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THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From DEEP PURPLE, ROYAL THUNDER, and More Out Today – 4/7

This edition features old dudes, fuzz, covers, and more! To the metals…

This edition features old dudes, fuzz, covers, and more! To the metals...

This edition features old dudes, fuzz, covers, and more! To the metals…

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Deep Purple – Infinite 

Genre: Heavy metal
Origin: Hertford, England
Label: earMusic

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Infinite is Deep Purple's twentieth album in their almost fifty years of existence, and it seems like it's shaping up to be their last. Ian Gillian still has pipes and the rest of the band, a majority of which have been involved since the sixties, are no slouches either. This is the quintessential dad rock album of the year, and that's not a slam. My dad loves Deep Purple, and I love Deep Purple because of my dad.

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Ecstatic Vision – Raw Rock Fury 

Genre: "Troglodyte Rock"
Origin: Philadelphia
Label: Relapse

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This album is fuzz. Fuzzed out guitars. Fuzzed out bass. Fuzzed out vocals. Hell, even the drums seem fuzzy. Doug from A Life Once Lost sure loves himself some fuzz.

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Krokus – Big Rocks 

Genre: Heavy metal
Origin: Solothurn, Switzerland
Label: Century Media

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Krokus are going the route of so many bands before them and dropping a covers record. The cover a rather diverse collection of early hard rock artists ranging from Neil Young and Led Zeppelin to The Animals and Eddie Cochran. The guitar work is pretty great through these covers.

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The Obsessed – Sacred 

Genre: Doom
Origin: Maryland
Label: Relapse

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Lots of old dudes dropping big records in this Weekly Injection. Weird. Anyway, Wino and his band of doom OG's are bringing old school heavy riffs on the band's (well, Wino's first album under "The Obsessed" banner) since 1994. Seems like a more upbeat version of what I'd expect from the scene.

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Royal Thunder – Wick 

Genre: Doom/Hard rock
Origin: Atlanta, Georgia
Label: Spinefarm

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One of my favorite bands of the last few decades is back with a new record that is taking them in yet another different direction. While not as much of a departure as Crooked Doors was from CVI, this is still a band stretching their creative boundaries in a great way. Mlny just continues to show why she's one of the greatest voices in heavy music today with this record.

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Ulver – The Assassination Of Julius Caesar 

Genre: Avant-garde/Electronic
Origin: Oslo, Norway
Label: House Of Mythology Records

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The little I've heard from this album is closer to Depeche Mode than your usual grim Norwegian bands. The band has been going down this path for a while, but this seems like their most 80's effort. It's pretty interesting.

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Wear Your Wounds – WYM 

Genre: Experimental
Origin: Essex, Massachusetts
Label: Deathwish

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This is Jacob from Converge's outlet for non-Converge music. There is some heaviness here, but it is completely devoid of the chaos. he's known for. Wear Your Wounds is slower, more atmospheric, and prettier. I frankly prefer this, but it does sound like a completely different mind is behind it.

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Also dropping today…

Bear – III (Basick) – Hardcore/Progressive
Dead By April – Worlds Collide (Spinefarm) – Metalcore
Falling In Reverse – Coming Home (Epitaph) – Post-hardcore
Fuoco Fatuo – Backwater (Profound Lore) – Doom/black metal
Harlott – Extinction (Metal Blade) – Thrash
Sinheresy – Domino (Scarlet) – Symphonic heavy metal
Trial – Motherless (Metal Blade) – Heavy metal
Valborg – Endstrand (Prophecy) – Progressive doom
VexTëmper – Doom Engine  (Self-released) – Heavy metal

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