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Plus releases from Motörhead, Akiavel, Benthos, Capra, and Bongzilla.

This week’s new heavy metal releases include epic prog, some melodic death metal, weed-infused riffs, and more! To the metals…

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Akiavel – Væ Victis

Genre: Melodic death metal
Origin: France
Label: Self-released

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Starting this week with some melodic death metal that has a bit of a Gothic vibe to it. They sound sort of like Insomnium or Dark Tranquillity, but this band is significantly more into cloaks. Væ Victis is the band's sophomore release, and second album in as may years. They're wasting no time making spooky metal magic.

Benthos – II

Genre: Progressive metal
Origin: Milan, Italy
Label: Eclipse Records

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I always seem to rub prog fans the wrong way when I liken bands I'm writing about to ones they like. So lets do some more of that now. Benthos are a fairly new quintet that sound like a blend of Leprous, TesseracT, and that final(?) Last Chance To Reason album. It's rhythmic, epic, and just the right amount of shreddy. I'm digging this.

Big | Brave – Vital

Genre: Experimental
Origin: Montreal, Québec
Label: Southern Lord

I frankly don't know a lot about this band, but this release has me intrigued. What I've heard sounds like sludge for indie fans or vice versa. In some ways, Vital sounds like Chelsea Wolfe, in that there's a tortured voices haunting slow heavy metal, but this is a different beast that embraces drone a lot more.

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Bodom After Midnight – Paint The Sky With Blood EP

Genre: Melodic death/power metal
Origin: Espoo, Finland
Label: Napalm

This is a mere trio of songs that serves as Alexi Laiho's swansong. You're getting two BAM tracks and a Dissection Cover. Children of Bodom fans won't be upset to hear that this sounds a lot like CoB, but unless there's a vault of stuff, this is the last of Laiho you're going to hear. I'd be upset about that.

Bongzilla – Weedsconsin

Genre: Sludge/doom
Origin: Madison, Wisconsin
Label: Heavy Psych Sounds

Technically this dropped on Tuesday, because of course Bongzilla would plot a 4/20 release all about weed. These tracks are hefty and slow riff-fests as you'd expect. And if that wasn't enough for you, Bongzilla have also dropped split with Tons today called Doom Sessions Vol 4. Get that right here.

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Capra – In Transmission

Genre: Metal/hardcore
Origin: Lafayette, Louisiana
Label: Metal Blade

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If you're in the mood for something a bit chaotic this week, then Capra is the band for you. In Transmission is a flurry of aggression and passion delivered over eleven tracks. We at Metal Injection have been on the Capra train for a minute now, and it's great to hear them crush it on their debut full-length.

Motörhead – Louder Than Noise…Live In Berlin

Genre: Heavy metal
Origin: London, England
Label: Silver Lining/Motorhead Music

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To wrap this week we're dipping into the Motörhead vault. Throughout their long career Motörhead and Germany had a special relationship. Bastards was briefly only available in Germany according to Lemmy's banter on the live record Everything Louder than Everyone Else (which was recorded in Hamburg Germany) and the band's final show wound up being in Berlin. This is a full show from 2012 that includes all the song's you'd hope for as well as deeper cuts like "Rock It," "You Better Run," and "The One to Sing the Blues."

Also dropping today…

  • Arogya – Genesis (Out Of Line Music) – Modern/dark metal
  • Altarage – Succumb (Season Of Mist) – Death/black metal
  • Black Wail – Born on Fire EP (Rhyme & Reason) – Stoner/garage rock
  • Body Void – Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth (Prosthetic) – Blackened doom
  • Bone Cutter – Bone Cutter (Twelve Gauge Records) – Experimental/hardcore
  • Cicada the Burrower – Corpseflower (Blue Bedroom Records) – Progressive/black metal
  • Gilby Clarke – The Gospel Truth (Golden Robot) – Hard rock
  • Cold Cell – The Great Evil (Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions) – Black metal
  • The Circle – Metamorphosis (Self-released) – Gothic/melodic death metal
  • Desolate Realm – Desolate Realm (Self-released) – Heavy metal/doom
  • Extinguish – Extinguish (Creator-Destructor Records) – Death metal/hardcore
  • From Sorrow To Serenity – Trifecta EP (Long Branch Records) – Progressive metalcore/djent
  • Frozen Crown – Winterbane (Scarlet Records) – Power metal
  • Gynoid – The Hunger Artist Show (Self-released) – Noise/hardcore
  • Hideous Divinity – LV-426 (Century Media) – Technical/brutal death metal
  • Howling Giant – Alteration EP (Self-released) – Stoner
  • Idek. – The Trek (Layered Reality Productions) – Progressive metal
  • Kaleo – Surface Sounds (Elektra) – Blues rock
  • The Last Martyr – Hindsight (Self-released) – Nu-metal/hard rock
  • Left To Suffer – On Death (Artist Owned) – Metalcore
  • Monasteries – Silence (Seek And Strike) – Deathcore
  • Non Serviam – Le Coeur Bat (Code666) – Black metal/grindcore
  • Nyctophagia – Terrified of Tomorrow (Self-released) – Death metal/grind
  • Odal – Welten Mutter (Eisenwald) – Black metal
  • Tilian Pearson – Factory Reset (Rise Records) – Post-hardcore
  • Paysage D'Hiver – Geister (Kunsthall Produktionen) – Black metal
  • Phantom Fire – Return Of The Goat (Edged Circle Productions) – Blackened thrash
  • Plasmodium – Towers of Silence (Transcending Obscurity Records) – Psychedelic black/death metal
  • S.H.I. – 4 死 Death (Relapse Records) – Hardcore
  • Sanction – The Overview Effect (Self-released) – Progressive metal/shred
  • Spectral Lore – Ετερόφωτος (I, Voidhanger Records) – Atmospheric black metal
  • Victory Over the Sun – Nowherer (Self-released) – Avant-garde/black metal
  • WarCall – WarCall – Dead End Pt. 1 (Plan B Music) – Heavy metal/thrash
  • Zouo – Agony憎悪Remains (Relapse Records) – Hardcore

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