This week’s new heavy metal releases include spooky jams, slammin' death metal, emotional doom, and more! To the metals…
Bloody Hammers – Songs Of Unspeakable Terror
Genre: Occult rock/doom
Origin: Charlotte, North Carolina
This odd time we're living in gave Bloody Hammers the opportunity to return sooner than they hoped to with some new spooky jams. Anders Manga and Devallia are tapping into the 70's New York/New Jersey punk scene with songs that pull inspiration from Misfits, Ramones, and others. You're still getting songs about monsters and other scaries, but with more "Woah-ohs" than you're used to.
Dale Crover – Rat-A-Tat-Tat!
Origin: Aberdeen, Washington
Label: Joyful Noise
Melvins drummer Dale Crover is stepping out from behind King Buzzo's hair and his drum kit to front his fourth solo outing, Rat-A-Tat-Tat! This record is what one might expect from Crover in that it's hard to really have any expectations because there are no rules. It winds up being an atypical rock album akin to early Queens of the Stone Age.
Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou – The Helm of Sorrow
Origin: Louisville, Kentucky/Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Label: Sacred Bones Records
Last year Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou joined forces on the killer May Our Chambers Be Full, and they're dropping the songs that were part of the "diehard" edition of the record. So, if you weren't a diehard before, you can be now with this EP. This is four more haunting and heavy tracks, one of which is a cover of the Cranberries track "Hollywood."
Gatecreeper – An Unexpected Reality
Genre: Death metal
Origin: Phoenix, Arizona
Label: Closed Casket Activities
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This technically dropped Wednesday, but it's one of those releases that I know if I don't include it you dorks will yell at me. Anyway, here is the surprise release of one of modern death metal's finest. This is seven gnarly tracks that clock in around a minute and a closer that's about eleven minutes or lurching heaviness. While not disappointing, this one will definitely leave you wanting more.
Gravehuffer – NecroEclosion
Origin: Joplin, Missouri
Label: Black Doomba Records
Some more no frills heaviness for y'all this week. Gravehuffer's first album in four years is dynamic record that combines thrash, death metal, and grind into one hefty kick in the teeth. This has some (seemingly) intentional lo-fi production that adds to the almost nasty aesthetic of it.
Vajra – Irkalla
Genre: Dark rock/progressive
Origin: New York, New York
Label: Thunder Cult Records
Wrapping this week with something pretty interesting. Vajra are a band that mixes sorta djenty prog with epic melodic rock. They're sort of like if Jinjer and In This Moment collaborated. This album is the first part of a trilogy of records and this should get you excited for the next two.
Also dropping today…
- Bhleg – Odhin (Nordvis) – Black metal
- CB3 – Live Sessions (The Sign Records) – Psychedelic
- Dalit – Moksha (Self-released) – Doom/death metal
- Joey Diabolic – Through Soundwaves Vol 3 (Self-released) – Industrial rock
- Dragony – Viribus Unitis (Napalm) – Power metal
- Dread Sovereign – Alchemical Warfare (Metal Blade) – Doom
- Edenbridge – The Chronicles Of Eden Part 2 (SPV/Steamhammer) – Power metal
- Embrace Of Thorns – Revelation Of All Sins CD/DVD (Saturnal) – Black/death metal
- Frank Iero And The Future Violents – Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place (UNFD) – Rock
- Front Line Assembly – Mechanical Soul (Metropolis) – Industrial
- Gravehuffer – NecroEclosion (Black Doomba Records) – Thrash/grindcore
- King Bong – Sand ≈ Return (Mandrone Records) – Psychedelic/doom
- Miss Lava – Doom Machine (Small Stone) – Stoner rock/doom
- Molten – Dystopian Syndrome (Self-released) – Thrash/death metal
- Mortal Terror – Bite of the Underdog (Self-released) -Thrash
- Nadja/Disrotted – Split (Bad Moon Rising Records) – Doom/Drone
- A Stick And A Stone – Versatile (Anima Recordings) – Avant-garde/darkwave
- Starified – Fat Hits (Ripple) – Stoner
- Tantivy – Eyes In the Night (Self-released) – Heavy metal
- Voodoo Circle – Locked & Loaded (AFM) – Heavy metal/hard rock
- Weird Tales – Y'all Motherfuckers Forgot 'Bout Good Ol' Son of a Bitchin' Blues (Interstellar Smoke Records) – Blues rock/doom