16 New Metal Songs Out This Week
A lot of heavy hitters dropped new stuff this week. We got new songs from legendary bands Carcass and Today Is the Day (both of whom confirmed their anticipated new albums will drop in 2020), plus tracks from Ihsahn, Body Count, Bloodlet, Tombs, Intronaut, Wrekmeister Harmonies, MONO/A.A. Williams, Godthrymm (ex-My Dying Bride), Midnight, and more. We also got new albums from Oath of Cruelty, Arkona, and more, and you can read about those at Invisible Oranges' Upcoming Metal Releases. Also, we at Invisible Oranges are starting to unveil our album-of-the-year lists (including one by yours truly).
Scroll down for all the metal and metal adjacent-songs we posted on BV this week...
CARCASS - "UNDER THE SCALPEL BLADE"
Death metal legends Carcass will release their first new album in seven years in 2020 via Nuclear Blast (which will be the followup to their killer 2013 comeback album Surgical Steel), and while we wait for more details on that, they've uploaded their first new song in six years, "Under the Scalpel Blade," to streaming services. The track is an outtake from the sessions for their upcoming album, and it originally came out as a Decibel flexi-disc. If this is your first time hearing it, be warned: it is an absolute ripper.
TODAY IS THE DAY - "NO GOOD TO ANYONE"
Heavy music legends Today Is The Day are releasing their new album No Good To Anyone in 2020, and you can read more about the just-released title track here.
IHSAHN - "STRIDIG"
Norwegian black metal vet and Emperor founder/vocalist Ihsahn has announced a new EP, Telemark, due February 14 via Candlelight. You can lead more about its killer lead single "Stridig" here.
BODY COUNT - "CARNIVORE"
Ice-T's rap/punk/metal band Body Count are releasing their seventh album, Carnivore, on March 6 via Century Media, and the just-released title track is a real bone-crusher that sounds pretty great in the midst of this little rap rock resurgence we've been having.
BLOODLET - "CHOKING ON THE PAST"
Metallic hardcore vets Bloodlet's first new release in 17 years is due later this month in the form of the “Viper In Hand” / “Choking on the Peat” single. You already heard "Viper In Hand," and now you can hear "Choking on the Peat." The six-minute song starts out as vicious as you'd expect from Bloodlet, but it takes a turn halfway through for something much doomier and gloomier. It's great stuff.
TOMBS - "MONARCHY OF SHADOWS"
Tombs have signed to Season of Mist and their first release for the label, Monarchy of Shadows, comes out February 28. You can read more about the whiplash-inducing title track here.
INTRONAUT - "CUBENSIS"
Prog/sludge metallers Intronaut, who are playing LA's Decibel Metal & Beer Fest this weekend and touring with Cult of Luna and Emma Ruth Rundle in 2020, will release new album Fluid Existential Inversions on February 28 via Metal Blade. It was produced by Josh Newell and mixed by Converge's Kurt Ballou, and the first taste is "Cubensis," which goes through all kinds of twists and turns in its nearly-eight-minute running time.
WREKMEISTER HARMONIES - "COYOTES OF CENTRAL PARK"
Wrekmeister Harmonies have announced a new album with an expanded four-piece lineup that includes Thor Harris (Swans, Shearwater, etc) on percussion and Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart on electronics. You can hear lead single "Coyotes of Central Park" and read more about the project here.
MONO & A.A WILLIAMS - "WINTER LIGHT"
Japanese post-rock greats MONO and promising dark dream-folk newcomer A.A. Williams recently released the gorgeous "Exit In Darkness," and today they've shared the second track from their collaborative two-song single, the more atmospheric and minimal "Winter Light."
GODTHRYMM - "AMONG THE EXALTED"
Godthrymm is a new-ish band from vocalist/guitarist Hamish Glencross (ex-My Dying Bride, Vallenfyre, Solstice), drummer Shaun Taylor-Steels (ex-My Dying Bride, Anathema), and bassist Bob Crolla, and they'll follow their A Grand Reclamation and Dead In The Studio EPs with their debut album Reflections on February 14 via Profound Lore. The first taste is "Among The Exalted," a dose of gruff, gothy doom in the vein of classic My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost, with bright, melodic guitar leads running through the whole song to offset the darkness.
MIDNIGHT - "RISING SCUM"
Midnight recently released "Rebirth By Blasphemy" and revealed that they signed to Metal Blade, and they later announced that Rebirth By Blasphemy is also the name of their new album, due January 24 via their new label home. Today, second single "Rising Scum" arrived. Read more here.
PORTA NIGRA - "DAS RAD DES IXION"
German black metallers Porta Nigra are releasing their third album and first with new vocalist Tongue (of Chaos Invocation), Schöpfungswut, on January 17 via Soulseller Records. New eight-minute single "Das Rad des Ixion" is equal parts evil and melodic, and it's a very promising taste of this new LP.
NECROWRETCH - "THE ONES FROM HELL"
For something even more evil, there's the venomous title track of Necrowretch's upcoming album The Ones From Hell, which drops via Season of Mist this Valentine's Day.
GONE IS GONE (mem MASTODON, QOTSA, AT THE DRIVE IN) - "NO ONE EVER WALKED ON WATER"
Alt-rock supergroup Gone Is Gone -- Mastodon bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, At the Drive In drummer Tony Hajjar, and guitarist Mike Zarin -- have followed their 2017 debut album Echolocation with their first new song in two years. With its silky smooth desert rock vibes, QOTSA fans should especially dig this one.
FORMER WORLDS - "SPECTRE"
Twin Cities metal trio Former Worlds are following their buzzed-about 2017 EP with their debut album in January, and you can read more about lead single "Spectre" here.
BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE - "TIEF GESUNKEN"
Long-running German dark ambient/jazz group (and Mike Patton collaborators) Bohren & der Club of Gore have shared another song off their upcoming album Patchouli Blue, which comes out January 24 via Ipecac (pushed back from January 10). It's creepy and slow-burning and very cool stuff.