This edition includes some new blood, some old blood, some groovy blood, and no bandages at all. To the metals…
Bring Me the Horizon – amo
Origin: Sheffield, England
The little I've heard of this album sounds like Hellogoodbye.
Evergrey – The Atlantic
Genre: Progressive power metal
Origin: Gothenburg, Sweden
Evergrey have been a underrated force in progressive metal for a while now. This is their eleventh record, and it might be their best in as many years. This is epic, dense, and emotional; so a solid Evergrey record.
Incite – Built to Destroy
Genre: Thrash/Groove Metal
Origin: Phoenix, Arizona
Label: Minus Hea
If you're looking for some metal with lots of groove, look no further than the new Incite. After five records and a decade and a half Richie Cavalera has proven his material carries as much weight as his surname. Riley has a full review here.
King Diamond – Songs for the Dead Live
Genre: Heavy metal
Origin: Copenhagen, Denmark
Label: Metal Blade
It's been over a decade since King Diamond released a new record, but he hasn't stopped touring. On stage is where you want the King though, and this is evidence of that. This album and DVD captures two full shows, both of which include a full performance of Abigail but also includes performances of "Welcome Home," "Halloween," and lots more. This is a must have for King Diamond fans.
Mono – Nowhere Now Here
Origin: Tokyo, Japan
Label: Temporary Residence Limited
Mono are one of those long-running bands that flies just under the radar of a lot of people. Sure, they're more in the realm of Sigur Ros, but they have some heavy moments as well. They've done a split with The Ocean in the past and if Robin Staps hears the crossover appeal, you probably can too.
My Diligence – Sun Rose
Genre: "Powerful Rock"
Origin: Brussels, Belgium
Label: Mottow Soundz
Buy now from Mottow Soundz
The band's Facebook lists their genre as the above label of "powerful rock," and while I don't want to strip them of this fun description, this doesn't quite give this band's sound justice. They are a wildly experimental band that can sound like Muse at one moment, Pinback another, Red Fang the next, and then end in a hypnotic Kyuss jam. This band is equal parts prog, psychedelic, and heavy. They're entirely worth your time.
Puppy – The Goat
Genre: Hard rock/experimental
Origin: London, England
Like My Diligence, Puppy has a lot going on. They also have spacey elements that are juxtaposed with twists and turns, but they sound closer to Deftones, Nothing, Astronoid, and Goblin Cock. This is another newer band worth your time.
Swallow the Sun – When a Shadow Is Forced Into the Light
Genre: Doom/Melodic death metal
Origin: Jyväskylä, Finland
Label: Century Media
Let's wrap this week with an old faithful. If you're looking for something slow and sad, this is the one for you. It's been four year since their triple album, but this one is everything of that epic in one disc. I can already see this one being a favorite of metal media come year's end.
Also dropping today…
Altarage – The Approaching Roar (Season Of Mist) – Death/black metal
Beth Blade & The Beautiful Disasters – Show Me Your Teeth (Self) – Rock
Carnal Forge – Gun To Mouth Salvation (Vicisolum) – Thrash/death metal
Colossus Fall – Earthbeat (Tenacity) – Sludge/metalcore
Desecravity – Anathema (Willowtip) – Brutal death metal
Dodsfall – Doden Skal Ikke Vente (Osmose) – Black metal
The Drowned God – I'll Always Be The Same (Solid State) – Post-metal/post-hardcore
Steve Hackett – At the Edge of Light (InsideOut) – Progressive rock
Heart – Live in Atlantic City (earMUSIC) – Hard rock
Hecate Enthroned – Embrace of the Godless Aeon (M-Theory) – Melodic death metal/black metal
Hollow Leg – Civilizations (Argonauta) – Sludge/doom
Inglorious – Ride to Nowhere (Frontiers) – Rock
Insanity Alert – 666-Pack (Season Of Mist) – Thrash/crossover
Jetboy – Born to Fly (Frontiers) – Hard rock
Judiciary – Surface Noise (Closed Casket Activities) – Hardcore
Kane Roberts – The New Normal (Frontiers) – Hard rock
King 810 – Suicide King (Self) – Nu metal
Malamorte – Hell For All (Rockshots Records) – Heavy metal
Neal Morse Band – The Great Adventure (Radiant/Metal Blade) – Progressive rock
Quiet Riot – One Night In Milan DVD/CD (Frontiers) – Glam
The Sabbathian – Latum Alterum (Svart) – Doom
A Secret Revealed – Sacrifices (Lifeforce) – post-metal
Slow – IV – Mythologiae (code666) – Funeral doom
Snake Bite Whiskey – This Side Of Hell (Pavement) – "Sleaze rock"
Sofy Major – Total Dump (Deadlight Records) – Noise rock
Spendtime Palace – All Inclusive Romantic Getaway (Self released) – Rock
Starbreaker – Dysphoria (Frontiers) – Hard rock
Surachai – Come, Deathless (BL_K Noise) – Electronic/blackened
Toby Hitchcock – Reckoning (Frontiers) – Hard rock