This week’s new heavy metal releases include a double dose of Steve Di Giorgio, lots of debuts from familiar faces, thrash in a library, and more! To the metals…
Crypta – Echoes Of The Soul
Genre: Death metal/thrash
Origin: Brazil / Netherlands
Following their departure from Nervosa drummer Luana Dametto and vocalist/bassist Fernanda Lira wasted no time getting back on the metal horse. Crypta certainly has their own thing going here, but like Nervosa they're into all things old school death metal and thrash. This is quite the debut from this band and I'm excited to see how they grow.
Danny Elfman – Big Mess
Origin: Los Angeles, California
Oingo Boingo mainman and composer of The Simpsons theme (and a million other things) Danny Elfman has never not been quirky. However, I never expected a progressive metal nightmare of an album to come from him. Big Mess sounds like Devin Townsend's Empath without the island themes and hope. The record includes Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Devo), Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails, Guns N' Roses), Nili Brosh (The Iron Maidens, Dethklok) and others as well.
Flying Cupid – All Turns To Dust
Origin: Dehli, India
If you're a fan of djenty, prog metal then Flying Cupid should be up your alley. All Turns To Dust has big Periphery vibes with the shredding of an outfit like Intervals. If nothing else this record serves as an introduction to composer/guitarist Abhiruk Patowary who is poised to become a Plini or Aaron Marshall type guitar wizard.
Go Ahead And Die – Go Ahead And Die
Genre: Death metal/thrash
Label: Nuclear Blast
I love that Max Cavalera can't take a break. Go Ahead And Die sees him teaming with his son Igor Amadeus Cavalera and drummer Zach Coleman of Khemmis fame for an album of groove infused death metal. This is certainly a Cavalera record at it's core, but it feels like their take on a Celtic Frost record.
Machine Head – Arrows In Words From The Sky
Genre: Thrash/groove metal
Origin: Oakland, California
Label: Nuclear Blast
Stream it here
I was tempted to not include this in my round up not because of any issue with Robb, but because this is being touted as a three-song single. I don't write about singles, but I will cover an EP and this sounds like an EP to me. Anyway, this not-EP is includes the new tracks "Become The Firestorm," Rotten To The Core," and the titular "Arrows In Words From The Sky." Joining Robb and Jared is Navene Koperweiss from Entheos/Animals As Leaders on drums. It's unmistakably Machine Head.
Mammoth WVH – Mammoth WVH
Genre: Hard rock
Origin: Santa Monica, California
Wolfgang Van Halen's debut under the Mammoth WVH moniker, on first listen, has the straight ahead rock of a Velvet Revolver, Daughtry, or Shinedown record. However, there are a lot of progressive rock elements under the hood. Lot of energy too. It feels like a radio rock album in that regard, but it's one that would shake up the format, which is welcomed.
Mother of All – Age of the Solipsist
Genre: Progressive/technical melodic death metal
Origin: Göteborg, Denmark
Label: Black Lion Records
Buy now from Bandcamp
Eagle-eyed readers may remember that I got excited and wrote about this one a while ago on an old release date (or I misread a date. Who cares?). The actual release date is finally here and this technical death metal debut from Myrkur's live drummer, and general real good drummer, Martin Haumann has finally arrived. The album's lineup also includes Steve Di Giorgio (Testament, ex-Death) on bass and Frederik Jensen on guitar. It sounds a bit like Death, Pestilence, and the likes, but with a little bit more of a modern black metal influence to it. Stream the whole dang thing here.
Mr. Bungle – The Night They Came Home
Origin: Eureka, California
Last Halloween Mr. Bungle played a live stream at the Eureka California public library and this is that set. It's mostly songs from their The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo along with an S.O.D. cover, a Slayer tease that's paired with "Summer Breeze" by Seals & Croft because of course it was, Van Halen's "Loss of Control," and more. This is pretty rad if you were unable to catch their brief tour at the beginning of 2020.
Orphan Donor – Unraveled
Origin: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Label: Zegema Beach Records
Buy now and/or sample on Bandcamp
Just really leaning into the weird and heavy this week. Unraveled comes just a year after Old Patterns and Orphan Donor keep the feeling that your brain is melting going on the new record. This is unrelenting noise, dissonant chords, emotional releases, and rhythmic chaos. Really leaves you feeling off, but with the desire to listen again.
Terra Odium – Ne Plus Ultra
Genre: Progressive metal
Buy now from Frontiers
Norway's Terra Odium includes a lot of folks from bands you know. Members include Øyvind and Asgeir from Spiral Architect, Bollie from Mantiou, Jon Phipps who did some orchestration for Dragonforce and Moonspell, and of course because they're a band, on bass you have Steve Di Giorgio from a few albums above. This is a hard one to label as it's a blend of the familiar and the fresh. It unsurprisingly sounds somewhat like Spiral Architect, but also sort of sounds like Borknagar and Angra as well.
Also dropping today…
- AFI – Bodies (Rise) – Rock
- Brother Against Brother – Brother Against Brother (Frontiers) – Melodic heavy metal
- Crucifixion Bell – Eternal Grip of the Nocturnal Empire (Crown and Throne Ltd.) – Black metal
- Dornenreich – Du Wilde Liebe Sei (Prophecy) – Folk/black metal
- Eremit – Bearer of Many Names (Transcending Obscurity Records) – Doom/black metal
- Exsanguination – Spectral Hymns (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) – Death metal
- Garbage – No Gods No Masters (BMG) – Rock
- General Surgery – Lay Down and Be Counted (Self-released) – Death metal/goregrind
- Gorgon – Traditio Satanae (Osmose) – Black metal
- Green Jelly – Garbage Band Kids (Cleopatra) – Comedic hard rock
- Hammer King – Hammer King (Napalm) – Power metal
- Hjól – Funeral Pyre (Self-released) – Black metal
- Interloper – Search Party (Nuclear Blast) – Melodic/progressive metalcore
- Ironweed – The Weed (Self-released) – Stoner/doom metal
- King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Butterfly 3000 (KGLW) – Psychedelic rock
- Kiss – Off The Soundbound: Tokyo 2001 (UMe) – Rock
- Klone – Live (Kscope) – Progressive/atmospheric metal
- Living Dead Girl – Exorcism (Buried alive) – Gothic metal/industrial
- MlelM – Mourning Silence (Self-released) – Atmospheric doom
- One Desire – One Night Only – Live In Helsinski DVD/CD (Frontiers) – Melodic rock
- Smokeheads – Never Prick My Prickles (Wormholedeath) – Alternative metal
- This Ending – Needles of Rust (Black Lion Record) – Melodic death metal
- Vincent Crowley Band – Beyond Acheron (Odium) – Death/black metal
- Jim Ward – Daggers (Dine Alone Music) – Hard rock/post-hardcore
- Witch Cross – Angel Of Death (High Roller) – Heavy metal
- Wristmeetsrazor – Replica Of A Strange Love (Prosthetic) – Metalcore