Friday, May 9, 2014

Another Hefty Amount Of New Music In Our Midst

This past Tuesday brought in a big sweep of awesome new releases, including Arkona ("Yav"), Battleroar ("Blood of Legends"), Cradle of Filth ("Total Fucking Darkness" Reissue), and of course, Xandria ("Sacrificium").

The onslaught continues next Tuesday, May 13th, as all of these bad boys are slated for release by then:

Abre Ojos, ‘Gates’ (Secrets of Giza)
AGALLOCH - The Serpent and The SphereAgalloch, ‘The Serpent & the Sphere’ (Profound Lore)
Avatar, ‘Hail the Apocalypse’ (eOne)
Boris the Blade, ‘The Human Hive’ (Siege Of Amida)
Cursed Sails, ‘Rotten Society’ (Velocity/Rise)
Decembre Noir, ‘A Discouraged Believer’ (FDA Rekotz)
Dominium, ‘War Ritual’ (Horror Pain Gore Death)
Dornenreich, ‘Freiheit’ (Prophecy)
Dio, ‘Live in London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993′ DVD/CD (Eagle Rock)
Down, ‘Down IV: Part Two’ EP (ADA)
EPICA - The Quantum EnigmaEpica, ‘The Quantum Enigma’ (Nuclear Blast)
Forgotten Tomb, Darkness in Stereo: ‘Eine Symphonie Des Todes – Live in Germany’ DVD (Agonia)
Furtherial, ‘Destroying Atropolis’ (The Orchard)
Glamour of the Kill, ‘Savages’ (eOne)
The Golden Grass, ‘The Golden Grass’ (Svart)
Graves at Sea / Sourvein, ‘Split’ (Seventh Rule)
Greenleaf, ‘Trails and Passes’ (Small Stone)
Gun Barrel, ‘Damage Dancer’ (Massacre)
HOUR OF PENANCE - RegicideHigh Spirits, ‘You Are Here’ (Hells Headbangers)
Holy Shire, ‘Midgard’ (Bakerteam)
Hour of Penance, ‘Regicide’ (Prosthetic)
Infestus, ‘The Reflecting Void’ (Debemur Morti)
Kadavar, ‘Abra Kadavar’ Tour Edition (Nuclear Blast)
Killer Be Killed, ‘Killer Be Killed’ (Nuclear Blast)
Lantlos, ‘Melting Sun’ (Prophecy)
Metal Inquisitor, ‘Ultima Ratio Regis’ (Massacre)
Miasmal, ‘Cursed Redeemer’ (Century Media)
Mushroomhead, ‘The Righteous and the Butterfly’ (Megaforce)
KILLER BE KILLEDNightsatan, ‘Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom’ (Svart)
Of Spire & Throne, ‘Toll of the Wound’ EP (Broken Limb)
Process Pain, ‘Outcast of Society’ (Inverse)
Prong, ‘Ruining Lives’ (SPV)
Retribution, ‘Corpus Antichristi Y3K’ (Pitch Black)
Somnambulist Red, ‘Birth Throes, Shadows and Serpentine Curves’ (Wraith)
Strafk, ‘Phaseshifting’ (Wraith)
Swans, ‘To Be Kind’ (Young Gods)
DIO - Live in LondonSworn Enemy, ‘Living on Borrowed Time’ (Rock Ridge)
Sylar, ‘To Whom It May Concern’ (Razor & Tie)
Teitanbood, ‘Death’ (The Ajna Offensive)
Thine, ‘The Dead City Blueprint’ (Peaceville)
Vallenfyre, ‘Splinters’ (Century Media)
WAMI, ‘Kill the King’ (Metal Mind)

Naturally, I'm the most excited about Epica's new album because I fucking love them. I may have already mentioned this, but Simone Simons was one of the first people who inspired me to explore the operatic route, and I taught myself how to properly sing Soprano mainly by listening to and mimicking her voice until I could recreate the notes and sounds as perfectly as possible. Therefore I can safely say that Simone (as well as Tarja Turunen, Floor Jansen, Charlotte Wessels, Cristina Scabbia and even Roy Khan of Kamelot) taught me how to sing. Thanks, ladies (and gent)! You were all awesome teachers!

I digress... Hour of Penance is a good one as well, mainly (in my worthless opinion) because of the theme they chose to write the album around. I love me some sovereign themes. The music is face-melting to boot.

Then you have Dio, which really requires no explanation at all. It's fucking DIO.

The bearded man and myself are both pretty fucking stoked for Killer Be Killed's debut album, which as you may know is a fucking supergroup featuring The Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato, Soulfly/ex-Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, Mastodon bassist and co-vocalist Troy Sanders and former The Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch. If you haven't heard the first two songs they debuted a short while back, do yourself a favor and listen to them right now:



And let's not forget about the mighty Agalloch with their new release, "The Serpent and The Sphere", which we happen to have a review for if you'd like to try-before-you-buy. I'd just buy it though, if I were you... though it is a good review.

Wanna know when you're favorite band is releasing something? This is a list of every single release scheduled from now til year's end, you'll find it here.

Enjoy your fresh, tasty riffs! There's something for everyone! Have a metal weekend \m/

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