23 New Metal Songs Out This Week
It's been a truly insane week for metal. I reviewed the new SeeYouSpaceCowboy, High Command, and Creeping Death albums for Notable Releases (where there's also a review of the new Emel Mathlouthi, which is sort of metal-adjacent), and this week also gave us the new Opeth album (read Langdon's review), and new albums from Borknagar, Car Bomb, Bhleg, Renounced, .gif from god, Fister, and more (read about those in Invisible Oranges' Upcoming Metal Releases). On top of all that, we got new singles from Alcest, Mayhem, Schammasch, Gatecreeper, Obsequiae, Red Death, Midnight, Saudade, Dawn Ray'd, Candy, Insomnium, and more. Read on for all the metal (and metal adjacent) tracks we posted on BV this week...
ALCEST - "SAPPHIRE"
Alcest's anticipated new album Spiritual Instinct comes out October 25 via Nuclear Blast, and they've now shared a second single off of it. Following the very heavy "Protection," new single "Sapphire" is more on the band's shoegazy side, but in a way that pairs very well with the previous track.
TRIBULATION - "STRANGE GATEWAYS BECKON (Live at Södra Teatern)"
Tribulation have a double live album on the way via Metal Blade entitiled Alive & Dead At Södra Teatern. Here's what the band has to say about it:
"Playing Stockholm is always a special occasion for us, and since we've been living here for so long it in a way feels like playing at home. Since it's a special thing for us, we always try to make it special for everyone else as well. Having the show at Södra Teatern made finding these special things easier than if we had been at a different location since just being there provided us with a beautifully haunting backdrop and gave us half of the ideas. Having the show in two acts is something that we've had in mind for quite some time, and being at an old theatre obviously made this the perfect opportunity. Along with the two acts we also had Orvar Säfström as a compere or as a, more dramatic sounding, master of ceremonies framing the evening with two short speeches at the beginning of each act. We played 'Down Below' from start til finish in the first act with a stage set up we've never used before, something that could hint at a future development. Time will tell. The second act was the more traditional act with the old stage design and an array of old songs. The best thing about it might be that this event might be the first of similar events in the future, but those would, if they happen, obviously be even more grandiose! Again, time will tell."
Down Below was one of our favorite albums of 2018 in any genre, so we're pretty excited for this seventeen track release (out digitally on Nov 15). Here's the first taste:
MAYHEM - "OF WORMS AND RUINS"
Black metal legends Mayhem have unleashed the second single off their upcoming album Daemon (due October 25th via Century Media). It's called "Of Worms and Ruins," and it sounds as grotesque as you'd hope from that song title. Read more here.
SCHAMMASCH - "RAYS LIKE RAZORS"
Switzerland black metallers Schammasch are releasing their new album Hearts Of No Light on November 8th via Prosthetic, and the first single is "Rays Like Razors," which is blends heaviness, experimentation, and melody in very appealing ways. The band make their US debut at Decibel Metal & Beer Festival in LA this December. Read more here.
GATECREEPER - "FROM THE ASHES"
Gatecreeper's anticipated new album Deserted is on the way, and they're keeping the anticipation high with this bone-crushing new single, and its video which finds the band performing in the mountains.
OBSEQUIAE - "L'AUTRIER M'EN ALOI" + "CERES IN EMERALD STREAMS"
Minneapolis folk/black metal act Obsequiae are following 2015’s much-loved Aria of Vernal Tombs with their third album, The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings, on November 22 via 20 Buck Spin. Two tracks are streaming now: the folk-oriented intro track “L’autrier m’en aloie,” and the longer, more black metal-leaning “Ceres in Emerald Streams.” Both are pretty great, and already have our hopes high for this album.
RED DEATH - "FACE THE PAIN"
Red Death's stint opening Cro-Mags' Best Wishes 30th anniversary European tour begins tonight (9/27), and just in time for the trek, Red Death have announced their new album, Sickness Divine, due November 29 via Century Media (their first album for the label and third overall). It was produced by past collaborator Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Sacred Reich, Creeping Death, etc), and the first single is "Face The Pain," a rippin' dose of crossover thrash revival that Cro-Mags fans should definitely dig on this upcoming tour. Read more here.
MIDNIGHT - "REBIRTH BY BLASPHEMY"
Not only are Midnight gearing up for two killer North American tours -- one with Obituary, Abbath, and Devil Master, and one with Electric Wizard -- they've signed a worldwide deal with Metal Blade and released their first single for the label, "Rebirth By Blasphemy." As you might expect from this band, it's the kind of thrash/speed metal that manages to both be blackened and evil yet party friendly.
