New releases from MONUMENTS, CANCER FLAG & more out today 15/4

This week’s new heavy metal releases include black metal fury, ghostly music, prog grooves and more! For the metals …

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Abstract – Atma Conflux

Genre: Technical / progressive death metal
Origin: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Brand: M-Theory Audio

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If you want technicality, melody, grooves and some sweet synth-action at once, then Abstracted is the record for you. This reminded me a bit of actions like Regulation, The HAARP machineor an action that Michael Semesky maybe in front. Then it turns out that he is on the album as a guest. So he would agree with me.

Cancer Bats – Psychic Jailbreak

Genre: Southern metal / hardcore
Origin: Toronto, Ontario
Label: Bat Skull Records / New Damage Records

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On their first record since the founding of the guitarist Scott Middleton traveled, the Bat still do what they Bat do. Longtime bassist Jaye Schwarzer also pulls double-duty on this plate handling git-fiddle so it still feels right. If you’ve enjoyed their muddy, hardcore, deep-fried, high-energy weight before, you’ll still have a good time here.

Darkher – The Buried Storm

Genre: Doom / folk
Origin: Northern England
Label: Prophecy

For now to shift gears completely, we have the latest from Darker. Jayn Maiven‘s meandering and haunting project is an ominous and ethereal pleasure. Although it is not constantly heavy, the head will knock when the heavy hits. You’re definitely calling something while this is playing, but maybe the ghosts will be cute?

Monuments – I Stasis

Genre: Progressive metalcore / djent
Origin: London, England
Brand: Century Media

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I like weeks like this. I am able to show that there really are many different types of metal. On their first album in four years Monuments brings the prog rhythms and the soaring melodies. Drummer Mike Malyan is back and this is their new vocalist Andy Cizekfirst record. Lots of shakes, but the record feels right and these songs will definitely get stuck in your head. Jordan have a complete review here.

postcards from new zealand – firewood, witch, firewood

Genre: Black metal
Origin: New Zealand
Label: Self-published

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the rather mysterious and always small letters, postcards from new zealand launches a trilogy of albums with firewood, witch-burning. while the band has previously frolic in long, atmospheric metal tracks, most songs on this are under three minutes. however, these tracks are effective, raw, black metal attacks.

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Track amount – Anti body language

Genre: Industrial
Origin: Brooklyn, New York
Label: Federal Prisoner

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Now for a noisy one. This is intensity in sound form. The closest I can think of to this is Author & Penalties. It’s weird, the Federal Prisoner brand is still pretty new, but it sounds like what I would expect from the brand.

Et Wilhelm Skrig – Lose your delusion

Genre: Melodic hardcore
Origin: New Bedford, Massachusetts
Label: Creator-Destructor Records

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Ends this week’s contribution with a fun one. A Wilhelm Scream‘s first record in almost a decade is a collection of punk earworms with a sort of secret progressive character. This is not one for fans of choked metal, but if you are digging RX Banditter you will probably feel good about this one. See our full review.

Also falling today …

  • AevumError (DarkTunesMusic Group) – Symphonic metal
  • AlunahStrange machine (Heavy Psych Sounds) – Doom / stoner
  • AtollForeskin (Unique Leader Records) – Brutal Death Metal
  • DeViciousBlack heart (Pride & Joy) – Heavy metal
  • SadnessBefore we disappear (My Kingdom Music) – Black metal
  • EgregoreThe Word of His Law (20 Buck Spin) – Black metal / doom
  • Faceless deviceThe great anxiety of the rapture (Argento Records) – Black metal
  • FozzyBoombox (Century Media) – Heavy metal
  • Goat milkExterminate the Holy One (Night Way) – Death Metal
  • GrayscaleSeason Do you like violence (Ty Dax) – Alternative rock
  • GreyhavenThis bright and beautiful world (Equal Vision Records) – Progressive / post-hardcore
  • HostilitiesNE COWARDS (Bullet Tooth) – Hardcore
  • Imminent sonic destructionThe sun will always set (Self-Released) – Progressive metal
  • JBOPink Planet (AFM) – Comic metal
  • Limousine beachLimousine beach (Tee Pee Records) – Hard rock
  • Moon armThe fate of the youth family (Napalm Records) – Folk / black metal
  • monkey handChameleon tongue (Electric Valley Records) – Stoner
  • MistcavernInto Twilight (Iron Bonehead Productions) – Black metal
  • NazarethTo survive the law (Frontiers) – Hard rock
  • NoisepoetnobodyPotentiale vs. Optionally (Scry Recordings) – Noise
  • Patterns of decayPatterns of decay (slef-released) – Metalcore
  • QaalmResistance & Despair (Hypaethral Records) – Funeral Judgment
  • Axel Rudi PellTabt XXIII (SPV / Steamhammer) – Hard rock
  • Gift RoseLittle Bang Theory (Frontiers) – Hard rock
  • Power glove Flawless victory (Self-Released) – Video game metal
  • Psychosis… And things (Self-published) – Comedic metal
  • Ronnie RomeroGrew up on the radio (Borders) – Rock
  • SimilarVermilion escapes (Frontiers) – Melodic death / gothic metal
  • Stone crushedEpiphany (Spinefarm) – Rock
  • UrferdResan (Black Lodge Records) – Atmospheric People
  • VanderlustVanderlust (Rockshots Records) – Power metal
  • MeatThe abyss consumes souls (Transcending Obscurity Records) – Death / black metal
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