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22 New Metal Songs Out This Week

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Martyrdod (photo by Jimmy Johansson)

This week saw the release of two of the most anticipated metal albums of the year, Inter Arma and Big Business (both of which I reviewed for Notable Releases), and we also got new singles from Dead To A Dying World, Pelican, Baroness, Cave In, Abbath, Martyrdod, Dreadnought, Nails, and more. For more of this week’s metal albums — including Numenorean, Ketzer, Theories, and more — visit Invisible Oranges’ ‘Upcoming Metal Releases.’ Read on for the all the metal (and hardcore and metal-adjacent, etc) we posted on BV this week…

DEAD TO A DYING WORLD – “THE SEER’S EMBRACE”

Dead To A Dying World’s anticipated new album Elegy comes out next week via Profound Lore, and they’ve unleashed a second single, the super ambitious “The Seer’s Embrace.” The song features Thor Harris (ex-Swans) on percussion and guest vocals by The Angelus’ Emil Rapstine, and it fits everything from gorgeous strings to Neurosis-y post-metal to quiet post-rock in its 11-minute running time.

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PELICAN – “MIDNIGHT AND MESCALINE”

“Midnight and Mescaline” is the first single off Pelican’s first album in six years, which we wrote more about here.

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BARONESS – “SEASONS”

“Seasons” is the second single from Baroness’ anticipated new album Gold & Grey, and we wrote more about it here.

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CAVE IN – “ALL ILLUSION”

Cave In have officially announced their new album, which features the last-ever recordings by the late Caleb Scofield. Caleb’s one lyrical contribution is on lead single “All Illusion.” Read more about the new album here.

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ABBATH – “HARVEST PYRE”

Abbath, the current band of Immortal vocalist Abbath Doom Occulta, are releasing their anticipated sophomore album Outstrider on July 5 via Season of Mist, and we wrote more about lead single “Harvest Pyre” here.

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MARTYRDOD – “HELVETESLARM”

Swedish metal/punks Martyrdod have released a second single off their anticipated new album Hexhammaren (due 5/10 via Southern Lord), and while lead single “Cashless Society” was very metal, this song leans much more on the band’s punk side. The band says: “Helveteslarm: It’s the sound of hell on earth. The sound of evil forces ravaging the world for power. War dogs, warmongers using liberation as a pretext for profiteering. The video was planned and shot over a couple of days only a few weeks before release. The Idea was to portray some of the real driving forces behind armed conflict in the world and their ruthlessness.”

DREADNOUGHT – “TEMPERED”

Dreadnought have released the second single off their anticipated fourth album (and Profound Lore debut), Emergence. The ten-and-a-half minute “Tempered” covers a lot of ground its lengthy running time, from Kylesa-style metallic dream pop, to ’60s psych organ solos, to blasty black metal, to calming post-rock, and more. The band says, “‘Tempered’ is a turning point in the Emergence storyline, wherein the perspective of a once enraged and resentful self shifts focus upon ownership and growth.” Dreadnought also recently announced a tour with BIG|BRAVE.

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NAILS – “I DON’T WANT TO KNOW YOU” & “ENDLESS RESISTANCE” (ft. MAX CAVALERA)

Metallic hardcore crushers Nails are back with two new songs, the whiplash-inducing “I Don’t Want To Know You,” and the slower/groovier “Endless Resistance,” which features Max Cavalera (ex-Sepultura, Soulfly, etc). They also announced a tour; read more here.

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TRONOS – “PREMONITION” (ft. VOIVOD’S SNAKE & FAITH NO MORE’S BILLY GOULD)

Tronos, the new band from Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury, producer Russ Russell (who’s worked with Napalm Death and tons of other bands) and drummer Dirk Verbeuren (ex-Soilwork, currently in Megadeth), have shared another song off their upcoming debut album Celestial Mechanics (due 4/12 via Century Media). This one features Voivod frontman Snake and Faith No More bassist Billy Gould, and it’s a dose of psychedelic post-metal that should appeal to fans of all artists involved. “Having the chance to have Snake from Voivod singing on this track with me and Billy playing bass was an honor and I couldn’t have thought of any other people more perfect for this track,” says Shane Embury.

