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THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From BABYMETAL, NE OBLIVISCARIS & More Out Today 3/24

Plus releases from August Burns Red, Exploring Birdsong, Ihsahn, Keep of Kaleesin, Floor Jansen, Liturgy, Mork & Ov Sulfur.

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This week's new heavy metal releases includes honestly too much good stuff. You're getting an epic deathcore debut, a lot of fun stuff, violin, glitchy experimentalism, and more!

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You can also check out select new releases here on vinyl via Gimme Metal. Now, to the metals…

August Burns Red – Death Below

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Genre: Metalcore
Origin: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Label: SharpTone

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Album number ten from these shreddy metalcore lads sees them showcasing just so many notes and melodic bursts. They have a gaggle of pals with them as well. You're getting guest spots from Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage), J.T. Cavey (Erra), Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath), and Jason Richardson (All That Remains).

Babymetal – the Other One

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Genre: Pop metal
Origin: Tokyo, Japan
Label: Self-released

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It's been four years since Babymetal traversed the Metal Galaxy and now they're back with a concept album about parallel worlds. As expected this is catchy as hell and a lot of fun.

Exploring Birdsong – Dancing In The Face Of Danger

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Genre: Progressive rock
Origin: Liverpool, England
Label: Long Brance Records

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This EP is a brief but solid collections of songs that toe the line of symphonic metal while having a Riverside-ish prog sensibility. It's incredibly catchy, plus not a guitar in sight.


Ihsahn – Fascination Street Sessions

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Genre: Progressive/black metal
Origin: Notodden, Norway
Label: Candleight

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Ihsahn has really gotten into EPs over the last handful of years. On his latest you're getting a trio of experimental and blackened prog tracks that are all pretty killer. But don't take my word for it. Jeff has a glowing review here.

Keep Of Kalessin – Katharsis

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Genre: Melodic black/death metal
Origin: Trondheim, Norway
Label: Back On Black

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Pairing rather well with Ihsahn is the latest from Keep of Kalessin. Their first album in eight years is an epic and intense ride of an album. They're also showing off their shiny new drummer Wanja Gröger from Àletrun, Voldt, and a million other bands because he's a metal drummer.

Floor Jansen – Paragon 

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Genre: Symphonic pop
Origin: Goirle, Netherlands
Label: Self-released

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While closer to Adele or the non-Broadway/Disney work of Idina Menzel than Nightwish, Floor Jansen's first solo album is still quite grand. She soars over a variety of musical beds that range from sweeping symphonies, to subtle atmospheric beats, to tracks that are a little twangy. Paragon is a diverse offering that may not appeal to metal fans, but it's a successful venture outside of a comfort zone.

Liturgy – 93696

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Genre: Black metal/experimental
Origin: Brooklyn, New York
Label: Thrill Jockey

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If you've kept up with Liturgy, you know that each release is often a different beast. Sometimes you're getting straight ahead black metal and other times glitchy, trap beat-infused experimental stuff. On 93696, you're getting all that and more. Haela Ravenna Hunt-Hendrix's ability to keep you guessing here is well worth a listen (or many).

Mork – Dypet

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Genre: Black metal
Origin: Halden, Norway
Label: Peaceville

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I was prepared to start writing about no bullshit black metal for the fans of all things grim, then a very sci-fi sounding synth hit in the song below. So I have to walk that back a little. At it's core the latest from Mork is grim and evil and all that, but there is a through line of spooky weirdness that makes it so compelling. Jillian's full review is here.

Ne Obliviscaris – Exul

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Genre: Progressive black/extreme metal
Origin: Melbourne, Australia
Label: Season Of Mist

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Golly there's a lot going on with this one. The band's first album in six years sees a new bassist (Martino Garattoni) who immediately is a stand out performer, and this is a sendoff for their longtime drummer Dan Presland who is no slouch himself. This feels like a focused and precise album that fans of Citadel will enjoy. Very happy to have these guys back. Jordan's full review is here.

Ov Sulfur – The Burden Ov Faith

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Genre: Blackened deathcore
Origin: Las Vegas, Nevada
Label: Century Media

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Concluding this week with a heavy one. Ov Sulver's debut hits you hard with their unique take on epic deathcore. Blackened elements are paired crushing rhythms and immense symphonics. And then you know I love a guest list! This one has Alex Terrible (Slaughter to Prevail), Taylor Barber (Left to Suffer), Howard Jones (Light The Torch), Kyle Medina (Bodysnatcher), and Lindsay Schoolcraft (Antiqva).

