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THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From DEVIN TOWNSEND, 96 BITTER BEINGS & More Out Today 11/4

Plus releases from Black Anvil, Contracult, Ingested, The Offering, The Pretty Reckless, and Voivod.

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This week's new heavy metal releases include slams, Ultraman jams, assorted heavy flimflams, and more! To the metals…

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ALSO! Today, Bandcamp is doing one of their days of giving 100% of what you pay directly to the labels and artists as Covid-19 Pandemic relief. So if you can get stuff from Bandcamp, please do. Or get some stuff over via Gimme Metal.

96 Bitter Beings – Synergy Restored

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From DEVIN TOWNSEND, 96 BITTER BEINGS & More Out Today 11/4

Genre: Alternative Metal
Origin: Los, Angeles, California
Label: Nuclear Blast

Four years ago Deron Miller kicked off 96 Bitter Beings with a crowdfunding campaign which brought us the record Camp Pain. While hyping that record there were talks of a second album, and this is that album. If you dug the first record, or classic CKY, you'll dig this. It has all the catchy-ass riffage that you'd expect from Miller. Get it here via Gimme Metal.

Black Anvil – Regenesis 

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From DEVIN TOWNSEND, 96 BITTER BEINGS & More Out Today 11/4

Genre: Black metal/thrash
Origin: New York, New York
Label: Season Of Mist

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Now how about some darkness? Black Anvil are pigeon-holed as a band that keeps things full-speed all the time. This time they're playing with tempos and moods for their most dynamic record yet while still retaining the evil aura. Jeff has a full review here. Get it here via Gimme Metal.

Contracult – The New Torment

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From DEVIN TOWNSEND, 96 BITTER BEINGS & More Out Today 11/4

Genre: Industrial
Origin: New York, New York
Label: Hogwasche Music

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If you're in the mood for some glitchy, driving industrial then Contracult have you covered this week. The New Torment vacillates between oddly catchy hard rock and absolute digital mayhem. Their Bandcamp bio simply reads "KEEP. GOTH. HARD." and I'd say they do a pretty good job of that.

Ingested – Ashes Lie Still

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From DEVIN TOWNSEND, 96 BITTER BEINGS & More Out Today 11/4

Genre: Technical death metal/deathcore
Origin: Manchester, England
Label: Metal Blade

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Ingested have been really busy lately. Their third album in as many years brings lots of heaviness. They're also bringing the guests with spots from Sven de Caluwé (Aborted), Matt Heafy (Trivium), Julia Frau, and bass by Dom Grimard (The Last Felony). Get it here via Gimme Metal.

The Offering – Seeing The Elephant

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From DEVIN TOWNSEND, 96 BITTER BEINGS & More Out Today 11/4

Genre: Metalcore/groove metal
Origin: Boston, Massachusetts
Label: Century Media

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Long-time readers know that I appreciate a band that's hard to nail down in a few sentences – despite it being all I do. The Offering are one of those bands. They have metalcore foundation, but stray from this band quit often. They're sort of like a groove-oriented Destrage. Get it here via Gimme Metal.

The Pretty Reckless – Other Worlds 

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From DEVIN TOWNSEND, 96 BITTER BEINGS & More Out Today 11/4

Genre: Hard rock
Origin: New York, New York
Label: Fearless

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Other Worlds sort of feels like a filler of a record, but filler fans will likely appreciate. This includes acoustic versions of some PR songs, a remix, and some covers of Bowie, Soundgarden, and Elvis Costello. This really serves as another showcase of the undeniable power of Taylor Momsen's rock voice. Get it here via Gimme Metal.

Devin Townsend – Lightwork

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From DEVIN TOWNSEND, 96 BITTER BEINGS & More Out Today 11/4

Genre: Progressive metal/rock
Origin: Vancouver, British Columbia
Label: InsideOut

The every morphing Devin Townsend has transformed once again. Dev is pushing introspection and melody to the forefront this time. Songs rarely hit hard musically, but this feels like a record that can help some folks out. If you enjoyed Snuggles or the more chill songs on Transcendence/Sky Blue, then you'll enjoy this. Those looking for Hevy Devy will want to explore the b-side companion album Nightwork. Jordan's review is here. Get it here via Gimme Metal.

