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THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From ENSLAVED, MINISTRY, and More Out Today – 10/1

Plus releases from KK's Priest, Full Of Hell, Frontierer, Four Stroke Baron, Dying Wish, Bummer, and Asking Alexandria

This week’s new heavy metal releases include politically-charged industrial from everyone's tattooed uncle, metal that scared my cat, and more! To the metals…

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Asking Alexandria – See What's On The Inside

Genre: Metalcore/hard rock
Origin: York, England
Label: Better Noise

Starting this week with some anthemic hard rock. Danny Worship and the gang well get these catchy ass songs lodged in your brain. Probably not for everyone, but a Welcome To Rockville (or the likes) attendee will be excited.

Bummer – Dead Horse

Genre: Sludge
Origin: Kansas City, Missouri
Label: Thrill Jockey

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Come for the wacky track titles, stay for the uneasy sludge. This is heavy, feedback-laden stuff. For fans of Whores. and the slow caveman parts of The Dillinger Escape Plan. This will be your favorite Anti-Kansas City album of the year.

Dying Wish – Fragments Of A Bitter Memory

Genre: Hardcore/metalcore
Origin: Portland, Oregon
Label: SharpTone Records

Now here we have a hell of a debit from Dying Wish. This young quintet is combining hardcore furry, metalcore grooves, and lots of emotion to this. Lyrically this is intense and cathartic as vocalist Emma Boster puts a lot of her life out there.

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Enslaved – Caravans To The Outer Worlds

Genre: Progressive metal
Origin: Bergen, Norway
Label: Nuclear Blast

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Everyone's favorite frosty progsters are back with four new epics. I was surprised to see these guys popping up so soon after last year's mighty Utgard and four live records from this year. The band may have offered more Enslaved than you can handle over the last year, but I'll take the feast over the famine.

Four Stroke Baron – Classics

Genre: Progressive rock/experimental metal
Origin: Reno, Nevada
Label: Prosthetic

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On Classics Four Stroke Baron bring a rather unique flavor of prog. Parts of the record have Gojira grooves and love for harmonics, but it's blended with late-Devin Townsend Project glee and theatrics. The influence of the latter might be purposeful as Dev mixed this one. Then the vocals have an almost 80's Depeche Mode vibe to then.  It's very weird and very cool. Corinne has a review right here.

Frontierer – Oxidized

Genre: Progressive metalcore/electronic
Origin: Edinburgh, Scotland
Label: Blood Blast Distribution

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Oh wow. This is unrelenting. The of combination aggression and shrill noises is something this band does so well. It shouldn't be so captivating but its. Holy shit, my cat got scared and left the room while I listened to "Glacial Plasma." So if you're into cat-scaring music, this is your pick this week.

Full Of Hell – Garden Of Burning Apparitions

Genre: Powerviolence/Grindcore
Origin: Ocean City, Maryland
Label: Relapse

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Full Of Hell's fifth album is a twenty-ish minute journey through darkness, noise, and rage. This feels like everything the band has done before (and more) serving as both a nod to the fans that have been their the whole time and as an introduction to new listeners. Greg writes a lot of words about it here.

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KK's Priest – Sermons Of The Sinner

Genre: Heavy metal
Origin: Birmingham, England
Label: EX1

After leaving Judas Priest K.K. Downing did the next logical thing which was to get a couple other former JP fellas and form his own Priest. On drums we have Les Binks (who had his own non-Priest band called Les Binks' Priesthood) and Tim Owens (the inspiration for the Mark Wahlberg film Rock Star) on vocals. This is bombastic heavy metal as you'd expect from this outfit. Chad chats about it here.

Ministry – Moral Hygiene

Genre: Industrial
Origin: Chicago, Illinois
Label: Nuclear Blast

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Wrapping this week with Uncle Al. Every Ministry album is politically charged, but this one feels especially so. After all the shit since the last album in 2018, it's not surprising. However, it feels heightened on certain tracks with appearances by Jello Biafra (Lard reunion) and NWA's Arabian Prince. Musically, it unmistakably Ministry. Riley reviews it the record here.

Also dropping today…

  • 1000 Bone Cylinder Explosion – Bind (Self-released) – Thrash/black metal
  • 6:33 – Feary Tales For Strange Lullabies: The Dome (Wormholedeath) – Progressive/alternative metal
  • Actors – Acts of Worship (Artoffact Records) – Darkwave/post-punk
  • Babymetal – 10 Babymetal Budokan (Babymetal Records) – Heavy metal/J-pop
  • Caveman Cult – Blood And Extinction (Nuclear War Now! Productions) – Black/death metal
  • Churchburn – Genocidal Rite (Translation Loss Records) – Blackened sludge/doom
  • Crystal Spiders – Morieris (Ripple Music) – Stoner metal/doom
  • Duel – In Carne Persona (Heavy Psych Sounds) – Doom/stoner rock
  • Etxegiña – Herederos del Silencio (Self-released) – Black metal
  • Fear Connection – Progeny Of A Social Disease (Black Sunset/MDD) – Death metal/crust
  • Fiat Nox – In Contemptuous Defiance (Personal Records) – Black metal
  • Gloosh – Sylvan Coven (Self-released) – Black metal
  • Gràb – Zeitlang (Trollmusic) Black metal
  • Heiress – Distant Fires (Satanik Royalty Records) – Post-metal/sludge
  • Katatonia – Mnemosynean (Peaceville Records) – Progressive/gothic metal b-sides
  • Kryptos – Force of Danger (AFM Records) – Heavy metal/thrash
  • Laang 冷 – Xinteng 心疼 (Talheim Records) – Black metal
  • Lavaborne – Black Winged Gods (Wise Blood Records) – Heavy metal/doom
  • Light of the Morning Star – Charnel Noir (Debemur Morti Productions) – Gothic metal
  • Malgöth – Glory Through Savagery (Iron Bonehead Productions) – Black/death metal
  • Megalith Levitation – Void Psalms (Aesthetic Death) – Stoner metal/doom
  • NecroticGoreBeast – Human Deviance Galore (Comatose Music) – Brutal death metal
  • Pharmacist – Carnal Pollution (Black Hole Productions) – Death metal/grindcore
  • Sadistic Force – Aces Wild (Self-released) – Black metal/thrash
  • Seltar – Autoscopia (Beverina) – Black metal
  • Tempter's Sacrament – Temptation Steel Scourge (Invictus Productions) – Thrash
  • Unforged – Eye For An Eye (Fastball Music) – Groove metal
  • Vampires Everywhere – The Awakening (Cleopatra) – Gothic rock/metalcore
  • Wage War – Manic (Fearless) – Hardcore/metalcore
  • Wingless – Nonconform (Selfmadegod Records) – Death metal/doom
  • Xenosis – Paralleled Existence (Self-released) – Progressive death metal

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