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THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From CROWBAR, MIDNIGHT, VIO-LENCE & More Out Today 3/4

Plus releases from Godless Truth, Sabaton, Sylvaine, and Vein.FM.

This week's new heavy metal releases include metal about war from that band that writes metal about war, haunting blackened shoegaze, riffs, and more! To the metals…

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Also! Bandcamp is doing their first of four Bandcamp Fridays this year where artists get 100% of the proceeds for all sales. So if you can get stuff from Bandcamp, please do.

Crowbar – Zero And Below

Genre: Sludge/doom
Origin: New Orleans, Louisiana
Label: MRNK Heavy

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Starting this week off with an album of riffs on riffs on riffs. Kirk Windstein dropped a solo record a couple years ago, but Crowbar hasn't dropped an album since 2016 and it's great to have them back here. Heads will bang, weed will burn, and you'll continue to hope that you beard winds up as cool as Kirk's when you grow up. Spoiler: it won't. Jeff has a full review here.

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Godless Truth – Godless Truth

Genre: Technical death metal
Origin: Olomouc, Czech Republic
Label: Transcending Obscurity

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Here's another band that has had a rather lengthy gap between records at eighteen years. This is their first full album since their reunion in 2016 and the new tracks will mesh well with their classics. Fans of classic tech death should play this very loud.

Midnight – Let There Be Witchery

Genre: Black/speed metal
Origin: Cleveland, Ohio
Label: Metal Blade

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Speaking of classic metal, we have the the latest from Athenar's Midnight. You're getting oddly catchy songs that pay homage to bands like Venom and early Motörhead. The throwback vibes are strong here, and they feel so good.

Sabaton – The War To End All Wars

Genre: Heavy/power metal
Origin: Falun, Sweden
Label: Nuclear Blast

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On their tenth album Sabaton continue to write songs about World War I on their sequel to 2019's The Great War. This time they're offering soaring power metal about the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, that one night when the battle stopped to celebrate Christmas, and a lot more. It's like the second semester of a high school history class in a 45-minute disc. Chad has a full report here.

Sylvaine – Nova

Genre: Black metal/shoegaze
Origin: Oslo, Norway
Label: Season Of Mist

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Kathrine Shepard aka Sylvaine continues her winning streak on Nova. Like her other albums you're getting some purely shoegaze tracks, some pure ambience, and lots of atmospheric black metal bliss. If you're into Deafheaven, Alcest, and/or Lantlôs, you'll love getting lost in Nova.

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Vein.FM – This World Is Going To Ruin You

Genre: Hardcore
Origin: Boston, Massachusetts
Label: Closed Casket

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I'm always surprised to see what bands cross over from the heavy world and wind up getting coverage on your hip farming tool-themed music blog. I didn't expect the chaotic, dissonant hardcore of Vein(.FM) to be that band, but great for them. The Errorzone record included some incredibly challenging heaviness and the praise was well deserved. The equally peppy This World Is Going To Ruin You keeps that energy and rage going in a very cool and interesting way.

Vio-Lence – Let The World Burn

Genre: Thrash
Origin: San Francisco, California
Label: Metal Blade

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Concluding this week with the long-awaiting return of these thrash legends. It's been almost thirty years since they released new material, but the occasional reunions and will they won't they of the band only built their legend. The day has finally come and you're getting five thrash masterclasses here. Core members Perry Strickland, Sean Killian, and Phil Demmel remain, but you're also getting Christian Olde Wolbers (ex-Fear Factory) and Bobby Gustafson (ex-Overkill) as well. Hopefully this is just the first taste of a bigger second-coming. Max has a full review here.

Also dropping this week…

  • 10 Years – Deconstructed (Mascot) – Alternative metal/post-grunge
  • As I May – Karu (Uprising) – Melodic metal
  • BelmontAftermath (Pure Noise Records) – Melodic hardcore
  • Dan Reed NetworkLet's Hear It For The King (Drakkar) – Funk rock
  • The Defaced – Charlatans (ViciSolum) – Groove metal/thrash
  • Deserted Fear – Doomsday (Century Media) – Death metal
  • Endtime – Impending Doom (Heavy Psych Sounds) – Doom
  • Eva Under FireLove, Drugs & Misery (Better Noise Music) – Rock
  • FlawRevival (Cleopatra Records) – Nu metal covers
  • The Flower Kings – By Royal Decree (InsideOut) – Progressive
  • GutterfireChill (Wormholedeath) – Hard rock
  • Hath – All That Was Promised (Willowtip) – Progressive blackened death metal
  • IzthmiLeaving This World, Leaving It All Behind (Satanik Royalty Records) – Progressive black metal
  • Jirm – The Tunnel, The Well, Holy Bedlam (Ripple) – Doom/psychedelic
  • Kuolemanlaakso – Kuusumu (Svart) – Death metal/doom
  • Kris Barras Band – Death Valley Paradise (Mascot) – Rock/blues
  • Marillion – An Hour Before It's Dark (earMusic) – Progressive
  • MonoScarlet Holiday (Pelagic Records) – Post-rock
  • NORÐ – Machine Blood (Inverse Records) – Progressive metal
  • Oh Hiroshima Myriad (Napalm Records) – Post-rock
  • PylarAbysmos (Humo Internacional) – Drone/doom – Full stream
  • SanhedrinLights On (Metal Blade) – Heavy metal
  • Shock WithdrawalShock Withdrawal EP (Brutal Panda Records) – Death metal/grindcore
  • SnøggDan, ko je Vrag vzel šalo (Self-released) – Avant garde black metal/post-metal
  • Sunflower DeadMarch Of The Leper (Bloody Bat Records LLC) – Alternative rock/metal
  • TroglodyteThe Hierarchical Ecological Succession: Welcome to the Food Chain (Blood Blast Distribution) – "Bigfoot metal"
  • Ty TaborShades (Rat Pak) – Rock
  • UnruDie Wiederkehr Des Verdrängten (Babylon Doom Cult Records) – Black metal/crust
  • Warpath – Disharmonic Revelations (Massacre) – Thrash
  • Warrior SoulOut On Bail (Livewire/Cargo Records UK) – Heavy metal
  • Wounded TouchAmericanxiety (Smartpunk Records) – Metalcore

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