THE WEEKLY INJECTION – New Releases From GARGOYL, ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS, and More Out Today


This week’s new heavy metal releases include a variety of Halloween jams, giving the old school respect, and more! To the metals…

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Ascension Of The Watchers – Apocrypha

Genre: Atmospheric metal/gothic rock
Origin: Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania/New York City, New York
Label: Dissonance Productions

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Twelve years after the first album, the now ex-Fear Factory (which is still weird to think about) vocalist Burton C. Bell’s Ascension Of The Watchers has returned. This album was plagued by PledgeMusic going under and might even include a spectral recording on it, so there’s a lot going on here. Apocrypha winds up being a spookier and more atmospheric band than FF, or really anything else Bell has done. This is a very October/Fall/Halloween sounding album.

Blue Öyster Cult – The Symbol Remains

Genre: Rock
Origin: Stony Brook, New York
Label: Frontiers

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While not metal, you gotta give those that paved the way a nod when you can. On their first new album in nineteen years, BOC are bringing their classic sound with surprising force. Again, not metal, but heavier than I expected. Then, something that tickled me is that in a move that almost seems to pay tribute to their SNL parody, founding drummer Albert Bouchard appears on the album for the album opener…playing cowbell

Gargoyl – Gargoyl

Genre: Grunge/experimental?/Prog?
Origin: Boston, Massachusetts
Label: Season Of Mist

Part of my gig on this site is assigning new releases a genre for these blurbs, but I am having a hell of a time labeling Gargoyl. It has elements that remind me of grunge, and especially Alice In Chains, but it’s like if Gorguts played grunge. So technical grunge? Progressive death grunge? Whatever. Anyway, unsurprisingly the guitar work is stellar with Revocation‘s David Davidson frolicking along the frets.

Inferi – Sunless Realms

Genre: Technical/melodic death metal
Origin: Nashville, Tennessee
Label: The Artisan Era

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Now, how about a flurry of notes from a very Artisan Era sounding band? That’s now meant to be a slam either. The Artisan Era has a sound that seem to enjoy putting out, and most of it is high quality. Then Inferi are one of their finest. Sunless Realms is a technical death metal master class in a five-track package.

Necrophobic – Dawn Of The Damned

Genre: Death/black metal
Origin: Stockholm, Sweden
Label: Century Media

In their thirty-plus years Necrophobic have dropped a lot of evil sounding metal at a high success rate. Their ninth album Dawn Of The Damned keeps that tradition going strong. While sounding VERY different from Ascension of the Watchers, this would also be a lovely addition to a Halloween playlist.

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Venom Prison – Primeval

Genre: Death metal/hardcore
Origin: South Wales
Label: Prosthetic

Venom Prison have really been picking up steam lately, and rightfully so. So now seems as good a time as any to show new fans what they were up to in their early days with Primeval. This includes re-recordings of the first two EPs Defy the Tyrant and The Primal Chaos. Then, you’re also getting a pair of new tracks perhaps just so it’s not all old stuff.

Also dropping today…

  • Bloodbather – Silence (Rise Records) – Metalcore
  • Bootblacks – Thin Skies (Artoffact Records) – Post-punk/rock
  • Coastlands – Death (Translation Loss Records) – “Metalgaze”/post-rock
  • Crippled Black Phoenix – Ellengæst (Season of Mist) – Post-rock/experimental
  • Every Hour Kills – Re:Awaken (Perfect Filth) – Melodic death metal
  • Eye Of The Destroyer – The Wolf You Feed (High Potency) – Deathcore
  • Furnace – Dark Vistas (Soulseller Records) – Death metal
  • Hellripper – The Affair Of The Poisons (Peaceville) – Black/speed metal
  • Hundredth – Somewhere Nowhere (Hundredth)
  • Isenmor – Shieldbrother (Self-released) – Folk metal
  • Johansson & Speckmann – The Germs Of Circumstance (Soulseller) – Death metal
  • King Parrot – Holed Up In The Lair (Housecore Records) – Thrash/grindcore
  • Radiant Knife – The Ghost (Self-released) – Experimental
  • R.I.P. – Dead End (RidingEasy Records) – Doom/grunge
  • Lindsay Schoolcraft – Worlds Away (Cyber Proxy Records) – Harp rock
  • Somnus Throne – Somnus Throne (Burning World Records) – Doom
  • Touche Amore – Lament (Epitaph) – Post-hardcore
  • The Unguided – Father Shadow (Napalm) – Groove metal
  • Wreck-Defy – Powers That Be (Sublevel Records) – Thrash
  • Yatra – All Is Lost (Grimoire Records) – Stoner/doom
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