Here are the new (and recent) metal releases for the week of December 27th, 2020 to January 2nd, 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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Transilvania -- Of Sleep and Death | Invictus Productions | Black + Thrash Metal | Austria

Delightfully thrashy black metal best visualized/described as a black mass of evil billowing out of a forgotten castle's gates. The bottom-heavy drum production is a nice touch, giving the vocals and guitars plenty of upper-range space to ring out in.

--Ted Nubel

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Svrm -- Розпад | Vigor Deconstruct | Atmospheric Black Metal | Ukraine

Svrm welcomes 2021 the same way it did 2020 -- with a full-length slab of despairing atmospheric black metal. Greet the new year with walls of oddly comforting forlorn melody, and if we're lucky, this year will suck slightly less.

--Ted Nubel

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Cartilage -- Gore-met | Independent | Death Metal + Grindcore | United States (California)

Stylish, gory death/grind that makes good on the fun, riffy potential of the fusion. Take special note of the sped-up, grinded-up cover of "Into the Crypts of Rays," as if that song's d-beats weren't already ripping enough.

--Ted Nubel

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Prime Mover -- Under the Penumbra | Independent | Black Metal | United States (Atlanta)

Multi-disciplinary black metal that weaves catchy melodies and chunky grooves into what reminds me a bit of Children of Bodom. The hooks and choruses just give me a nostalgic feeling, you know? The Alice Cooper cover is a pretty neat transformation, too.

--Ted Nubel

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