Upcoming Metal Releases 6/10/2018-6/16/2018
Things have been mildly light recently, which is pretty nice!
Here are the new metal releases for the weeks of June 10, 2018 – June 16, 2018. 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 the coming Fridays unless otherwise noted or if labels and artists get impatient. Blurbs and designations are based on whether or not I have a lot to say about it.
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As a little bit of a challenge, include your own opinion about anything you want to add. Make me want to listen to it!
Please note: this is a review column and is not speculative. Any announced albums without preview material will not be covered. Additionally, any surprise releases which are uploaded or released after this column is published will be excluded. This week: Funeral Mist - Hekatomb, Chthe'ilist - Passage Into the Xexanotth
Void of Silence - The Sky Over | Avantgarde Music | Gothic/Funeral Doom Metal | Italy
Pure, romantic darkness. This is slow, pallid gothic doom metal in the old way, somewhere on the greater "dark metal" spectrum which captured my heart long ago. Though a distance from the relatively heavier works which defined the rest of their discography, The Sky Over's immensity would be too overwhelming with a thicker approach. Music like this should be performed with a lighter hand and atmospheric touch, lest it be left indecipherable. After an eight year period of inactivity, this is a completely new era for the underground legends Void of Silence.
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Progenie Terrestre Pura - starCross | Avantgarde Music | Atmospheric Black Metal/Psybient | Italy
Progenie Terrestre Pura, otherwise known as q[T]p to their fans, made their mark in the unlikely fusion of furious black metal atmosphere and Psybient (to the uninitiated, check out bands like Shpongle and Infected Mushroom). It was bizarre and somehow worked, giving way to a more trance-inflicted style like labelmates Mesarthim, et al. I certainly didn't mind it, but q[T]p was never really something I found myself listening to on a regular basis. New EP starCross is more up my alley, subduing the psychedelic-bent of their electronic half in favor pure, spaced-out rage.
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Cor Scorpii - Ruin | Dark Essence Records | Melodic Black Metal | Norway
From the ashes of Windir (RIP Valfar) rose Cor Scorpii, who carried the torch of melodic, folkish black metal through the wintry Norwegian mountains. At least, they did for a brief period of time. Somehow, their debut Monument is already a decade old, which makes your humbling reviewer feel even older than he is. Ruin, itself, picks up without hesitation, essentially continuing right where its predecessor left off. A new chapter of equal quality after a ten year wait is quite the feat. Listen to this.
With moderate use of discordance, Délétère summon a slightly off-kilter feel which ultimately benefits their otherwise straightforward approach to song construction. To that end, “Sagina Caedendis” is at once digestible and indigestible, relatable but entirely fresh.
Hoth - Astral Necromancy | Independent | Melodic Black/Death Metal | United States
Absolutely spine-tingling melodic extreme metal, achieving the special balance which Century Media's early/mid-'90s roster just happened to find. These are the riffs you are looking for -- sorry, had to make a Star Wars joke somewhere.
Barren Altar - In the Faults of the Earth | Independent | Blackened Funeral Doom Metal | United States
I recall a period of time about ten years ago when "black/funeral doom" was the new, hot style in the underground. It was rife with your average "depressive black metal" bands playing just a little slower. This sounds more like a sludge band playing a little faster. The paradigm has shifted!
Orange Goblin - The Wolf Bites Back | Candlelight Records | Stoner Rock | England
It's interesting how Orange Goblin is still accepted as part of the stoner metal kingdom. Maybe it's persistence, even context, which continues this association, but at this point I hear a lot more Rob "The Baron" Miller in this new work than any of their preceding albums.
Lizzy Borden - My Midnight Thing | Metal Blade Records | Heavy/Power Metal | United States
Old, old, old school power metal, mixing in the classic arena atmospheres and swagger which defined the genre in its formative years. Lizzy Borden has been at it for a long time, starting in 1983, so I tend to give bands like them a little more credence when it comes to "showing everyone else how it's done."