Upcoming Metal Releases: 2/16/2014 – 2/22/2014
No need to pad the piece this week, since we’re slammed harder than Onyx umpiring a Pogs tournament during a dunk contest. So, let’s cut right to the chase: It’s a heck of a time for grind and death of all faces. Artificial Brain pulsate thanks to tech-death upgrades, Gridlink say goodbye with more licks than a starving St. Bernard, and Soreption engineer their reactor to power a calculator multiplying probable down-stroke factors. Of course, if the aggressive and clinical ain’t your thing, Cynic will help you…breathe in…and Slough Feg shun the digital veil to feel the ol’ sun on their skin. And, that’s only a drop of this list’s elixir, friends. Gems? Yeah, enough to crash Bejeweled.
Of Note is a scroll and a half as well, bulging at the seams with the equivalent quality of its bigger bro. However, not all of it is metal. Therefore, if you’ve been hunting for palette cleansers that don’t step too far outside the hall, it’s a terrific breakroom. Empty Flowers‘s drawl is revised and reshaped by ridiculously talented hands, Junius bend rock like they’re measuring gravitational redshift, and Nebelung treat folk as if it was a baroque action flick, always building in stately intensity. Sure, the metal is there (Funeral Moth! Symptom!), it’s just a nice respite for the weary traveler. And by that, we mean whoever is riding shotgun.
Additional note: Quite a few albums we’ve previously highlighted are finally hitting Stateside shops, including Bodyfarm (death metal), Sahg (psych doom), Sarke (proggy black metal), Vahrzaw (blackened death), Aurvandil (black metal), and Down Among The Dead (Rogga J. death metal). If you thought we were fibbing, the proof has finally been plopped in the pudding. Eat up.
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 2/16/2014 – 2/22/2014. 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.
Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation | Profound Lore Records | Death metal
Nerdy and nimble, these New York blasters absorb the technological distinctiveness of Gorguts and then widdle for the weird. Members and ex-members of Revocation and Biolich.
Benighted – Carnivore Sublime | Season of Mist | Death metal
On their seventh LP, the French brutalizers get greater mileage out of their borks and brees than similar slammers set to party shuffle.
Cripple Bastards – Nero In Metastasi | Relapse Records | Grindcore
This long-running Italian quartet is keen to underline the suffix of their style on full-length number eight. Plus, hey, it’s a fine time to link this. As if there’s ever a bad time.
Cynic – Kindly Bent To Free Us | Season of Mist | Prog
Once a tech-death deity, Cynic’s third album vibrates with the focused prog-fusion that was elemental to the post-projects helmed by returning members Sean Reinert and Sean Malone (Gordian Knot, Portal, Aghora). Still, this is Paul Masvidal’s show: He examines the spirit as he did on the last two Cynic EPs.
Gridlink – Longhena | Handshake Inc. | Grindcore
Mind-melting turbo grind enjoying a unique ear for melody. Their third and fitting farewell brings together the bloodlines of Hayaino Daisuki, Discordance Axis, Kill the Client, Noisear, PLF, Phobia, and Human Remains. Also marks screamer Jon Chang’s howling finale. Want to know more? Here’s Chang in his own words.
Slough Feg – Digital Resistance | Metal Blade Records | Heavy metal
Nearing their 25th birthday, San Francisco’s trad stalwarts offer warm odes to analog on their ninth LP.
Black Shape Of Nexus / Lazarus Blackstar – Lazarus Blackstar / Black Shape Of Nexus | Alerta Antifascista Records | Doom, sludge
Two scale-tippers bat boulder-heavy tunes back and forth. Lazarus Blackstar (UK) do pallbearer sludge. Black Shape of Nexus (Germany) doom with a drawn-out drone.
Empty Flowers – The Air You Found | Translation Loss | Post-hardcore, rock
Empty Flowers (ex-Cable) go the remix route with career-spanning reworks from James Plotkin, Kevin Hufnagel, and J.K. Broadrick to name a few.
Fuoco Fatuo – The Viper Slithers in the Ashes of What Remains | Iron Tyrant | Death/doom
Slow-mo debut from these Italians possessing a taste for the esoteric.
Megascavenger – At the Plateaus of Leng | Chaos Records | Death metal
Brynjar Helgetun (Axeslasher, Crypticus) and Rogga Johansson (Down Among the Dead Men, Johansson & Speckmann, Ribspreader) compare phone-book-sized CVs while providing the instrumental bed for a bevvy of death metal stars.