Dear diary: another week has gone by and the comments are still telling me I’m wrong. I’m starting to think this isn’t about me…
Opvs Contra Natvram (Nuclear Blast)
Poland’s reigning kings of anti-Christ anthems return with their latest, Opvus Contra Natvram. As our own Shaun McKenna said in his review, “the year of metal music might have just found one of its bar-setters.”
Sunrise on Slaughter Beach (Nuclear Blast)
Sunrise on Slaughter Beach is Clutch‘s shortest, but it may also be their most experimental without sacrificing their blues tendencies and lyrical creativity. If you agreed with our list on why Neil Fallon and his lyrics fucking rule, you’ll dig this one.
Upon Desolation (Carbonized)
Death metal’s main album-of-the-year contender comes from California death dealers Mortuous, whose second album comes four long years after the release of their long-awaited Through Wilderness debut. The San Jose quartet just hit the road with Blood Incantation, Full of Hell and Vermin Womb for a lengthy North American run, so be sure to catch them live.
Heavy metal is alive and well in the hands of Philadelphia’s Sumerlands, whose new album Dreamkiller is out today. Their first with new vocalist Brendan Radigan, Dreamkiller captures the flair of classic heavy metal with a modern edge. Hopefully we don’t wait six years for the next one!
The Nine Choirs (Maggot Stomp)
The latest release from death metal hit factory Maggot Stomp Records is Tribal Gaze‘s The Nine Choirs. Their first full-length, it combines the expected old-school death metal-isms with a ton of groove and a bunch of hardcore influence. It’s another hit from Maggot Stomp.
Other Shit That Comes Out Today:
Choke, Desiphon (Translation Loss) Listen
Innumerable Forms, Philosophical Collapse (Profound Lore) Listen
Mindforce, New Lords (Triple B) Listen
Mork, Den Svevende Festning (Peaceville) Listen
Phobophilic, Enveloping Absurdity (Prosthetic) Listen
The Devil Wears Prada, Color Decay (Solid State) Listen
Wolfheart, King of the North (Napalm) Listen