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:
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The Nine Circles Podcast: MARYLAND DEATHCAST 2016

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The guys are back from MDF 2016 and ready to recap all of their shenanigans on this special Maryland Deathcast! To do that, they walk through all four days of the festival and highlight their favorite sets (including Dragged Into SunlightHorrendousClaudio Simonetti’s Goblin and more), then share some field recordings they gathered with Corey’s fancy new mic on Sunday. Plus, as always, a Heaven and Hell portion.

All that and…not all that much more in Episode 44, but check it out anyway!

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Keep it heavy,
Dan

Album Review: Wombbath – “Downfall Rising”

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My, my, it’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Swedish death metallers Wombbath. A full 22 years after their last full length, the band’s come back from the dead with their second full-length, Downfall Rising. While the album has its moments, it’s mainly textbook Swedeath. The immediately noticeable crunchy guitar sound and traces of doom in some of the songs are nice, but ultimately don’t prop this thing up enough to compare to the work of some of their countrymen. Continue reading