-titled debut album that immediately projects them into the top handful of albums I’ve listened to in this still-new year.