Here are the new metal releases for the week of 2/1/2015 – 2/7/2015. Release dates are formatted according to proposed North American scheduling, if available. Expect to see the bulk of these records on shelves or distros on Tuesday unless otherwise noted. Blurbs and designations are based on available promotional material and perceived buzz.

See something we missed? Goofs? Let us know in the comments. Plus, as always, feel free to post your own shopping lists. Happy digging.


Anticipated Releases:

Blind Guardian - Beyond the Red Mirror | Nuclear Blast | Power metal | Germany
The power metal legends return with their 10th LP of busy bombast.
Related to: Demons & Wizards, Sinbreed


Dead In The Manger - Cessation | 20 Buck Spin | Black metal, death/grind | International
Operating under anonymity, this batterer blasts through angular and blackened riffage.


Fulgora - Stratagem | Housecore Records | Death metal, death/grind, metallic hardcore | United States
Fuses grinding death metal with metallic hardcore, but emphasizes serpentine runs and speed over slams.
Related to: Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Misery Index, Criminal Element


Solefald - World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud | Indie Recordings | Avant-garde, black metal | Norway
An all-over-the-place concept album that finds fresh ground while maintaining the Solefald voice. Find older material here.
Related to: Age of Silence, Borknagar, Sturmgeist, G.U.T.


Of Note:

0 X í S T - One Eon | Death Shrine Offerings | Doom, death/doom | Finland
Takes the Finnish death/doom crawl and it gives a Triptykon type of darkness. Out on Wednesday (February 4).
Related to: Let Me Dream, Saattue

Devouring Star - Through Lung and Heart | Daemon Worship Productions | Black metal | Finland
Graduated from the Deathspell Omega school of uncomfortable dissonance.

Diesel King - Concrete Burial | When Planets Collide | Sludge | United Kingdom
A big tone and big grooves coalesce into speaker-wrecking sludge.

Heaving Earth - Denouncing the Holy Throne | Lavadome Productions | Death metal | Czech Republic
Tremnado warning: The Morbid Angel-derived guitar acrobatics are in full effect.
Related to: Brutally Deceased, Ingrowing, Supreme Conception, Ahumado Granujo, Despise, Feeble Minded

Kayleth - Space Muffin | Argonauta Records | Stoner rock | Italy
Thick and spacey stoner rock. Of interest to fans of older Monster Magnet.

Luciferian - The Path of the Burning Serpent | Satan's Retaliation Productions | Black metal | Columbia
Riff-heavy melodic black metal that makes use of its production values.
Related to: Twilight Glimmer, Blood of Tyrants

Mokoma - Elävien Kirjoihin | Self-released | Thrash, hard rock | Finland
Big in their home nation, Mokoma do a melancholic take on modern thrash mixed with hard rock.
Related to: Mind Riot, The Machete, Slumgudgeon

Norman Shores - Le Tombeau De Brume | Ossuaire Records | Black metal | France
Buries older, French-in-flavor melodies under a thick buzz.
Related to: Aurvandil, Obscurité, Quintessence, Angmar, Sickbag, The Bottle Doom Lazy Band

Orden Ogan - Ravenhead | AFM Records | Power metal | Germany
Vestiges of the band's folk metal past sneak into their sleek power metal.
Related to: Duke, Sardonic, Predator

Organ Trail - Those Slimy Bastards | Grimoire Records | Death metal, grind | United States
A horror-hound offering reverbed-to-pieces death metal rather than gory gurgles.

Spook The Horses - Rainmaker | Self-released | Post-metal, post-hardcore | New Zealand
Roars along like a post-metaller, just with timbres pulled from the windswept plains.

U.D.O. - Decadent | AFM Records | Heavy metal | Germany
Udo Dirkschneider, one of the most recognizable voices in metal, stitches together another set of straight-up heavy metal.
Related to: Accept, Bullet, Everlost, Flash of Aggression, Shadow Host, Merging Flare, Elenium

Ululate - Back To Cannibal World | Xtreem Music | Blackened death metal | China
Previously a necrotic buzzer, this solo project has turned into speedy OSDM.

Wells Valley - Matter As Regent | Bleak Recordings | Post-metal, sludge | Portugal
A more active take on post-metal, including off-kilter grooves and atypical timbres. Out on Saturday (February 7).

Yesterday's Saints - Generation of Vipers | Draconum Records | Death/thrash, power metal | United States
Goes the power thrash route, but subs in a heaping helping of chunky modern death.




Things We Missed:

• Black Metal

Devilish Impressions - Adventvs (POL, symphonic black metal)

Howls of Ebb - Vigils Of The 3rd Eye (USA, blackened death metal)

Ur Draugr - The Wretched Ascetic (AUS, blackened death metal)

• Death Metal

Genocide Pact - Desecration (USA, death metal, hardcore)

• Doom/Sludge/Stoner

Birnam Wood - Birnam Wood (USA, stoner, doom)

Spiralism - Chakras (FIN, post-metal, prog, hard rock)

• Grind

Pleasure Cross - Wait for the End (USA, grind, powerviolence)

• Hardcore/Punk

Graves - Fides Ad Nauseam (NZL, hardcore, crust, grind)

Iron Fist - Boneshaker (USA, hardcore, heavy metal)

A Life of Torment - Fracture / Conscious (USA, sludge, metallic hardcore)

• Thrash

Gehennah - Four Knuckle Facelift (SWE, thrash, punk, black metal)


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