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Upcoming Metal Releases: 12/16/18 — 12/29/18

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Hey friends. We’re approaching the end of the year, so we’re going to cover the next two weeks with this edition of the UMR — the release schedule is light around these times, so please bear with us (and be sure to use the comments section to let us know if we missed anything notable).

Also, stay tuned for our year-end lists, which begin rolling out later today and continue until the end of the week. We’ll close out this year with a final Editors’ Choice on Friday for your reading pleasure; then, we’ll be back in 2019 for what’s sure to be one hell of a year both for metal and Invisible Oranges alike.

Stay metal.

Here are the new metal releases for the week of December 16th – December 29th, 2018. 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 coming Fridays unless otherwise noted, or if labels and artists get impatient.

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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Great Falls — A Sense of Rest | Corpse Flower Records | Post-Hardcore, Post-Metal | United States (Washington)

These eight dense, winding tracks which comprise A Sense of Rest offer anything but — it’s more like a sense of tension. Dancing around off-kilter, hardcore bleeds through the mix via the harsh vocals and impervious drumming, but buried beneath a layer of abstract noise. Groove is important, and the atmosphere makes way for massive, simple punchlines to each song — that said, most of A Sense of Rest is deeply embedded within atmospherics. It’d be weird to call post-hardcore and/or post-metal “experimental” — that tag is baked into those subgenres anyway — but Great Falls goes to great extents making sure each track is as varied and idiosyncratic as possible. The result is an incredibly dynamic album, if a little complicated. For most, the added complexity is simply more to feed on.

Sulphur Aeon — The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos | Ván Records | Death Metal | Germany

Sulphur Aeon’s 2015 sophomore full-length Gateway to the Antisphere was a huge death metal hit. Exceptionally smooth and modern, it also dabbled in extensive atmospherics — luckily, their follow-up The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos follows suit, but adding new talents and techniques. For one, clean singing (more like howling, really) reinforce their prominence, both during slower moments and the outright blasting that the band is well-capable of. Compared to prior albums, these tracks are far more balladic and, for lack of a better word, beautiful. That said, Sulphur Aeon is downright death metal — The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos‘s mood and tone is perfect for spinning endlessly into death’s almighty void.

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Veilburner — A Sire to the Ghouls of Lunacy | Transcending Obscurity | Black Metal | United States (Pennsylvania)

From Ivan’s premiere of “Panoramic Phantoms”:

Veilburner have cultivated a reputation for themselves in no small part due to their trailblazing unpredictability, and this is no less true with their latest effort. Often, it’s only the band’s inclination towards capriciousness that links one track with the next — that and the skillful performances laid down by both members. Deleterio’s ever-nimble fingers tumble through beefy chugs, tremolo breakaways, and warped solos rendered with equal parts tastefulness and flair. Meanwhile, Infernium manipulates his voice both naturally as well as with an array of gonzo effects for a dazzling range of textures. “Panoramic Phantoms” also features Deleterio’s buttery-smooth cleans toward the end.

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