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THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From BEHEMOTH, THE MARS VOLTA & More Out Today 9/16

Plus releases from Wolfheart, Lybica, The Erinyes, Destrage, The Devil Wears Prada, and Clutch.

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This week's new heavy metal releases include Earth Rockers getting experimental, evil death metallers slowing things down a little, prog rock icons getting poppy, and more! To the metals, and always you can get a select few of the below releases on vinyl and CD here.

Behemoth – Opvs Contra Natvram

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From BEHEMOTH, THE MARS VOLTA & More Out Today 9/16

Genre: Blackened death metal
Origin: Gdańsk, Poland
Label: Nuclear Blast

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Nergal and pals have returned with their latest batch of epic blackened death metal tunes on Opvs Contra Natvram. They're slowing things down a lil' this time, but they're still keeping it evil. Jeff has a full review here and Frank has a chat with Nergal here. Get it on vinyl and CD here.

Clutch – Sunrise On Slaughter Beach

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From BEHEMOTH, THE MARS VOLTA & More Out Today 9/16

Genre: Stoner rock
Origin: Germantown, Maryland
Label: Weathermaker

Sunrise On Slaughter Beach is Clutch's weirdest record in quite some time, and it's lovely for the weirdness. Riffs and the esoteric bark of Neil Fallon are still at the forefront, but you're getting some vibraphone, theremin, and more this time. Clutch is one of rock's most consistent, but it's great hearing them dabble again. Dillion got some insight on the new record and more from Neil here and Shaun has a review here. Get it on CD here.

Destrage – SO MUCH. too much.

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From BEHEMOTH, THE MARS VOLTA & More Out Today 9/16

Genre: Progressive/experimental metal
Origin: Milan, Italy
Label: 3DOT

Speaking of dabbling, the latest from Destrage is constant chaotic dabbling. The band take us down a winding road of rapid genre shifts, dissonant guitar shrieks, djenty rhythms, and moments of catchy melodies. This is one to listen to multiple times as you might miss things the first time around… like the Devin Townsend cameo. Get it on vinyl here.

The Devil Wears Prada – Color Decay

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From BEHEMOTH, THE MARS VOLTA & More Out Today 9/16

Genre: Metalcore
Origin: Dayton, Ohio
Label: Solid State

If you take Destrage and swap the chaos and melody ratios, you'd get the latest from The Devil Wears Prada… or something. This is scream-infused earworm heavy metal. You're getting front to back empowering metalcore sing-a-longs, and honestly I'm not mad about it. Get it on vinyl here.

The Erinyes – The Erinyes

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From BEHEMOTH, THE MARS VOLTA & More Out Today 9/16

Genre: Power/symphonic metal
Origin: International
Label: Frontiers

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I frankly don't know a lot about this band, but their concept is pretty cool. This is soaring symphonic metal with a trio of lead vocalists. Those singers are Justine Daaé (Elyose), Mizuho Lin (Semblant), and Nicoletta Rosellini (Walk In Darkness/ Kalidia) and they mesh really well together. If you're into Within Temptation and the likes, but wish you could shake up the vocals mid-song, then this is the band for you this week. Get in on CD here.

Lybica – Lybica

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From BEHEMOTH, THE MARS VOLTA & More Out Today 9/16

Genre: Post-metal/rock
Origin: Florida
Label: Metal Blade

When bands couldn't tour Killswitch Engage drummer Justin Foley picked up a guitar, got some pals, and started this band. They've got some Caspian or This Will Destroy You moments of atmospheric waves, but they also shift to straight ahead instrumental rock jams. Killswitch fans may miss the uplifting lyrics of overcoming and/or love, but you'll still get the feeling those songs give you when the music swells. Also, this record is a love letter to cats. Get it on CD here.

