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THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From IRON MAIDEN, CARNIFEX, and More Out Today – 9/3

Plus releases from The Necrosexual, The Night Flight Orchestra, Sermon of Flames, Auri, Portrait, and Two Minutes To Late Night.

This week’s new heavy metal releases include meat loincloths, undead samurai, and more! To the metals…

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ALSO! Today, Bandcamp is doing their day of giving 100% of what you pay directly to the labels and artists as Covid-19 Pandemic relief. So if you can get stuff from Bandcamp, please do.

Auri – II: Those We Don't Speak Of

Genre: Folk/symphonic metal
Origin: Finland
Label: Nuclear Blast

Getting this week started with some sweeping folk metal. The band consists of folk singer Johanna Kurkela, Nightwish's Tuomas Holopainen, and frequent Nightwish collaborator Troy Donockley, and it sounds like a sum if its parts. While not the heaviest thing out this week, this is some massive, emotive, beautiful music for fans of The Gentle Storm.

Carnifex – Graveside Confessions

Genre: Blackened deathcore
Origin: San Diego, California
Label: Nuclear Blast

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On their eighth album these blackened deathcore masters are bringing the evil heaviness. This is truly some of the darkest and heaviest stuff I've heard in a while. They are also celebrating their fifteenth year as a band by including a few re-recordings of older songs like "Slit Wrist Savior" as well. Scott Lewis sat down with Frank to talk all about this album here, then Riley has a deep dive on the record here.

Iron Maiden – Senjutsu

Genre: Heavy metal
Origin: London, England
Label: BMG

If you've been a fan of Iron Maiden since Brave new World, you're going to have a good time with this album. Steve Harris gallops? Check. Soaring Bruce vocals? Check. Triple guitar harmonies? Check. It's everything you'd want from Maiden these days. Just settle in and grab some snacks because, this is a long one with long songs.

The Necrosexual – Seeds of Seduction

Genre: Black/speed metal
Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Label: Folkvangr Records

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Well if it isn't our very own friendly neighborhood Necrosexual. On this EP Necro sets out to get a circle pit going with five tracks of throwback speed metal, but also wants to get you hungry and maybe even a lil horny. If you're into Venom, Show No Mercy-era Slayer, and the likes you'd dig this.

The Night Flight Orchestra – Aeromantic II

Genre: Hard rock/album oriented rock
Origin: Helsingborg, Sweden
Label: Nuclear Blast

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Now it's time to hop on a yacht and set sail with The Night Flight Orchestra. Just a year and some change after Aeromantic, they are back with more AOR with Aeromantic II. I must once again praise the versatility of Bjorn Strid (Soilwork), Sharlee D'Angelo (Arch Enemy), and the rest as I still can't get over how well these melodic death metal dudes pull this off. This is perfect cruising in GTA Vice City music.

Portrait – At One With None

Genre: Heavy metal
Origin: Kristianstad, Sweden
Label: Metal Blade

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Looking for some battle metal? Look no further than Portrait. At One With None reminds me of Judas Priest with shreddier guitar work, and a darker aura. This is a fun one.

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Sermon of Flames – I Have Seen the Light, and It Was Repulsive

Genre: Death/black metal
Origin: Ireland
Label: I, Voidhanger Records

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Now how about some easy listening? Actually, this is as about as far as one could go from easy listening. This has all the chaos of Anaal Nathrakh with the experimental nature of Imperial Triumphant. This is a journey, and one that is clearly unpleasant by design.

Two Minutes To Late Night – Covers Volume Nine

Genre: All-star heavy metal covers
Origin: Various
Label: Self-released

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Buy TODAY ONLY on Bandcamp

Two Minutes To Late Night pivoted their whole thing during this quarantine and have been putting out fun star-studded covers. Today (September third) and today only, they are putting out their latest Bandcamp exclusive EP. This one includes their takes on Toto's “Hold the Line”, Bruce Springsteen's “Dancing in the Dark,” the incredible 90's Club Medley, and more. Get it before it's gone.

Also dropping today…

  • Apallic – Edge of Desolation (Kernkraftritter Records) – Progressive Death Metal
  • Aran – Pimeyttä Vasten (Naturmacht Productions) – Atmospheric black metal
  • Beyond Grace – Our Kingdom Undone (Prosthetic) – Death metal
  • Bokassa – Molotov Rocktail (Napalm) – Hard rock
  • Claymorean – Eulogy for the Gods (Self-released) -Power metal
  • Defacement – Defacement (I, Voidhanger Records) – Death/black metal
  • Deformatory – Inversion of The Unseen Horizon (Self-released) – Technical death metal
  • Doctor Smoke – Dreamers and the Dead (Ripple Music) – Doom/heavy metal
  • Down Again – Bury The Bones (Self-released) – Post-hardcore
  • Dragon Breath – The Awakening (Self-released) – Heavy metal
  • Earth Groans – The Body EP (Solid State) – Metalcore
  • Foreign Pain – Death Of Divinity (Good Fight Music) -Metalcore
  • Forever Autumn – Hail the Forest Dark (Self-released) – Black metal
  • Genophobic Perversion – Gore Reprisal (Self-released) – Noise/grindcore
  • Illum Adora – Ophidian Kult (Self-released) Black metal
  • Malison – Death's Embrace (Metal Assault Records) – Heavy metal/thrash
  • Matsunaga Was Right – Kings Of The Deathmatch (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) – Grindcore
  • Meadows – In Those Days & Also After (Facedown Records) – Post-hardcore
  • Mysterizer – The Holy War 1095 (Rockshots Records) – Heavy metal
  • Pestilential – Shadows Revenant (Seance Records) – Black metal
  • The Picturebooks – The Major Minor Collective (Century Media) – Blues rock
  • Rise to the Sky – Per Aspera Ad Astra (GS Productions) – Atmospheric death metal/doom
  • Sol Kia – Zos Ethos (I, Voidhanger Records) – Black metal/drone`
  • Tommy Stewart's Dyerwulf – Doomsday Deferred (Black Doomba Records) – Doom
  • Trna – Istok (Candlelight Records) – Black metal/shoegaze
  • Tuesday The Sky – The Blurred Horizon (Metal Blade) – Progressive
  • Vessel of Iniquity/Thecondontion – The Permian-Triassic Extinction Event (I, Voidhanger Records) – Death/black metal
  • The Wildhearts – 21st Century Love Songs (Graphite Records) – Rock
  • Wingtips – Cutting Room Floor (Artoffact Records) – Synthwave

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