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THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From CROSSES, JONATHAN HULTÉN & More Out 12/9-12/30

The rest of the year also includes releases from Lionheart, Woods of Desolation, Vented, The Wring, The Alpha Incident, Liv Moon, Trivum, Heaven Shall Burn, and Feuerschwanz.

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Hey y'all! Thanks for another year of checking out what's dropping. As usual, the rest of the year is light, so rather than hitting you with some week entries highlighting an album or two, you're getting the rest of the year in one dose.

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The last entry of the Weekly Injection for the year includes dreamy side projects, forest folk by folk in a forest, grooves, and more! To the metals!  Check out select new releases here on vinyl via Gimme Metal.

December 9th

††† – Permanent.Radient

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From CROSSES, JONATHAN HULTÉN & More Out 12/9-12/30

Genre: Electronic/dream pop
Origin: Los Angeles, California
Label: Warner

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It's been eight years since we've heard from Crosses, but they're finally back after some shakeups. The project is now just Chino Moreno and Shaun Lopez, but the duo still bring the the catchy spacy jams. This is a great one to get lost in.

Lionheart – Welcome To The West Coast III

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From CROSSES, JONATHAN HULTÉN & More Out 12/9-12/30

Genre: Hardcore/beatdown
Origin: Oakland, California
Label: Arising Empire

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Want a sonic beatdown? No? Weird that no one ever says yes to that. Anyway, you're getting one here whether you like it or not. This is straight-up Bay Area hardcore with lots of guest spots. Guests include Jamey Jasta, Ice-T, Anthony Martini (E-Town Concrete), and more.

Woods Of Desolation – The Falling Tide

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From CROSSES, JONATHAN HULTÉN & More Out 12/9-12/30

Genre: Black metal
Origin: New South Wales, Australia
Label: Season Of Mist

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Also after an eight year gap, today sees the return of the epic and evil sounding Woods of Desolation. Main-man D. is nailing the balance of ethereal beauty and grim metal. A perfect winter(ish) record.

Also dropping today…

  • The Atomic Bomb AuditionFuture Mirror (Fifth Wizard) – Sludge/experimental
  • Colonial WoundEasy Laugh (Hex Records) – Sludge/noise rock
  • Cult of Eibon / Ceremonial TortureNecronomical Mirror Divination (Iron Bonehead Productions) – Black metal
  • Deathless Legacy – Mater Larvarum (Scarlet) – Heavy metal
  • DehiscenceColony (Chaos Records) – Deathgrind
  • Desperate Living Shame (Reptilian Records) – Noise rock/punk
  • Tommy DeCarlo – Dancing In The Moonlight (Frontiers) – Melodic rock
  • Flash Forward Endings = Beginnings (Uncle M Music) – Alternative rock
  • Gomorra Dealer Of Souls (Noble Demon) – Power/heavy metal
  • Highlord Freakin' Out of Hell (Rockshot) – Power metal
  • Krilloan – Emperor Rising (Scarlet) – Power/heavy metal
  • LegendariumDeath's Hand In Yours (Self-released) – Heavy metal
  • Ploughshare Ingested Burial Ground (Brilliant Emperor Records) – Death metal/noise
  • Ready For Death Ready For Death (Translation Loss Records) – Hardcore/thrash
  • Rokets Break Free (The Sign Records) – Hard rock
  • Sacrilegion From Which Nightmares Crawl (Chaos Records) – Death metal
  • Salvation Mock (Reptilian Records) – Noise rock
  • Serenity – Memoria (Napalm Records) – Symphonic metal
  • Shaam LareinSticka en Kniv I Världen (Svart) – Post-punk/avant-garde metal
  • Tailgunner – Crashdive EP (Fireflash) – Heavy metal
  • Thousand BelowHell Finds You Everywhere (Pale Chord Music) – Alternative/hard rock
  • Twisted MindFrom Slave To Prophet (Self-released) – Hard rock

December 16th

Jonathan Hultén – The Forest Sessions

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From CROSSES, JONATHAN HULTÉN & More Out 12/9-12/30

Genre: Folk/experimental
Origin: Stockholm, Sweden
Label: Kscope

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If you were a fan of the ex-Tribulation guitarist's work on either Chants From Another Place or The Dark Night of the Soul you'll probably dig this. This experimental versions of some of those songs. Jonathan is calling a majority of these the "forest" versions, so you better head out to the woods to enjoy these properly. Jeff has a full review here.

