Upcoming Metal Releases: 11/10/2013 — 11/16/2013

Pestilence

North Americans will rejoice Tuesday, finally beholding tangible evidence of the bangers Europe has been wearing out for weeks. Pestilence’s impressive resilience and Cronian’s Borknager buddy-cuts carry the heaviest expectations if you’re of a certain age, but the docket is packed with plenty of other goodies like Endstille’s rumble-krieg and Demonical rattling its OSDM manacles. Still, the United States shouldn’t feel slighted, equaling pound-for-pound the world’s output with selections such as the brainstem bruisers in Vastum. Finally, in fringe-y fare, kinda-grinders Drugs of Faith are no strangers to the veins of IO readers, while Weekend Nachos also cross the aisle to find continued metalhead success.

Though perhaps less-heralded, Of Note similarly isn’t hurting for quality. Brutal Truth vacations with Bastard Noise and splits ears with feedback modulators. Grieving Age grinds doom with familiar dISCIPLINE. Plus, Pentagram Chile and Satan’s Wrath wonderfully thrash through variations of their base inspirations. Both slates are a fine respite if you need to take a break from chipping the stone on your top ten list, Things I’ll Soon Forget.

Corrections: Glorior Belli’s Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls and Vaura’s The Missing, two albums we jumped the gun on, are also out in the wild this week. Both are worthy of your ten-high stack of Washingtons or a gram of your finest poutine-packed crack.

See something we missed? Goofs? Let us know in the comments. Plus, as always, feel free to post your own shopping lists. Happy digging.

— Ian Chainey

New metal releases for the week of 11/10/2013 — 11/16/2013. Release dates are formatted according to proposed North American scheduling, if available. Expect to see the bulk of these records on shelves or distros on Tuesday unless otherwise noted. Blurbs and designations are based on available promotional material and perceived buzz.

Anticipated Releases:

Cronian – Erathems | Season of Mist | Prog metal
This side project of Borknagar comrades Vintersorg and Øystein Garnes Brun showcases an orchestral shade of their hooky saga stock-in-trade.

Demonical – Darkness Unbound | Metal Blade Records | Death metal
These Swedes retain just the bassist and vocalist from 2011’s Death Infernal, though those wishing to be walloped by the same swarm of wasps won’t be disappointed.

Drugs Of Faith – Architectural Failures | Malokul Records | Grindcore, metallic hardcore
Richard Johnson (Enemy Soil, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) and company create more clever ‘core on this four-track EP.

Endstille – Kapitulation 2013 | Season of Mist | Black metal
The Panzer tanks assemble once again for the German n’ rolling, d-beating war machine.

Exivious – Liminal | Season of Mist | Prog metal
The Dutch instrumental prog-stars (prior stays and current employment includes Cynic, Pestilence, and Dodecahedron) strive to put a new spin on Holdsworth.

Man Must Die – Peace Was Never An Option | Lifeforce Records | Death metal
A new rhythm section helps transition the Scots from a tech chugger to a grinder befitting Barney Greenway.

Nocturnal Graves – …from the Bloodline of Cain | Hells Headbangers | Blackened thrash
Raised from their namesake by a prayer on a monkey’s paw, Australia’s reformed thrashers lose nary a step thanks to contributions from members of Razor of Occam and Denouncement Pyre.

Obliteration – Black Death Horizon | Relapse Records | Death metal
A Norwegian OSDM onslaught courtesy of Nekromantheon nutters.

Pestilence – Obsideo | Candlelight Records | Death metal
The two Patricks and the new crew keep the ship surprisingly steady while taking chances with the riffs. Obsideo drops grooves like a band a quarter of its age.

Temple of Baal – Verses of Fire | Agonia Records | Blackened death metal
The French flayers ably make your melon mirror the album cover’s flying spaghetti squash.

Vastum – Patricidal Lust | 20 Buck Spin | Death metal
Leila Abdul-Rauf (Hammers of Misfortune) and gents from Acephalix get groovy and slow with the ol’ USDM template.

Weekend Nachos – Still | Relapse Records | Powerviolence
Chicago’s powerhouse quartet crosses out any barriers keeping longhair heads from banging along.

Of Note:

Botanist / Palace of WormsBotanist / Palace of Worms | The Flenser | Black metal
Everyone’s favorite hammered-dulcimer-decimating Triffid takes root with Palace of Worms‘ Bay Area blasts.

Brutal Truth / Bastard NoiseAxiom of Post Inhumanity | Relapse Records | Noise
Two sides of power electronic experiments and harsh noisescapes are presented by these long-running institutions.

Cancerbero – Malevolence | Veins Full of Wrath | Death metal
Primitive and bloodthirsty Chilean chaos.

Darkmoon Warrior – Nuke ‘Em All | W.T.C. Productions | Black metal
Midpaced, burly German hammering replete with Tom G. “OOGH!s.

Grieving Age – Merely the Fleshless We and the Awed Obsequy | Solitude Productions | Death/doom
A double disc of slow-mo slams and funeral-tinged jams from Saudi Arabia. Does Death Metal English proud.

Handful of Hate – To Perdition | Code666 Records | Black metal
Italian second-wavers ring in their 20th birthday with a strong set of dramatic trems. According to Metal-Archives, the lyrical themes encompass “Sexual Magic (early), Vice and Sex (Now).”

It’s Casual – The New Los Angeles II | Stoked Records | Hardcore
LA’s two-man Black Flag speeds through a sequel to their concept album that thrashed such topics as freeway gridlock.

Living Sacrifice – Ghost Thief | Solid State Records | Metalcore
Their eighth LP hews closer to their post-Inhabit shift towards more core-oriented material. Included for nostalgia’s sake.

Obscure Sphinx – Void Mother | Self-released | Post-metal
Polish groove purveyors come off like Neuma by way of Woburn House.

Pentagram Chile – The Malefice | Metal Blade Records | Death metal/thrash
After nearly 30 years, Pentagram finally possesses a full-length. However, musically, it’s like only a few days have passed.

Satan’s Wrath – Aeons of Satan’s Reign | Metal Blade Records | Thrash
Greek thrashing freaks blacken up these frosty tracks.

Thaclthi – …Erat Ante Oculos | Avantgarde Music | Black metal
Here lies an EP containing funeral doom-paced occultism with a vocalist emulating early John Tardy. Includes a cavernous Unholy cover.

Valkyrja – The Antagonist’s Fire | W.T.C. Productions | Black metal
Swedish barbaric black metal that wrangles the riffs of their bee-keeping countrymen when needed.