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THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From MR. BUNGLE, PUSCIFER, and More Out Today – 10/30

Plus releases from Bring Me The Horizon, Carcass, Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou, Magnetic Eye Records, Nothing, Nuclear Power Trio, and War On Women.

This week’s new heavy metal releases include lots of Black Sabbath covers, heavy emotions, lots of EPs, and more! To the metals…

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Bring Me The Horizon – Post Human: Survival Horror EP

Genre: Metalcore/alternative metal
Origin: Sheffield, England
Label: Columbia

Starting this week with an EP of melodic singalong metalcore. Fans of the last album Amo will probably dig what the Bring Me the Horizon are doing here as it continues that vibe. This EP includes some rather diverse guests with Amy Lee (Evanescence), Babymetal, Nova Twins and Yungblud.

Carcass – Despicable EP

Genre: Melodic death metal
Origin: Liverpool, England
Label: Nuclear Blast

On their first batch of new material since 2014, Carcass are doing things a bit differently than a band normally would. Typically, you'd get an album THEN the b-sides. Carcass are prepping an album to drop in 2021, and these are the four tracks that didn't make the cut. I imagine the full-length will be quite good if this EP is the stuff they set aside.

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Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou – May Our Chambers Be Full

Genre: Doom/singer-songwriter
Origin: Louisville, Kentucky/Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Label: Sacred Bones

When this collaboration was announced it was a surprise, but it introduced a pairing that made perfect sense. Thou are able to mesh their epic and intense doom with just about everyone, but when you put Emma Ruth Rundles's emotional vocals on top of that, holy hell are you in for a powerful ride. This is the heaviest thing (musically) that Emma has been a part of, and I would love to hear her in this world more.

Mr. Bungle – The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo

Genre: Thrash
Origin: Eureka, California
Label: Ipecac

I truly never thought I'd see a Mr. Bungle reunion. Then when they announced they were back as their earliest thrash identity with Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo in tow, I was very intrigued. Here they decided to re-record their The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo with their OG thrash pals, and may have dropped the best thrash album of the year. Fans of "Squeeze Me Macaroni" or ""Goodbye Sober Day" might be a bit disappointed as this is not that. It's still madness, but a different madness. Max has a full review here.

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Nothing – The Great Dismal

Genre: Post metal/showgaze
Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Label: Relapse

Nothing are keeping their every other year album cycle moving with another collection of heavy, atmospheric, not quite metal, but not-not metal tracks that engulf you. Indie kids, post-metal fans, and shoegaze lovers will once again be able to sway together with this playing loudly. Once there are places to sway in again, of course.

Nuclear Power Trio – A Clear And Present Rager EP

Genre: Shred
Origin: International
Label: Metal Blade

It's pretty impressive that this trio of world leaders were able to find the time to record and release an EP of technical metal together. I'm perhaps most impressed by Putin's bass slapping skills. When you unmask everyone and find that Nick Schendzielos (Cephalic Carnage), Greg Burgess (Allegaeon), and Pete Webber (Havok) are the masterminds behind this weird outfit, everything makes sense. Still, it's fun to think that instead of pooping (which is a wild claim by the North Korean government) Kim Jong-un spends his time playing drums.

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Puscifer – Existential Reckoning

Genre: Alternative rock/experimental
Origin: Los Angeles, California
Label: Alchemy/Puscifer

The last new years have been quite busy for Maynard. 2018 saw the first A Perfect Circle album in a bunch of years, last year the first Tool record in slightly less years, and now the first Puscifer in five years. Fans of his trippy, sorta-trip hop, experimental stuff will have a lot to enjoy here. The band has come a long way since "Cuntry Boner."

