This week’s new heavy metal releases include progressive epicness, devastating sludge, a shock rock icon, and more! To the metals…
Architects – For Those That Wish To Exist
Origin: Brighton, England
England's metalcore giants are back with their ninth album. This one includes guest spots from Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil, Royal Blood's Mike Kerr, and Parkway Drive's Winston McCall. Two of this album's tracks were debuted on their liveset from an otherwise vacant Royal Albert Hall, and fans may like those more with a bit more studio shine on them.
Black Sheep Wall – Songs For The Enamel Queen
Origin: Moorpark, California
Label: Silent Pendulum Records
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Now for some nastiness. Black Sheep Wall mostly keep things heavy and slow, and there's still plenty of that here. You're also getting tracks like the featured one below which is a two-minute prog track. This is easily their most diverse outing yet, and with six years since the last one it's not surprising to have so much growth.
Alice Cooper – Detroit Stories
Origin: Detroit, Michigan
It's been four years since everyone's favorite legendary golf-loving shock-rocker shock-rocked us. His twenty-first solo album (which works out to the twenty-eighth "Alice Cooper" album since there are seven Alice Cooper band ones) is a very classic AC- sounding record. These are straight up rock tracks about rock and roll, Detroit, and presumably other stuff.
Epica – Omega
Genre: Symphonic metal
Origin: Reuver, Netherlands
Label: Nuclear Blast
Now something for fans of all things grand. Epica's eighth album sees the band writing songs about wolves, the Omega point theory, time, and other nerdy ideas. They have a couple friends popping up with Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) and Zaher Zorgati (Myrath). Then if you want a break from the distorted guitars, they're also offering the Omegacoustic EP. This, as you can guess, is a few of the new songs reworked with acoustic instrumentation. So there's something for every mood here.
Evergrey – Escape Of The Phoenix
Genre: Progressive power metal
Origin: Gothenburg, Sweden
These guys don't slow down. It's only been two years since Evergrey dropped their solid album The Atlantic, and they're already back with more soaring prog. It's especially surprising since lots of bands are delaying records, but Tom Englund has must be heard! This is another great entry in the underrated Evergrey canon.
Melvins – Working With God
Origin: Montesano, Washington
Along with some reissue, Melvins are dropping their twenty-fourth album today. I've seen this one labeled "Melvins 1983" because it reunites one of the earliest lineups of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Mike Dillard (again). Other than the impossible to predict sounds of Buzz and the boys also includes a Beach Boy's cover or parody or whatever you call a cover of a song that replaces a lot of words with "fuck."
Of Mice & Men – Timeless EP
Genre: Alternative metal
Origin: Costa Mesa, California
Coming two years after 2019's Earthandsky is Timeless, the first in the band's 2021 EP trilogy. You're getting metal, core, metalcore, alternative metal, post-hardcore and more in the trio of songs. This is also the band's Sharptone debut after over a decade with Rise Records.
Anneke van Giersbergen – The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest
Origin: Sint Michielsgestel, Netherlands
Anneke is someone with a massive diverse catalog and The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest has her venturing into her folksiest sound yet. Some songs sound like folk rock from Europe, while others sound like American country. It's not a metal record, but she's one of metal's iconic voices and it's hard to dislike anything she's singing over.
Also dropping today…
- -(16)- / Grime – Doom Sessions Vol. 3 (Heavy Psych Sounds) – Doom/sludge
- Age Of Woe – Envenom (Lifeforce Records) – Death metal/crust
- Bonfire – Roots (AFM) – Heavy metal
- Cancervo – 1 (Electric Valley Records) – Psychedelic/doom
- Cave of Swimmers – Aurora (BroomTune Records) – Doom/prog
- Culted – Nous (Season Of Mist) – Blackened doom
- Deap Vally – Digital Dream (Cooking Vinyl) – Rock
- Domestic Terror – Domestic Terror (x7Ax Records) – Grindcore
- Einherjer – North Star (Napalm) – Folk metal
- Timo Ellis – Death is Everywhere (Self-released) – Sludge/pop
- Empyrium – Über den Sternen (Prophecy) – Folk/doom
- Eye of the Destroyer – Retinal Deprivation (High Potency) – Death metal
- Feral Light – Ceremonial Tower (Self-released) – Black metal
- Furia – W śnialni (Pagan Records) – Experimental black metal
- Herr Nox – Where Shadows Fade (Self-released) – Gothic metal
- Infernalizer – The Ugly Truth (Rockshots Records) – Gothic rock
- Iotunn – Access All Worlds (Metal Blade Records) – Progressive power metal
- Jarhead Fertilizer – Product Of My Environment (Closed Casket Activities) – Death metal/grindcore
- Karbholz – Kontra (Metalville) – Hard rock/punk
- King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – L.W. (KGLW) – Psychedelic rock
- Moonspell – Hermitage (Napalm) – Gothic metal
- NOFX – Single Album (Fat Wreck Chords) – Punk
- Ominous Ruin – Amidst Voices That Echo In Stone (Willowtip) – Technical/brutal death metal
- Paranorm – Empyrean (Redefining Darkness Records) – Progressive thrash
- Plague Of Carcosa – Live performance (Self-released) – Stoner/doom
- Plague Weaver – Ascendant Blasphemy (Self-released) – Death metal
- Sandstorm – Desert Warrior EP (Dying Victims Productions) – Heavy metal
- Scald – There Flies Our Wail! (High Roller Records) – Doom
- Shadows – Shadows (Agonia Records) – Avant-garde metal
- Sister – Vengeance Ignited (Ingrooves) – Punk/heavy metal
- Spelljammer – Abyssal Trip (RidingEasy Records) – Stoner metal/doom
- Christopher Steve – Taken by the Tide (Self-released) – Folk/doom
- Sullen Guest – Chapter III (Self-released) – Doom/death metal
- Summoning The Lich – United In Chaos (Prosthetic) – Fantastical death metal
- Sunnata – Burning in Heaven, Melting on Earth (Self-released) – Doom
- Terminal Bliss – Brute Err/ata (Relapse) – Punk
- Thundering Hooves – Vestiges (F H E D Records) – "Blackened Metal"
- Vulgaris – Asundre (Self-released) – Blackened Heavy Metal
- Xeper – Ad Numen Satanae (Soulseller Records) – Black metal