I just went through the upcoming metal album releases and September and October hold a vast amount of promising and anticipated metal releases. I count 23 albums over the next 2 months I’m interested in and that’s just the ones I know about. Every week it never fails that I discover some awesome new band or a new album from a band I like that flew over my radar. Last week we kicked off September with a bang and this week shows no sign of slowing down and it looks like next week will be just as heavy (lame pun intended). So let’s jump into the new releases! Speaking of flying over my radar, after hearing their two EPs last week I was surprised to find Sons of Crom had just released their new album Riddle of Steel. Serious Bathory worship going on here, but a pleasant divergence from just a straight up clone. I discovered Stilla this week and their new awesome, folkish, atmospheric black metal release Ensamhetens Andar. Darkspace is back with more of their super atmospheric, “space” black metal with III I. Still a lot of technical noodling but a step up from their last release. There’s been some killer black metal out of Iceland recently and Svartidauði’s The Synthesis Of Whore And Beast is no exception. I checked out the new Riot album Unleash the Fire on a whim and was found it to be a fun romp into their classic/speed metal sound and Cannibal Corpse are back doing what they do with A Skeletal Domain.
Sinmara – Aphotic Womb
Striker – City of Gold
Orden Ogan – Vale
Ævangelist – Writhes in the Murk
Ævangelist play a brutally sinister and low end version of death metal similar to Portal. Now there really isn’t any band that sounds like Portal but Ævangelist might come the closest. Weird, low, technical, random changes and scary low vocals are all interwoven into some bizarre and scary music. Maybe not as intense as Portal, but it’s the only thing I can think to compare it too. This isn’t a band I listen to a lot but their albums are solid.
Panopticon – Roads to the North
I’ve waxed on and on about this album and this week, after an agonizing wait, I received my copy in the mail. Plainly put, its the best album I’ve ever heard. I wasn’t sure how he was going to top his previous album Kentucky but he has. There’s nothing like Panopticon. I’ve compared it to seeing Star Wars for the first time. It’s a life changer for music. Not just metal, but music in general. I don’t care what your feelings on extreme metal are, just go listen to this album.
A Sound of Thunder – The Lesser Key of Solomon
I thought this band sounded familiar and I remembered they put out a crowd funded album last year that got some pretty good reviews so I figured I would give this new one a shot. It’s classic metal with a shot of power metal, some prig and just a touch of King Diamond weirdness and Candlemass doom. The lead singer has some fantastic metal pipes on her. Soaring at times, low and biting at times. Solid album all around.
Silent Horror – Silent Horror
The horror punk genre probably reached it’s apex with The Misfits and after they dissolved into the Jerry Only Experience (what I call the weird version of the bad that has existed for the past decade) Bliztkid picked up the slack. Well, they broke up too, leaving the bass player and singer Argyle Goolsby to do something else. That something else is Silent Horror. I only need one good horror punk band to be satisfied and it seems for the time being, that band is Silent Horror.
And the rest of the list:
Lantlos – .neon
Skullview – Consequences of Failure
Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels
Der Weg einer Freiheit – Der Weg einer Freiheit
Winterfylleth – The Divination of Antiquity
Noisem – Consumed 7”
Candlemass – Pslams for the Dead
Until next time…
Stay Creepy My Friends!