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THE WEEKLY INJECTION – New Releases From BORIS WITH MERZBOW, GRAYCEON and More Out 12/11 & 12/18

Plus releases from Silent Skies, Daniel Tompkins, Children Of Technology, and Wombbath.

The last Weekly Injection of the year includes and new and upcoming heavy metal releases from noisy legends, progressive off-shoots, fun heaviness, and more! To the metals…

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Boris with Merzbow – 2R0I2P0

Genre: Noise/drone
Origin: Tokyo, Japan
Label: Relapse

On their seventh release of the year Boris are once again joining forces with Merzbow for their eighth collaboration together. As expected, this is a feedback laden and noisy. This includes some new takes on songs from Boris's Love & Evol. This is a solid send off for this year as the gang bids 2020 an RIP. Kevin has a full review right here.

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Silent Skies – Satellites

Genre: Atmospheric/progressive
Origin: Gothenburg, Sweden/Cleveland, Ohio
Label: AFM

I felt kind of bad for this release. It's dropping right around the time Evergrey announced a new album so it's being overlooked by some of their fanbase. Anyway this is a Evergrey's epic vocalist Tom Englund and pianist Vikram Shankar. The pair creating songs that, while not heavy, are still grand. Englund has never been afraid of a ballad, but this record really showcases his ability to hit you right in the heart.

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Daniel Tompkins – Ruins

Genre: Progressive rock
Origin: Nottinghamshire, England
Label: Kscope

TesseracT's Daniel Tompkins dropped his debut solo record Castles in 2019. The record may have rubbed some people the wrong way as it was more of a pop record. On Ruins has Tompkins re-approaching on those songs in new, and often heavier ways. The songs have new names, so it might be fun to figure out which songs are which then A/B them with the first versions. Fans of TesseracT will probably dig these versions more.

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Also dropping December 11th

  • Alpha Boötis – Stowaway Ants (Self-released) – "Space disco synth metal"
  • The Apocalypse Blues Revival – The Apocalypse Blues Revival (ABR) – Blues rock
  • Bròn – Pred dverima noći (Nordvis) – Atmospheric black metal
  • Cardinal Wyrm – Devotionals (Svart Records) – Doom
  • Chalice – Trembling Crown (High Roller Records) – Heavy metal
  • Cro-Mags – 2020 EP (Mission Two) – Hardcore
  • Deeds of Flesh – Nucleus (Unique Leader) – Brutal death metal
  • Demonstealer – And This Too Shall Pass (Demonstealer Records) Death metal/thrash
  • Domkraft – Day Of Doom Live (Magnetic Eye Records) – Doom
  • Elephant Tree – Day Of Doom Live (Magnetic Eye Records) – Stoner/doom
  • The Fallen Prophets – No End in Sight (MMD Records) – Death metal
  • Folterkammer – Die Lederpredigt (Gilead Media) – Experimental/black metal
  • Foxy Shazam – Burn (Self) – Rock
  • Fullminator – Omniplasm (Self-released) – Punk/thrash
  • Grimgotts – Legends (Self-released) – Power metal
  • Heads for the Dead – Into the Red (Transcending Obscurity Records) – Death metal
  • Heretical Sect – Rapturous Flesh Consumed (Gilead) – Black/death metal
  • Horsehunter – Day Of Doom Live (Magnetic Eye Records) – Doom/sludge
  • Inhalement – Live Resin (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) – Death metal
  • Locean – Top Ten Zen Meditations (Artificial Head Records) – Experimental/noise
  • Riverside – Lost'n'Found:Live In Tilburg (InsideOut) – Progressive rock
  • Satan's Fall – Final Day (High Roller Records) – Speed/heavy metal
  • Summoner – Day Of Doom Live (Magnetic Eye Records) – Stoner/doom
  • Yashira – Fail To Be (eOne Music) – Sludge

Children Of Technology – Written Destiny 

Genre: Thrash/punk
Origin: Padua, Italy
Label: Hells Headbangers

Buy now on Bandcamp

Written Destiny is a record for fans of old school thrash and sci-fi. The band's third album is a thirty-three minute lo-fi soundtrack to the post-apocalypse. This is a fun one for fans of Discharge and the likes.

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Grayceon – Mothers Weavers Vultures

Genre: Progressive metal
Origin: San Francisco, California
Label: Translation Loss Records

One of the Bay Area's best kept secrets has returned with five tracks of cello-driven progressive sludge. Mothers Weavers Vultures is an album that would serve as a perfect introduction to Grayceon. It includes all forms of the band with long slow songs, technical explosions, and beauty throughout. It's a shame that this didn't hit more people's ears sooner as I could see it on a number of album of the year lists.

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Try some on over at their Bandcamp

Wombbath – Tales Of Madness

Genre: Death metal/experimental
Origin: Sala, Sweden
Label: Transcending Obscurity

Ending this week (or rather pair of weeks) and this year (WEIRD) with some nightmare inducing death metal. Tales of Madness really does sound like death metal with a heavy dose of insanity. The production itself sounds deliberately weird, so when a death metal song breaks into an orchestral piece it's more jarring than one might expect. There's a lot going on here.

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Also dropping December 18th

  • Akhlys – Melinoë (Debemur Morti Productions) – Black metal
  • Eos – The Great Ascension (Brilliant Emperor Records) – Black metal
  • Kavyk – Radiant Abyss (Caustic Hollow) – Blackened doom
  • Nasum – Blasting Shit To Bits – The Final Show DVD (Selfmadegod) – Grindcore
  • Nocturnal Bloodlust – The Wasteland (Maverick) – Metalcore/electronic
  • Pillory – Scourge on Humanity (Unique Leader) – Death metal
  • Sonic Taboo – Sonic Taboo (Interstellar Smoke Records) – Hard rock
  • Spine – L.O.V. (Bridge Nine) – Hardcore
  • Township – Live at Mad Oak Studios (Tee Pee Records) – Hard rock

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