This week’s new heavy metal releases include epic death metal, some nightmare fuel, big riffs, and more! To the metals…
Ex Deo – The Thirteen Years Of Nero
Genre: Melodic death metal
Origin: Montréal, Quebec
Over the last thirteen years (like the album name!) Maurizio Iacono from Kataklysm and his gang of metal pals have been telling tales of ancient Rome. Now on their fifth album, they are focused on Nero. There are songs about his mother Agrippina, Boudicca, and lots of other stuff I would need to Google. If you're into epic stories or epic death metal, get on this record. Chad does a deep dive here.
Filth Is Eternal – Filth Is Eternal, Love Is A Lie
Origin: Seattle, Washington
Label: Quiet Panic
Filth Is Eternal (fka Fucked and Bound) have returned with a new band name that you don't have to search for while incognito. Filth Is Eternal, Love Is A Lie still features brief songs that are bursts of pure aggression, but within these bursts they are covering more ground that ever before.
Hooded Menace – The Tritonus Bell
Genre: Doom/death metal
Origin: Joensuu, Finland
Label: Season Of Mist
If you're on a quest for lengthy gloom-infused death metal tracks, then you're searching for something very specific, buy you're in luck this week. The new Hooded Menace combines classic death metal riffs, slow ominous doom, the production style of a band like Gatecreeper, and still manages to be super catchy. The Tritonus Bell is spooky, but sticks in your brain and haunts your mind.
Jinjer – Wallflowers
Origin: Donetsk, Ukraine
After being forced to flee home mid-tour in 2020, Jinjer used their time off the road to work on what they're calling their most aggressive album so far. This album is more dynamic than they are giving themselves credit for though. When the heaviness of Wallflower hits, it hits hard with chunky breakdowns and breakneck rhythmic shifts, but when that is juxtaposed with soaring emotive parts like in the titular track, this band is really able to showcase their layers in an impressive way.
Leprous – Aphelion
Origin: Notodden, Norway
Over the last half decade or so Leprous has been straying from their metal roots on their progressive journey. They stopped using harsh vocals, Malina had low-gain on guitars, and Pitfalls felt more like a series of cinematic pieces. Aphelion has moments that hearken back to some of the Coal/The Congregation days of the band while remaining cinematic. The only thing it needs to be the most Leprous album it could be is a cameo from Ihsahn. Jordan has a full rundown of the record here.
Moon Unit – Differences in Language and Lifestyle
Origin: Zagreb, Croatia
Label: PRT Records
Now for some very different prog. This quintet of Croatians sounds like a mixture of Haken's love of the 80's, Devin Townsend's theatrical styling, and Faith No More's genre bending. This is a fun, upbeat romp of an album.
Our Place of Worship is Silence – Disavowed, and Left Hopeless
Genre: Death/black metal
Origin: Los Angeles, California
Label: Translation Loss Records
Let's shift to something that's not upbeat at all! The latest from this duo sounds like a nightmare, and this is my no means a slam on quality. This sounds like a horror show with lots of reverb, howling vocals, and turbulent percussion. There are melodic moments that give a bit of a relief, but for the most part this is bleak and angry. Check out the full stream here
Spirit Adrift – Forge Your Future EP
Genre: Heavy metal
Origin: Austin, Texas
Label: Century Media
Time for RIFFS. Last year saw the release of the stellar Enlightened in Eternity which didn't get the touring it deserved. Instead Spirit Adrift holed up and started writing some new stuff, and this EP is their favorite trio of songs that they wrote and recorded in lockdown. It's all the bombastic heavy metal you've come to expect and love from these guys.
Summoner's Circle – Chaos Vector
Genre: Progressive black metal
Origin: Knoxville, Tennessee
Label: Blood Blast Distribution
There's a lot going on with this band. Their own Bandcamp bio calls them, "Epic doom metal from the wastes of Mercury." I can't vouch for the Mercury thing, but this is pretty epic. However, this new record is more of a melodic black metal with death metal weaved in. I supposed there's a bit of a doom atmosphere, but it reminds me a lot of the last two Daniel Lioneye records.
Turnstile – Glow On
Origin: Baltimore, Maryland
This album is a ride. One song will be a track that is sure to get a pit going at a show held in a storage unit and the next will be a feel good summer jam curated for a Coachella crowd. This is a record that could both appeal to and be off-putting to fans of Tame Impala and Knocked Loose at the same time. The blend of these two worlds is very cool. Max's review is here.
