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Upcoming Metal Releases: 11/3/19 — 11/9/19

Upcoming Metal Releases

Here are the new (and recent) metal releases for the week of November 3rd to November 9th, 2019. Release reflect proposed North American scheduling, if available. Expect to see most of these albums on shelves or distros on Fridays.

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

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EsotericA Pyrrhic Existence | Season of Mist | Doom Metal + Death Metal | United Kingdom

From Jon Rosenthal’s premiere of “Rotting in Dereliction”:

Esoteric is an acid nightmare — so completely thick and discordant that all senses are overwhelmed and cast asunder. This is the truest sense of the funereal, the blackening of one’s memory as the coffin is lowered into eternity. The listener is dragged down, as well, into a greater void. Fusing funeral doom metal, pitch-black psychedelia, and morose death metal, these musical pioneers who crafted some of the earliest examples of funeral doom still cover new ground almost three decades later.

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BaskIII | Season of Mist | Post-Metal + Rock | United States (North Carolina)

Hailing from Asheville, progressive psych quartet Bask further hone their brand of rock-infused heavy metal on their upcoming full-length III, their first release with Season of Mist. Self-produced by the group with the help of legendary producer Matt Bayles, whose collaborations include Pearl Jam, Mastodon, and Minus the Bear, the album contains a newfound sense of vibrancy with lush and intrepid soundscapes expanding on the concepts introduced on their first two records. With its heartfelt folksiness, acoustic guitars, and powerful melodic vocals, this release sees Bask truly coming into their own with a unique and adventurous approach to songwriting atypical of the metal paradigm but still heavy all the same.

— Thomas Hinds

SchammaschHeart of No Light | Prosthetic | Progressive Black Metal | Switzerland

The always-weird, always-cinematic legends of black metal Schammasch have returned, and in a big way. Their prior full-length, 2016’s Triangle, was a veritable monster of an album — perhaps too long, even — and the following year’s follow-up EP The Maldoror Chants: Hermaphrodite built on that framework despite being only EP-length. Now, though, we see the band back in full-form action, developing some of the most stimulating soundscapes in black metal with a style and effervescence only Schammasch can capture.

— Andrew Rothmund

TerminusA Single Point of Light | Cruz del Sur Music | Heavy Metal | United Kingdom

Turning back time to the early 1980s, power-duo Terminus unleash a barrage of valiant classic heavy metal on their sophomore album A Single Point of Light. Triumphant, battle-ready riffs and meaty mid-tempo percussion provided by multi-instrumentalist David Gillespie are met by the soaring operatic vocals of James Beattie in splendid harmony. Epic adventures unfold over the record’s longform tracks as passages of acoustic melody are overtaken by Dio-esque anthemic marches, all the while boasting a sleek power metal edge thanks to the timbre of Beattie’s voice and the vibrancy of the duo’s compositional style.

— Thomas Hinds

Have a Nice LifeSea of Worry | The Flenser | Shoegaze | United States (Connecticut)

“No fun. Not ever.” Apt tagline for an extremely apt band, one whose performance at this year’s Psycho Las Vegas totally wrecked me. Have a Nice Life’s on-stage presence is harrowing, to say the least, this new album captures that ethos and translates it into seven heart-wrenching fuck-everything songs perfectly bridging shoegaze and metal without ever really touching metal itself. Stay tuned later this week for a special Have a Nice Life treat; until then, stay sad.

— Andrew Rothmund

SlowVI — Dantalion | Aural Music | Doom Metal | Belgium

Holy shit, this is doom metal. It’s huge doom metal, so huge it feels monstrous and explosive when played at hilariously high volumes. Slow’s latest album sees the outfit nailing the putrid ambiance and horrific lows that characterize this type of heady doom without ever getting too sulky in terms of pacing or repetition. Check back later this week for a sneak-peek at this mind-terrorizing album.

— Andrew Rothmund

Cinema CinemaCCXMD | Nefarious Industries | Art Punk | United States (New York)

Weird music for weird people. This is art punk’s finest taken to their furthest extreme. Cinema Cinema’s collaboration with Matt Darriau is wild — somehow free jazz, art punk, and Modern (that’s with a capital M, mind you) at the same time, CCXMD‘s wide, unbridled music is as intelligent as it is unintelligible.

— Jon Rosenthal

Quayde LaHüeLove Out of Darkness | Adult Fantasy Records | Heavy Metal | United States (Washington)

A hard-rocking, far-out demonstration of flamboyant classic heavy metal showmanship, Olympia outfit Quayde LaHue now present their debut full-length Love Out of Darkness, a modern take on well-worn 1970s tropes. Featuring members of Christian Mistress and Mortiferum and fronted by powerhouse vocalist Jenna Fitton, the group evokes a fiery and impassioned rage both in their lyrics and in their thunderous throwback riffs. Achieving a surprisingly fresh interpretation of an age-old style, Quayde LaHue take us all the way back to metal’s campy yet heartwarming first wave with flair and steely panache.

— Thomas Hinds

DrowningThe Radiant Dark | Transcending Obscurity Records | Death Metal + Doom Metal | United Kingdom

Actual drowning ought to feel like The Radiant Dark, something eternally doom-filled but also wrought with death metal anxiety as your oxygen quickly runs out. That’s not to say that Drowning’s latest is claustrophobic; instead, The Radiant Dark feels triumphant and powerful, almost like death was a sure thing with the music being totally apropos.

— Andrew Rothmund

WolfbrigadeThe Enemy: Reality | Southern Lord | Crust Punk | Sweden
Do you want your punk to sizzle like human flesh on a hot plate? Wolfbridge bring the burn on The Enemy: Reality, with the distortion/sound of HM-2 death metal but wrapped entirely in the punky vibes the band is known for. Extracting the mood and sounds of such deathy influences really energizes this brand of punk, giving it harsher, more malignant vibes without spoiling the edge. Great tunes for blasting down the highway or getting blasted in your bedroom.

— Andrew Rothmund

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