Here are the new (and recent) metal releases for the week of July 5th to July 11th, 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


MSW -- Oblliviosus | Gilead Media | Doom + Black Metal | United States (Oregon)

The mastermind behind the monumental doom project Hell surprise-released this four-song bruiser of an album last week, and damn, Oblliviosus just begs to manipulate your reality. Expect long dirges of doom interspersed with blackened blasts that echo inside your skull. Expect deep, long moments of dread and feeling, well, like the doom of the world is upon us.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Future Fate -- The Shadowlands | Cyberpunk + Synthwave | Australia

Future Fate succeeds where so many synthwave projects fail: cutting back on the cheese factor, but just enough. We get it, your 1980s nostalgia is rad as hell, but let's not forget about the future, man. So, The Shadowlands feels like it reaches ahead of time to extract the sounds of tomorrow for us today -- this moody and bumping album borrow's metal's spirit but charts its own territory through electronic soundscapes of grim cyberpunk visions.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Grace Disgraced -- Immortech | Metalism Records | Death Metal | Russia

Holy shitballs, just look at that cover art. It's beyond camp: it's not so bad that it's good, it's so horrible that it's worse. But -- and this is a really gigantic but -- Grace Disgraced actually riffs. And they riff hard as hell. It almost makes you enjoy the aesthetics, which is an achievement indeed.

-- Andrew Rothmund


Upcoming Releases


Skeleton -- Skeleton | 20 Buck Spin | Black Metal | United States (Texas)

With surges of first-wave energy infusing Skeleton with a gnarly and gritty edge, Skeleton feels decisively skeletal. I really enjoy this band's stripped-down take on just writing damn good songs and riffing the shit out of them. This is an incredibly strong debut from a band clearly knowledgeable about the variances of black metal -- it's one that doesn't simply repeat the past, but it hasn't forgotten it either.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Rebel Wizard -- Magickal Mystical Indifference | Prosthetic Records | Heavy Negative Wizard Metal | Australia

From Ted Nubel's premiere of 'Not Rain but the Wizard's Tears':

To be honest, Rebel Wizard isn't something I can fully describe by analyzing the musical elements -- the sounds, structures and compositions across songs can vary wildly. The passion behind the project most accurately defines it, and some aspects are obvious: a love of crafting obscenely tasty riffs and licks, a reverence for heavy metal's past, and dedication to the (extremely entertaining) aesthetic. But beyond all that, Rebel Wizard seems to have a more conceptual purpose: casting off labels, rejecting long-held tenets of various subgenres, and generally pushing heavy metal into strange borderlands where our usual expectations don't apply.

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Voivod -- The End of Dormancy EP | Century Media | Progressive Trash | Canada

This is something like the 50,000th release from Voivod -- with the The End of Dormancy EP, though, the band brings us the first new tunage since 2018's The Wake, and it's a damn good feeling.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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TUNG -- Bleak | Plain Disguise | Stoner Rock | United States (California)

Like a swordsman who's mastered a single strike to the point of certain lethality, Tung has honed their fuzzy stoner assault into a force that can get your head banging with a single note (see the minute-long intro of "Succession Hand" for proof) and then wields this power while smashing out wildly energetic rock. Stay tuned for more on this release later this week with our exclusive premiere of Bleak in its entirety.

-- Ted Nubel

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Inter Arma -- Garber Days Revisited | Relapse Records | Covers | United States (Virginia)

Inter Arma has always been a band capable of anything, but masters of their own style. Here, they apply the Inter Arma treatment to a number of powerful non-metal songs, like Neil Young's "Southern Man" and Prince's "Purple Rain." It might be a little unusual to digest these classics through the band's postmodern lens, but once these tracks come into focus, it all makes sense: this band can do no wrong.

-- Andrew Rothmund


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