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Upcoming Metal Releases: 6/2/19 — 6/8/19

Upcoming Metal Releases

Here are the new (and recent) metal releases for the week of June 2nd to June 8th, 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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PelicanNighttime Stories | Southern Lord | Post-Metal | United States (Illinois)

Sublime instrumental post-metal from the Midwest. Be sure to check out my interview with Trevor de Brauw and Dallas Thomas about Nighttime Stories, the band’s first album in six years. Whether you’re trying to focus, defocus, relax, or get energized, it’s through the strokes of Pelican’s musical magic that Nighttime Stories finds a way to fit seamlessly.

Cave InFinal Transmission | Hyrda Head | Rock | United States (Massachusetts)

Tune in later this week for a full review of Final Transmission, one of this year’s sleeper album extraordinaires. If you aren’t familiar with the tragic backstory behind this band/album, be sure to visit their Bandcamp via the link above to read the biography. Suffice it to say, out of great loss can come great artwork; no matter how hard it is to digest at any given moment, music can always be a vehicle for healing (both for the listener and artist alike).

FlubFlub | The Artisan Era | Technical Death Metal | United States (California)

Finally unleashing their debut full-length, California tech-death supergroup Flub are now set to unveil the long-gestating technical showmanship of their self-titled record. Featuring vocalist Michael Alvarez of Alterbeast, Rivers of Nihil drummer Jared Klein, and ex-Vale of Pnath guitarist Eloy Montes, Flub combine the unrelenting speed and veracity of their respective outfits into a virtuosic blend of mind-bending fretwork, hyperspeed double-bass, and frighteningly guttural vocals, all brought together by a fresh and idiosyncratic approach to the genre unlike anything previously created by these musicians. Simultaneously cerebral and excitingly creative, Flub will surely stand as one of 2019’s most noteworthy tech-death releases.

— Thomas Hinds

ConsummationThe Great Solar Hunter | Profound Lore | Blackened Death Metal | Australia

Emerging from the sweltering lands of Australia, black metal outfit Consummation have finally unveiled their highly anticipated debut full-length record The Great Solar Hunter, a gripping odyssey into their bone-chilling, frostbitten sound. With tinges of death metal flavor and incredibly crisp production bolstering the album’s meticulous musicianship, Consummation’s debut record presents an incredibly potent yet grotesque offering of truly inspirational black metal.

— Thomas Hinds

Faerie RingThe Clearing | King Volume Records | Stoner Doom | United States (Indiana)

There’s stoner doom, and then there’s stoned doom. The Clearing comprises all the chill pacing, fuzzy guitars, and cosmic clean vocals which soundtrack any A+ trip. Faerie Ring know how to turn up the power, though, so it’s not all just toke-for-broke: this album bleeds true with all the hard rock and metal sensibilities stoner doom takes account of, but features a bluesy twist sure to delight worn ears.

FetidSteeping Corporeal Mess | 20 Buck Spin | Death Metal | United States (Washington + Oregon)

If you’re in the market for frighteningly guttural and hard-hitting, look no further than Fetid’s primordial mixture of raw OSDM chaos and sludgy, crawling breakdowns. A relatively young outfit, the group was formed in 2013 under the name Of Corpse before switching to their current moniker in 2017. Rife with harrowing death growls, sizzling dungeon guitar tone, and a veritable stampede of percussion, their latest release and first full-length record Steeping Corporeal Mess will undoubtedly put Fetid on the map across the spectrum of death metal.

— Thomas Hinds

DistantTyrannotophia | Unique Leader | Deathcore | Netherlands

As someone who unashamedly likes deathcore — and who will seek to prove in an upcoming article that there is actually good deathcore out there — I can tell you that Tyrannotophia is not what you’re looking for. The energy is there, and of course the hyperbolically massive breakdowns, slams, and chugs, but I’ve definitely heard this formula before (and I don’t say that often). There’s no doubting Distant put their full time/effort into this album, and that other lovers of deathcore will find refuge within its walls, but for me personally, this one isn’t turning just the right knobs.

EnthronedCold Black Suns | Season of Mist | Black Metal | Belgium

Though with some significant reformation, Belgium-based bruisers Enthroned have been at it for almost three decades now. It’s been a hot minute since their last full-length, so Cold Black Suns will be the tell-tale sign of whether this band can continue their black metal legacy. Mid-paced, well-balanced, and eerily sinister, Cold Black Suns should prove successful in that regard.

GravefieldsEmbrace the Void | Redefining Darkness | Death Metal | Ireland

From my premiere of “Psychoactive Rites”:

The market for straightforward death metal with a blackened twist has been strong for some time now, almost to the point where the key to success involves execution more than subgenre mishmashing. It’s very sensible to apply the atmosphere, layering, and cinematic intensity of black metal to the structure, weight, and density of death metal (or the other way around) — the potential drawback, though, is having too much going on for the listener to track. Really, it’s all about handling all that input. Hailing from Ireland, blackened death metal outfit Gravefields demonstrate the perfect balance of clean-cut riffing with thick, evocative atmospherics, right in line with what this blend of genres demands.

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