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THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From VILDHJARTA, TOM MORELLO, and More Out Today – 10/15

Plus releases from John Carpenter, The Agonist, Aeon, and Hate.

This week’s new heavy metal releases include some hard-hitting death metal, a melodic metal adventure, a cameo from The Boss, and more! To the metals…

Aeon – God Ends Here
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Genre: Death metal
Origin: Östersund, Sweden
Label: Metal Blade

It's been nine years since this death metal powerhouse has brought the bludgeoning, and they came back with another sonic battering. This one rarely lets up. I could see this one at the top of many a death metal fan's end of the year list.

The Agonist – Days Before The World Wept EP

Genre: Melodic death metal
Origin: Montreal, Quebec
Label: Napalm

Real talk, for as good as Orphans was, this EP is the best thing The Agonist has done in a lot of years. The five tracks cover their most melodic highs, their shreddiest guitar-work, hardest hitting rhythms, and some truly epic tracks. Despite being an EP, it covers more ground that I have ever heard them cover before.

John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies – Halloween Kills Original Soundtrack
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Genre: Movie score
Origin: Carthage, New York
Label: Sacred Bones

Look, this isn't metal, but it belongs here. This soundtrack plays like a horror experience in itself. The tracks build tension and have sonic jump scares all on their own. Master of spooky tunes John Carpenter, his son Cody, and godson Daniel put a hell of a record together here. Even without the visuals of the film, it's a blast.

Hate – Rugia

Genre: Blackened death metal
Origin: Warsaw, Poland
Label: Metal Blade

I love when I get to a band like Hate. Their name tells you exactly what they are a going to sound like, so when the blackened death metal hits, it's oddly comforting. This is some evil epic shit too. If you're a fan of Behemoth, but feel like they've gotten too artsy, then slam Rugia into your ears.

Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground Fire
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Genre: Hard rock
Origin: Harlem, New York
Label: Mom + Pop Records

Tom Morello has a wild list of pals and he has gathered another collection of them to help him on his new solo record. This one has Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Phantogram, Bring Me The Horizon, Damian Marley, and lots more. This isn't just guest spots though as Tom's unique guitar playing remains the star.

Vildhjarta – Måsstaden Under Vatten

Genre: Progressive metal/djent
Origin: Hudiksvall, Sweden
Label: Century Media

Wrapping this week with some chonky grooves. It's been a decade since these guys have dropped a full-album, and they haven't lost the djent in that time. You're getting a lot of it too as this clocks in around eighty minutes. That's a lot of thall. Max has a full review here.

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Also dropping today…

  • Alcatrazz – V (Silver Lining) – Heavy metal
  • Bodyguerra – Fire & Soul (Fastball Music) – Hard rock
  • Bound In Fear – Penance (Unique Leader Records) – Deathcore
  • Cherubs – SLO BLO 4 FRNZ & SXY EP (Relapse) – Alternative
  • Crystal Coffin – The Starway Eternal (Self-released) Black metal
  • Ded – School Of Thought (Suretone) – Nu metal
  • Destinity – In Continuum (Crimson Productions) -Black/death metal
  • Deviant Process – Nurture (Season Of Mist) – Progressive death metal
  • Feed The Corpses To The Pigs – This Insidious Horror (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) – Death/black metal
  • Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes – Sticky (AWAL) – Punk
  • The Georgia Thunderbolts – Can We Get A Witness (Mascot) – Southern rock
  • Gemini Syndrome – 3rd Degree – The Raising (Century Media) – Alternative metal
  • The Grandmaster – Skywards (Frontiers) – Power metal
  • Gravesend – From the Gutter / To the Grave (Decibel) – Death metal/grindcore
  • High Desert Queen – Secrets Of The Black Moon (Ripple) – Stoner
  • Hippotraktor – Meridian (Pelagic) – Progressive/post-metal
  • Ice Nine Kills – The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood (Fearless) – Metalcore
  • Illudium – Ash Of The Womb (Prophecy Productions) – Post-metal
  • Lair Of The White Worm – EP1 (APF Records/Trepanation Recordings) – Industrial/experimental
  • Leverage – Above The Beyond (Frontiers) – Power metal
  • Lords Of Black – Alchemy Of Souls Part II (Frontiers) – Power metal
  • The Lucid – The Lucid (SpoilerHead) – Hard rock
  • The Melvins – Five Legged Dog (Ipecac) – Acoustic/sludge
  • Misanthur – Ephemeris (Season of Mist Underground Activists) – Black metal
  • Necromantia – To The Depths We Descend… (The Circle Music/Hell's Fire Records/Rabauw Records) – Black metal
  • Noltem – Illusions in the Wake (Transcending Obscurity Records) – Atmospheric black metal
  • NŪR – Negative Transfer (Suicide Records) – Sludge/post-metal
  • Dug Pinnick – Joy Bomb (Rat Pak) – Hard rock
  • Reaping Asmodeia – Darkened Infinity (Prosthetic)
  • The Silver – Ward Of Roses (Gilead) – Black metal/experimental
  • Shi – 死 – Basement Wizard (Self-released) – Doom/stoner
  • Sol Sistere – Sol Sistere (Cult of Parthenope) – Atmospheric black metal
  • Snafu – Exile//Banishment (Housecore Records) – Hardcore/thrash
  • Superstatic – Glimmering Veil (Solitude Productions) -Black Metal/ambient
  • Tunic – Quitter (Artoffact Records) – Punk/noise
  • Twelve Foot Ninja – Vengeance (Volkanik) – Djent/alternative metal
  • Zetar – Devouring Darkness (Spirit Coffin Publishing)

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