Upcoming Metal Releases: 11/17/2013 – 11/23/2013
As 2013 starts to set in a blaze of apathy, IO continue to keep snouts to ground for magnetic morsels that will pack your record racks. The Anticipated slate may appear slight with only three entries, but Code are already podium-bound and awaiting year-end gold, especially in the eyes of those searching the sky for bright specks like Arcturus. Speaking of colors, Ephel Duath are no strangers to textures and shades. After a brief break in the wake of a canine concept album, their loom-like fusions are now a family affair. As a contrast to the vets, Psalm Zero make their debut, generating old-guard excitement in the space of seven inches. For good reason — their industrial transmogrifier adds new wrinkles to the flesh of gods.
While those albums deserve headlines, Of Note’s varied collection might be of greater interest to anyone willing to test their predilections. A bevy of the modern metalhead’s bugaboos have made the list, including Chastain and Coven 13 trying to Febreze away their attic smell. Then, the back-to-power Satan’s Host are a heat-rock for folks left cold by true metal’s traditionalism. If “heavy metal” is a slur in your lexicon, those three will try to prove that it’s more than a four-letter word. Finally, this is secretly the week for the bong-bedecked. Stoner in all of its strains fills the air here. Want the weirdest head high? Scroll to Sun and Sail Club‘s robot rock. Asimov’s fourth law? Puff puff pass.
See something we missed? Goofs? Let us know in the comments. Plus, as always, feel free to post your own shopping lists. Happy digging.
New metal releases for the week of 11/17/2013 – 11/23/2013. 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.
Code – Augur Nox | Agonia Records | Prog metal, black metal
This UK/Norway collaboration drapes a Victorian veil atop Oslovian experimentation. However, they never forget hooks are a key part of any song hypothesis.
Ephel Duath – Hemmed by Light, Shaped by Darkness | Agonia Records | Prog metal
Joined by his wife, vocalist Karyn Crisis, Davide Tiso and his jazz hands explore a slower, more deliberate meditation on the black-tinged breakouts of The Painter’s Palette and Pain Necessary to Know.
Chastain – Surrender to No One | Leviathan Records | Heavy metal
A year before their 30th anniversary, one of Cincinnati’s finest reconvene with the original lineup. Weighty trad with a touch of power.
Satan’s Host – Virgin Sails | Moribund Records | Blackened power metal
The long-running devils from Denver. After a near-decade of blackened death bangers (the Harry Conklin-less, underrated stretch of records from 2000 – 2009), Jag Panzer‘s Tyrant returned in 2011 to lead Beelzebub’s surrogate back towards rousing badassery. If you think you hate power metal, try this.
Sun and Sail Club – Mannequins | Play This Riff | Stoner rock
Members of Fu Manchu and Kyuss re-imagine a world where every modem croons like Focus. Or, a rock album for Janelle Monáe? Klaatu barada nikto?