Here are the new (and recent) metal releases for the week of November 8th to November 14th, 2020. 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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Surprise Releases + Things We Missed


Guignol Noir -- Mantric Malediction | Repose Records | Black Metal | Switzerland

Top-shelf black metal that gets right to the edge of overblowing it but doesn't -- Mantric Malediction is a lot of album, chock full of demonic chanting and sensationally visceral blasts and all that great shit we know we all love. I'm sure you have a sound in mind already, but suffice it to say that listening to other music after this album is like trying to hear whispers after a fireworks show. It leaves its mark, and that's more than most black metal albums these days can say.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Darkenhöld -- Arcanes & Sortilèges | Les Acteurs de L'Ombre Productions | Black Metal | France

Finally, a mystical and enchanting black metal album that doesn't a) get super cheesy, or b) run afoul of repeating what we've heard already, so many times. But really, Arcanes & Sortilèges takes its time, spaces out its assaults, and opts for vibe and groove over sheer power a lot of the time. It's those metered and pointed focuses that help enhance the listening experience, where the band lets songs grow forth rather than just hard-and-fast executing them..

-- Andrew Rothmund


Upcoming Releases


Precaria + Ôros Kaù -- Theosulphuros | I, Voidhanger | Black Metal | Mexico + Brussels

Choking, all-consuming, suffocating, and eternal noise from the always-eccentric curation of I, Voidhanger -- here, Precaria and Ôros Kaù dedicate four songs each to this mighty split, which itself encompasses ambient, noise, and of course black metal.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Macabre -- Carnival of Killers | Nuclear Blast | Grindcore + Thrash Metal + Death Metal | United States (Illinois)

More classic Macabre -- an over-the-top mix of grindcore, thrash, and death metal singularly obsessed with the weirdest possible elements of serial killer crime. Personally, nothing will ever beat the chorus of the timeless "Scrub a Dub Dub" for sheer malicious wackiness, but Carnival of Killers adds to the band's lengthy discography with plenty of absurd, gory delight.

Plus, this album art -- what?

--TODO

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Houkago Grind Time -- Bakyunsified (Moe to the Gore) | Outrageous Weeb Power Productions | Goregrind | United States (California)

Goregrind focused not on surgical disaster but instead... anime? Demonstrating the flexible nature of grind as well as the talent of creator Andrew Lee (Ripped to Shreds), this is anything but a parody -- frankly, most goregrind is ten times as ridiculous in concept and not nearly as good as this.

-- Ted Nubel

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Völur -- Death Cult | Prophecy | Experimental Doom Metal | Canada

Prepare both your mind and body for big, long, almost too-long swaths of psychedelic doom. I went into Death Cult expecting something less stimulating, but Völur's acute delivery of the leads and drives of this album benefit both its digestibility and emotionality. Really beautiful stuff, and moving, too, if you're in the right mood for it.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Thrudvangar -- Vegvisir | Trollzorn Records | Viking Black Metal | Germany

Badass German viking black metal for those who dig the scene -- the single "Siegvaters Maid" actually involves a really well-produced music video that doesn't go too hard on the cheese.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Molchat Doma -- Monument | Sacred Bones Records | Post-Punk | Belarus

A highly compelling and endlessly interesting release, we'll be back soon with more in-depth on Monument.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Dark Budda Rising -- Mathreyata | Svart Records | Psychedelic Drone/Sludge/Doom | Finland

Trance-inducing doom stretched out into near-infinite displays of amplified mystery -- too calm for me, right now, but if you're currently trapped on a couch in need of transcendent fuzz, check it out.

--Ted Nubel

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Megaton Sword -- Blood Hails Steel - Steel Hails Fire | Dying Victims Productions | Epic Heavy Metal | Switzerland

Beefy as fuck trad metal that's got a potent understanding of how to make a riff capture your imagination. Also, the tones and punchy production are gritty enough to keep it grounded even as the lyrics and album concept take flight into high fantasy.

--Ted Nubel

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Of Feather and Bone -- Sulfuric Disintegration | Profound Lore Records | Death Metal | United States (Colorado)

Insanely dense death metal that only the primeval part of your brain can fully understand. Let this lesson in brutality wash over you; enter willingly into an awaiting maw of glistening steel.

--Ted Nubel

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Jesu -- Terminus | Avalanche Recordings | Drone + Doom + Shoegaze | United Kingdom

Just listen. Just listen. Just listen. Just listen. And soar away. This is the first Jesu full-length since 2013, and it'll be worth the ride it offers.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Urfaust -- Teufelsgeist | Ván Records | Atmospheric Black Metal / Experimental | Netherlands

Black metal weirdos Urfaust perfected their formula on Der Freiwillige Bettler all those years ago, but the increasing psychedelia which emerged afterward offered a new character to a now familiar sound. Reaching a new peak, Teufelsgeist's obscured self finds itself in newer territory, but still sounds exactly like Urfaust. For those who don't know what to expect, this duo's expansive, psychedelic, deliberate take on slow-to-mid-paced black metal soars on a drunken eagle's wings.

-- Jon Rosenthal

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