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Upcoming Metal Releases: 12/28/2014 – 1/10/2015

Welcome back! For our first post of the new year, as always, here are the new metal releases for the weeks of 12/28/2014 – 1/10/2015. 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.

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

Anticipated Releases:

Witchrist – Vritra | Iron Bonehead Productions | Blackened death metal | New Zealand
The final round of releases from this filthy, crawling monstrosity. KzR (Bölzer) hopped aboard as the vocalist. The EP is out on Wednesday (December 31). Witchrist are also releasing a split with Antediluvian on the same day through Martyrdoom Productions.
Related to: Diocletian, Bölzer, Aphelon, Deathcult

The Kill – Kill Them… All | Obscene Productions | Grindcore | Australia
These violent grinders, and frequent split partners, tear through their long awaited full-length follow-up to 2012’s Make ’em Suffer.
Related to: Fuck I’m Dead, Super Fun Happy Slide

Of Note:

Cendra – 666 Bastards | Xtreem Music | Black metal, punk | Spain
Snotty punk simplicity drenched in scum. Out on Thursday (January 1).

Delusional Parasitosis – Ingurgitating Intestinal Rot | New Standard Elite | Death metal | United States, Germany
Br00fully borks through a bacchanalia of belches and blasts.
Related to: Extremely Rotten

Disloyal – Godless | Self-released | Death metal | Poland
Nimble death metal that stutters and widdles like ’90s-styled tech. Fans left unsatisfied by newer Decapitated might want to give this a look.
Related to: Woe Unto Me

Sans Soleil – A Holy Land Beneath a Godless Sky | Tofu Carnage | Stoner rock, post-metal | United States
An instrumental slow-mover given extra textural depth courtesy of viola swells. In the vein of the rootsy/westerny post-metal bands.

Sata kaskelottia – Sata kaskelottia | Inverse Records | Stoner rock | Finland
Gets heavy with sturdy and steady stoner riffs.

Scarab – Serpents Of The Nile | ViciSolum Productions | Death metal | Egypt
Churns through chugs with a progressive flair.

Traitor – Delaware Destroyers | Horror Pain Gore Death Productions | Heavy metal, speed metal | United States
Reverently forges throwback tunes with an edge sharpened by thrash.

Defaced – Forging the Sanctuary | Rising Nemesis Records | Death metal | Switzerland
Uses a modern production to freshen up blasting and thrashing, Euro-styled death metal.
Related to: Omnicide

Jupiter – History Of Genesis | Universal Music Japan | Neoclassical, shred, power metal | Japan
Theatrical power metal dressed in visual kei.
Related to: Versailles, Dragon Guardian, Hizaki Grace Project

Ketha – #!%16.7 | Instant Classic | Experimental, groove metal | Poland
Experiments in rhythm occasionally accented by brass instruments. Of interest to fans of bands like Kobong and Neuma.

Nailgun Massacre – Boned, Boxed and Buried | Xtreem Music | Death metal | Netherlands
Gore-soaked OSDM favoring a punky immediacy.
Related to: Soulburn, Xenomorph

Things We Missed:

• Black Metal

A Hill to Die Upon – Holy Dispair (USA, blackened death metal)

Bulletbelt – Rise of the Banshee (NZL, blackened thrash, punk)

Krigere Wolf – Sacrifice to Valaskjàlf (ITA, blackened death metal, viking metal)

Wildernessking – The Devil Within (RSA, atmospheric black metal)

Nocturnal Nobility – Cold Comfort Exchange (NZL, black metal)

Volahn – Aq’Ab’Al (USA, black metal, psych)

• Death Metal

Belligerent Intent – Eternity of Hell & Torment (AUS, blackened death metal)

Funerary Pit – The Titan Sea (AUS, death/thrash, blackened death metal)

The Furor – Impending Revelation (AUS, blackened death metal)

Iconic Vivisect – Monument of Depravity (AUS, brutal death metal)

Khthoniik Cerviiks – Heptaedrone (GER, death metal, black metal, death/thrash)

Malevolence – Relentless Entropy (NZL, death/grind)

Oath of Damnation – The Descent (AUS, blackened death metal)

Assumption – The Three Appearances (ITA, death metal, experimental)

Defleshed and Gutted – Defleshed and Gutted (USA, brutal death metal)

Incarnal – Hexenhammer (POL, death metal, blackened death metal)

• Doom/Sludge/Stoner

Arms of the Abyss – The Great Dying (AUS, death/doom)

Bädr Vogu – Agglomeration MMXIV (USA, sludge, doom)

Blind Witch – Burn Witch Burn (JPN, doom, stoner)

The Hyle – Demo (DEN, doom, stoner)

Naught – Tómhyggjublús (ISL, doom, drone)

Goya – Satan’s Fire (USA, doom, stoner doom)

Mope – Mope (ITA, doom, post-metal)

Pendulous – Pendant World (USA, doom)

• Grindcore

Body Hammer – II: The Mechanism of Night (USA, grind, noise)

Kaiju Daisenso – Kaiju Daisenso (USA, grind, powerviolence, hardcore)

• Hardcore/Punk

Agnosy – Traits of the Past (GBR, hardcore, crust)

Human Bodies – No Life (USA, hardcore, black metal)

Napalm Raid – Living Breathing Dead (CAN, punk, crust)

• Heavy Metal

Bewitcher – Midnight Hunters (USA, speed metal, black metal)

• Progressive

Talanas – Asylum (GBR, prog, doom, folk)

Special shout out to Six Noises and No Clean Singing for doing the heavy lifting with their EOY lists. Thanks for filling in the holes. Anything else we missed? Stick it in the comments. Until next year, stay safe and happy digging.

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