Also dropping today…

  • Acid King – Beyond Vision (Blues Funeral) – Stoner – Full review
  • Angerot The Profound Recreant (Redefining Darkness Records) – Death metal
  • Aphotic Abyssgazer (Sentient Ruin) – Doom/atmospheric death metal
  • Asylum PyreCall Me Inhuman (The Sun – The Fight – Part 5) (Ellie Publishing) – Progressive/power metal
  • Atomic Trip Strike #3 (Tentacles Industries) – Stoner/doom
  • Basil's Kite Shooting Tsars (Dark Trail Records) – Mathcore
  • Blind OathBlind Oath (Horton Records) – Heavy metal
  • Bouncing Souls – Ten Stories High (Pure Noise) – Punk
  • Catacomb When The Stars Are Right (Xtreem Music) – Death metal
  • Category VIFirecry (Moribund Records) – Heavy metal
  • Cruachan – The Living And The Dead (Despotz) – Folk metal
  • Dawn Ray'd – To Know The Light (Prosthetic) – Black metal
  • Eisenkult Vulgäre, deutsche Hassmusik (Purity Through Fire) – Black metal
  • Endless, NamelessLiving Without (Silent Pendulum Records) – Progressive metal/mathcore
  • Excalion Once Upon A Time (Scarlet Records) – Power metal
  • Fake Names – Expendables (Epitaph) – Post-hardcore
  • Fall Out Boy – So Much (For) Stardust (Fueled By Ramen/Elektra) – Pop punk/rock
  • Fatso Jetson/Dali's LlamaLegends of the Desert Vol. 3 (Desert Records) – Desert rock
  • FirmamentWe Don't Rise We Just Fall (Dying Victims Productions) – Heavy metal/hard rock
  • Forcefed Horsehead Monoceros (Owlripper Recordings) – Death metal/hardcore
  • Gabestok Med Freden Kommer Hadet (Strange Aeons Records) – Black metal
  • GatekeeperFrom Western Shores (Cruz Del Sur Music) – Heavy metal
  • Grande Royale Welcome to Grime Town (The Sign records) – Hard rock
  • Grisly Tomb King (VIC Records) Death metal
  • Hatesphere – Hatred Reborn (Scarlet) – Thrash
  • Hellcrash Demonic Assassination (Dying Victims Productions) – Black/speed metal
  • The HIRS Collective – We're Still Here (Get Better Records) – Grindcore
  • Kärbholz Kapitel (Metalville Records) – Punk
  • Kings Of Thrash Best Of The West…Live At The Whisky A Go Go (Cleopatra Records) – Thrash
  • Kuoleman Galleria Pedon Synty (Inverse Records) – Black 'n' roll
  • Marianas Rest – Auer (Napalm) – Melodic death metal/doom
  • Maze Of SothothExtirpated Light (Everlasting Spew Records) – Technical death metal
  • Metasphæra Metasphæra (Self-released) – Progressive metal
  • Mono Heaven, Vol. I (Pelagic Records) – Post-rock/metal
  • Morass Of MolassesEnd All We Know (Ripple Music) – Stoner
  • Ottto Life Is A Game (Org) – Hard rock/heavy metal – Full review
  • Project 86OMNI, Part 1 (OMNI Records) – Death metal/doom
  • Purveyor Of Chaos Purveyor Of Chaos (Wormholedeath) – Power metal/hard rock
  • A Road To Damascus Darker Places (Prime Collective) – Hard rock
  • Saxon – More Inspirations (Silver Lining) – Heavy metal
  • Seven Spires – Live At ProgPower USA XXI (Frontiers) – Symphonic metal
  • Shore Of Null The Loss Of Beauty (Spikerot Records) – Melodic death metal
  • Spectral Lore11 Days (Self-released) – Atmospheric/ambient black metal
  • Subway To Sally – Himmelfahrt (Napalm) – Folk metal
  • Tragedian Master Of Illusions (Pride & Joy Music) – Power/speed metal
  • The Turin Horse Unsavory Impurities (Reptilian Records) – Noise rock
  • Whore Of Bethlehem Ritual Of Homicide (Comatose Music) – Brutal death/black metal
  • Woe Unto Me – Along The Meandering Ordeals, Reshape The Pivot Of Harmony (M-Theory) – Funeral doom
  • Xalpen The Curse Of Kwányep (Sound Pollution/Black Lodge) – Black metal
  • Xysma No Place Like Alone (Svart) – Thrash

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