New Releases From RAMMSTEIN, WATAIN & More Out Today 4/29

This week’s new heavy metal releases include some black metal opuses, capes, intensity, and more! To the metals…

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Dälek – Precipice

Genre: Experimental hip hop
Origin: Newark, New Jersey
Label: Ipecac Recordings

Dälek are not a metal act (go ahead an skip your comment there), but they’re an act that has lots of crossover appeal. Precipice features their blending of hip hop beats, noisy experimentation, and poignant lyrics. This one does feature a track with Adam from Tool As well, so there’s your connection should you need one.

Devil Master – Ecstasies Of Never Ending Night

Genre: Black metal/punk
Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Label: Relapse

From their aesthetic, to their sound, and even down to their 4:3 aspect ratio on their VHS-inspired music video Devil Master set out to evoke an old school vibe. I’d say they succeed. This album frankly doesn’t invent anything new, but they blend not-so dispirit sounds into something that feels fresh somehow. It’s also sure to increase cape sales the world over. A full review by Kevin is right here.

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The Gathering – Beautiful Distortion / Interference

Genre: Atmospheric rock
Origin: Oss/Nijmegen, Netherlands
Label: Psychonaut Records

Order both from The Gathering

It’s been almost a decade since The Gathering has released new material and their first post-reunion output is both a full album AND an EP. What a time to be a fan. The full length (Beautiful Distortion) is the atmospheric rock that the band has been up to since How To Measure A Planet? or so and the EP (Interference) serves as a companion piece with a pair of additional songs and a live version of the titular track of the aforementioned How To Measure A Planet?.

Helms Alee – Keep This Be The Way

Genre: Sludge/experimental
Origin: Seattle, Washington
Label: Sargent House

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One of sludge’s finest kept secrets has returned with their trademark heavy, emotional, and atypical engulfing metal. Their triple vocal attack remains a highlight on this record with trading leads, eerie harmonies, and aggressive screams. This is an unconventionally beautiful record.

Lament Cityscape – A Darker Discharge

Genre: Industrial/doom
Origin: Buffalo, Wyoming
Label: Lifeforce

This is one of the most powerful and interesting albums I’ve heard in some time. There is a bit of Author & Punisher vibes here combined with Uniform‘s intensity mixed with an early 00’s cinematic score. It’s like if Anaal Nathrakh was an industrial band. This features collaborations (guest spots? whatever) From Venetian Veil/ex-(waning) Jim Willig and Susan Hunt, and others.

Rammstein – Zeit

Genre: Neue Deutsche Härte/industrial
Origin: Berlin, Germany
Label: Universal

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New Rammstein y’all. I feel like I don’t need to say much here. Driving industrial that will get you moving on your very own keyboard treadmill.

The Spirit – Of Clarity and Galactic Structures

Genre: Black/death metal
Origin: Saarbrücken, Germany
Label: AOP Records

Now lets take a black metal trip to space! Album number three from The Spirit is like if Thulkandra kept things mostly frosty but incorporated a bit more of Steffen Kummerer’s Obscura guitar runs. It’s a triumph of a record that I could see on some of your more hip end of the year lists. We’ve got a full stream here and Jeff’s review here.

Watain – The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain

Genre: Black metal
Origin: Stockholm, Stockholm
Label: Nuclear Blast

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Watain are a band with A Sound. This album retains Watain’s Sound, and yet it somehow is also their most diverse offering yet. Jeff has a deep dive on this album here, where he basically says this album is the shit, but with a higher quantity and quality of words.

Also dropping this week…

  • AbhomineDemonize Destroy Delete (Osmose Productions) – Black/death metal
  • Al-NamroodWorship the Degenerate (Shaytan Productions) – Black metal
  • Beyond The StructureScrutiny (Vicious Instinct Records) – Technical death metal – Full stream
  • CandelabrumNocturnal Trance (Hells Headbangers) – Black metal
  • Child Bite / Black Rhino – Split (Housecore Records) – Hardcore/stoner
  • CrashdietAutomaton (Crusader / Golden Robot) – Heavy metal
  • DischodiaTriptych (Transcending Obscurity Records) – Technical death metal
  • EnragementAtrocities (Rising Nemesis Records) – Death metal
  • GoldliushFragile Zombies (Self-released) – Alternative rock
  • HeriotProfound Mortality (Church Road Records) – Doom/atmospheric metal
  • InannaVoid Of Unending Depths (Memento Mori) – Death metal
  • IntoleranceDark Paths Of Humanity (Memento Mori) – Death metal
  • IntrotylAdfectus (Emanzipation) – Death metal
  • KaipaUrskog (InsideOut) – Progressive/folk
  • Lionsoul – A Pledge To Darkness (Rockshots Records) – Heavy metal
  • Melvins & Dumb NumbersBroken Pipe (Joyful Noise Recordings) – Sludge
  • MeyhnachMiseria de profundis (Osmose Productions) – Black metal
  • No/MasConsume/Deny/Repent (Closed Casket Activities) – Grindcore/thrash
  • Paddy and the RatsFrom Wasteland to Wonderland (Napalm Records) – Punk
  • PyritheMonuments To Impermanence (Gilead Media) – Post-metal/noise
  • SacrilegaThe Arcana Spear (Blood Harvest Records) – Death metal
  • SlowtorchThe Machine Has Failed (Electric Valley Records) – Stoner rock
  • Speckmann ProjectFinds Of Emptiness (Emanzipation) – Death metal
  • suppressionThe Sorrow Of Soul Through Flesh (Unspeakable Ax Records) – Death metal
  • TeufelsbergOrdre du Diable (Signal Rex) – Black metal
  • ThoriumDanmark (Emanzipation) – Death metal
  • ThunderDopamine (BMG) – Rock
  • Robin TrowerNo More Worlds To Conquer (Provogue/Mascot) – Rock
  • TysondogMidnight (From The Vaults) – Heavy/speed metal
  • Various ArtistsReigning Blood – A Tribute To Slayer (Satyrn) – Slyer covers
  • VelcrocranesWhat If I Die (InsideOut) – Progressive rock
  • Venetian VeilConjurings Vol. 3 (Self-released) – Ambient
  • Void Of VisionChronicles II: Heaven (UNFD) – Metalcore
  • VulcanoStone Orange (Emanzipation) – Thrash/black metal
  • Ann WilsonFierce Bliss (Silver Lining) – Rock
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