This edition features some pro-Satan albums, some pro-Jesus albums, an anti-Geoff Tate album, and more! To the metals…
Demon Hunter – Peace/War
Genre: Alternative metal
Origin: Seattle, Washington
Label: Solid State
It's only been two years since Demon Hunter last dropped a record, and the band is already back with a pair of records. War and Peace combined give fans a total of twenty new powerful metal tracks. So if you're looking for some uplifting kinda-sorta metalcore tracks, you have not one but two albums of it from these guys this week.
Devil Master – Satan Spits On Children Of Light
Genre: Black metal/punk
Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I swear that I didn't put this RIGHT after Demon Hunter on purpose. It's kinda funny though. This is some blackened punk that's quite reverb laden. They seem to be fond of the devil.
In Flames – I, the Mask
Genre: Groove metal/alternative rock
Origin: Gothenburg, Sweden
Label: Nuclear Blast/Eleven Seven
The In Flames you knew is pretty much gone, however the In Flames that stands before us now is probably the best version of the modern alternative metal sound out there now. This is weird since they're been around longer than most the modern alternative metal bands have been alive. There are moments of the Gothenberg sound here and there like on both tracks that start with "I." I'll be honest, I haven't enjoyed an In Flames album this much in a while.
Mark Morton – Anesthetic
Genre: Groove metal
Origin: Richmond, Virginia
This album surprised me. I never expected a guest filled solo album from one of the Lamb Of God guys. Every track is very different and that's cool because each track tried to fit the vocalist. Your vocalists include Randy Blythe, Alissa White-Gluz, Mark Lanegan, and more including one of the final performances of Chester Bennington.
Queensryche – The Verdict
Origin: Bellevue, Washington
Label: Century Media
Time is weird. Did you know Todd La Torre has been fronting Queensryche for a six years? That fucks me up. Anyway, this is his third record with the band, and their sixteenth overall of their signature proggy not-quite-power metal. Jordan has a full review here.
Twin Temple – Bring You Their Signature Sound…Satanic Doo-Wop
Genre: Satanic Doo-Wop
Origin: Los Angeles, California
Label: Rise Above
I'm going to address somethings up front. First this TECHNICALLY came out last year, but this is it getting a proper wide release today. Second, this is not metal. Instead this is feminist, satanic Doo-Wop. It's more metal than any blast beats you can throw down, any guttural vocals you can belch out, or any fuzzy ass riffs you can puff out. Hail Twin Temple!
While She Sleeps – So What?
Genre: Alternative metal/metalcore
Origin: Sheffield, England
Label: Sleeps Brothers
This is some metalcore that I feel like I could dance to. Is that a bad thing? Metal purists probably will hate this, meh. Fuck it, lets dance. Leon has a review here.
Also dropping today…
Berried Alive – Make It Work (Self released) – Progressive
Tim Bowness – Flowers at the Scene (InsideOut) – Progressive
Chrome Waves – A Grief Observed (Disorder Recordings) – Post-black metal
Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Live In Berlin (Season Of Mist) – Black metal
Ewigkeit – DISClose (Death To Music) – Experimental
Fange – Punir (Throatruiner) – Sludge/Death
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Yn Ol I Annwyn (New Heavy Sounds) – Stoner/doom
Overt Enemy – Inception (Confused Records) – Death metal
Pissgrave – Posthumous Humiliation (Profound Lore) – Death metal
Red Cain – Kindred: Act I (Self released) – Progressive/power metal
The Riven – The Riven (The Sign Records) – Hard rock/heavy metal
Riparian – Riparian (Grimoire Records) – Technical death metal
SETMEONFIRE – Lowtech (Self released) – "Sci-fi dad rock"
Sisters Of Suffocation – Humans Are Broken (Napalm) – Death metal
Ungraven – Language of Longing (Black Bow Records) – Black metal
Vimur – Triumphant Master of Fates (Boris Records) – Black metal