Here are the new (and recent) metal releases for the week of August 30th to September 5th, 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


0 -- Entity | Ván Records | Black Metal | Iceland

Mysterious, semi-spooky black metal from the land of fire and ice. I found this release engaging, and dramatic at times, but it didn't blow me away. I think appreciators of ethereal, doom-tinged black metal will find a ton to enjoy here; if you're looking to have your head ripped off, though, keep scrolling.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Sensory Amusia -- Bereavement | Laverated Enemy Records | Death Metal + Hardcore | Australia

Man, Sensory Amusia fucking rips -- they're one of those bands who always play at maximum intensity, every second. In most cases, that is usually enough credit, but Bereavement just takes it a step further: from technicality to arrangement to production, the entire goal of this release is to level you, physically, to the ground. Sign me up.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Unleash the Archers -- Abyss | Napalm Records | Power Metal | Canada

From Langdon Hickman's full review of Abyss:

The trick for the group seems to come in the details. Abyss is steadfastly not a record of ground-breaking and avant-garde ideas experimental in nature and esoteric in execution. Instead, the group seems to have taken a magnifying glass to each and every grain of what constitutes their sound and nudged the atoms this way and that until it achieved a seamless syncretic whole. There is a profound sense of deliberacy in the songcraft that shines through in every aspect, from the arrangements to the performances to the production and mix and sequencing, each element perfected not to its own gain but instead pointed toward how it might contribute to the overall shape of the song and the album as a whole.

Bonus: check out this entry in our Entry Level series by lead vocalist Brittany Slayes.

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Svederna -- Härd | Carnal Records | Black Metal | Sweden

From Ted Nubel's premiere of "Skuld Och Vita Knogar":

The song's dramatic tremolo-picked melodies create a sense of near-bursting denseness, so much that any interruption feels like a too-sudden depressurization. As you're reeling from the musical equivalent of the bends, Svederna uses these moments to define new melodies in crystal clarity before dropping you back into the depths and resuming the blast beat therapy. Cast in exceedingly sharp tones and vividly rendered, "Skuld Och Vita Knogar" is a reminder of how hard black metal can hit without sacrificing expressiveness.


Upcoming Releases


Fawn Limbs -- Sleeper Vessels | Sludgelord Records | Blackened Sludge

What to make of this, well, extremely pissed-off album? It has deathcore moments, atmospheric doom moments, a glut of punch-you-in-the-face hardcore, and so much more. Suffice it to say: Sleeper Vessels is a lot, sometimes too much, but only to its benefit. At its blackened core, Fawn Limbs delivers raw, unearthed sludge that's molded into monsters and beasts wicked and sinister, and their goal is to fuck your brain up real good.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Evaporated Sores -- Ulcerous Dimensions | Sentient Ruin | Death Metal | United States

The crushing and hypnotic sound of death, materialized on album (and cassette). Enjoy.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Serpent Omega -- II | Icons Creating Evil Art | Doom | Sweden

There's a prodigious amount of riffs in this album -- big, mythological ones woven into the sludge, doom, and black metal that's topped with a mix of grating screams and ethereal cleans. The first few moments immediately engulf you in the band's sound, almost overwhelmingly, but the steady clobbering the riffs deliver sort of evens things out.

--Ted Nubel

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Black Magnet -- Hallucination Scene | Sentient Ruin | Industrial + Noise | Earth

Hallucination Scene is badass industrial noise, and it fuckin' belts, bottom line. Expect harsh noises drilling into your mind, endless beats like the machinery of life chewing you slowly to pieces. Expect desolate urban nightscapes, expect fury, expect to headbang. Black Magnet adeptly blends hardcore influences into this industrial monster, giving it the beat and edge it needs to really build those dystopic sound-walls.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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The Glorious Dead -- Into Lifeless Shrines | Bindrune Recordings | Death Metal | United States (Michigan)

The Glorious Dead will be releasing a searing, wild, and wonderful 12-track behemoth on Friday -- Into Lifeless Shrines eschews all the standard OSDM fare for a modern touch that, while not forgetting its roots, takes the band into the future instead of just the present. A standout feature of this release is the band's superb pacing -- from slow, mid, to fast, this album always feels in the right place at the right time.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Persistence in Mourning -- Dying in the Darkness | Dying Sun Records | Funeral Doom | United States (Oklahoma)

From Jon Rosenthal's premiere of "Here. On this Grey Earth":

Dying in the Darkness, the third official Persistence in Mourning full-length album, picks up right where the project left off. This is crushing, minimal music with an emphasis on psychedelic texture and atmospheres which reflect the near-"end times" in which we live.

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Dead Lord -- Surrender | Century Media | Heavy Metal + Hard Rock | Sweden

On Surrender, Dead Lord continue their exploration of the same hard-rock-to-heavy-metal continuum that Thin Lizzy traversed, luxuriously delving into harmony-laden, twin guitar fun that never gets old.

--Ted Nubel


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