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Plus releases from Corey Taylor, Scorpions, Guns N Roses, Fall of Stasis, Eight Bells, Blood Incantation, Abraham, and D'Virgilio, Morse & Jennings.

This week's new heavy metal releases include death metal gone ambient, Scorpions gone Scorpions, and more! To the metals…

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Abraham – Debris De Mondes Perdus

Genre: Sludge/post-metal
Origin: Lausanne, Switzerland
Label: Pelagic

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Starting this week heavy. The latest from Abraham is lurching, angsty, and atmospheric. The rage of the vocals coupled with airy dissonant backdrop is unsettling here. Pelagic offers a very diverse array of artists, but this one feels like a quintessential Pelagic offering.

Allegaeon – Damnum

Genre: Melodic technical death metal
Origin: Denver/Fort Collins, Colorado
Label: Metal Blade

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Many moons ago I wrote a review of a Allegaeon record and while praising the record, remarked that they were nearing a formula. Since the (and I'm assuming this is entirely coincidental) they have not stopped taking exciting risks. Each album since has included new twists and turns (and members). Damnum includes your technical and melodic Allegaeon trademarks, but it also includes the most varied performance by vocalist Riley McShane who has grown so much since Proponent For Sentience. Max has a full review here.

Blood Incantation – Timewave Zero

Genre: Ambient
Origin: Denver, Colorado
Label: Century Media

Everyone's favorite space-obsessed death metal outfit are ditching the death metal and going all in on space with Timewave Zero. To the uneducated ear (which is me when it comes to this world) this sounds like the score to Stranger Things. I love seeing bands take wild swings and this is one of the more wild shifts in sound. I'm also excited to see if any fans of ambient music get into this album and are then disappointed to find all their other stuff is death metal.

George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher – Corpsegrinder

Genre: Death metal
Origin: Baltimore, Marylan
Label: Perseverance

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Death metal's claw machine loving, windmill headbanging, corpse grinding dad is finally setting out on his own. Unsurprisingly, this sounds like what you'd expect from George Fisher. However, rather than a Cannibal Corpse album with a different header, you're getting Fisher's take on metal he digs. Max wrote up a full review here where he does a deeper dive on these influences.

D'Virgilio, Morse & Jennings – Troika

Genre: Acoustic progressive
Origin: Bournemouth/London, England and Van Nuys, California
Label: InsideOut

Admittedly, a lot of these prog supergroups wind up falling flat. The sheer vocal power here is so strong here though. Nick D'Virgilio (Big Big Train), Neal Morse (Transatlantic), and Ross Jennings (Haken) are all from very different progressive bands and when they come together it's more of a 70's vocal group. Those looking for heavy prog epics might be a little disappointed, but those looking for a masterclass in melody and harmony will dig this.

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Eight Bells – Legacy Of Ruin

Genre: Experimental doom
Origin: Portland, Oregon
Label: Prophecy

Let's bring it down a bit with Legacy Of Ruin. This is a record of tension building. The songs are mostly slow and so are the builds, but when they break into black metal moments or a simple stomp on a fuzz pedal, the release feels great. Fans of Giant Squid will probably dig this one.

Fall of Stasis – The Chronophagist

Genre: Folk/black metal
Origin: Montréal, Quebec
Label: Self-released

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There hasn't been enough epic metal this week, so here's the debut of Fall Of Stasis. There's a lot going on with this band. You're getting stuff that sounds like Abigail Williams, Cradle of Filth, Bleeding Through, and The Black Dahlia Murder. Then there is a light folk through-line as well. This band has just started, but I'm already excited for their future.

Guns N' Roses – Hard Skool

Genre: Hard rock
Origin: Los Angeles, California
Label: Guns N' Roses/Geffen

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This EP features the first new GNR since music Chinese Democracy in 2008 and the first with Slash and Duff since 1993's The Spaghetti Incident. The two new songs definitely have that something that was missing from Chinese Democracy (despite initially being written around then?), but it's just two new songs and two live songs.

