The Virginian black metal outfit Bastard Sapling has been doing some soul-searching. The results are not happy. The band’s upcoming sophomore album, Instinct Is Forever, is a scorching yet somehow soothing meditation on matters both cosmic and cathartic, as heard on the record’s sprawling, darkly melodic closer, “Forbidden Sorrow” (which is being debuted here). Members of the progressive doom group Inter Arma also play in Bastard Sapling, but there’s a fatalistically hypnotic, densely teeming pulse to Instinct Is Forever that straddles the line between savagery and surrender.

Instinct Is Forever will be released August 26 via Forcefield Records and Gilead Media.