This week's new heavy metal releases include more guitars than normal, sad shit, feedback, and more! To the metals…
Bloody Hammers – The Summoning
Genre: Doom/hard rock
Origin: Charlotte, North Carolina
It's been three years since Bloody Hammers came swinging with a full-length album, but this spooky duo is back to nail you with some new tunes that hit like a mallet. Clock it. Three hammer references in this blurb. Anyway, if this is your introduction, they're kinda like HIM or Ghost, but more top hats.
Generation Axe – The Guitars That Destroyed The World (Live In China)
You can probably assume what you're in for with Generation Axe. This is five of the world's finest guitarists flying all over their fret boards. Those guitarists are Nuno Bettencourt, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Tosin Abasi. These guys are all wildly talented, incredibly different players, and this is them in a circle jerk.
He Is Legend – White Bat
Genre: Stoner rock/hardcore
Origin: Wilmington, North Carolina
Now it's time for some southern-fried metal. This has all the groove and swagger that you'd want from He Is Legend. Few was an absolute delight, and White Bat is just as delightful. Aaron has a full review here.
Thenighttimeproject – Pale Season
Genre: Depressive rock
Origin: Avesta, Sweden
Label: Debemur Morti
Thenighttimeproject features former Katatonia (and current October Tide) guitarist and bassist Fredrock and Mattias Norrman alongside folks from Letters From The Colony and the result is a slow and emotional album. Pale Season reminds me of a sadder Porcupine Tree album, which is a feat that seemed impossible.
Sumac & Keiji Haino – Even For Just The Briefest Moment / Keep Charging This “expiation” / Plug In To Making It Slightly Better
Origin: Vancouver, British Columbia/Chiba, Japan
Label: Trost Records
Buy now on Bandcamp
It's only been a year since this noisy collaboration revealed itself, and they're already back with what might be the longest album title I've ever seen. Good golly, this is a lot of feedback, and it's so abrasive.
Yellow Eyes – Rare Field Ceiling
Genre: Black metal
Origin: New York City, New York
Label: Gilead Media
This is my introduction to Yellow Eyes and oh man is shit is evil, yet oddly catchy. I could ramble ignorantly beyond that, or you could listen to full album and ready Cody's interview here.
Also dropping today…
Ashbringer – Absolution (Prosthetic) – Atmospheric black metal
Axioma – Crown (Translation Loss) – Post-black metal
Beastwars – IV (Destroy) – Sludge/stoner
Bloodred Hourglass – Godsend (Out Of Line Music) – Melodic death metal/thrash
The Convalescence – The Return (Legend) – Symphonic deathcore
Denial Of God – The Shapeless Mass (Osmose Productions/Hells Headbangers) – Black metal
Descendency – Generate The Genocide (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) – Thrash/death metal
Dog Fashion Disco – Committed To A Bright Future (Re-Recorded) (Razor To Wrist Records) – Avant-garde metal
Doll Skin – Love Is Dead and We Killed Her (Hopeless) – Rock
Galactic Protector – Evening (Burning Witches Records) – Experimental/synth dabbling
Heilung – Futha (Season Of Mist) – Neofolk/experimental
KOSM – Eyes On The Inside (Self-Release) – Progressive metal
Lifes – Treading Water (Triple Eye Industries) – "Dadcore"/hardcore
Low Flying Hawks – Anxious Ghosts (Magnetic Eye Records) – Doom
Majesty – Legends (Napalm) – Power/heavy metal
Mirror – Pyramid of Terror (Bad Omen Records) – Heavy metal
Nocturnal Breed – We Only Came for the Violence (Folter Records) – Thrash/black metal
The Projectionist – Visits From the Nighthag Part 2 (Appalachian Noise) -Black metal
Scumripper – All Veins Blazing (Hells Headbangers) – Thrash/black metal
Turkey Vulture – Boxer (Self released) – Americana infused metal
Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown – Truth and Lies (Snakefarm) – Rock
Victims – The Horse And Sparrow Theory (Relapse) – D beat