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THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From BATTLE BEAST, ZEAL & ARDOR and More Out Today – 3/22

This week's new heavy metal releases include some technical prog, some spacey prog, some sad prog, and more that isn't prog!
To the metals…

This week's new heavy metal releases include some technical prog, some spacey prog, some sad prog, and more that isn't prog!

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To the metals…

Battle Beast – No More Hollywood Endings

Genre: Heavy metal/power metal
Origin: Helsinki, Finland
Label: Nuclear Blast

This is going to be a rather epic week, and this might be the most grandiose of the albums I'm featuring. This has soaring melodies that are catchy as fuck ("Eden" has been stuck in my head for about a week now) and it has mid-tempo, four on the floor rhythms. All in all, what you'd want from an album of this sort.


Cellar Darling – The Spell
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Genre: Progressive
Origin: Lucerne, Switzerland
Label: Nuclear Blast

Here is where the Weekly Injection begins to turn. Cellar Darling have some powerful elements to them, which might be due to their former ties to Eluveitie. However, this trio is more experimental, and proggier than their former band. This, their second album, is a hurdy-gurdy filled album that makes me want to hear anything and everything else I can find by this band.


The Mute Gods – Atheists and Believers 

Genre: Progressive
Origin: England
Label: InsideOut

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The trio of Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson, Kajagoogoo), Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, ex-Stevevn Wilson), and Roger King (Steve Hackett) have returned with  their third, and potentially final album. This one also might be their most political one to date. It closes a couple loops opened on the first album, which is a cool proggy move for all you prog dorks out there. An added bonus is that the album features an appearance from Rush's Alex Lifeson.


Raiju – Non Sequitur 

Genre: Progressive metal
Origin: San Francisco, California
Label: Self-released

More prog? YES! We've already showcased these guys a bit, but this album… Good golly. This is melodic, technical, weird, and wonderful. If this album doesn't break this band, I'll be very surprised.

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Sermon – Birth Of The Marvellous

Genre: Progressive rock
Origin: London, England
Label: Prosthetic

Fans of Soen and Katatonia should check this band out. They are rhythmically quirky and have such a bummer vibe. Then to add more progressive dorkiness to their whole thing, this album is also a concept album exploring theology.


Zeal & Ardor – Live In London
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Genre: Blues/Gospel/Black metal
Origin: New York, New York
Label: MVKA/Radicalis

Manuel Gagneux and his band dropped one of the most interesting albums of last year in Stranger Fruit, and they are striking while the iron is hot with this live follow-up. Zeal & Ardor are a solid band, but they're truly a force on stage and this album does a great job of capturing that. See them live of course, but if you can't (or just want to relive the experience), get this.


Also dropping today…

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Accursed Spawn – The Virulent Host (PRC Music) – Death metal
Almost Honest – Seiches and Sirens (Electric Talon Records) – Hard rock/stoner rock
Aoratos – Gods Without Name (Debemur Morti Productions) – Ambient/black metal
Ashen Horde – Fallen Cathedrals (Extrem Metal Music/Rockshots Records) – Progressive black metal
Blacklist 9 – Mentally Ill, Legally Sane (Eclipse Records) – Groove metal
Bleeding Utopia – Where the Light Comes to Die (Black Lion Records, Spiritual Beast) – Melodic death metal
Bloodbound – Rise Of The Dragon Empire (AFM) – Power metal
Burning Rain – Face The Music (Frontiers) – Hard rock/heavy metal
Cast Down – A Deconstruction of Self (EVP Recordings) – Metalcore
Dim Aura – The Triumphant Age of Death (Saturnal Records) – Black metal
The End Machine – The End Machine (Frontiers) – Rock
The Flaying – Angry, Undead (PRC Music) – Melodic death metal
Folian – Ache Pillars (Apneic Void Sounds) – Ambient black metal
From Sorrow To Serenity – Reclaim (Long Branch Records) – Metalcore
Frozen Crown – Crowned In Frost (Scarlet) – Power metal
Good Tiger – Redux EP (Metal Blade) – Progressive/electronic
Gore – Revanche (Exile On Mainstream) – Instrumental/technical rock
Harem Scarem – Power Crazy (Frontiers) – Rock
High Reeper – Higher Reeper (Heavy Psych Sounds) – Doom/hard rock
La Dispute – Panorama (Epitaph) – Post-hardcore
Megadeth – Warheads On Foreheads (Capitol) – Compilation-core
Nusquama – Horizon Ontheemt (Eisenwald/Haeresis Noviomagi) – Black metal/experimental
Obsidian Sea – Strangers (Ripple) Doom
Parting Gift – Ensom EP (Fearless) – Alternative rock
Red Sun Rising – Peel EP (Fearless) – Alternative rock
RPWL – Tales From Outer Space (Gentle Art of Music) – Progressive rock
Sigils – You Built the Altar, You Lit the Leaves (self-released) – Doom
Tempel – Tempel (Jansen Records) – Hard rock
Robin Trower – Coming Closer To The Day (Provogue/Mascot) – Rock
Undead Prophecies – Sempiternal Voices (Listenable) – Death metal
Unnatural Ways – The Paranoia Party (Sleeping Giant Glossolalia) – Experimental 
Witherfall – Vintage EP (Century Media) – Dark melodic metal
Zero Fire – Second Sun (Self-Released) – Hard rock

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