This week's new heavy metal releases include some bombast, some double-talkin' Australians, and more!
To the metals…
Agnostic Front – Get Loud!
Origin: New York, New York
Label: Nuclear Blast
With almost forty years of fury, it's impressive that they still have the energy to be this mad. Then again, there's a lot to be mad about right now. Get Loud! is one you'll want to play loud, so the title comes off like more of a command.
Blind Guardian – Twilight Orchestra: Legacy Of The Dark Lands
Genre: Power metal
Origin: Krefeld, Germany
Label: Nuclear Blast
It wouldn't be a Blind Guardian album if it wasn't epic, and this might me the biggest thing the band has ever done. However, there is something missing, and that's the rest of Blind Guardian. Hansi Kürsch has teamed with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra to tell the tale of the novel Die Dunklen Lande. So you're getting a orchestral piece rather than an orchestral metal piece. Still, there is A LOT going on here and a lot to love.
Edge Of Paradise – Universe
Genre: "Space metal"
Origin: Los Angeles, California
This band caught my eye because of their self-identification as "space metal." I thought I knew what that sounds like, but I wanted to make sure, and I'm glad I gave them a go. Turns out space metal is groovy, modern metal, with massive choruses and some goth tinges to it. Edge Of Paradise might be the most diverse offering for this week. I'm a fan
Mammoth Mammoth – Kreuzung
Genre: Hard rock/stoner
Origin: Melbourne, Australia
This band is is all about riffs. Riffs and swagger. And yet, there are some Rob Zombie vibes. They wind up putting a spooky twist on what could otherwise get lost in the throwback rock scene. This was a fun one.
Schammasch – Hearts Of No Light
Genre: Avant-garde/black metal
Origin: Basel, Switzerland
This is black metal with some weirdness mixed in. Some of the more grim folks in the Metal Injection writer's dungeon love this. I'd imagine if you're a fan of metal with uneasiness and mystique, this will be your jam.
Slayer – The Repentless Killogy
Origin: Huntington Park, California
Label: Nuclear Blast
Slayer are rounding the corner on their final tour. While I've been wronged too many times to believe a band really breaks up, this live collection would be a solid send off for one of thrash's greats. They cover their entire career there and seem to include some sort of film comprised of music videos that features Danny Trejo. This is a must for Slayer fans, it's just a shame that half of the original guys weren't a part of this.
Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders – Get The Money
Genre: Hard rock
Origin: Fort Worth, Texas
Label: Shanabelle/Columbia Records
Let's wrap this week with some straight up rock goodness. The drummer of the Foo Fighters is back with pals The Coattail Riders as well Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders, Duff McKagan from Guns N Roses, Dave Grohl from, lets go with Tenacious D, and LeAnn Rimes from country music. Surprisingly, this is a proggier offering than his Foo work, but those fans should still dig it.
Also dropping today…
Ade – Rise of the Empire (Extreme Metal Music/Rockshots Records) – Folk/death metal
Bask – III (Season Of Mist) – Psychedelic
Martin Bisi – Solstice (Bronson Recordings) – Post rock
Blame Zeus – Seethe (Rockshots Records) – Alternative metal
Blood Of The Wolf – III: Blood Legend (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) – Blackened death metal
Brother Hawk – Big Trouble Sessions EP (Self-Released) – Rock
Chrome Waves – The Cold Light of Despair (Disorder Recordings) – Post metal
Laura Cox – Burning Bright (earMusic) – Blues rock
Criminal Instinct – Terrible Things (Closed Casket Activities) – Hardcore
The Dark Element – Songs The Night Sings (Frontiers) – Power metal
Dawn Of Ashes – Origin Of The Ashes (Artoffact Records) – Industrial/melodic black metal
Esoteric – A Pyrrhic Existence (Season Of Mist) – Funeral doom
The Flower Kings – Waiting For Miracles (InsideOut) – Progressive
Greet Death – New Hell (Deathwish Inc.) – Shoegaze
Have A Nice – Life Sea of Worry (The Flenser) – Shoegaze/Post-Rock
Hideous Divinity – Simulacrum (Century Media) – Technical/brutal death metal
Immanifest – Macrobial (The Artisan Era) – Symphonic death metal
Imperial Jade – On The Rise (Listenable) – Hard Rock
Live Skull – Saturday Night Massacre (Bronson Recordings) – Post punk
Lunar – Eidolon (Self-release) – Progressive metal
Mono – Before The Past • Live From Electrical Audio (Temporary Residence Ltd.) – Instrumental post metal
Nocturnalia – III: Winter (The Sign) – Dark rock
Otherwise – Defy (Mascot) – Hard rock
Quiet Riot – Hollywood Cowboys (Frontiers) – Heavy metal
Royal Coda – Compassion (Blue Swan) – Rock/progressive
Slow – VI-Dantalion (Aural Music) – Doom
Stoned Jesus – From The Outer Space (Napalm Records) – Stoner
Tyketto – Strength In Numbers (Frontiers) – Hard rock
Tuskar – The Monolith Sessions (Riff Rock Records) – Sludge/stoner
Wells Valley – Reconcile The Antinomy (Black Lion Records) – Post metal
Wolfbrigade – The Enemy: Reality (Southern Lord) – D-beat
Wolf Jaw – The Heart Won't Listen (Listenable) – Hard Rock
Work Of Art – Exhibits (Frontiers) – Melodic rock