Upcoming Metal Releases: 8/2/20 — 8/8/20
Here are the new (and recent) metal releases for the week of August 2nd to August 8th, 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
Molde Volhal -- Into the Cave of Ordeals... | Black Metal | Norway
Fresh sounds for sore ears -- Into the Cave of Ordeals shrieks unabashed authenticity and has a fucking ripping edge to boot. Set aside the dorky album art -- which, if you look at it long enough, becomes kind of badass -- and soak into this brief but powerful demonstration of, well, resolute mastery of the craft. Can't find a flaw with this one, neither can anyone else I know.
I've kept Selbst on my radar for a number of years now, and for good reason: this solo-act-turned-full-fledged-band developed and blossomed like a flower. From exceptionally strong early releases -- concrete black metal that retained lofty atmospherics -- to now, this, Relatos De Angustia their best (and most abstract) work to date. I love albums that solidify a new step or stage in a project's progression, and this one is important indeed.
Misery Signals -- Ultraviolet | Independent | Metalcore | United States (Wisconsin)
Metalcore isn't dead! Okay, yeah, it is, but I love to see kickass bands like Misery Signals still doing it right. This isn't some "new wave of metalcore" -- instead, Ultraviolet is a shining example of top-shelf late-era metalcore that closed out the subgenre's massive boom a decade ago. What's new is that this band now layers on the emotional content (I'm talking thick, undulating choruses and a near-perfect performance from the returning original vocalist). It coalesces into proof that old styles done well ring true in a new age.
Tapping into synthscapes that sound like an alien sunrise over some distant earth, Gruppe Planet crafts an oddly calming deep-space odyssey with detours into harder-hitting post-rock segments. Great listen if you're in need of an escape measured in light-years.
-- Ted Nubel
As the world ends with cities ablaze and poison coursing through our rivers, you'll find Terminal Nation preaching a gospel of cynical rage among the smoldering rubble. Chainsaw guitars and nihilistic screeds rattle around in the savage metal of Holocene Extinction, battered by drums echoing off fallen skyscrapers.
-- Ted Nubel
From Andrew Sacher's write-up on the album, discussing first single/opening track "Dreams of Trees":
A haunting, eerie dirge that's not a million miles away from Neurosis' softer side (or Nick Cave's recent albums), and if you like that kinda stuff, you're almost definitely gonna like this song too.
From the Grave: Reissues and Re-Releases
GWAR -- Scumdogs of the Universe Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Box Set | Awful Racket | United States (Virginia)
GWAR rules, end of story. Here's a collection for serious fans, done well and presented nicely.
-- Andrew Rothmund
Sorry everyone, even with all the huge names associated with this reissue, it's not really worth your time unless you're just diehard into In Flames.
-- Andrew Rothmund