Initial Descent: August 5, 2016

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Chicago’s Russian Circles release their new album, Guidance, on August 5. (Photo by Nicholas Sayers)

Morning, kiddos. It’s a pretty cool Friday, all things considered. For one, it’s my last day at my job. For another, I just had my brain annihilated by Carcass, Ghoul and Night Demon last night at the Gramercy Theatre. (Also, Crowbar played.) You might say I’m kinda jacked on this week, and you’d be right. Factor in some new metal on top of that? Game on. So what’ve we got this week?

Well, we start with Guidance, the new, sixth album from Chicago instrumental trio Russian Circles. Beyond that? All manner of things: VukariNecromancing the Stone (which my colleague Manny-O-War is super high on), Bloody Hammers (with whom my other colleague Tenebrous Kate had an awesome interview)…you name it. Beginning this week, we’re also expanding our “Other New Releases of Note” section to cover even more new releases. Want your band featured in an upcoming edition? Send us your info! We’ve added a new submission form at the very end of the post to do just that.

Exciting stuff all around. But for now, let’s focus on this week — here’s what’s on tap:
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Exclusive Stream: End Xian – “You Can Find Fault and Call off the Dogs”

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Album art by Brian Azer

End Xian is a collaborative collective of musicians who banded together to create nearly improvisational levels of spontaneous music. They will release their debut album, Soft Rock, on August 5, 2016 via Halfpear Records. Formed in 2015, as the brainchild of Pennsylvania-based recording artist Christian Alexander (Empty Flower, Hex Inverter) the band was originally intended as a solo release but, after the project’s inception, it organically transformed into a collaborative outfit. The group has described their sound as “Ambient, Noise, Drone, Experimental”, but their upcoming release Soft Rock packages a whole bunch more than just that.

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