New Releases From ANIMALS AS LEADERS, ABBATH & More Out Today 3/15

This week’s new heavy metal releases includes sad doom pop, beatdowns with a horn section, the winner of a Tim Curry from Legend lookalike contest, and more! To the metals…

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8 Kalacas – Fronteras

Genre: Hardcore/ska
Origin: Orange County, California
Label: Atomic Fire Records

Starting this week with some aggressive skanking. I’m rarely surprised by a band doing this thing each week, but when I heard the rage-infused ska of 8 Kalacas I was caught off guard. The closest band I can think to compare them to is Russkaja. Like every ska album, this sounds like a party. However, a fight broke out at this party.

Abbath – Dread Reaver

Genre: Black metal
Origin: Bergen, Norway
Label: Season Of Mist

On album number three from the ex-Immortal frontman, you’re getting his biggest musical shift yet. Sure, you’re still getting driving back metal, but beneath that grim surface there are also plenty of catchy moments, atypical rhythms, and fresh song writing. Jeff has a full review here.

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Absent In Body – Plague God

Genre: Experimental sludge/post-metal
Origin: Belgium
Label: Relapse

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Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Mathieu Vandekerckhove (Amenra(Colin H Van Eeckhout)Amenra) and Iggor Cavalera (Cavalera Conspiracy) have all come together to create some rather unsettling noises on Plague God. As you might expect when this is heavy, it’s heavy as fuck. There is also this odd balance between ethereal, floating moments and moments that sound like you’re being enveloped by a swarm of bugs. It’s a weird, dark, but oddly satisfying time.

Animals As Leaders – Parrhesia

Genre: Progressive metal/djent
Origin: Washington DC
Label: Sumerian

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These instrumental wizards have finally returned after a six year gap with a record of guitar thumps and djenty rhythms. Many staples of an AAL album remain, but there are new approaches to old tricks and a bigger emphasis on an electronic backdrop in some songs. This might be their weirdest album yet. Jordan has a review here.

Dream Widow Dream Widow

Genre: Death metal/thrash
Origin: Warren, Ohio
Label: RCA?

I’m starting to think the Studio 666 film was just an excuse for Dave Grohl to make another metal album. I’m not mad about it. This reminds me a big of some of the darker Probot tracks and sees Grohl channeling Venom, Slayerand other old school metal gods.

Falls Of Rauros – Key to a Vanishing Future

Genre: Black metal/folk
Origin: Portland, Maine
Label: Gilead Media

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If you’re in the mood for something epic that won’t cheer you up, you should give this frosty record a spin. Over the album’s six tracks you’ll be transported to an icy realm than features lots of blast beats, tremolo picking, and atmosphere. If you’ve been looking to fill the void Agalloch left when they broke up, this might be that band, and this album would be the perfect place to start with them.

Nite – Voices Of The Kronian Moon

Genre: Black/heavy metal
Origin: San Francisco, California
Label: Season Of Mist

Like Fall of Rauros, Nite are bringing some black metal with a twist. However, Nite are throwing some big 70’s old school vibes into the mix. They’re sort of like a bizarro Kvelertak in that they utilize big harmonies and galloping rhythms. The vocals are more evil and the chords are minor for these guys. You’re still dancing, but there’s some unease in the room.

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Emily Jane White – Alluvion

Genre: Doom pop/folk
Origin: Oakland, California
Label: Talitres

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Wrapping this week with something different. This is sad floaty doom, but it’s not quite metal. The aura is dark and the songs are beautiful though. It’s hard not to think of folks like Emma Ruth Rundle or Chelsea Wolf while listening to Emily Jane White. So, if you dig them, you’ll probably dig this.

Also dropping today…

  • ArchitectsFor Those That Wish To Exist At Abbey Road (Epitaph) – Live metalcore/progressive
  • skvaderFenix (Sound Pollution) – Heavy metal
  • Bâ’aEgregore (Osmose Productions) – Black metal
  • BillyBioLeaders And Liars (AFM) – Heavy/groove metal – Full review
  • Black-Out ArisesOneself (Klonosphere) – Hard rock/grunge
  • BloodgateSolace In Morning (Self-released) – Death metal
  • BomberNocturnal Creatures (Napalm) – Hard rock/heavy metal
  • Bunker 66/HellcrashHell & Sulfur (Dying Victims Productions) – Blackened thrash/speed metal
  • CapricornFor The Restless (Wild Kingdom) – Rock
  • CirkelnA Song To Sorrow (True Cult Records) – Black metal
  • Crown Of MadnessThe Void (PressX Productions) – Technical death metal
  • Crown MagnetarAlone In Death EP (Unique Leader Records) – Deathcore/death metal
  • Crown of WormsSorcery Rites (Super Sargasso/Castle of Torment Prod./Asmodeo) – Blackened thrash
  • Crystal ViperThe Last Axeman (Listenable) – Speed/power metal
  • Day of DepartmentDay of Department (Bravemusic) – Gothic/post metal
  • Desert CloudsPlanexit (Mandrone Records) – Doom/grunge
  • Desolate ShrineFires Of The Dying World (Dark Descent Records) – Death metal
  • EucharistI Am The Void (Helter Skelter Productions) – Melodic death metal
  • Gewgawly I/ThouNorco Soundtrack (Sacred Bones Records) – Noise/industrial
  • Hardcore SuperstarAbrakadabra (Self-released) – Heavy metal
  • HeltekvadMorgenrødens Helvedesherre (Eisenwald) – Black metal
  • Hilltops Are For DreamersIn Disbelief (Rockshots Records) – Gothic/melodic death metal
  • IgniteIgnite (Century Media) – Hardcore
  • Killing JokeLord Of Chaos EP (Spinefarm) – Industrial
  • KontusionKontusion (Self-released) – Death metal
  • Joan Jett & The BlackheartsChangeup (Blackheart Records Group) – Rock
  • Lucifer’s Child/MystifierUnder Satan’s Wrath Split (Agonia) – Black metal
  • LuziferIron Shackles (High Roller Records) – Heavy metal
  • MortifyFragments At The Edge Of Sorrow (Chaos Records) – Death metal
  • Mortuus InfradaemoniInmortuos Sum (Iron Bonehead Productions) – Black metal
  • MWWBThe Harvest (New Heavy Sounds) – Stoner/psychedelic doom
  • NecromanteXI (Iron Bonehead Productions) – Black metal
  • NightwraithOffering (Reaping Scythe Records) – Black/heavy metal – Full album stream
  • PalefaceFear and Dagger (Blood Blast Distribution) – Hardcore – Full review
  • Pist.OnCold World (Self-released) – Heavy/gothic metal
  • PlaceboNever Let Me Go (Rise) – Alternative rock
  • Reckless LoveTurborider (Universal Finland) – Glam metal
  • Michael RomeoWar Of The Worlds, Part 2 (InsideOut) – Power/symphonic metal
  • Soul GloDiaspora Problems (Epitaph) – Hardcore
  • Spiral SkiesDeath Is But A Door (AOP Records) – Psychedelic
  • StrickenFrom A Well Of Emptiness, A Stygian Serpent Born (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) – Sludge
  • SundowningIn The Light Of Defeat, I Cease To Exist (Isolation Records) – Atmospheric sludge/post-hardcore
  • SvartsotKumbi (Mighty) – Folk metal
  • Various ArtistsLegacy: A Tribute To Leslie West (Provogue) – Various
  • WitchpitThe Weight Of Death (Heavy Psych Sounds) – Stoner/sludge
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