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Now that I’ve given you that subtle reminder, I’ll say a few things about the record. As you can guess from the name of the band (and aside from me specifying the genre within the first sentence of this piece), Bastard Sapling, it’s metal and more specifically, it’s US black metal. Instinct Is Forever is the band’s sophomore release and as far as I know there’s only one track available for preview thus far, courtesy of NPR. “Lantern At The End Of Time” is an eleven minute beatdown with a small lull in intensity around the halfway point and, naturally, it’s going to give you a great taste of what to expect from Instinct Is Forever. One more thing: it wouldn’t be a black metal release without the price tag of $23, now would it? Check out the track by going through the blue box below this paragraph and see what you think of it. Cheers!


The Details

Instinct Is Forever

by Bastard Sapling
Gilead Media
RELIC56 - 2014
2xLP packaged in gatefold jacket. First pressing limited to 400 copies on black vinyl, 400 copies on red and clear vinyl. CD packaged in 4 panel digipak w/lyric booklet. This is a pre-order for August 26th street date. All orders containing Instinct Is Forever will ship on or slightly before the street date.

After recording and releasing 2012’s critically acclaimed Dragged From Our Restless Trance LP via Forcefield Records, Bastard Sapling has ventured to push their other-worldly black metal creation further into the shattered abyss with Instinct is Forever. After spending years crafting new material, they put their songs in the capable hands of Kevin Bernsten (Triac, Mutilation Rites, Ilsa) at Developing Nations in Baltimore, MD. Simultaneously starker and more serene than their previous efforts, Instinct Is Forever is a step forward in terms of Bastard Sapling’s traditional Scandinavian influences being warped by their own geography and a new experimental approach. The new double LP, set to be co-released by Forcefield Records and Gilead Media on Agust 26, 2014, is armed with guest appearances by Windhand’s Dorthia Cottrell, Evoken’s Don Zaros, and Inter Arma’s TJ Childers. Instinct Is Forever is sure to make a serious impact on North America’s contribution to the medium.

Mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Mastering. Lacquers cut by Rare Form Mastering. Vinyl pressed at Gotta Groove Records in Cleveland, OH.

Price $23

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