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Plus releases from Yatra, Kardashev, Billy Howerdel, and Emberthrone.

This week's new heavy metal releases include sludgy death metal, big ol' metalcore choruses (metalchoruses?), progressive atmospheric blackened post-deathcore (?), and more! To the metals…

Emberthrone – Godless Wonder

Genre: Sacramento, California
Origin: Technical death metal
Label: Seek And Strike

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Emberthrone has quite the line up. It features Monte Barnard (ex-Alterbeast), Martin Bianchini (Dance Gavin Dance session guitarist), Quentin Garcia (Man on the Moon), and Gabe Seeber (Decrepit Birth). Together they're bringing some technical heaviness. Oodles of aggression here.

Billy Howerdel – What Normal Was

Genre: Experimental/progressive
Origin:New Jersey
Label: Alchemy/Rise

The A Perfect Circle guy isn't about to sit around for years and years waiting for his bandmates again, so Billy Howerdel is setting out on his own. Fans of APC will be pleased to hear that Billy's solo stuff sounds a lot like APC. You're getting spacy, gloomy, progressive rock here.

Kardashev – Liminal Rite

Genre: Atmospheric deathcore/post-metal
Origin: Tempe, Arizona
Label: Metal Blade

Liminal Rite is an album unlike any I've heard before. Kardashev combine familiar elements in an unfamiliar way and really the only band than comes close to this is Ne Obliviscaris, but these guys embrace Ocean-like slow passages more. This record is fucking sick.

Kreator – Hate Über Alles

Genre: Thrash
Origin: Essen, Germany
Label: Nuclear Blast

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Thrash OG's have taken half a decade since their last record, and they came back pissed. They're also back with new bassist Frédéric Leclercq (Sinsaenum, ex-DragonForce). As you'd hope and expect, this is non-stop, high energy guitar theatrics and hard hitting thrash percussion. Kevin has a full review here.

Motionless In White – Scoring The End Of The World

Genre: Metalcore/industrial
Origin: Scranton, Pennsylvania
Label: Roadrunner

Sometimes you just want some angsty, melodic, metal and Scoring The End Of The World scratches that itch. If you're not into grand metalcore with some beeps and boops, keep moving. However if you are, this is a success on that front. It also includes guest spots from Bryan form Knocked Loose, Caleb from Beartooth, Lindsay Schoolcraft, and composer Mick Gordon (Doom, Wolfenstein, etc).

Yatra – Born Into Chaos

Genre: Sludge/doom
Origin: Ocean City, Maryland
Label: Prosthetic

Taking us home we have some nastiness from Yatra. Born Into Chaos is the perfect blend of death metal bursts and sludgy headbang-able parts. It's disjointed in a way that works really well and makes it exciting start to finish.

Also dropping today…

  • Above And Below Suffer Decay Alone (Disorder Recording) – Industrial
  • AdamantisThe Daemon's Strain (Cruz Del Sur Music) – Power metal
  • American AnymenCities Changing Names (Eclipse Records) – Industrial/punk
  • Attempt Survivors – Educated Hips EP (Iodine) – Grunge/alternative
  • BeratorElysian Inferno (Dark Descent Records) – Death/black metal
  • Bloody Heels – Rotten Romance (Frontiers) – Heavy metal
  • DeadguyBuyer's Remorse: Live From The Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest (Decibel Records) – Metalcore/mathcore
  • Deathwhite – Grey Everlasting (Season Of Mist) – Melodic doom/gothic metal
  • Downset – Maintain (Nuclear Blast) – Rap metal/hardcore
  • Dragged Under – Upright Animals (Mascot) – Metalcore/punk
  • Dust ProphetWhen The Axe Falls (Self-released) – Stoner rock
  • The Eating CaveIngurgitate (Self-released) – Technical death metal
  • Future PalaceRun (Arising Empire) – Post-hardcore
  • Grace – Hope (Frontiers) – Heavy meta
  • Heart Attack – Negative Sun (Atomic Fire) – Thrash/groove metal
  • Ianai Sunir (Svart) – Experimental
  • Inanimate ExistenceThe Masquerade (The Artisan Era) – Technical death metal
  • Michael Monroe – I Live Too Fast To Die Young (Silver Lining) – Rock/glam
  • Moodring – Stargazer (UNFD) – Alternative
  • Pre-Human VaultsAllegiance Divine (Discouraged Records) – Death metal/thrash
  • SchandmaulKnüppel aus dem Sack (Napalm Records) – Folk metal
  • SecretsThe Collapse (Velocity Records) – Metalcore/post-hardcore
  • Seventh Wonder – The Testament (Frontiers) – Progressive/power metal
  • Severe TortureFisting The Sockets (Season Of Mist) – Death metal
  • Silent DriveFairhaven (Equal Vision Records) – Post-hardcore
  • SoreptionJord (Unique Leader Records) – Technical death metal
  • The Tangent – Songs From The Hard Shoulder (InsideOut) – Progressive
  • Venus 5 – Venus 5 (Frontiers) – Rock/heavy metal
  • Voimaton Profane Vestige (Personal Records) – Doom/death metal
  • Vulnificus Invocation (New Standard Elite) – Brutal death metal
  • Wind Rose – Warfront (Napalm) – Power metal

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"Overall, Born into Chaos has significant heft to it. It has balance and a great deal of accessibility."