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Upcoming Metal Releases 10/14/2018-10/20/2018

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Here are the new metal releases for the weeks of October 14 – October 20, 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 the coming Fridays unless otherwise noted or if labels and artists get impatient. Blurbs and designations are based on whether or not I have a lot to say about it.

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

As a little bit of a challenge, include your own opinion about anything you want to add. Make me want to listen to it!

Please note: this is a review column and is not speculative. Any announced albums without preview material will not be covered. Additionally, any surprise releases which are uploaded or released after this column is published will be excluded.

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ANTICIPATED RELEASES

Outre-Tombe – Nécrovortex | Temple of Mystery | Death Metal | Canada
There was a long time where I was burned out on “new old school death metal,” but Outre-Tombe fixed that, if at least making them a special circumstance. What makes old school death metal so special was the attention to atmosphere, which a lot of these young bands seem to either miss or dole out entirely too much of their creativity into the creation of which. Outre-Tombe exists in the magical new precipice of balance, an art which was once thought lost.

Gorod – Aethra | Overpowered | Technical Death Metal | France

As slickly technical and stylish as ever, French tech-death legends Gorod are back with their sixth full-length. The point where this band could even produce a “bad” tech-death album has come and gone, i.e. they’re as reliable as ever. But is it any different? There’s a whole new pseudo-psychedelic vibe going on with Aethra, to which the band’s technicality actually plays well. Structurally, though, these are pretty straight-up tech-death songs, and maybe Gorod didn’t set out to completely upend their sound (maybe like Irreversible Mechanism did). I like listening to this kind of tech-death, but not all the time — maybe I’m asking Aethra to be more atmospheric, which is potentially unfair.

— Andrew Rothmund

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Antiverse – Under the Regolith | Seeing Red | Technical Death/Thrash Metal | United States
Pissed, extremely aggressive death/thrash metal (did I mention aggressive?) from current members of Inexorum and former members of Threadbare.

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OF NOTE

Moss Upon the Skull – In Vengeful Reverence | I, Voidhanger Records | Technical Death Metal | Belgium

It’s nice to see death metal releases from I, Voidhanger — and Moss Upon the Skull’s In Vengeful Reverence is a stunning exemplar of their trademark dark, cacophonous style. Definitely influenced by mainstays like Gorguts, this band applies their own ultra-technical layer of creativity to the mix. Their new album is nearly tech-death, but without all of that genre’s aesthetic baggage, save for the definitive old-school lean (especially the vocals) which does round out the package out nicely. This style of death metal usually isn’t my particular jam, but in this case, it works as a blend of old and new.

— Andrew Rothmund

Esoctrilihum – Inhüma | I, Voidhanger Records | Black Metal | France
Wasn’t there an Esoctrilihum album just a few months ago? This solo artist is a fountain of strange and unique black metal. Inhüma is as furious as it is suffocating and near-psychedelic.

Internal Bleeding – Corrupting Influence | Unique Leader | Brutal Death Metal | United States
The masters and earliest originators of the most ignorant of slam death metal return after the tragic, heroic passing of their former drummer Bill Tolley. Sallying forth, Internal Bleeding continues to make insanely brutal, horrendously disgusting music.

Erosion – Maximum Suffering | Hydra Head | Sludge Metal/Crust/Death Metal | United States
The ultimate fuzzy, D-beating metal. Check back in a few days to hear the whole thing.

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