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  • Jason Hesley


Stockholm, Sweden’s XORSIST have today announced their signing to Prosthetic Records, accompanying the signing announcement XORSIST has also shared plans to release their second album, At the Somber Steps to Serenity, on October 6.

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Speaking on the signing and album announcement, XORSIST comments: “A new chapter begins. We are thrilled to announce the imminent release of our second full length album, At the Somber Steps to Serenity, under the renowned banner of Prosthetic Records. We are very excited to be joining forces with them, and we cannot wait to show you what we have been working on.”

On Blessed By The Divine's release, the group adds: "Having our second album officially announced, nothing represents our new sound and musical direction more than this first single. Featuring dual vocals performed by both Gustav and Birk, accompanied by our new drummer Alphonse, this track brings a new twist to the XORSIST discography."

Following their self-released debut album Deadly Possession in 2022, XORSIST caught the attention of the Prosthetic Records with their old school approach to and affinity for Sweden’s death metal legacy and history. Founded by Gustav Ryderfelt (vocals and guitar) before cementing their line-up with both Birk Castenmalm (vocals and bass) and Alphonse Bouquelon (drums), XORSIST’s core sound is one rooted in deep reverence for the genre’s roots as much as it is a spirited progression of the raw and uncompromising Stockholm sound.

Seeking to continue their working relationship with the legendary Sunlight Studios (Dismember, At The Gates, Entombed, Grave and more), XORSIST once again opted to retain Tomas Skogsberg on co-production duties with Iñaki Marconi (Soen, Sepultura, Carcass). XORSIST’s proclivity for musical tradition is not mere homage so much as it is a graceful carrying of the genre’s torch. Having built up a glowing reputation in the Swedish underground by fans new and old, At the Somber Steps to Serenity sees the young band ensure the old school Swedish death metal torch continues to burn brighter than before for the fabled city in which they reside.

At the Somber Steps to Serenity tracklist:

1. A Life in Vain

2. Carve It Out

3. Blessed By The Divine

4. Imitation

5. Coterie of the Depraved

6. Banished to Obscurity

7. Distorted Shapes

8. Grace

9. Darkened Wings

10. At the Somber Steps to Serenity

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