This edition includes lots of experimenting, some melodic doom, an album you'll be mad at me for highlighting, and more! To the metals…
Aver – Orbis Majora
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Origin: Sydney, Australia
Label: Ripple Music
If you're looking to get spacey and weird then this is the album for you this week. This album consists of five lengthy experimental tracks that will completely consume you. If you're into bands like Astra and Kikagaku Moyo, then this will be another band for you to enjoy while very high.
A Pale Horse Named Death – When The World Becomes Undone
Genre: Doom/Gothic Metal
Origin: New York City, New York
Label: Long Branch Records)
It's been six long years since Sal Abruscato (ex-Type O Negative, ex-Life of Agony, etc) and his gang (which oddly enough also includes Johnny Kelly, the other former drummer of Type O) got sad and slow all over everyone. There is definitely the vibe of his most noted former band here, but I'm getting a lot of Alice In Chains here as well.
Arch Enemy – Covered In Blood
Genre: melodic death metal
Origin: Halmstad, Sweden
Label: Century Media
Over Arch Enemy's almost twenty-five years, the band has covered a lot of artists. Like, a fuck ton. This album is a compilation of two dozen covers from their entire career. It features covers of Judas Priest, Carcass, Iron Maiden, Tears For Fears, Shitlickers, and more. It's pretty cool hearing all the band's vocalist on one release, so it also has that going for it.
Malevolent Creation – The 13th Beast
Genre: Death metal
Origin: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Label: Hammerheart Records
Fine. Here's some straight up death metal for you. This album sounds like all the rage of the Florida scene the band helped build with some modern flairs and production. I must say that it bothers me that The 13th Beast only has eleven songs. Couldn't whip out two more tracks and play into the theme a lil more guys?
Papa Roach – Who Do You Trust?
Genre: Alternative rock
Origin: Vacaville, California
Label: Eleven Seven Music
You mad I'm talking about this? I'm supposed to talk about new releases in the metal and hard rock scene, so this technically falls into that. It's certainly something though. This might have worked like fifteen years ago, it feels so weird now. Then again, nu metal is making a comeback, so this might go well for them. I live near Sacramento (which has adopted the band despite them being from a few towns over), and people here still shit themselves over their hometown boys. So this mention is for them I guess.
The Crown Remnant – The Wicked King: Part II
Genre: Groove metal/melodic death metal
Origin: Los Angeles, California
Let's end this week with something cool. This album is a rather diverse offering that is based in melodic death metal but has moments of groove metal, metalcore, and more. This is part two of a two-part concept album that began in December 2017 with The Wicked King: Part I. So it also has a big, fun story to it which I am all about.
Also dropping today
Astrophobos – Malice Of Antiquity (Triumvirate Records) – Black metal
Cane Hill – Kill The Sun (Rise Records) – Nu metal
Dust Bolt – Trapped In Chaos (Napalm) – Thrash
Fever 333 – Strength In Numb333rs (333 Wreckords/Roadrunner) – Rap metal
Flotsam And Jetsam – The End Of Chaos (AFM Records) – Power metal/thrash
Guillotines – The Killing Season (Stay Sick Recordings) – Breakdowns
Leach – Hymns For the Hollow (Self-Released) – Metalcore/thrash
Magnum – Live At The Symphony Hall (SPV/Steamhammer) – Hard rock
The Mound Builders – The Mound Builders (Failure Records & Tapes) – Sludge/Stoner
Musmahhu – Reign of the Odious (Iron Bonehead) – Black metal
OOMPH! – Ritual (Napalm Records) – Hard rock
Raven – Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg (SPV/Steamhammer) – Speed metal
Thursday – Full Collapse (Olive Green Vinyl) (Victory) – Post-hardcore
Trollfest – Norwegian Fairytales (NoiseArt) – Folk metal
Woorms – Slake Hospital (Records/Sludgelord Records) – Sludge/noise
Wristmeetrazor – Misery Never Forgets (Prosthetic Records) – Metalcore
Zed – Desperation Blues (Ripple Music) – Rock