Upcoming Metal Releases 2/15/2015 – 2/21/2015
This is my last Upcoming Metal Releases entry. Worry not, UMR is still a thing and will continue rounding up all of the new metal releases that are fit to buy. But it's time for me to step aside. We've got some fresh ears ready to take to the reigns and their owner is going to give this column a thorough and much-needed dusting. Starting next week, UMR is set to become an even better way to start your week. Bet on it.
So, yeah, goodbye. And thanks. Thanks to the bands, fans, and everyone in between. During our time together, I hope you dug up something decent and didn't get too frustrated by all of the Japanese power metal, Limburger-stinky AOR, and inflexibly orthodox black metal that littered these lists.
Finally, remember: Whenever you click the 'Members' section of a page on Encyclopaedia Metallum, I'll be there. . . like a Corrupted-back-patch-sporting Tom Joad. Creepy.
I, uh, won't actually be there.
Here are the new metal releases for the week of 2/15/2015 – 2/21/2015. 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.
Aktor - Paranoia | High Roller Records | Heavy metal, hard rock | International
Chris Black joins Jussi and Tomi from Circle/Pharaoh Overlord for a throwback rocker fueled by AOR hooks. Out on Friday (February 20).
Related to: Dawnbringer, High Spirits, Pharaoh, Superchrist, Circle, Pharaoh Overlord, Arkhamin Kirjasto, Steel Mammoth
Brothers of the Sonic Cloth - Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth | Neurot Recordings | Doom, sludge, stoner | United States
Tad Doyle's newly-expanded band heads back to his heavier roots.
Related to: Tad, Lumbar, Roareth
Mastery - Valis | The Flenser | Black metal | United States
Nutso blackened batshittery. Like multiple Marduk albums played at once by DJ Peter Brötzmann. Stream a track here.
Related to: Pale Chalice, Pandiscordian Necrogenesis, Horn of Dagoth
Primitive Man - Home Is Where The Hatred Is | Relapse Records | Sludge, doom | United States
Four long songs mixing weighty riffs and painful squalls of feedback.
Related to: Reproacher, Kitezh, Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire
Sumac - The Deal | Profound Lore Records | Post-metal, doom, metallic hardcore | Sweden
A hypnotic crusher recalling Aaron Turner's earlier interests, both as an Isis (the band) member and Hydra Head's founder.
Related to: Isis, Baptists, Old Man Gloom, Twilight
Barshasketh / Void Ritual - Barshasketh / Void Ritual | Broken Limbs Recordings | Black metal | United Kingdom / United States
Both outfits sit close to the second-wave without becoming clones.
Related to: Barshasketh: Cnoc an Tursa, Falloch, Haar, Blood of the Moon. Void Ritual: Ancestral Oath.
Deivos - Theodicy | Selfmadegod Records | Death metal | Poland
Sandwiches machine-like, chugging death metal in between industrial segues.
Related to: Abusiveness, Blaze of Perdition, Dira Mortis, Moon, Ulcer, Parricide
Ethereal Shroud - They Became the Falling Ash | Grimoire Cassette Cvlture | Black metal | United Kingdom
Finds the middle ground between DSBM and funeral doom, though it's busier than that genre pairing would suggest.
Related to: Of Solitude and Solemn
Masters of Disguise - The Savage and the Grace | Limb Music GmbH | Speed metal, heavy metal | Germany
Former hired tour guns for Savage Grace cut another ode to their one-time employer. Out on Friday (February 20).
Related to: Abandoned, Viron
Solium Fatalis - The Undying Season | Galy Records | Death metal | United States
Their second full-length fusing thundering death metal and lightning strikes of melody. Flo Mounier and Olivier Pinard of Cryptopsy have taken over the rhythm section.
Related to: Cryptopsy, Neuraxis, Vengeful, Nader Sadek, Excrecor
Syn Ze Sase Tri - Stapin Peste Stapini | Code666 | Symphonic black metal | Romania
Takes a Dimmu Borgir sorta approach, but incorporates a pagan-y feel and archaic synths.
Related to: Nocturn, Negură Bunget
Vargsheim - Träume der Schlaflosen | MDD | Black metal | Germany
Stout black metal that's in touch with nature and emotions without treming out DSBM weepers. The members also play in the live version of Imperium Dekadenz. Out on Friday (February 20).
Things We Missed:
• Black Metal
Fiendlord - Dust on the Chamber Floor (USA, symphonic black metal)
Kalmankantaja - Metsänkulkija (FIN, DSBM)
Selvans - Clangores Plenilunio (ITA, black metal, folk metal, pagan metal)
• Death Metal
Cardiac Arrest - And Death Shall Set You Free (USA, OSDM)
HEAVYDEATH - X - Solus in Mortem / VIII - Futility & Death (CRC, death metal, death/doom)
Insepulto - The Necrodex (CRC, OSDM)
Negative Vortex - Demo 2015 (USA, blackened death metal)
Resurrected - Penetrance of Terror (GER, BDM, death/grind)
Alucarda - Raw Howls (DEN, doom, stoner, punk)
Atten Ash - Born (USA, doom, funeral doom)
KharmA - SubReal (VEN, death/grind)
Pig Eyes - 2nd Album (SWE, punk, psych)
Price on Our Heads - Anomaly (USA, deathcore)
• Heavy Metal/Power Metal
Dracula - Black Wings Over Transylvania (AUS, heavy metal)
Roadhog - Dream Stealer (?, heavy metal)
Taiwaz - I Am All (SWE, heavy metal)
Wind Rose - Wardens of the West Wind (ITA, power metal)
Interceptor - Wise Is the Beast...but the Hunter Doesn't Know (ITA, thrash, speed metal)
Weresquatch - Frozen Void (USA, thrash)