Various Artists – Best Of Black Sabbath [Redux] Vol. 4 [Redux]

Genre: Black Sabbath Covers
Origin: Various
Label: Magnetic Eye Records

Buy Best of Black Sabbath [Redux] on Bandcamp
Buy Vol. 4 [Redux] on Bandcamp

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Magnetic Eye have put out a bunch of these cover compilation things over the years with heavy bands taking on Alice In Chains, Pink Floyd (included a front-to-back cover of The Wall with twenty-six different bands), Helmet, and more. It felt like it was only a matter of time before they took on Black Sabbath. Today, they're dropping TWO Sabbath cover albums. One that's has bands like Thou, Spirit Adrift, Zakk Sabbath, and more covering all of Vol. 4 and a second "best of" with Earthless, Howling Giant, and others covering songs from just about every other 70's album.

War On Women – Wonderful Hell

Genre: Hardcore
Origin: Baltimore, Maryland
Label: Bridge Nine

Ending this week with some straight up hardcore intensity. This album comes at a time when it feels needed. This is hardcore with a message, but one with some hope.

Also dropping today…

  • Audn – Vokudraumsins Fangi (Season Of Mist) – Atmospheric black metal
  • Autopsy – Live In Chicago (Peaceville) – Death metal
  • Bad Omens – FGBGFM Unplugged EP (Sumerian) – Acoustic metalcore
  • Begräbnis – Izanaena (Weird Truth Productions) – Funeral doom
  • Black Stone Cherry – The Human Condition (Mascot) – Hard rock
  • Bleeding Out – Lifelong Death Fantasy (Profound Lore) – Deathgrind
  • Bliss of Flesh – Tyrant (Listenable Records) – Death/black metal
  • Botanist – Photosynthesis (The Flenser) – Black metal/experimental
  • Convulse – Deathstar (Transcending Records) – Death metal
  • Crass – Crassical Collection (One Little Independent) – Avant-garde/punk
  • Dead End America – Crush The Machine (Southern Lord) – Hardcore/punk
  • Dead Girls Academy – Doves In Glass Houses (Mission Two Entertainment) – Metalcore
  • Draconian – Under A Godless Veil (Napalm) – Gothic/doom metal
  • Evildead – United $tate$ Of Anarchy (SPV/Steamhammer) – Thrash
  • Fearsore – Wetworks (Dead Sage) – Industrial
  • Fenisia – The Spectator (Eclipse) – Alternative metal
  • I Prevail – Post Traumatic (Fearless) – Metalcore
  • Ice Nine Kills – I Heard They KILL Live! (Fearless) – Metalcore/post-hardcore
  • Insidious Disease – After Death (Nuclear Blast) – Death metal
  • Jahbulong – Eclectic Poison Tones (Go Down Records) – Stoner metal/doom
  • Kallias – The Fourth Phase (Self-released) – Progressive instrumental
  • Like Moths to Flames – No Eternity in Gold (UNFD) – Metalcore
  • Mors Subita – Extinction Era (Out Of Line Music) – Thrash/melodic death metal
  • Night Cobra – In Praise of the Shadow (NCR) – Heavy metal
  • Omen OKC – Petals (1126 Records) – Hardcore/death metal
  • Palm Reader – Sleepless (Holy Roar Records) – Hardcore/punk
  • Possessor – Damn The Light (APF Records) – Sludge/thrash
  • Romasa – Insufferable Cave Of Rotting Aspiration (Hand Of Death Records) – Sludge/crust
  • Seven – Interdimensional: Act I & II (Self-released) – Progressive/djent
  • Stalker – Black Majik Terror (Napalm) – Speed metal
  • Svabhavat – Black Mirror Reflection (Eisenwald) – Black metal
  • Them – Return To Hemmersmoor (SPV/Steamhammer) – Heavy metal
  • Iva Toric – The Devil's Mask (Self-released) – Symphonic doom
  • Violent Life Violent Death – The Color Of Bone (Innerstrength Records) – Metalcore
  • Visions Of Atlantis – A Symphonic Journey To Remember DVD/CD (Napalm) – Power metal
  • Wildways – Anna (Warner Music Russia) – Metalcore
  • Wytch Hazel – Wytch Hazel III: Pentecost (Bad Omen Records) – Stoner rock/psychedelic
  • Yaotl Mictlan – Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar (American Line Productions) – Black metal/folk

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