Voivod – Ultraman 

THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From DEVIN TOWNSEND, 96 BITTER BEINGS & More Out Today 11/4

Genre: Progressive metal/thrash
Origin: Jonquière, Quebec
Label: Century Media

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Wrapping this week with a rather weird one. Voivod are usually pretty strange, but this EP is even odd for them. It's a trio of themes from the classic Japanese show Ultraman, then a couple live Voivod tracks recorded in 2018. If you get the physical product you get the Ultraman songs performed in multiple languages and instrumentally. Get it here via Gimme Metal.

Also dropping today..

  • Aurora BorealisProphecy is the Mold in which History is Poured (Hammerheart Records) – Death/black metal
  • Avoid – Cult Mentality (Thriller) – Metalcore
  • Frank Bello – Then I'm Gone (Rare Bird) – Rock/audiobook
  • Black Mirrors – Tomorrow Will Be Without Us (Napalm) – Hard rock
  • Brkn Love – Black Box (Spinefarm) – Hard rock
  • ChuggaBoom Death Pledge (Dead Serious Rec.) – Deathcore/metalcore
  • Cydemind The Descent (Self-released) – Progressive metal
  • Dayseeker – Dark Sun (Spinefarm) – Post-hardcore/metalcore
  • Disillusion – Ayam (Prophecy) – Progressive/melodic death metal
  • Dragonhammer – Second Life (My Kingdom) – Power metal
  • EF We Salute You You And You! (Pelagic Records) – Post-rock
  • Empire Drowns – Nothing (Uprising) – Gothic metal/doom
  • Evraak Evraak I (Wormholedeath) – Progressive
  • Fleshwater – We're Not Here To Be Loved (Closed Casket) – Grunge/shoegaze
  • Fliege One Day They'll Wonder What Happened Here (Self-released) – Black metal
  • Gorgatron Agony Reborn (Blood Blast Distribution) – Death metal/grindcore
  • Hellsingland Underground Endless Optimism Sound Pollution (Self-released) – Rock/progressive
  • Helvellyn The Lore Of The Cloaked Assembly (Purity Through Fire) – Black metal
  • Iron KingdomThe Blood Of Creation (Self-released) – Heavy metal
  • Licht des Urteils Uhraamo (Purity Through Fire) – Black metal
  • Mist Of MiserySeverance (Non Serviam Records)
  • Mord'A'Stigmata – Like Ants And Snakes (Pagan) – Post-black/avant-garde metal
  • Ploho Когда душа спит (Artoffact) – Post-punk
  • Os Tehom (Iron Bonehead Productions) – Death metal
  • Osyron Momentous (Self-released) – Progressive metal
  • Oxytoxin Don't Lose Your Head (Self-released) – Progressive metal/hard rock
  • R.A.M.B.O. – Defy Extinction (Relapse) – Hardcore
  • Sarcator Alkahest (Black Lion Records) – Black metal/thrash
  • Stälker Cranking Evil (Napalm Records) – Speed metal
  • Stranger Vision – Wasteland (Pride & Joy) – Melodic heavy metal
  • Switchfoot – This Is Our Christmas Album (Shore Fire) – Rock
  • Taipei HoustonOnce Bit Never Bored (C3 Records) – Hard rock
  • Tiwanaku Earth Base One (Avantgarde Music) – Technical/progressive death metal
  • Vacuous Depths Corporal Humiliation (Blood Harvest Records) – Death metal
  • Vitskär SüdenThe Faceless King (Ripple Music) – Psychedelic
  • Voidbringer – Wasteland EP (Blood Blast) – Progressive/melodic death metal
  • Xentrix Seven Words (Self-released) – Thrash

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