SAUDADE - "CRISIS"
Saudade, the music collective that includes Chino Moreno (Deftones), Dr. Know (Bad Brains), Mackie Jayson (Cro-Mags), John Medeski, Robert Thomas Jr. (Weather Report), frequent Chino collaborator Chuck Doom, and more, have signed to Sargent House and their first release for the label will be the Shadows & Light / Sanctuary Dub EP. It includes recent single "Shadows & Light" (which features vocals by Chino and Chelsea Wolfe) and the just-released instrumental "Crisis." You can read more here.
DAWN RAY'D - "TO ALL, TO ALL, TO ALL!"
After debuting the intro track off their upcoming album Behold Sedition Plainsong (due 10/25 via Prosthetic), Liverpool folk/black metallers Dawn Ray’d have now released the album's first proper single, "To All, To All, To All!" "The title is the opening line of the final communique released by the Kronstadt rebellion in Russia in 1921, which was an anarchist uprising," singer/violinist Simon Barr told Kerrang. "The lyrics are about the tragedy of those who uphold and support capitalism, despite the misery, drudgery, depression that comes with living under the system. There’s something terrible about being bludgeoned by something whilst still believing it’s there to benefit you."
CANDY - "SUPER-STARE" & "WIN FREE LOVE"
Richmond metallic hardcore band Candy signed to Relapse, and you can read more about their new two-song single here.
INSOMNIUM - "PALE MORNING STAR"
Finnish melodic death metallers Insomnium release Heart Like a Grave, their anticipated new album, next week, and they've shared "Pale Morning Star," which guitarist Markus Vanhala calls "a miniature version of [40-minute track] 'Winter's Gate.'" Over nine minutes it covers plenty of sonic territory, pairing towering riffs with cinematic atmosphere.
THE GREAT OLD ONES - "OF DEMENTIA"
French black metallers The Great Old Ones have unveiled another single off their anticipated fourth LP Cosmicism, and it's six minutes of very intense black metal, with a little thunderous sludge in the mix too.
VAMACHARA - "DELIVERANCE"
California's Vamachara have a punishing sound that pulls from late '90s / early '00s hardcore and metalcore but sounds fresh today, and that's on display on their new single "Deliverance," the first taste of the upcoming Hereafter (due October 25 via Closed Casket Activities).
VACIVUS - "SHARDS" & "ANNIHILISM"
UK death metallers Vacivus are releasing their new album Annihilism on October 25 via Profound Lore, and they're streaming two doses of pure filth from the LP right now.
PROFANATICA - "WASHED IN THE BLOOD OF LORD"
The third taste of Profanatica's upcoming album Rotting Incarnation of God (due 10/11 via Season of Mist) is here, and it's as drenched in filth as you'd hope.
NEVER ENDING GAME - "PUPPET"
Detroit’s Never Ending Game (who share members with Freedom, True Love, and Detain) have released a second single off their upcoming debut album Just Another Day (due 10/11 via Triple B), and, like the first, it's a total skull-crusher.
COUNTERPARTS - "SEPARATE WOUNDS"
Counterparts have shared the second single off their upcoming album Nothing Left To Love, and it's another dose of bright, highly melodic metalcore.
STREET SECTS - "TOMORROW IS A TRAP"
Following Gentrification III: Death and Displacement from earlier this year, Austin industrial punk duo Street Sects are releasing the fourth installment of their Gentrification EP series, Gentrification IV: Suspended From Gallery Rails, on November 22 via The Flenser. The first taste is "Tomorrow Is A Trap," which almost channels post-hardcore in the Glassjaw/At the Drive In realm, but still with the duo's usual noise/industrial side intact.
BENJAMIN WEINMAN (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - "IT IS NOTHING"
The Dillinger Escape Plan is no more, but Ben Weinman has now shared his first solo track, "It Is Nothing," a dark, electronic-tinged instrumental song that's a far cry from DEP but very cool in its own way.
THE NIGHT WATCH - "MENDOZA"
Folk/prog/metal/etc band The Night Watch -- whose lineup includes Musk Ox members Evan Runge and Nathanael Larochette (the latter of whom is also an Agalloch collaborator -- are releasing a new album, and you can hear lead single "Mendoza" now and read more about the project here.