Robert Garland

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2019 Isn't Over Yet

We've seen a healthy amount of releases this year and while we are three quarters the way through there is still so much more to come. So let's not dwell in the past (even if it was released just last week) and hype up some releases coming out the tail end of the year. What are you waiting on? Let's hold hands and hype together.
In Cauda Venenum

Having listened to the promo for this I can say that In Cauda Venenum is pleasantly straight-forward with themes that bring back fond Damnation-type feels. In all fairness, this should have been the album Heritage could have been.
2The Great Old Ones

From the press-kit: "The record is a true journey in the cold deep of space. Each song features a Lovecraftian entity and parallel the dark destiny of the protagonist who meets her and in turn, slowly succumbs to admiration and madness. Lyrics inspired by H.P. Lovecraft layered over haunting, melodic beauty result in a perfect match. Just listen and you will find out what awaits down there…"
A Pyrrhic Existence

Death/Doom masters making masterful death/doom. This is already worthy of a top 25 position on my end of year list - we'll just have to see how it rates by the year's end.
From the press-kit: "‘A Pyrrhic Existence’, 98 minutes of new material that once again expands on the band’s sound, yet retains elements of all their preceding works. It is a culmination of 27 years of uncompromising dedication to their craft - detailed and layered compositions and a high level of musicianship, foreboding production, and equal measures of utter darkness and melodic diversity. "
4Cult of Luna
A Dawn to Fear

The Silent Man is frankly, quite the dick-tease. A Dawn To Fear has a lot more to offer than a simple continuation of the Vertikal sound.
5Druadan Forest
Dismal Spells from the Dragonrealm

Dismal is the last way I feel when I listen to Druadan's latest. The long-ish drawn out passages of forlorn emotion swelter under atmospheric weight. Part of me doesn't want to share it with others, holding it close.
6Weeping Sores
False Confession

This is out next week and features a mastering by members of Esoteric. Branded as death/doom the press-kit states: "The music is highly atmospheric, and yet never allowed to slide into melodrama and complacency. Always intense and densely layered with riffs and hooks, “False Confession” is as melancholic and soul-wrenching during its most gloomy passages as it is twisted and suffocating during the impressive bursts of pure death metal."

Fun, yes?
7Chaos Motion
Psychological Spasms Cacophony

Not going to lie, this album is all over the fucking place. It's like French-based Chaos Motion deliberately went out of their own way to throw as many un-listenable ideas together. 'Zines might be lapping this up - they might also be completely crazy. This appeals to the tech-death fan who doesn't enjoy any rhyme or reason, happy to throw anything and everything at a wall - no matter how much none of it actually makes sense...

"At times eerie and ghostly, almost mystical, the sound is harsh, but it's still gorgeous and almost delicate, haunting, atmospheric and soothing. This brand new album is a concept about the ecosystems of redwood forests on the West Coast of the United States. Ecosystem deals with mankind's impact on those forests, particularly calling into question whether humanity has an operating 'ecosystem' of its own. "
Extreme Power Metal

Because reasons.
Spiritual Instinct
replicr, 2019

but the drummer said this:
"This was supposed to be the future, but that future got cancelled. History is moving but it’s got nowhere to go. It’s piling up all around us. That’s what this record is about. This atemporality is an illusion, it’s the cultural logic of late capitalism, consuming everything faster and faster, each artefact a more diluted replica of the last. Even the idea that "pop will eat itself" is eating itself. We need to find a way out."
-rec supplied by Demon of The Fall
12Blood Red Throne
Fit to Kill

Død states: "We keep climbing the Throne. "Fit To Kill" is by far our most old-school release since 2003's "Affiliated With the Suffering". Back to the roots. Death metal never dies".
13Purulent Necrosis
Cadaverized Humanity

"From the dank dungeons of Comatose Music, on November 1st Purulent Necrosis will crawl into the light, dragging their monstrous creation behind them. Wherever their hunger drives them madness will surely follow. They will be feared by the righteous and the good, embraced by the lunatics and the wicked...but they’ll all die just the same. There is no pity, no distinctions, you’re all just bags of meat for the killing."
Disgorged From Psychotic Depths

"With Disgorged From Psychotic Depths, the monstrous offering MORTIFERUM have spewed forth crawls as an anguished slab of death doom filth of the most wretched order. Dark and foreboding through monolithic brutal crestfallen riffs and malformed dissonant rhythmic rumblings, Disgorged From Psychotic Depths is a towering and dreadful benefaction of atmospheric imposing death metal ruin and depravity reeking of the stench of the early ‘90s American and Finnish death metal scenes."
15Lightning Bolt
Sonic Citadel

The single absolutely blew me away. It's true that is not as abrasive or noisy as their early stuff but I'm pretty confident that Chipp and co. are gonna deliver.
-rec supplied by Dewinged

If you wanna get technical and all lore'd out, their wiki says: "The story will fit between "As Embers Turn to Dust" and "Empyrean". It will be about the creation of the Titanborn and Enyo's time spent analyzing them.
-rec supplied by Dewinged
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