THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From ZEAL & ARDOR, NAPALM DEATH, and More Out Today 2/11

This week’s new heavy steel releases embody a various mini-album, surf/gospel/black steel, “cowboy nintendocore,” and extra! To the metals…

Amorphis — Halo

Genre: Melodic dying steel/doom
Origin: Helsinki, Finland
Label: Atomic Fire

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Starting with the fourteenth document from the melodic steel mainstay. Halo completes a trilogy of albums by Amorphis that began with Under The Red Cloud. Compared to that document and its follow-up Queen Of Time, this one appears like a extra straight-ahead document, which isn’t a nasty factor. Jordan’s first evaluate is right here.


Author & Punisher — Krüller

Genre: Industrial/noise
Origin: San Diego, California
Label: Relapse

On Tristan Shone’s ninth album below the A&P banner, he is slowing issues down a bit and embracing the 80’s greater than ever. This actually is not a dance document, however you can’t miss the throwback environment. While retaining the darkness and weirdness of an Author & Punisher document, it’s also oddly accessible. Riley has a bunch of phrases on the album right here.


Cult Of Luna — The Long Road North

Genre: Sludge/post-metal
Origin: Umeå, Sweden
Label: Metal Blade

Cult of Luna have at all times finished one thing somewhat totally different on every launch. It could be simple for them to cellphone in a document of their model and nonetheless kill it. I respect the push for evolution. The Long Road North consists of a few of their sharpest turns in a while. This has a few of their most energetic and a few of their most heart-wrenching materials ever. Ben’s full evaluate is right here.


Heavy Meta — Mana Regmata

Genre: Progressive/experimental steel
Origin: Lowell, Massachusetts
Label: Self-released

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The different day we put up this document’s full album stream and it lead with the road, “Up for some blackened progressive cowboy nintendocore?” This very a lot received my consideration. Mana Regmata is an everywhere document that touches on these parts (perhaps not a lot “cowboy,” however what does that imply anyway?) and much more. This is ok chaotic math steel.


Napalm Death — Resentment Is Always Seismic — A Final Throw Of Throes

Genre: Death steel/grindcore
Origin: Birmingham, England
Label: Century Media

Over this mini-album/EP/no matter you are getting lots of totally different flavors of Napalm Death. There are a pair covers, hardcore fury, industrial-ish experimentation, and extra. It’s a jam-packed half hour. Necrosexual has a full evaluate right here.


Once Human — Scar Weaver

Genre: Groove/melodic dying steel
Origin: Los Angeles, California
Label: earMusic

If you are on the lookout for some grooves and plenty of melody then Scar Weaver is the one for you this week. This is the band’s first full album in 5 years which I can solely assume was attributable to Logan Mader touring with Machine Head. They’ve had lots of time to nail down their sound, and returned with their most interesting work but. Check out Frank’s chat with the band right here.


Voivod — Synchro Anarchy

Genre: Progressive steel
Origin: Jonquière, Quebec
Label: Century Media

There actually isn’t any different band like Voivod. They’ve had forty years of being unattainable to label succinctly. Synchro Anarchy is their fifteenth album of thrashy, atmospheric, experimental, technical, dissonant, blah blah blah. I might preserve tossing out descriptors and nonetheless solely scratch the floor. If you want steel weirdness of any period, put this in your ears.


WAIT — The End of Noise

Genre: Progressive dying steel
Origin: Baltimore, Maryland
Label: The Artisan Era)

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Pairing oddly effectively with Voivod, right here now we have the debut full-length from We Are In Transit. While there was a stellar EP already , It took eleven years to get their full document out (presumably as a result of the band has been busy with members being in the whole lot from Death To All, Exist, Svengahli, Obscura, and extra), however the WAIT (see what I did there?) is over, and the result’s great. Hear all of it right here.


