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Upcoming Metal Releases 11/4/2018-11/10/2018


Here are the new metal releases for the weeks of November 4 – November 10, 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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Evoken – Hypnagogia | Profound Lore Records | Funeral Doom/Death Metal | United States
The American masters of apocalyptic, soul-rending funeral doom unleash yet another spectacular bout of depression and self-loathing. Concentrating now on World War I, Evoken mires themselves in the terrible trenches of the Western Front.

Vouna – Vouna | Artemesia Records | Ambient/Doom Metal | United States
Synthesizer-laden, transcendentalist doom metal for the long, ethereal nights. Check back to hear the whole thing later this week.

Third Storm – The Grand Manifestation | Dark Descent | Black Metal | United States
Entrancing, melodic black metal in the old, classic way. Check back to hear the whole thing on Wednesday.

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Ulthar – Cosmovore | 20 Buck Spin | Black/Death Metal | United States
A sinister debut of crusty, nasty blackened death metal — nothing more, nothing less. Cosmovore is unstoppable (or incessant, depending on your particular point of view), both in terms of sheer intensity and outright speed. There’s nothing frighteningly original here, but it’s definitely well executed, and artfully at that. This one will leave your head spinning afterward, so be prepared.

— Andrew Rothmund

Einherjer – Norrøne spor | Indie Recordings | Viking Metal | Norway
The masters of viking metal return with something a little closer to their classic Odin Owns Ye All. The thrashier leanings of their later material always left me wanting, so the more (for lack of a better word) “epic” stance of Norrøne spor is much more fitting as an Einherjer album than the rest of their post-2003 career.


Cult Leader – A Patient Man | Deathwish | Metalcore | United States
A Patient Man: dynamically furious, furiously dynamic. With influences spanning hardcore, progressive, and metalcore, there’s a healthy mix of technical instrumentation and hard-hitting walloping. This being their sophomore full-length, Cult Leader needs to prove a damn good point here if they want to continue to “stick” as a band. Suffice it to say, A Patient Man, especially its most intense moments, make the point clearly. The album doesn’t hold as much water during its softer asides, but those are easily outshadowed by plain ol’ pummeling anyhow.

— Andrew Rothmund


Vuohi – Witchcraft Warfare | Saturnal | Black/Death Metal/Grindcore | Finland
What is this madness? It’s so fast, so animalistic — Vuohi sounds like your average black/thrash band on two pots of coffee and a fistful of amphetamines.

Lucifer’s Child – The Order | Agonia | Progressive Black Metal | Greece
“Rotting Christ guitarist starts new band which kind of sounds like Rotting Christ, but not the good era of Rotting Christ.” Sorry.

Kuar Nhial – Kuar Nhial | ConSouling Sounds | Post-Rock/Black Metal | Belgium
Kuar Nhial is both dreamy (post-rock) and bleak (black metal). We’ve seen this blend plenty of times, and here, it’s done relatively well. Nothing groundbreaking, however. Lots of blast beats though, if that alone suffices in pumping your juices.

— Andrew Rothmund

Deathrite – Nightmares Reign | Century Media | Death Metal/Grindcore | Germany
For a straight-up blend of grindcore and death metal, look no further. This is the band’s fourth album, and it’s obvious they’re still kickin’ strong. To put it one way, this type of metal is perfect for wearing sunglasses in the dark and not giving two shits. Good vibes.

— Andrew Rothmund

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