Here are the new (and recent) metal releases for the week of June 19th, 2022 to June 25th, 2022. 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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New Releases

Knoll -- Metempiric |Independent | Grindcore | United States (Memphis, TN)

Knoll's grind is almost unbelievably dense, but it's the moments where the chaos temporarily sorts itself out and you can hear the insanely cool inner working in which it truly shines. Metempiric is fascinating and utterly engrossing, pushing the upper limits of how much intensity can be transmitted through sound.

--Ted Nubel

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Alestorm -- Seventh Rum of a Seventh Rum | Napalm Records | Folk + Power Metal | United Kingdom

I don't even hate the album title's cheeky pun, but I'm not sure that the title track lives up to it. Suffice it to say that Alestorm fans will enjoy this; those not in the mood for pirate power metal less so.

--Ted Nubel

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Paganizer -- Beyond the Macabre | Transcending Obscurity Records | Death Metal | Sweden

Man, it's starting to feel like I write about a Rogga Johansson band damn near every week. Paganizer is another long-running project of his, and its slightly-melodic Swedeath might just be the buzzing, gruesome jam your Friday needs.

--Ted Nubel

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Werewolves -- From the Cave to the Grave | Prosthetic Records | Technical Black + Death Metal | Australia

Full of pointy, uncomfortably aggressive death metal and oppressive black metal alike, Werewolves' latest full-length is a two-pronged assault on the senses with similarly cutting lyrics.

--Ted Nubel

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Locust Point -- Michigan Drag | Dystopian Dogs | Hard Rock + Heavy Metal | United States (Michigan)

Gritty, dangerous rock and roll with a soulful heart behind its steely metal edges--expect plenty of wild guitar antics here.

--Ted Nubel

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Vile Haint -- Sacrificial Baptism in Murky Waters | Moonlight Cypress Archetypes | Black Metal | United States (Nashville, TN)

From Jon Rosenthal's full album premiere:

On Sacrificial Baptism in Murky Waters, Vile Haint's upcoming sophomore album, Vile Haint discover more about themselves, taking on a, to reuse a word, "ghastly" character and truly embodying the haints which inspire the project overall. Taking key notes from early symphonic black metal, Vile Haint's use of keyboards on this new effort ooze into the cracks left bare by hissing, uncomfortable guitar tone.

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Nubivagant -- The Wheel and the Universe | Amor Fati Productions | Black Metal | Italy

From Jon Rosenthal's full album premiere:

Though musician Gionata "Thorns" Potenti is largely known as a drummer, having lent his talents to the likes of Blut aus Nord, Frostmoon Eclipse, and more, his capabilities go much further than the drum kit. Having quietly worked as Nubivagant for two albums now, Potenti's capacity as a multi-instrumentalist, handling guitars, drums, bass, and vocals, is advanced.

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Enchantment -- Cold Soul Embrace | Transcending Records | Death + Doom Metal | United Kingdom

From Jon Rosenthal's full album premiere:

Part of the original wave of English death/doom metal, Enchantment last released music in the early '90s before folding: the 1994 underground classic Dance the Marble Naked. What we have in 2022 is a time capsule, a return to that early era of romantic, atmospheric, downtrodden doom which finds itself separate from the more pummeling American doom scene which was thriving at the same time.

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Light Dweller -- Lucid Offering | Total Dissonance Worship | Death + Black Metal | United States (Tempe, AZ)

From Colin Dempsey's review/interview:

Lucid Offering is about the confrontation between the self and one's own instability. It details a protagonist that plunges deeper into a downward spiral under the assumption that a fiend is possessing them, only to realize that it's their negative character traits causing their self-harm. It's an insular journey that benefits from suffocating compositions.

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Liber Null -- For Whom is the Night | Immortal Frost Productions | Black Metal | International (Netherlands + Italy)

You'll get all the barraging Satanic black metal you hoped for here, but there's also a theatrical, doomy undercurrent that makes tracks like "Hexenblood Vessel" really fascinating.

--Ted Nubel

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Axioma -- Sepsis | Translation Loss Records | Post-Black Metal | United States (Cleveland, OH)

Sepsis focuses heavily on intricate guitar work, weaving fascinating patterns and turning them into searing tapestries adorned with pained screams.

--Ted Nubel

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Gravesick -- Gravesick | Independent | Death + Black Metal | United States (Brooklyn, NY)

A charmingly retro mix of old-school death metal dunked in a vat of caustic black metal, Gravesick prefers mid-paced violence to blast-beats and delights in disgusting grooves.

--Ted Nubel

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Vicious Blade -- Siege of Cruelty | Our Ancient Future | Thrash + Crust | United States (Pittsburgh, PA)

From Jon Rosenthal's full album premiere:

Pittsburgh-based thrashers Vicious Blade remind me of why I got into metal in the first place. Vicious Blade's new EP Siege of Cruelty is pissed off, unbridled, and in-your-face music–as fast as it is muscular and sharp as it is pummeling–and their pedigree is no joke.

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Misgivings -- Misgivings | Dolorem Records | Death Metal | France

From Ted Nubel's track premiere of "Masquerading as God":

Like a walk to an execution, Misgivings' self-titled debut offers listeners no quarter and no escape, fashioning a bloody path from riff after devilish riff. Those in the market for killer death metal should welcome the journey, however, as the French quartet weave an impressive amount of catchy riffs and leads into their fast and aggressive approach while still maintaining a malevolent bent.

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Hush -- The Pornography of Ruin | Independent | Sludge Metal | United States (Albany, NY)

From Diana Hurlburt's track premiere of "Above Your Head They Close Like Giant Wings":

Doom’s highly topical concerns are honed into devastating points; a tendency toward death turns inward to questions of sacrifice and resurrection, while a preoccupation with decay generates patient, ominous, inevitable rhythms. This isn’t the possibility of impending doom, but the reality of the doom already miring us.

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