Zeal & Ardor — Zeal & Ardor

Genre: Avant-garde steel
Origin: Basel, Switzerland/New York City
Label: MVKA

Concluding this (stable) week with some of the attention-grabbing bands in steel. Zeal & Ardor’s mixture of gospel, blues, and black steel appeared like it could have a brief shelf life, however Manuel Gagneux is combining much more sounds this time to evolve this venture whereas retaining it is distinctive core. This self-titled document consists of moments of indie, surf guitar, and extra sudden turns I will not spoil. Frank sat down with Manuel to speak concerning the document right here.


Also dropping this week…

  • BacksliderPsychic Rot (To Live A Lie Records) — Grindcore/powerviolence
  • CaveatAlchemy (Self-released) — Melodic dying steel/progressive
  • City Of LightsBefore The Sun Sets (Frontiers) — Hard rock
  • Creeping FleshAnd Then The Bombs Came (Emanzipation) — Death steel — Full album stream
  • Death PanaceaA Pace December (Avantgarde Music) — Atmospheric black steel
  • DegreedAre You Ready (Frontiers) — Hard rock
  • The Devils Of LoudunEscaping Eternity (The Artisan Era) — Melodic dying steel — Full album stream
  • DødsleieImmortal Hand (Bat Magick Records) — Black steel
  • FostermotherThe Ocean (Ripple Music) — Doom
  • Girish And The ChroniclesHail To The Heroes (Frontiers) — Hard rock
  • GloamusSullen Dusk over Ice Trodden Arteries (Self-released) Black steel
  • GreyhawkCall of the Hawk (Fighter Records) — Heavy/energy steel
  • HammrEternal Possession (Hells Headbangers) — Black/velocity steel
  • Hangman’s ChairA Loner (Nuclear Blast) — Doom
  • In Hearts WakeKaliyuga Booster Pack (UNFD) — Metalcore
  • Inhuman NatureUnder The Boot (Church Road Records) — Crossover/thrash
  • JestrThe Dead & Riches (Self-released) — Hard rock/different
  • Jizzy Pearl’s Love/HateHell, CA (Golden Robot) — Hard rock
  • KarmanjakaGates of Muspel (Grind to Death Records) — Progressive black steel
  • Kill AltersArmed To The Teeth L.M.O.M.M. (Hausu Mountain) — Experimental/industrial — Full album stream
  • LegendariumUnder the Spell of Destruction (Self-released) — Heavy steel
  • LifesickMisanthropy (Isolation Records) — Death steel/punk
  • LionvilleSo Close To Heaven (Frontiers) — Melodic rock
  • Mariangela DemurtasDark Ability EP (Self-released) — Gothic steel
  • MesenterySoulfucker (Dr. Music Records) — Death steel
  • Mortuary DrapeWisdom — Vibration — Repent (Peaceville Records) — Black/dying steel
  • Naked Gypsy QueensGeorgiana EP (Mascot) — Rock
  • Near Death ConditionAscent From The Mundane (Unique Leader)
  • NervochaosAll Colors Of Darkness (Emanzipation) — Death steel
  • Night CobraDawn Of The Serpent (Irongrip/High Roller) — Heavy steel
  • Shield of WingsUnfinished (Elderpath Records) — Symphonic steel
  • The Silent WeddingEgo Path (Self-released) — Heavy/energy steel
  • Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators4 (Gibson) — Hard rock
  • StalkerStalker (Wormholedeath) — Heavy steel
  • TenHere Be Monsters (Frontiers)
  • TersivelTo The Orphic Void (Uprising) — Doom/dying steel
  • TheandricFlight Among the Tombs (Self-released) — Heavy steel
  • Eddie VedderEarthling (Republic) — Rock
  • Whales Don’t FlyThe Golden Sea (Raging Planet Records) — Progressive steel/thrash
  • WithermoonA Testament to Our Will (Adirondack Black Mass) — Black steel
  • ZadraGuiding Star (Frontiers) — Melodic rock

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