Here are the new (and recent) metal releases for the week of September 6th to September 12th, 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


Demon Lord -- In the Throne of the Black King | Noctilium | Chiptune + Black Metal + Dungeon Synth | United States

Ever wondered what a 1980s computer game soundtrack would sound like if it was based off of lo-fi black metal? Wonder no more. A weird listen, but it works surprisingly well.

--Ted Nubel


Upcoming Releases


Skeletal Remains -- The Entombment of Chaos | Century Media | Death Metal | United States (California)

Wow, there's a ton of searingly awesome death metal out there, and Skeletal Remains just dive-bombed the entire party with The Entombment of Chaos. If this isn't perfect death metal, then I'm not really sure what else to say. But it is perfect death metal, so there we go.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Jupiterian -- Protosapien | Transcending Obscurity | Sludge + Death Metal + Doom | Brazil

From Ivan Belcic's premiere of "Voidborn":

But for all Jupiterian’s outward dourness -- the slog of the drums, the hypnotic repetition of the guitar and bass chugs, the monotone growled vocals -- the first segment of “Voidborn” has a curious lightness about it. Were the band to double the pace of the drumming into an upbeat rock bop and replace the subterranean vocals with a soft melody, the guitar chords used here could work well as a shoegazing indie verse. It’s an odd sensation, given how oppressive this record and Jupiterian's prior album Terraforming are, but one that I can’t quite shake.

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Void Rot -- Descending Pillars | Sentient Ruin / Everlasting Spew | Death Metal + Doom | United States (Minnesota)

Sometimes death-doom takes a grimy path, where it sounds like it was dredged up from a filth-ridden sewer, and sometimes we get the tear-evoking gothic variety that feels like it's carved out of marble. But then there's bands like Void Rot, with a cosmically horrifying approach that's as good at conjuring existential dread as it is at summoning up truly massive and plodding riffs. Descending Pillars operates with autonomy, separate from any expectations about what death doom is supposed to sound like and how songs should be structured, making it an unnerving journey through colossal halls not meant for mankind's traversal.

--Ted Nubel

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Dephosphorus -- Sublimation | Nerve Altar + Selfmadegod | Death Metal + Black Metal + Grind | Greece

The roomy production, plus occasional interweaving of unusual orchestral elements, creates a tremendous sense of unknown depth and space for the intense blend of extreme metal on display here. That fits nicely with the multi-dimensional, deep-space theme of the band -- see song titles like "Into the Glory of Eternal Orbit" and "In Dimensions 7 To 11."

--Ted Nubel

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KIND -- Mental Nudge | Ripple Music | Stoner Rock | United States

Crunchy stoner jams from a formidable supergroup, featuring members of Elder, Black Pyramid, Roadsaw, and Rozamov. Within their engulfing haze, you'll find seriously massive tones, tight drums, and wry lyrics, all demonstrating that KIND isn't just a novelty formation.

--Ted Nubel

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Dead Quiet -- Truth & Ruin | Artoffact Records | Stoner Rock | Canada

From Ted Nubel's premiere of the "Partial Darkness" music video:

The interplay of organ and guitar achieves an unusually coherent partnership, reinforcing the heavy grooves with a retro sparkle and no hint of dilution or loss of focus. In fact, as the song builds to a crescendo of wailing guitar and heart-wrenching riffs near the end, the keyboards are what escalates the sound from simply being heavy and vicious to an elegiac lament as well.

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Ihsahn -- Pharos EP | Candlelight Records | Ihsahn | Norway

More new music from Ihsahn, and where to go wrong? Nowhere, really. This EP is three new songs plus two covers: Portishead and A-Ha. Expect lots of pop, though, but honed razor sharp by Ihsahn's always delicate and meaningful touch.

-- Andrew Rothmund

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Uniform -- Shame | Sacred Bones Records | Industrial + Noise Rock | United States (New York)

Stay tuned for a full review of this industrial beast -- in the meantime, get churned and burned by this rock-turned-machine from Uniform. With an especially searing vocal delivery, plenty of noise and fuzz, and a heart of granite, Shame hits a dark and unusually bumpin' chord. Plus it's sinister. Just sinister.

-- Andrew Rothmund


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