Vented – Cruelty And Corruption

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From CROSSES, JONATHAN HULTÉN & More Out 12/9-12/30

Genre: Groove metal/thrash
Origin: Stockholm, Sweden
Label: Metal.hu Records

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With dudes from Chimaira, DevilDriver, and more, you know you're in for some heavy grooves, and Vented deliver. Other than the occasional break to wonder how they did some guitar trick or drum fill, you will be headbanging non-stop on this one.

The Wring Spectra

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From CROSSES, JONATHAN HULTÉN & More Out 12/9-12/30

Genre: Progressive rock/metal
Origin: Sudbury, Ontario
Label: WormHoleDeath Records

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Here's one for prog dorks. This outfit's third outing features drums by Marco Minnemann so you know the rhythms are mad. The regulars in the band ain't slouches either though. This is intricate and melodic prog done well.

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Also dropping the week of December 16th…

  • Bloodclot Souls (Upstate Records) – Hardcore
  • Classless Act – Welcome To The Acoustic Show EP (Better Noise) – Rock/acoustic
  • Congealed PutrescenceWithin The Ceaseless Murk (Caligari Records) – Death metal
  • Dungeon Crawl/Throne of IronThe Side Quest (Wise Blood Records) – Heavy metal
  • Green King Hidden Beyond Time (The Sign) – Heavy metal
  • HartlightFrom Midland And Beyond (Wormholedeath) – Black metal
  • Mallus Spiritus Vultures of Despair (Raging Planet Records) – Black metal/doom
  • Mos Generator – Time//Wounds (Self) – Stoner
  • Laurent RinaldiOut Of This World (Wormholedeath) – Progressive
  • Percussor Ravenous Despondency (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) – Death metal

December 23rd
The Alpha Incident – Sundowner

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From CROSSES, JONATHAN HULTÉN & More Out 12/9-12/30

Genre: Progressive metal
Origin: Evansville, Indiana
Label: Self-released

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Prior to this entry I was completely unaware of The Alpha Incident, but I'm usually drawn to a band that claims the progressive genre, so I gave them a shot. Good golly, am I glad I did. This album is so much I enjoy tossed in a blender. At times it reminds me of Porcupine Tree, other times Zeal & Ardor, then there will be moments of Trivium, Dream Theater, Periphery, and more. What an album!

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Liv Moon – Our Stories

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From CROSSES, JONATHAN HULTÉN & More Out 12/9-12/30

Genre: Symphonic/power metal
Origin: Tokyo, Japan
Label: Walkure Records

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Akane Liv and Liv Moon have returned after a decade since their last full-length. They have a 50% new line up, but still bring the epic, symphonic metal. They have a violin player with them now and this always gets my attention. More bowed instruments in metal!

Trivium / Heaven Shall Burn – European Tour 2023 Split

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From CROSSES, JONATHAN HULTÉN & More Out 12/9-12/30

Genre: Metalcore
Origin: Orlando, Florida/Thuringia, Germany
Label: Self-released

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As a teaser for their tour together next year Trivium and Heaven Shall Burn are covering each other on this spilt. HSB are taking it WAY back with "Pillars of Serpents" while Heafy and the boys cover "Implore the Darken Sky." I always love when bands do this sort of thing. I'm a sucker for mutual admiration.

Also dropping the week of December 23rd…

  • Brandon CambridgeCelestial Quest II: Prophecy of the Nova Queen (Self-released) – Progressive metal
  • The Crippler I'm Just Gonna Let Myself In (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) – Grindcore/thrash
  • Order Of NosferatVampiric Wrath Unleashed (Purity Through Fire) – Black metal/dungeon synth
  • Rågbröder Dadfluencer (Self-released) – Experimental/black metal

December 30th

Feuerschwanz – Todsünden

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From CROSSES, JONATHAN HULTÉN & More Out 12/9-12/30

Genre: Folk rock
Origin: Erlangen, Germany
Label: Napalm

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Now to play us out for the year we have a covers album from folk metal rascals Feuerschwanz. They'll be turning heads with their takes on Abba, Europe, Ghost, Ed Sheeran, Bloodhound Gang, Amon Amarth, and other artists and bands. This is record is endless fun.

Also dropping the week of December 30th…

  • Abysmal Lord Bestiary of Immortal Hunger (Hells Headbangers Records) – Death/black metal
  • Chabtan Compelle Intrare (DarkTune Music Group) – Death metal/deathcore
  • Nocturnal DepartureClandestine Theurgy (Hells Headbangers) – Black metal
  • Trollcave Rotted Remnants Dripping from the Void (Gurgling Gore) – Funeral doom/death metal

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