14 New Metal Songs Out This Week
It's not really metal, but if you're into the music in this column, you might want to check out the new Blanck Mass album that's out today (I reviewed it for Notable Releases). You also may want to check out the new Oh Sees album (which Bill reviewed) or the new King Gizzard album which is the psychedelic rock band's foray into thrash metal. Also out today is the new collab from Uniform and The Body (more on that below) and new albums from Killswitch Engage, Cerebral Rot, Funeral Oration, Here Lies Man, Devourment, and Shock Narcotic (more on those, and even more new albums, at Invisible Oranges' Upcoming Metal Releases). On top of the several new LPs, this week gave us killer new singles from Opeth, Boris, Exhumed, Toxic Holocaust, Crypt Sermon, Nightfell, METH., Chelsea Wolfe, and more. Read on for all the metal (and metal adjacent) songs we posted on BV this week...
OPETH - "DIGNITY"
A second single from the new Opeth album is out now. Opeth have been more prog than metal for a bit now, and this one is on some straightup King Crimson shit. It's pretty cool!
BORIS - "LOVE"
Shapeshifting heavy music icons Boris are back with the first single off their upcoming double album LφVE & EVφL and it's a very trippy song that you can read more about here.
EXHUMED - "RAVENOUS CADAVERS"
San Jose death/goregrind vets Exhumed are releasing their seventh album, Horror, on October 4 via Relapse, and frontman Matt Harvey says the whiplash-inducing lead single is actually “one of the more mid-paced tracks on the record.” Prepare yourselves for the rest and read more here.
TOXIC HOLOCAUST - "CHEMICAL WARLORDS"
Portland thrashers Toxic Holocaust announced their first new album in six years and released a ripping lead single. You can read more about it here.
CRYPT SERMON - "THE RUINS OF FADING LIGHT"
Crypt Sermon already released two singles off their anticipated sophomore album The Ruins of Fading Light, and now the third single, the title track, is here. It opens with acoustic guitars and flutes that recall late '60s psychedelic folk, before turning into the kind of epic, melodic doom metal they're most often associated with, with a proggy twist. It's almost nine minutes long, and they earn every second. Listen at Revolver and catch their release shows in Brooklyn and Philly.
NIGHTFELL - "NO LIFE LEAVES HERE"
Death doomers Nightfell - the brainchild of Todd Burdette (Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone, Warcry) and Tim Call (Mournful Congregation, Sempiternal Dusk, Weregoat) -- have shared another nasty track off their upcoming third album A Sanity Deranged (due 9/13 via 20 Buck Spin).
METH. - "INBRED"
METH. are releasing their new album Mother of Red Light next week via Prosthetic, and going by the singles released so far, this is not an album that's going to be easy to pigeonhole. The just-released "inbred" is a dose of noisy post-hardcore that's like somewhere between The Jesus Lizard, Unsane and Today Is The Day, and METH. do it in a way that still feels fresh.
CHELSEA WOLFE - "BE ALL THINGS"
Earlier this week, Chelsea Wolfe released an ASMR video of herself reading the lyrics to her new single "Be All Things," and now the song and its video (filmed by her frequent collaborator Ben Chisholm in Iceland) is here. Chelsea says the song "is about navigating the world as a woman: reconciling the soft and the strong, balancing the warrior and the goddess, and wanting to be everything and nothing at the same time," and the video "is a culmination of footage taken in a few magical locations." Her new album Birth of Violence comes out September 13 via Sargent House.
ANTAGONIZE - SLIP DEATH (EP STREAM)
Bane are no more, but lead shouter Aaron Bedard is now fronting a new band, Antagonize, and -- following a demo and a two-song promo last year -- they have now released their first proper EP on Triple B Records. It's eight tracks of short, fast, and loud hardcore, and there's mostly no frills but it finds a little time for a flashy guitar solo here and a slowed-down breakdown there. It's cool stuff.
UNDER ATTACK - THROUGH THE BLADE (EP STREAM)
Under Attack is a hardcore punk supergroup featuring vocalist Alex Copeland, guitarist Mark Telfian (Devoid Of Faith, Limp Wrist), bassist Jason Hodges (Suppression), and drummer Dave Witte (Municipal Waste, Discordance Axis, Burnt by the Sun, tons of other bands), and they've now dropped an absolutely ripping six-song EP, Through The Blade. Every song is under two minutes, and each one offers up a pure adrenaline rush. Alex Copeland's filthy scream is no small part of what makes this EP so thrilling, but the not-so-secret weapon is Dave Witte's skull-crushing skinsmanship holding it all down.
COARSE - "UNTITLED" ("ONLY DEATH" REMIX ft. LEO ASHLINE OF STREET SECTS)
Coarse -- aka Ryan Knowles (ex-Capsize) and Brandon Gallagher (ex-Old Wounds) -- are releasing the Cut and Preserved EP on 6131 next week (8/23), and one of its tracks is this new remix of "Only Death" from their 2018 EP I, featuring new vocals by Street Sects singer/screamer Leo Ashline. While the original is a metallic hardcore crusher, this remix is all noisy industrial white noise. It's a very drastic rework, and pretty cool stuff.
HARBORLIGHTS - "...AND HELL FOLLOWED"
"...And Hell Followed" is the sludgy third single off Massachusetts post-rockers HarborLights' Deathwish debut. Read more about it here.
DRUGS OF FAITH - "NIHILISTS"
Virginia grinders Drugs of Faith (who are fronted by Rich Johnson of Agoraphobic Nosebleed) are following 2013’s Architectural Failures with a new EP, Decay, on September 6 via Selfmadegod Records, and you can read more about lead single "Nihilists" here.
UNIFORM + THE BODY - EVERYTHING THAT DIES SOMEDAY COMES BACK
Uniform and The Body's second collaborative album is out today, and it's as noisy and weird and abrasive as you'd hope.