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This week’s new heavy metal releases include cozy shoegaze metal, bloody death metal, and more! To the metals…

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Blanket – Modern Escapism

Genre: Shoegaze/atmospheric metal
Origin: North West, England
Label: Music For Nations

Until this week I was unaware of Blanket, but with a name like “Blanket” I had to hear what their deal was. Turns out, Blanket are fucking sick. They remind me of Junius, Nothing, and Deftones with the occasional grim moment and fancier drum foot-work. Then the album is topped off by a couple guest spots from Kadeen France (Loathe) and GosT.

Blood Red Throne – Imperial Congregation

Genre: Death metal
Origin: Kristiansand, Norway
Label: Nuclear Blast

If you seek straight forward, but solid, death metal then unsurprisingly Imperial Congregation will make you happy. This is a non-stop bludgeoning with consistent speed and aggression. Blood Red Throne never fail to horrify and amaze.

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Creeping Death – The Edge Of Existence

Genre: Death metal/hardcore
Origin: Denton, Texas
Label: eOne

It’s a pretty good week for death metal fans, and if you like a little hardcore sprinkled on top then this EP is the one for you. It features three new tracks and three re-recordings from their first EP Sacrament of Death. Over the six tracks you’re getting nasty grooves, guitar divebombs, and more.

Gus G – Quantum Leap

Genre: Heavy metal/shred
Label: AFM

Now for a guy who is very good at guitar being very good at guitar. This is G’s fourth solo record, but his first entirely instrumental affair. It’s a wanky one, but a tastefully wanky one.

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Trivium – In The Court Of The Dragon

Genre: Metalcore/thrash
Origin: Orlando, Florida
Label: Roadrunner

Just a year after What The Dead Men Say, Trivium are already back with another collection of modern melodic metal. The album is not a sequel to Dead Men, but it feels like it could be. The choruses soar, the grooves are infectious, and the guitar work is incredible as always. A cool addition this time is an instrumental intro from Emperor‘s and Matt’s eventual collaborator Ihsahn. Check out Greg’s review here.

Untamed Land – Like Creatures Seeking Their Own Forms

Genre: Black metal/western
Origin: Akron, Ohio
Label: Napalm

Buy now on Bandcamp

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Loyal skimmers know that I love to highlight stuff that’s a bit atypical, so when Untamed Land came to my attention, I was interested. This is some epic black metal made by sole member Patrick Kern that also draws influence from old western soundtrack composers like Ennio Morricone. The result is so interesting and unlike anything I’ve heard before.

Also dropping today…

  • Alda – A Distant Fire (Eisenwald) – Atmospheric black metal
  • Antichrist Siege Machine – Purifying Blade (Profound Lore Records) – Black/death metal
  • Atræ Bilis – Apexapien (20 Buck Spin) – Death metal
  • Black Sites – Untrue (Self-released) – Progressive/heavy metal
  • Bornwithhair – When The Witches Fall (Trepnation) – Avant-garde metal
  • The Breathing Process – Labyrinthian (Unique Leader Records) – Symphonic blackened death metal
  • Devil’s Reef – A Whisper From the Cosmos (The Artisan Era) – Technical death metal
  • Eclipse – Wired (Frontiers) – Power metal
  • Endless – Lapse: The Guilt We Hold (Self-released) – Post hardcore
  • Eternal Silence – Timegate Anathema (Rockshots Records) – Symphonic/gothic metal
  • Forest of Jinn – Wendigo (Self-released) – Black metal
  • Hegemon – Sidereus Nuncius (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions) Black metal
  • Houston – IV (Frontiers) – AOR
  • Kite – Currents (Majestic Mountain Records) – Sludge
  • Knife – Knife (Dying Victims Productions) – Heavy/speed metal
  • Kowloon Walled City – Piecework (Neurot/Gilead) – Sludge
  • Le Chant Noir – La Société Satanique Des Poètes Morts (Personal Records) – Black metal
  • Local H – Local H’s Awesome Quarantine Mix Tape #3 (Brutal Panda) – Rock
  • Manimal – Armageddon (AFM) – Power metal
  • Mercury Circle – Killing Moons (Noble Demon) – Doom/dark metal
  • Non Residents – Against Police Brutality (Self-released) – Groove metal
  • Nothing – The Great Dismal B-Sides EP (Relapse) – Shoegaze
  • Our Man in the Bronze Age – Hexed Endeavours (Fr33zehead Records) – Progressive
  • Outer Heaven – In Tribute… (Relapse Records) – Death metal/doom
  • Shy, Low – Snake Behind The Sun (Pelagic) – Post-metal/post-rock
  • Siren’s Rain – Rise Forth (Self-Release) – Folk metal
  • Stheno – Wardance (7 Degrees Records) – Black metal/grindcore
  • Teramaze – And The Beauty They Perceive (Wells) – Progressive metal
  • Thoughtcrimes – Tap Night (Pure Noise Records) – Hardcore
  • Wayward Sons – Even Up The Score (Frontiers) – Heavy metal covers
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