Since 2018, Toronto-based beasts of death metal darkness Brand of Sacrifice have been imprinting their mark on the heavy music scene with such force their army welcomes its burn. Dubbed “The Branded Ones,” the group’s fans joined and marched with them as they tore across the globe in support of debut EP The Interstice and LP statement God Hand which debuted at #20 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums Chart. Other highlights to a whirlwind cycle for God Hand included a slot on The Summer Slaughter Tour with Carnifex, Cattle Decapitation, The Faceless and Lorna Shore, a world tour with tech vets Rings of Saturn, plus a tour with fellow upcoming deathcore titans Shadow of Intent, and a European run with metalcore act Fit For A King.

They’ve spread their wings for sophomore LP, which will be released with help from Blood Blast Distribution on the digital end. The production is even more pummelling, which is exemplified by laser-sharp structures and a wide-gulf of dynamics. The album takes catchy to another level, with choruses comprising of string orchestrations, synths and sound effects alongside bludgeoning breakdowns. It’s all too appropriate given the new album focuses on Berserk dark horse protagonist Guts, a lone wolf who faces demons both inside and out in a post-apocalypse world.

Fans at that or any other show would hear the show end with “Eclipse” and its closing chant of, “Welcome to the new age.” With this new upcoming album, it’s evident we’ve entered an even fresher one, and there’s no turning back.