Here are the new (and recent) metal releases for the week of January 10th, 2021 to January 16th, 2021. Releases reflect proposed North American scheduling, if available. Expect to see most of these albums on shelves or distros on Fridays.

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

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Nadja / Disrotted -- Split | Bad Moon Rising Records/Roman Numeral Records | Doom + Drone Metal | United States/Japan + Germany

Complete opposite ends of the drone/doom spectrum clash in what is ultimately a really cool split. Nadja's industrial dreamdoom makes a perfect foil for Disrotted's minimal hellscapes.

--Jon Rosenthal

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Bloody Hammers -- Songs of Unspeakable Terror | Napalm Records | Heavy Metal + Doom + Punk | United States

Bloody Hammers' debut was pretty heavily in the "doom" column, but that's shifted over time -- this latest release taps into a horror punk vein as evidenced by the melodic, upbeat opening track, even if other songs are more familiar-sounding. It remains to be seen if this will stick with me like their early works, but definitely worth exploring.

--Ted Nubel

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Originally starting existence in 1986, Mortal Terror has stayed remarkably true to the old school thrash formula. Bite of the Underdog has classic riffs and a sense for melody that's been plucked right out of the past. Also, brevity: at 42 minutes long, it provides enough meat to chew on without packing songs full of non-essential filler, an art sometimes disregarded after the rise of the CD.

This was released back in December, but it's getting its vinyl debut this week.

--Ted Nubel

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Never a band to settle for an ordinary album concept, Weird Tales follows up their 2019 album Hell Services Cost A Lot with this blues cover EP. It takes four songs by Lonnie Johnson, Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, and Muddy Waters and completely re-imagines them as stoner-sludge epics.

--Ted Nubel

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Gravehuffer -- NecroEclosion | Black Doomba Records | Thrash Metal + Crust + Grindcore | United States

Crusty, grindy thrash with a tendency to stray beyond genre boundaries -- their only mandate is to stay fast, heavy, and weird.

--Ted Nubel

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Dalit -- Moksha | Independent | Doom + Death Metal | Norway

Post-metal-leaning doom/death that's poignant and minimalist, but still packs a good amount of aggression when it's not making you feel things.

I'm not sure why the band hasn't put the album on Bandcamp in pre-order mode yet, but here's the lead single from it.

--Ted Nubel

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Molten -- Dystopian Syndrome | Goathell Records | Heavy + Death + Thrash Metal | United States

Vintage-feeling heavy metal with a good amount of death and thrash metal -- that could mean a lot of things, I suppose, so simply put: it's got riffs, and they're good.

--Ted Nubel

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