Amaranthe – The Catalyst

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Genre: Melodic death/power metal
Origin: Gothenburg, Sweden
Label: Nuclear Blast

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It has been four years since the last album from Amaranthe, and their seventh release features a new harsh vocalist completing their Cerberus-like trio of voices. The newcomer Mikael Sehlin (Degraded) may take some getting used to, but his growls are impressive. This album adds another strong chapter to their grand sci-fi metal collection.

The Body & Dis Fig – Orchards Of A Futile Heaven

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Genre: Noise/experimental
Origin: Portland, Oregon/Berlin, Germany
Label: Thrill Jockey

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Things are always a bit chaotic when The Body releases new music. This time they are collaborating with electronic artist Dis Fig, and the sound is reminiscent of Chelsea Wolfe meeting an industrial rig of Author & Punisher. Expect a blend of feedback and weight, creating an immersive experience as if you’re stuck in a connecting modem.

Borknagar – Fall

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Genre: Progressive/folk metal
Origin: Bergen, Norway
Label: Century Media

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I was set to commence this review by rejoicing thatit appears as though Borknagar keeps releasing albums constantly nowadays, which is fantastic, although it has actually been five years since True North? Time is strange. Fall is quite profound lyrically as it explores the theme of, “From the day of your birth, Nature will exert all efforts to return you to the ground.” So, some comforting tunes here.

Darkest Hour – Perpetual | Terminal

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Genre: Metalcore/melodic death metal
Origin: Washington, D.C.
Label: MNRK Heavy

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Many bands are making a return after long breaks this week. Darkest Hour has been absent for seven years since their last full album. This melodious metal journey showcases fresh lead guitar talents from Nico Santora (Lillake, ex-Fallujah, ex-Suicidal Tendencies), and the gentleman is skilled on the fretboard. There’s an abundance of catchy tunes and opportunities for headbanging. Do not miss Dillion‘s discussion with vocalist John Henry here.

Job For A Cowboy – Moon Healer

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Genre: Technical death metal
Origin: Glendale, Arizona
Label: Metal Blade

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The past few years have been challenging and bizarre, but wow, 2024… what an era to live in. Brand new Job For A Cowboy after ten years. Technical brutality from one of the most excellent in the game. Stop reading this and start listening. Max‘s review can be found here.

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Mick Mars – The Other Side Of Mars

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Genre: Rock
Origin: Terre Haute, Indiana
Label: 1313 LLC

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It’s quite interesting that it took a significant amount of turmoil and time before Mick Mars finally released a solo album. This sounds nothing like his previous band, so if you’re averse to glam frivolity, you won’t find that here. Instead Mick has assembled a diverse group of collaborators like Ray Luzier (Korn), Jacob Bunton (Lynam), Paul Taylor (Winger) and more delivering some solid hard rock material. Jeff‘s detailed review can be found right here.


Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – Of the Last Human Being

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Category: Unconventional/innovative
Origin: Oakland, California
Label: Joyful noise

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Ending this week with the band that has had the longest time between albums (for this week? Or at least the one I decided to showcase?). These fantastic eccentrics haven’t put out an album since 2007, and their comeback follows a highly successful crowdfunding effort that financed the album, a brief movie, and their current tour. The album is extensive, experimental, and thought-provoking. This is not your typical record from the always-unpredictable SGM. As I’ve mentioned before, what an era to be alive.


Also releasing this week…

  • Atoll – Inhuman Implants (Unique Leader) – Intense death metal
  • Autumnblaze Auf zerfetzten Schwingen (Argonauta Records) – Alternative/gothic metal
  • Big DealBeyond Repair (Heroes + Martyrs) – Intense
  • A Burial At Sea – Close To Home (Pelagic) – Post-rock
  • Craneium – Point Of No Return (The Sign) – Stoner/doom
  • CrossChains – Deathgrip (Drakkar) – Metalcore/djent
  • Vincent Crowley – Anthology Of Horror (Hammerheart) – Heavy metal
  • Crowskin/Bad Luck Rides On Wheels – Split (Exile On Mainstream) – Sludge/post metal
  • Decrowned – Persona Non Grata (Rockshots) – Melodic death metal
  • Desolate TombScorned By Misery (Rottweiler Records) – Blackened deathcore
  • Disastroid – Garden Creatures (Heavy Psych Sounds) – Psychedelic/garage rock
  • Dust Bolt – Sound & Fury (AFM) – Thrash
  • Ektomorf – Vivid Black (AFM) – Groove metal
  • Fragment Soul – Galois Paradox (Self-released) – Progressive metal/doom
  • Ace Frehley – 10,000 Volts (MNRK) – Rock
  • GonemageSpell Piercings (Self-released) – Nu/black metal
  • Gore MachineMacerated & Liquified (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) – Death metal
  • Guiltless – Thorns (Neurot) – Sludge
  • Hand Of Kalliach – Corryvreckan (Prosthetic) – Melodic death metal/folk
  • He Was A God – Muckraker (Self-released) – Alternative metal
  • Hypoxia – Defiance (Selfmadegod) – Death metal/thrash
  • Inferious Salt Your Earth (Dark Match Music) – Deathcore
  • Iron Curtain – Savage Dawn (Dying Victims) – Speed/heavy metal
  • Karkosa Estoterrorcult (Redefining Darkness Records) – Blackened death metal
  • Life Cycles Portal To The Unknown (1126 Records) – Hardcore/thrash
  • Lionheart – The Grace Of A Dragonfly (Metalville) – Hard rock/heavy metal
  • Monkey3 – Welcome To The Machine (Napalm) – Psychedelic rock
  • Morbonoct The Highest Purpose (Self-released) – Symphonic black metal
  • Morta Skuld – Creation Undone (Peaceville) – Death metal
  • Nebularis Exodus – Shattered Earth Saga – Part I (Nebu Records) – Progressive metal
  • North Sea Echoes – Really Good Terrible Things (Metal Blade) – Progressive rock
  • Pat!i Sahara شع ةينامثو ةئام (Red Flag Music) – Experimental rock
  • Persher – Sleep Well (Thrill Jockey) – Noise rock/experimental
  • Pirate Queen – Ghosts (Despotz) – Power/folk metal
  • Rhino Human Farm (Argonauta Records) – Stoner metal/rock
  • Rifforia – Axeorcism (Metalville) – Thrash
  • Slaughterror Endless Lust For Gore (Noble Demon) – Death metal
  • Smorrah Welcome To Your Nightmare (Sick Taste Records) – Thrash
  • Stiriah Portal (Crawling Chaos Records) – Black metal
  • Stygian Crown – Funeral For A King (Cruz Del Sur) – Epic doom
  • Sybris – Gold On Hold (Absolutely Kosher) – Rock
  • Timelost – Drained (Church Road) – Garage rock
  • Toadliquor – Back In The Hole (Southern Lord) – Sludge/doom
  • Toxikull – Under The Southern Light (Dying Victims) – Heavy/speed metal
  • Traveler Prequel to Madness (No Remorse Records) – Heavy metal
  • Tvinna – Two – Wings Of Ember (By Norse) – Progressive rock/folk
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