THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From CAVE IN, SEPTICFLESH & More Out Today 5/20

2022-05-28 15:38:07 By : Ms. Sunny Pan

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Plus releases from Mortal Thrall, Malevolence, James LaBrie, Evergrey, and Blut Aus Nord.

This week's new heavy metal releases include epic metal in various forms, "Baroque-influenced" metal, and more! To the metals… Blut Aus Nord – Disharmonium – Undreamable Abysses

Genre: Black/avant-garde metal Origin: Mondeville, France Label: Debemur MortiAdvertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Starting this week with some evil stuff. The fourteenth album by Blut Aus Nord is unsurprisingly haunting and dark. It's like ominous cinematic score with blast beats.

Cave In – Heavy Pendulum

Genre: Progressive sludge/metalcore Origin: Methuen, Massachusetts Label: Relapse

If you're a fan of Cave In (and why wouldn't you be?), you're gonna get a lot of them here on Heavy Pendulum. This is seventy-plus minutes of spaced-out, progressive, sludgy weirdness. It's their first with bassist Nate Newton (Converge) and he fits right in.

Evergrey – A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament)

Genre: Progressive/power metal Origin: Gothenburg, Sweden Label: NapalmAdvertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

With so much time off the road in 2020 and 2021 it only makes sense for the already rather prolific Evergrey, to spend their time writing oodles of epic prog jams. Album number thirteen has Tom Englund and the boys coming off angrier than the last record. Still plenty of epic singalongs in the rage though.

James LaBrie – Beautiful Shade Of Grey

Genre: Melodic metal/progressive Origin: Toronto, Ontario Label: InsideOut

When James is away from his fellow Dream Thespians (that's got to be what they're called, right?), he winds up being a bit more straight-forward with his songs. Beautiful Shade of Grey might be his most melodic solo record yet as it seems like he has ditched his harsh co-vocalist this time. This really showcases the strengths of LaBrie. Jordan has a full review here.

Malevolence – Malicious Intent 

Genre: Groove metal/hardcore Origin: Sheffield, England Label: Nuclear Blast/MLVLTDAdvertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Here's something that will get a circle pit spinning. Malevolence have a lot going on with this record. Hardcore fury, metalcore anthem choruses, surprisingly techy lead-lines, and big ol' grooves. They're like if you glued All That Remains to Hatebreed. And what a fun premise for a film that would be. Max has words on it here.

Mortal Thrall – A Path To Fire

Genre: Post-black metal Origin: Nashville, Tennessee Label: Trepanation Recordings

When skimming bands to talk about this week Mortal Thrall caught my eye because their press-release included the line, "Baroque-influenced, post-black metal." This is the kind of stuff that gets my attention. Like most post-black metal records this has pretty consistent tremolo picking, high-speed drums, and lots of atmosphere, but there is that little something special mixed in that gives it some classical whimsy. It's a unique record that breaks the mold of their sub-sub-(sub?)-genre.Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Genre: Symphonic death metal Origin: Athens, Greece Label: Nuclear Blast

Wrapping this week with some epic shit from our favorite Greek vampires. Their first record in five years scratches an itch that only they can with their grand symphonic elements coupled with solid death metal. Jeff has a full review here.

Also dropping today… Anvil – Impact Is Imminent (AFM) – Heavy metalAparthiva Raktadhara – Adyapeeth Maranasamhita (Iron Bonehead Productions) – Black/death metalAssumption – Hadean Tides (Everlasting Spew Records/Sentient Ruin Laboratories) – Doom/death metalBe Well – Hello Sun (Revelation Records) – HardcoreBog Body – Cryonic Crevasse Cult (Profound Lore Records) – Death metalBrandy And The Butcher – Lucky Foot (Self) – Hard rockCome To Grief – When The World Dies (Translation Loss Records) – Sludge/doomD Bloc – D Bloc (Unbeaten Records) – HardcoreThe Dark Alamorté – Lunacrium Thepsis (Unique Leader Records) – Atmospheric black/death metalGeezer – Stoned Blues Machine (Heavy Psych Sounds) – StonerGronibard – Regarde Les Hommes Sucer (Season Of Mist) – GoregrindHelsott – Will And The Witch (M-Theory) – Folk/death metalLaMacchia – Thunderheads (Aqualamb Records) – Dark ambientThe Loyal Seas – Strange Mornings In The Garden (American Laundromat) – Alternative rockLucer – The New World (Mighty Music) – Hard rockLuminous Vault – Animate The Emptiness (Profound Lore) – Black metal/industrialMNRVA – Hollow (Black Doomba Records) – DoomOPHE – Somnium Nocte Mendaciis (My Kingdom Music) – Avant-garde black metalOrdo Rosarius Equilibrio – Nihilist Notes (and the perpetual quest 4 meaning in nothing (Out Of Line Music) – Industrial/neofolkOrgan Trail – Appetite For Dissection (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) – Grindcore/death metalPredatory Light – Death And The Twilight Hours (20 Buck Spin) – Doom/black metalRod Rodrigues – Tales Of A Changing Life, Part.1 (Self-released) – ProgressiveRottenness – Violentopia (Selfmadegod Records) – Grindcore/brutal death metalSadist – Firescorched (Agonia) – Technical death metalSadistic Ritual – The Enigma, Boundless (Prosthetic Records) – ThrashSerpentent – Mother of Light (Svart) – FolkSpace Of Variations – Imago (Napalm) – MetalcoreSpheric Universe Experience – Back Home (Uprising) – Progressive/symphonic metalSpice – Viv (Dais Records) – RockStreet Sects – Gentrification V: Whitewashed (The Flenser) – ExperimentalTexas Murder Crew – Wrapped in Their Blood (Comatose Music) – Brutal death metalThy Kingdom Will Burn – The Void And The Vengeance (Scarlet) – Melodic death metalVaamatar – Medievalgeist (Iron Bonehead Productions) – Black metalWatashi Wa – People Like People (Tooth & Nail) – Rock/popZinny Zan – Lullabies For The Masses (Wild Kingdom) – Hard rock

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