This week’s new heavy metal releases include some riffs, some mashups, and more! To the metals…

Abrams – Blue City

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Genre: Sludge/post-metal
Origin: Denver, Colorado
Label: Blues Funeral Recordings

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The latest from Abrams is taking you to an ethereal plane. Blue Sky has all the heaviness of The Ocean but with the catchy song-writing of Chevelle. This has riffs for days.

lespecial – Sandwich Cage

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Genre: Progressive rock/mash-up
Origin: Millerton, New York
Label: Self-released

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Last September I snuck lespecial into the Weekly with their record Odd Times to showcase a wonderful band that’s playing in both the heavy and jam band realms. They’re already back this week with this EP that is sure to turn heads as they are hitting you with some unlikely mashups. They mixing “Enter Sandman” with “Sandstorm” (“Enter Sandstorm”), “Raining Blood,” “Blind,” and “Too Many Puppies” (“Raining Blind Puppies”), and a few others.

Sound&Shape – Pillars Of Creation

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Genre: Progressive/hard rock
Origin: nashville, Tennesee
Label: Vydia Distribution

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Sound&Shape are one of those bands that has the adventurous spirit of prog but doesn’t skimp on energy. They hit you with massive riffs while mid sing-along or some rhythmic shifts beneath emotive breaks. They remind me of early Biffy Clyro or Dredg while sounding very little like either.

Rotting Christ – Pro Xristou

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Genre: Melodic black metal
Origin: Athens, Greece
Label: Season Of Mist

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Now for something epic and dark. Pro Xristou is a record of massive, grim tracks that pays homage to the the Pagans. It’s a record full of history and lore. Jeff has a full review here.

Teramaze – Eli: A Wonderful Fall From Grace

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Genre: Progressive metal
Origin: Melbourne, Australia
Label: Wells

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Let’s keep the epic thing going, but shift in every other way imaginable. Teramaze‘s latest is the third in a prog metal trilogy that started in 2015. It’s nerdy, shreddy, and fun.

Vale Of Pnath – Between The Worlds Of Life And Death

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Genre: Technical death metal
Origin: Denver, Colorado
Label: Willowtip

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On their first full album in eight years, Vale Of Pnath are back and darker than ever. They’re still quite technical, but there is more of a blackened lean than ever and perhaps this is because all three of these guys are also in Abigail Williams. Lots of guest spots from folks like Christian Münzner (Eternity’s End), Wayne Ingram (Wilderun), Miles Baker (Interloper), and more.

Also dropping this week…

  • Bass CommunionThe Itself of Itself (Lumberton Trading Company) – Experimental/drone
  • Bleakheart Silver Pulse (Seeing Red Records) – Dreamgaze
  • Boneripper World Ablaze (Self-released) – Hardcore
  • Cathari It Will Hurt the Entire Time You Are Alive (Self-released) – Noisecore
  • Capstan – The Mosaic (Fearless) – Hard rock/metalcore
  • Dark AfflictionFive Stages Of Grief (Theogonia Records) – Black metal
  • Dead HarrisonNone For All (Self-released) – Gothic rock/doom
  • Defects Modern Error (Mascot Records) – Metalcore
  • Eregion Non Omnis Moriar (Rockshots Records) – Power metal
  • Evildead Toxic Grace (Steamhammer/SPV) – Thrash
  • Fly Over States Ghosts (Fever Ltd.) – Post-hardcore/screamo
  • Gnarwhal Altered States (Self-released) – Stoner/progressive
  • I Cut Out Your NameTestament der Dekandenz (Bastardized Recordings) – Modern metal/metalcore
  • Kati RánSÁLA (Svart Records) – Folk
  • Locusts And Honey Teach Me To Live That I Dread The Grave As Little As My Bed (Hypaethral Records) – Black metal
  • Clint LoweryDon’t Say It (Self-released) – Rock
  • MoonKill MoonKill (MoonKill) – MoonKill
  • Moral PutrefactionMoral Putrefaction (Self-released) – Death metal
  • Mortal WoundAnus Of The World (Dark Descent Records) – Death metal
  • Night Laser Call Me What You Want (Steamhammer/SPV) – Sleaze rock
  • Pardoner Paranoid In Hell (Convulse Records) – Slacker rock
  • Peeling Flesh3 Year Peeling Spree (Unique Leader Records) – Slam/brutal death metal
  • Puya Potencial (The Orchard) – Progressive metal
  • Red Handed DenialA Journey Through Virtual Dystopia (Paid Vacation Records) – Metalcore
  • Rotten UKAge Of Chaos (Hells Headbangers) – Punk
  • Sailor Hunter Evolution (Inverse Records) – Metalcore
  • Semuta Glacial Erratic (Self-released) – Progressive sludge
  • Sentiment DissolveThe Orwellian Dream (CDN Records) – Technical death metal
  • Summoner’s CircleCult (Black Lion Records) – Progressive death metal/doom
  • Valfreya Dawn Of Reckoning (Self-released) – Melodic black/folk metal
  • Vredehammer God Slayer (Indie Recordings) – Black/death metal
  • Vulgaris Seat Of The Fire (Wormholedeath) – Blackened heavy metal
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