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Scorpions – Rock Believer

Genre: Hard rock
Label: Spinefarm

It's been seven years since Scorpions put out new material, and on their nineteenth album they're at their most Scorpions-y. Even the title Rock Believer let's you know that if you're one of those looking for their earliest days as when they were a psychedelic band of hippies (Lonesome Crow) or their foray as nerdy prog rockers (Humanity: Hour I), you need not bother. This is a fun hard rock album that you and your favorite uncles can play loud.

Corey Taylor – CMFB…Sides EP

Genre: Hard rock
Origin: Des Moines, Iowa
Label: Roadrunner

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Wrapping this week with an EP from Corey Mother Fucking Taylor (which I'm thinking is his legal name now). This is mostly mother fucking covers of songs originally by Kiss, Metallica, Eddie Money and more. You're also getting a live mother fucking Stone Sour medley (strong word. It's two songs) and some mother fucking acoustic tracks.

Also dropping this week…

  • An Evening RednessAn Evening Redness (Transylvanian Recordings) – Ambient/doom
  • Arne HeeschDemons Are Scared (Exile On Mainstream) – Noise/doom
  • Bad OmensThe Death Of Peace Of Mind (Sumerian) – Metalcore
  • Bitter BranchesYour Neighbors Are Failures (Equal Vision Records) – Grunge/hardcore
  • Borts Minorts + Hug VictimBrut! (Nefarious Industries) – Experimental/avant-garde
  • Brood Of HatredThe Golden Age (Gruesome Records) – Progressive death metal
  • CatabolicBesiege The Uncivil (Wormholedeath) – Death metal/grindcore
  • Cobra The Impaler – Colossal Gods (Listenable) – Thrash/melodic metal
  • Dark WorshipFlesh Of A Saint (Tartarus Records) – Black metal/industrial
  • Darkness EverywhereThe Seventh Circle (Creator-Destructor Records) – Melodic death metal
  • Dead HeadHaatland (Petrichor) – Thrash
  • Death DealerFuel Injected Suicide Machine (Steel Cartel Records) – Heavy metal
  • DeathbellA Nocturnal Crossing (Svart Records) – Doom
  • DeathhammerElectric Warfare (Hells Headbangers) – Thrash
  • Early Eyes – Look Alive! (Epitaph) – Post-hardcore
  • Embryonic DevourmentHeresy Of The Highest Order (Unique Leader) – Technical death metal
  • Firebreather – Dwell In The Fog (RidingEasy) – Stoner/doom – Full stream
  • Graphic NatureNew Skin (Rude Records) – Metalcore
  • HammerFall – Hammer Of Dawn (Napalm) – Power metal
  • Hebosagil – Yossa (Svart) – Sludge/noise rock
  • Hok-KeyIn Existence (Wormholedeath) – Folk metal
  • Incrypt – Thrashing Extinction (Wormholedeath Records) – Thrash
  • InerthVoid (Abstract Emotions) – Doom/industrial
  • LeadfingerSilver And Black (Golden Robot Records) – Rock
  • Living TargetFire & Forget (Wormholedeath) – Punk metal
  • Metal Cross – Soul Ripper (From The Vaults) – Heavy metal
  • MotivationThe Infinite 8 Steps To Power / Money / More (Seeing Red Records) – Various/experimental
  • Mountaineer – Giving Up The Ghost (Lifeforce) – Sludge/post-rock
  • Old Iron/VerdunSplit (Satanik Royalty) – Sludge
  • Serious BlackVengeance Is Mine (AFM) – Power metal
  • SepulchralFrom Beyond The Burial Mound (Soulseller Records) – Death metal
  • Shape Of Despair – Return To The Void (Season Of Mist) – Doom
  • Short Stack – Maybe There's No Heaven (UNFD) – Punk
  • Svartsot – Kumbl (Mighty) – Folk metal
  • Tragedy Of MineAeon (Out of Line Music) – Melodic death metal
  • Tygers Of Pan TangA New Heartbeat (Mighty Music) – Heavy metal
  • Ultra SilvamThe Sanctity Of Death (Shadow Records/Regain Records) – Black metal
  • VenatorEchoes From The Gutter (Dying Victims Productions) – Thrash/heavy metal
  • VolcanovaCosmic Bullshit (The Sign) – Stoner rock/metal
  • XILRip & Tear (Self-released) – Speed metal

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