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Upcoming Metal Releases: 2/9/2014 – 2/15/2014

Huh, what’s up with new metal releases and holidays? Is this akin to garlic and vampires? Or, crosses and vampires? Or, uh, clubs that don’t play deafening goth techno and vampires?

So, once again, most label logistics managers decided to push their treasures out seven days to avoid the prospect of cash strapped ‘heads with bare wallets. However, this on-the-calendar (hint) 24 hours of amore (hint hint) isn’t the same as our barrel-scrapping Christmas vacation. Nope. Because, even though this list is smaller than the waist of a greyhound wearing a corset, we’ve still got three scorchers that you’ll want to send a Valentine’s (holy hell, hint cubed).

Stilla are all killah, adding a mellotron-y sweep to beautiful stretches of sylvan sorrow. On a similar bough, Woods of Desolation‘s limbs tug heartstrings better than any post-whatever weeper in recent memory. And, Yautja rattle out fillings with a rumbling furnace stuffed to bursting with sludge. In addition, you’re given a great slate of Of Note prospects, including Kriegsmaschine‘s war engineers, Drawers‘s warm bass bath, and Nasheim‘s storm of string slashing. Finally, word to the wise: Keep scrolling and ye shall find demos, singles, and Bandcamp treats that previously gave us the slip. Allow us to catch up.

Have a good one, friends. Though, if you want to be more, we got you a card.


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

— Ian Chainey

New metal releases for the week of 2/9/2014 – 2/15/2014. 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.

Anticipated Releases:

Stilla – Ensamhetens Andar | Nordvis Produktion | Black metal
These Swedes buzz and trem with the best of them, but also incorporate Opethian progression without melting the frost. Members and ex-members of Bergraven, Whirling, and Grifteskymfning.

Woods of Desolation – As the Stars | Northern Silence Productions | Black metal
An Australian solo project coloring the somber skies with post-rock-y catharsis.

Yautja – Songs Of Descent | Forcefield Records | Sludge
Off-kilter ‘core chugs complimented by noise rock dissonance. The Nashvillian trio have done time in Coliseum, Gnarwhal, and Nameless Cults, though this coalesces into something far heftier.

Of Note:

Aragon – Antichrist | Werewolf Promotion | Black metal
Sashimi-raw thrashy blackness from Poland. Drummer Daren has played with Mgła and Kriegsmaschine.

Cyntia – Limit Break | Victor Entertainment | J-power
Japan’s Cyntia make a move to get even Helloween-ier.

Drawers – Drawers | Kaotoxin Records | Sludge, stoner
Earth-shaking strums in the Kruger mold with hints of old Mastodon. The Toulousains lurch like a semi with a screwed up clutch.

Kriegsmaschine – Enemy of Man | No Solace | Black metal
Sharpened, blackened aggression with death metal’s density. Something of a Polish supertrio, pollinating Mgła with Hate.

Primalfrost – Prosperous Visions | CDN Records | Black metal, power metal
Earns points for going for it. Toronto’s Dean Arnold does Ensiferum anthems if they were Children of Bodom guitar explosions. Bonus points: He even finds time for some folky asides.

Nasheim – Solens vemod | Northern Silence Productions | Black metal
Crystalline Swedish blasts that can descend into stately acoustic passages.

Sammath – Godless Arrogance | Hammerheart Records | Black metal
Oppressively in the red Dutch black metal recalling the force of early Anaal Nathrakh.

Shin To Shin – Shin To Shin | A389 Recordings | Metallic hardcore
Aaron Melnick (Integrity, In Cold Blood) turns Clevo hardcore towards Obituary and Crowbar.

Spewtilator – Goathrower | Boris Records | Death/thrash
These Georgians grind through a terrorizing set complete with EM-listed lyrical themes of “Weed, Death, Horror, Snacks.”

Whores. / RabbitsSplit 7″ | Brutal Panda Records | Sludge, noise rock
Two snotty sludgers trade The Cure covers on the second 7″ in the Brutal Panda subscription series. Whores. jam “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” while Rabbits rip “A Reflection” and “Give Me It.”

Wijlen Wij – Coronachs of the Ω | Solitude Productions | Funeral doom
If Skepticism sneaked into St. Stephen’s, it would be close to Wijlen Wij’s kind of crawl. Kostas Panagiotou, formerly of Crippled Black Phoenix, holds down the keys.

Things We Missed:

Blut Aus Nord celebrated Debemur Morti’s 100th release with this three-song for-the-fans single in the vein of MoRT. Includes a Pitchshifter cover.

Begraven kicked the right hornet’s nest on their OSDM demo of decay.

Morgue of Saints blessed instrumental stoner metal colored with the deepest of purples.

The few-heavier, few-more-appropriately-named Slomatics set sludge phasers for sensory deprivation.

Watchtower‘s nasty doom tone allowed us to forgive the fact they didn’t Google their band name.

Lastly, Yellow Eyes reopened, filling one side of a long-player with a two tracks of caustic USBM.

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