Here are the new (and recent) metal releases for the week of June 6th, 2021 to June 12th, 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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Upcoming Releases

Dornenreich -- Du wilde Liebe sei | Prophecy Productions | Dark Metal | Austria

From Jon Rosenthal's track premiere of "Der Freiheit Verlangen nach goldenen Ketten":

As such, there is a tenderness found on this newest Dornenreich outing – the music isn't overwhelming, rather comforting and familiar, even with Eviga's signature, almost terrifying, heralding whisper. Eviga wants to express this love-concept in the most endearing way possible, and it isn't through metal's bombast, rather, Du wilde Liebe sei's delicate nature reveals Dornenreich's hidden backbone; his love for his music and for the musical world fuels this project, not an admiration for evil or a reverence for nature.

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General Surgery -- Lay Down and Be Counted | Independent | Death Metal + Goregrind | Sweden (Stockholm)

These masters of medically extreme metal are due for a new ear-rending EP -- stay tuned for our premiere of it on Wednesday.

--Ted Nubel

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Exsanguination -- Spectral Hymns | Horror Pain Gore Death Productions | Death Metal | United States

Bludgeoning HM-2 riffs sit side-by-side with some powerful melodic elements here—the transitions from Iron Maiden-esque leads to 'indelicately-removing-the-brain-from-the-skull' type caveman riffs is really something to behold.

--Ted Nubel

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Crucifixion Bell -- Eternal Grip of the Nocturnal Empire | Crown and Throne Ltd. | Black Metal | United States

Ferocious, raw black metal with a high-end that seems to shimmer as both bombastic drums and guitar attempt to fit themselves into the mix. The intricate album art and ornately-themed track titles shouldn't distract from a critical fact: this bad boy is stuffed with riffs.

--Ted Nubel

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Eremit -- Bearer of Many Names | Transcending Obscurity Records | Doom + Black Metal | Germany

An absolutely immense concept work that spans doom, folk, black metal, and more. Doom is probably the main element here, with the band showing off a crushing traditional instrumentation given acerbic edge through harsh vocals.

--Ted Nubel

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Witch Cross -- Angel of Death | High Roller Records | Heavy Metal | Denmark

A solid late-career offering from the cult underground metal "one hit wonder," of sorts, with Fit for Fight being a pretty roundly recommended listen for that early USPM-maybe-but-basically-heavy-metal sound. While I wouldn't say that this is an exact continuation, with two original members backed by a new vocalist, drummer, and guitarist, Witch Cross is still writing energetic songs with riffs that easily earn your attention.

--Ted Nubel

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Mother of All -- Age of the Solipsist | Black Lion Records | Melodic Death Metal | Denmark

From Ted Nubel's track premiere of "Curators of our World Scope":

"Curators of our World Scope" opens up that pressure into a kaleidoscopic maelstrom. It's like flipping through a hyperactive, hellish media feed: lining up with the song's whirlwind rhythm, images of bacteria, cells, humanity, and other indiscernible visuals sweep by, driving the brain into overdrive as it struggles to piece these together into patterns while also coming to grips with the song itself. Intricate and vicious guitar riffs drive the song forward, riddled with small pauses to further disrupt the listener, while vocalist (and drummer) Martin Haumann screams out a rapid-fire litany that just barely fits within the track's brief confines. Underneath that but fully felt in the mix, Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, ex-Death) adds his fretless bass magic—frankly, death metal has always been a good genre for killer bass lines and that's a trend continued here.

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Ironweed -- The Weed | Independent | Stoner Rock + Doom Metal | United States (Albany, NY)

While it's not like the band name, genre, and album name aren't laying out a fairly accurate (and obvious) picture of what's inside, Ironweed's raw and ratty strain of doom metal encompasses southern rock, grunge, and oddly potent traditional doom on their quest to rattle dashboards worldwide. This album marks their return to recorded material after a decade, and it's a vicious stab through the speakers.

--Ted Nubel

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MlelM -- Mourning Silence | Independent | Atmospheric Doom Metal | Germany

An enveloping, funereal take on atmospheric doom. The opening/preview track spends quite some time building up, sure, but when the layered mix of strings, piano and… gentle sobbing?... is shattered by monstrously dour riffs, everything comes into focus.

--Ted Nubel

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Hjól -- Funeral Pyre | Independent | Black Metal | Norway

Rough, raw black metal set alight with fiery riffs.

--Ted Nubel

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