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NEW IDEA SOCIETY – “WAVE GOODBYE”

New Idea Society — whose current lineup is Mike Law (Eulcid, Wild Arrows), Stephen Brodsky (Mutoid Man, Cave In, etc), Alan Cage (Quicksand), and Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch, Sumac) — are back from an eight-year hiatus and after releasing the new song “Now Is Here,” in February, they’ve now put out its b-side “Wave Goodbye.” It’s a six-and-a-half minute dose of sludgy, kinda psychedelic post-hardcore, and it’s really cool stuff.

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WITCHTRIAL – “WAIT FOR THE REAPER”

DC’s Witchtrial share members with hardcore bands Red Death, Firewalker, and Ajax, and their new song “Wait for the Reaper” kinda sounds like a hardcore punk take on Motorhead, and it’s pretty awesome. It’s the lead single off their upcoming self-titled EP, which was recorded by Merchandise frontman Carson Cox and comes out April 22 via Beach Impediment Records.

REGIONAL JUSTICE CENTER / WOUND MAN (SPLIT EP STREAM)

Powerviolence bands Regional Justice Center and Wound Man aren’t giving their split EP a physical release until next one, but the whole thing is out now on Bandcamp in all its whiplash-inducing glory.

KRYPTS – “THE REEK OF LOSS”

Finland’s Krypts are releasing their third album Cadaver Circulation on May 31 via Dark Descent Records, and lead single “The Reek of Loss” is streaming now. It’s an atmospheric dose of death doom, but with a thrashy mid-section to change things up.

VAURA – “BASILISK – THE INFINITE CORPSE”

Vaura — the Brooklyn collective featuring Josh Strawn (Azar Swan) on vocals, guitar and synthesizers, Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia) on guitar, Toby Driver (Kayo Dot) on bass, and Charlie Schmid (Tombs) on drums and electronics — have shared another song from their upcoming album Sables (due 4/26 via Profound Lore, and Josh Strawn tells Revolver that this one was inspired by the late Scott Walker: “On a song like ‘Basilisk’ I feel like I was almost trying to imagine what a connective tissue between ‘Climate of Hunter and Tilt might have sounded like. The record in-between that never was. Like what if the intro to ‘The Man From Reno’ departed from those ambient synth pads into the realms of ‘See You Don’t Bump His Head,’ and ‘The Cockfighter.’ I even remember when Toby made those strange wailing noises with his bass thinking of that creepy animalistic screech on ‘Jolson and Jones.’ For me those records really are what other artists say Pet Sounds or Sgt. Pepper were to them, they’re like endless blueprints. They’re the keys to a wondrous subterranean kingdom.”

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ZAUM – “PANTHEON”

Canada’s Zaum make Eastern-tinged psychedelic doom that’s earned them plenty of Om comparisons, and they’re gearing up to release their third album Divination on May 10 via Listenable Records in North America (and April 26 in Europe). We wrote more about lead single “Pantheon” here.

AMERICAN WAR MACHINE – UNHOLY WAR (ALBUM STREAM)

American War Machine’s lineup includes members of Only Living Witness, Agnostic Front, Slapshot, Blood for Blood, Intent to Injure, and Freya, and as a lineup like that suggests, their debut LP Unholy War is full of bulldozing hardcore.

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD – “PLANET B”

The Gizz go metal — could a whole album of this be on the way?

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BLACK MOUNTAIN – “BOOGIE LOVER”

Following the very heavy “Future Shade,” Black Mountain have released a second single from the upcoming Destroyer, and “Boogie Lover” is less metal but way, way more psychedelic. It comes with the perfect visualizer for this kind of thing too.

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WILD SIDE – “STREET ACTION”

Wild Side are a relatively new hardcore band from Canada, but their new song “Street Action” could pass as a lost song from ’80s NYHC. It’s the lead single from their upcoming debut album Who The Hell Is Wild Side?, due May 7 via Triple B Records, and you can hear it in all its mosh-ready glory now.

KOOL KEITH & THETAN – “COMPLICATED TRIP”

Abstract rap legend Kool Keith teamed with powerviolence duo Thetan for this upcoming Record Store Day single, which you can stream now and read more about here.

HIGH ON FIRE – “VAGABONDS OF THE WESTERN WORLD” (THIN LIZZY COVER)

Glory or Death Records put out a collection of Thin Lizzy covers, and Decibel has the exclusive stream of High on Fire’s sludgy take on “Vagabonds of the Western World.”

For even more new songs, browse the ‘New Songs’ archive. For new metal albums, browse ‘Upcoming Metal Releases’ on Invisible Oranges. And browse our ‘Metal’ category for even more heavy music news.

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