The Mars Volta – The Mars Volta

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From BEHEMOTH, THE MARS VOLTA & More Out Today 9/16

Genre: Progressive rock/pop
Origin: El Paso, Texas
Label: Clouds Hill

This reunion is funny to me. Sure, the last Mars Volta record was a decade ago, but Omar and Cedric have basically never stopped working together by modern band standards. Antemasque was 2014, there were two At the Drive-In releases in 2017, and at least a couple Omar solo collabs in there. And yet, I too had hope in the world once again when their reunion was announced. Then, in a very Mars Volta move, they came back with a pop record. Don't get me wrong, It's pop like a Peter Gabriel record is "pop," which is to say still very experimental yet melodic. Old school fans might miss the spacy jams though. Get it on vinyl here.

Wolfheart – King Of The North

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From BEHEMOTH, THE MARS VOLTA & More Out Today 9/16

Genre: Melodic death metal
Origin: Lahti, Finland
Label: Napalm

Wrapping this week with some Finnish melo death. Wolfheart's King of the North is the perfect blend of crushing death metal and grand choruses. Helping out with the death metal there's a guest spot from Karl Sanders (Nile) and helping them with some big choruses is Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) on a track. Get it on CD here.

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Also dropping today…

  • The 69 Eyes – Drive EP (Atomic Fire) – Gothic rock
  • Assimilator Assimilator (Self-released) – Death metal/thrash
  • Aviana – Corporation (Arising Empire) – Metalcore
  • BattleswordTowards The Unknown (MDD Records) – Melodic death metal
  • Choke Desiphon (Translation Loss Records) – Death metal/grindcore
  • Confessions Of A Traitor Punishing Myself Before God Does (Facedown Records) – Groove metal/metalcore
  • The Darling Fire – Distortions (Iodine) – Shoegaze/post-hardcore
  • Dead City Ruins – Shockwave (AFM) – Hard rock
  • Edenbridge – Shangri-La (AFM) – Symphonic/power metal
  • Epoch Of UnlightAt War With The Multiverse (Dark Horizon Records) – Melodic death/black metal
  • Fans Of The Dark – Suburbia (Frontiers) – Hard rock/heavy metal
  • Ginevera – We Belong To The Stars (Frontiers) – Melodic metal
  • Gogol Bordello – Solidaritine (Cooking Vinyl) – Folk punk
  • Hetroertzen Phosphorus Vol 1 (Listenable Records) – Black metal
  • House Of Lords – Saints And Sinners (Frontiers) – Melodic rock
  • Industrial Puke Where Life Crisis Starts (Suicide Records) – Crust/death metal
  • Innumerable FormsPhilosophical Collapse (Profound Lore) – Doom/death metal
  • Irist – Gloria EP (Nuclear Blast) – Post-metal/hardcore
  • Liar Thief BanditDiamonds (The Sign) – "Action rock?
  • Medieval DemonBlack Coven (Hells Headbangers) – Melodic black metal
  • Mindforce New Lords (Triple B Records) – Hardcore/thrash
  • Mork – Den Svevende Festning EP (Peaceville) – Black metal
  • Mortuous Upon Desolation (Carbonized Records) – Death metal
  • Mycelia In A Late Country (Eclipse Records) – Djent
  • No DevotionNo Oblivion (Velocity Records) – Alternative rock
  • Omega DiatribeMy Sphere (Metal Scrap Records) – Groove metal/djent
  • Omophagia Rebirth In Black (Unique Leader Records) – Death metal
  • Phobophilic – Enveloping Absurdity (Prosthetic) – Death metal
  • Silence OathFrom The Womb Of The Earth (Elevate Records) – Symphonic black metal
  • Sinnery Black Bile (Exitus Stratagem Records) – Groove/death metal
  • Smith/Kotzen – Better Days…And Nights (BMG) – Rock
  • Spiritus MortusThe Great Seal (Svart) – Heavy metal
  • Sumerlands – Dreamkiller (Relapse) – Heavy metal – Full review
  • Tribal GazeThe Nine Choirs (Maggot Stomp) – Death metal
  • Vathr Dead & United (Edged Circle Productions) – Black metal
  • Virtual Symmetry – Virtual Symmetry (Sensory) – Progressive metal
  • Weeping Woundidontbelonghere. (Blood Blast Distribution) – Nu metal/metalcore

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