White Stones – Dancing Into Oblivion
Genre: Progressive death metal
Origin: Barcelona, Spain
Label: Nuclear Blast
While the world continues to wait for Mikael Åkerfeldt to pull another Opeth record out of his big floppy hat, bassist Martín Méndez has been keeping the heavier side of his brain active with White Stones. This is their second album since their inception in 2019 and it is unsurprisingly rhythmically driven since is headed by a bassist. If you're foolish like me and slept on the first album, but are a fan of the early days of Opeth, you'll enjoy this.
Wormwitch – Wolf Hex
Genre: Black metal/crust
Origin: Vancouver, British Columbia
Buy now on Bandcamp
Wrapping this week with some grim Canadian crust. The third album from this outfit is delightfully nasty sounding. The guitar harmonies between Colby Hink and new guitarist Kyle Tavares are often offset by the darkness of the vocals and fury of the drums. They're kinda like Kvelertak, but sans all the fun vibes.
Also dropping today…
- Black Tarpoon – Moth Song (Roots Union Records) – Stoner/folk
- Boneyard – Oathbreaker (Wormholedeath) – Death metal/grindcore
- Botanist/Thief – Cicatrix/Diamond Brush Split (Prophecy) – Experimental/black metal
- The Bronx – The Bronx VI (Cooking Vinyl) – Punk/hardcore
- Comet Control – Inside The Sun (Tee Pee) – Psychedelic/stoner
- Confused – Riot (Confused Records) – Thrash/hardcore
- Crimson Fire – Another Dimension (No Remorse Records) – Power/heavy metl
- Devoid Of Thought – Outer World Graves (Everlasting Spew Records) – Death metal
- Fluisteraars – Gegrepen door de Geest der Zielsontluiking (Eisenwald) – Black metal
- Fotocrime – Heart Of Crime (Profound Lore Records) – Industrial
- Grayscale – Umbra (Fearless) – Alternative
- Grieving – Songs for the Weary (Interstellar Smoke Records) – Doom
- Headshrinker – Callous Indifference (Self-released) – Dxperimental death metal – Full stream
- Heathen Rites – Heritage (Svart) – Doom
- Horte – Maa antaa yon vaientaa (Pelagic) – Shoegaze/doom
- Danko Jones – Power Trio (Sonic Unyon) – Rock
- Kal-El – Dark Majesty (Majestic Mountain Records) – Stoner – Full stream
- Kat Von D – Love Made Me Do It (Self-released) – Synthwave/gothic rock
- Kilprez – Patron Saint of Lost Causes (Self-released) – Mathcore/technical death metal – Full stream
- Low Flying Hawks – Fuyu (Magnetic Eye Records) – Doom/post-metal
- Maysaloon – A Lip to Earth, A Lip to Heaven and A Tongue to the Stars (Self-released) – Death metal
- Maze of Terror – Offer to the Fucking Beasts (Xtreem Music) – Thrash
- Neal Morse Band – Innocence & Danger (InsideOut) – Progressive
- Nunslaughter – Red Is The Color Of Ripping Death (Hells Headbangers) – Death metal
- Phinehas – The First Itself (Solid State) – Metalcore
- Ruin – Spread Plague Death (Nameless Grave Records) – Death metal
- Obscurity – Skogarmaors (Trollzorn) – Black/death metal
- Oxygen Destroyer – Sinister Monstrosities Spawned by the Unfathomable Ignorance of Humankind (Redefining Darkness Records) – Thrash/death metal
- Sculptured – The Liminal Phase (BMG) -Progressive/melodic death metal
- The Slow Death – Siege (Transcending Obscurity Records) – Death metal/doom
- Sons Of Alpha Centauri – Push (Exile On Mainstream) – Post-rock/post-metal
- Sallow Moth / Vmthanaachtch – Split (Self-released) Death metal/experimental
- Tesseract – Portals (Kscope) – Progressive/djent
- Thyrfing – Vanagandr (Despotz) – Folk/black metal
- Torment And Glory – We Left A Note With An Apology (Sargent House) – Singer/songwriter
- Toxic Ruin – Nightmare Eclipse (M-Theory) – Thrash
- Unjustified Existence – Lonesome Roads (Self-released) – Thrash/death metal
- Venues – Solace (Arising Empires) – Post-hardcore/groove metal
- Voidgazer – Dance Of The Undesirables (Self-released) – "biker prog"
- Yanomamo/Slomatics – Split (Iommium Records) – Sludge