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Upcoming Metal Releases: 6/8/2014 – 6/14/2014

These are the weeks we love to see. The slate is stacked higher than a game of Tetris played by a snake. Not only do we have quality efforts from enduring vets like Mayhem and Vader, but plenty of platters from up-and-coming pups. Well, ‘pups’ compared to the 30-plus year runs of the aforementioned. Experience aside, The Atlas Moth, Tombs, and Trap Them are a heck of a new school class, more than holding their own among the old guard.

If you scroll a little further, you’ll find Of Note is fuller than a Game of Thrones graveyard. Coprocephalic is a blast if brutal, slamming death is your bag. Elsewhere, Handshake Inc. continue their gold rush by conjoining Wake with Theories. And Mars Red Sky is a perfect companion for staring into the starry night.

Summer may officially be a couple weeks away. Metal, though, is already at peak heat.

NOTE: A few didn’t fit the confines of our list, however they’re too big to ignore. Anathema (modern rock), Arch Enemy (melodeath), Bloody Hammers (hard rock/doom), Equilibrium (folk metal/viking metal), Uriah Heep (rock), and Wretched (death metal) will all be released into the wild this week. Click the links for details.

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 6/8/2014 – 6/14/2014. 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:

The Atlas Moth – The Old Believer | Profound Lore Records | Stoner metal, sludge, psych
The Chicagoans blur style boundaries: stoner riffs, sludge density, and spacey leads melt together like the album’s water-reactive cover art. Includes Stavros Giannopoulos of Twilight and Chrome Waves.

Den Saakaldte – Kapittel II: Faen i Helvete | Agonia Records | Black metal
Longform, progressive black metal from Norway. Related to 1349, Dødheimsgard, and Horizon Ablaze. Stream a track here.

Mayhem – Esoteric Warfare | Season of Mist | Black metal
The Norwegian black metal institution release their fifth LP in their 30th year of existence. First album with guitarist Teloch.

Ocean Chief – Universums härd | I HATE | Doom, sludge, stoner
The Swedish slow and lowers pull back from the massive Sten to offer digestible nuggets of Sleepy doom. The band has connections to Vanhelgd.

Profetus – As All Seasons Die | Svart Records | Funeral doom
Crawling doom shot through with melancholy. Members have also played in Wormphlegm, Corpsessed, and Cruciamentum. Stream a track here.

Tombs – Savage Gold | Relapse | Post-metal, black metal, sludge
A many-headed monster of USBM, sludge, death metal, and post-punk.

Torrential Downpour – Truth Knowledge Vision | Self-released | Post-metal, prog metal
A difficult to categorize tech metal drubbing. Bounces from mathcore to space rock to prog and back again. Stream a track here.

Trap Them – Blissfucker | Prosthetic Records | Crust, grind, hardcore
Alternately speedy and thudding core nastiness. On the same family tree as Backstabbers Inc.

Vader – Tibi Et Igni | Nuclear Blast | Death/thrash
11th long-player courtesy of these steady Polish slayers.

Of Note:

Burstin’ Out – Outburst of Blasphemy | Heavy Forces Records | Heavy metal, speed metal
Unashamed Venom worship from Germany.

Coprocephalic – Desolation of Conjoined Embodiment | Lacerated Enemy Records | Death metal
A brutal death project bringing together San Diegan and Taiwanese metallers. Bucks trends with absurd cricket gutturals and a rare receptiveness to melody.

Corpsefucking Art – Quel Cimitero Accanto alla Villa | Sevared Records | Death metal
Italian gorehounds cutting succinct brutal death.

Cross Vault – Spectres of Revocable Loss | Eyes Like Snow | Doom
A German two-piece crooning heartfelt doom. Includes a Warning cover.

Deus Otiosus – Rise | Deepsend Records | Death/thrash
These Danes portion out a heaping helping of both death and thrash. Fans of dry production should check this out.

Graverobber – Conscious Autopsy | Headbangers Records | Death metal
A Dutch duo doing OSDM grooves by way of a punky sensibility.

Gurt – Horrendosaurus | When Planets Collide | Sludge
Comparable to an Iron Monkey with a goofier sense of humor.

Hashed Out – Hashed Out | L’Oeil du Tigre | Hardcore, crust
Speedy core carrying a crusty heaviness.

Loudblast – Burial Ground | Listenable Records | Death/thrash
Long-running French act making light forays into blackened realms.

Mars Red Sky – Stranded In Arcadia | Listenable Records | Stoner rock, psych rock
Riff-centric French stoners balancing Ufomammutesque heft with celestial swirls and ethereal vocals.

Morthus – The Abyss | Self-released | Blackened death metal
This stout Polish quartet leans towards the death metal side of the style equation.

October File – The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair – An Introspective of the Human Condition | Candlelight Records | Post-punk
A UK quartet in the vein of modern Killing Joke and Amebix if twisted together with core.

The Osiris Club – Blazing World | Indie Recordings | Prog
UK-based collective fusing together the vibe of Goblin and ’70s prog songwriting. Lyrics are derived from the works of Margaret Cavendish.

Pillory – Evolutionary Miscarriage | Unique Leader Records | Death metal
Drummer Darren Cesca (ex-Goratory, ex-Arsis) has assumed all instrument/production duties. Tech death influenced by a slight undercurrent of choppy core.

Question – Doomed Passages | Chaos Records | Death metal
OSDM from Mexico. Recalls Florida’s early ’90s.

Rippikoulu – Ulvaja | Svart Records | Death/doom
Three tracks of Finnish misery and negativity. Ultra slow death/doom supported by mournful keys. First release since the cult-adored Musta seremonia demo (1993).

Wake / TheoriesWake / Theories | Handshake Inc. | Grind
Calgary’s Wake create violent, cutting grind while Seattle’s Theories sprinkle in death and crust. Each band chips in two songs and a His Hero is Gone cover.

Things We Missed:

• Black Metal

Oberion – Return (SWE, black metal, blackened death metal)

• Core/Punk

AUREA – irracional (VEN, crust, d-beat, blackened punk)

Collusion – Demo (USA, hardcore, punk)

Deep Creeps – Crown Gall (USA, hardcore, punk, noise rock)

PowerTakeOff – This is Late (USA, noise rock)

Pregnancy Scares – Mind Control (CAN, hardcore, punk)

• Death Metal

QRIXKUOR – Consecration of the Temple (GBR, death metal)

Dig Me No Grave – Cosmic Cult (RUS, death metal)

• Doom/Sludge/Drone

Nomad – The House is Dead (GBR, doom, sludge)

Outer Gods – Through This Unending Chasm (USA, drone)

• Grind

Agamenon Project – Waiting the Bombs Fall (BRA, grind)

Rotten Soil – Los Caretas (ARG, grind, metalcore)

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