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Here are the new (and recent) metal releases for the week of May 10th to May 16th, 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

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Yarrow -- We Made What God Could Not | Death Metal + Doom | United States (California)

God could not have made We Made What God Could Not, because it'd have killed him dead. Yarrow has written a primal behemoth of a doom album. I won't say much more other than that your patience will be rewarded.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Рожь -- Остов | Black Metal + Ambient | Russia

Gorgeous swaths of black metal strewn on tapestries of ambient noise -- Остов is everything I want in a random Bandcamp discovery. Even the album art is mindblowing. Both the harsh and soft noises on this release are rich with color and feeling -- it feels homemade, but of such quality that you'd take it over any mass-produced replacement any day, every day.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Upcoming Releases

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Paradise Lost -- Obsidian | Nuclear Blast | Gothic + Death + Doom Metal | United Kingdom

Few bands can claim to have never fully stopped over 30 years, but Paradise Lost are exactly that band, now celebrating the diamond anniversary of their debut album with their 16th release in the shape of Obsidian. While the band’s previous two releases re-established their death metal bonafides, this latest slab has the band feeling free to play with the full breadth of their musical legacy. No need to worry about vocalist Nick Holmes giving up his growl as it shows up much across the album, but the band as a whole is in a far more melodic and experimental mood. Whether in the betwixting upbeat gloom of “Forsaken” or the future goth club hit of “Ghosts," Paradise Lost continues to show darkness and catchiness aren’t opposites. Tune in soon for an interview with Paradise Lost frontman Nick Holmes.

-- Joe Aprill

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In the Company of Serpents -- LUX | Doom + Post-Metal | United States (Colorado)

Now here's something I'm excited to share with you all: LUX, a behemoth groove-machine of an album that's dark and beautiful in all the right ways. In the Company of Serpents have saturated this release doom for sure, but the wonderful sludge-laden ascents toward great climaxes are what drives the nail home.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Devangelic -- Ersetu | Willowtip Records | Death Metal | Italy

Devangelic achieve sensational levels of aggression on Ersetu without over-slamming things to the next century. It's the band's third full-length, so by this time, they've definitely got the basics down: technicality, brutality, and great groove. Ersetu is the next step, making everything faster, harder, and bigger. That's the idea, right?

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Wailin' Storms -- Rattle | Gilead Media | Doom + Rock | United States (North Carolina)

Fuzzy, soulful rock will never go out of style, and Wailin' Storms has their own style anyway, incorporating elements of grunge, doom, and punk, and always, always keeping it heavy. A weird and inimitable approach keeps this fresh and heartfelt, always sounding new even though it feels immediately familiar. What's more comforting than reverb-drenched electric guitar, anyway?

-- Ted Nubel

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Ara -- Jurisprudence | Death Metal | United States (Wisconsin)

From Jon Rosenthal's premiere of "Abhortion":

Save for a select few, technical death metal is a blank canvas, and few, if any, seem to want to delve into emotion’s depths. Wisconsin’s Ara, on the other hand, make a stark reminder that technical death metal comes from, well, death metal. Though this four-piece, boasting members of Northless and Syrictus, has a penchant for musical flourishing and extremely technical riffing, emotion doesn’t take a back seat, and it makes for an interesting listen, if just because their peers seem to lack any emotion at all. In as such, Ara is pissed — angry in a way which is near cartoonish. This is angry in the way Tipper Gore says any metal is.

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