Upcoming Metal Releases: 1/3/2021 – 1/9/2021
Here are the new (and recent) metal releases for the week of January 3rd, 2021 to January 9th, 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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Things We Missed/Surprise Releases
Eyelet -- The Devil Shining Out Your Eyes | Zegema Beach Records | Punk + Screamo + Black Metal | United States (Baltimore)
It's not easy to pin down the new LP from Baltimore's Eyelet that dropped on New Year's Eve. Elements of punk, sludge, screamo, black metal, and more swirl around throughout these ten songs, and it never really fits neatly into any of those categories. Whatever you feel like calling it, it's very good, very gnarly stuff that sounds as dark and bleak as the cover art looks.
Frozen Soul -- Crypt of Ice | Century Media | Death Metal | United States
The utter dedication to neck-snapping riffs is reminiscent of Bolt Thrower, I'd say -- we talked about this album in our latest podcast while discussing standout upcoming releases, and for good reason.
Celestial Swarm -- Gateways to the Necroverse | Independent | Black + Death Metal | International
Somehow, this just feels cosmic-scale. Maybe it's the existentially terrifying tremolo riffs, maybe it's the ethereal leads spliced on top of the punishing grooves -- in any case, prepare to brave the horrors of deep space.
Nomadic Rituals -- Tides | Cursed Monk Records | Sludge + Doom Metal | United Kingdom
"Rituals" are exactly what this band conducts -- Tides is a hypnotic exploration of low-end frequencies and dreamy grooves spiked with aggressive and unusual vocals. Stay tuned for my full album premiere on Wednesday.
Night Hag / Cryptic Brood -- Swollen with Rancid Phleghm | Rotted Life Records | Death + Doom | International
The split's title comes from mashing up two of the song titles from this EP -- you can tell from the fact that the result is still a coherent title that this is gonna be some real nasty stuff, and of course it is. Delightfully corrosive, speaker-rotting filth.
Midnight Spell -- Sky Destroyer | Independent | Heavy Metal | United States ((Miami))
I think the Mercyful Fate influence on this is meant to be obvious, given the album art's nods towards that sadly-forgotten strain of heavy metal, but it's also got a lot of roots in early USPM, being packed full of strong vocal leads and a mix of rock beats and unyielding double-bass. I don't have a promo for it, but I'm very interested in what lies beyond the singles.
Infernal Apparition -- The Endless Crypt | Independent | Death Metal + Grindcore | United States (New York)
A lo-fi approach to death/grind with fun riffs, audible bass, and utterly unintelligible vocals. As it should be.
Mother of Graves -- In Somber Dreams | Wise Blood Records | Melodic Doom Metal | United States (Indiana)
Katatonia's lineage is felt here, but Mother of Graves doesn't practice the art of abject mirroring. Distinctly heavier and with an ear for keyboard-laden atmospherics, Mother of Graves is part of a new generation of death/doom metal from the underrated child of the early/mid 1990s gothic trend, one whose parentage is obvious in theory, but without losing identity along the way (though vocalist Brandon Howe is a dead ringer for Brave Murder Day-era Mikael Åkerfeldt).
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