Metal Album Release Friday: 19th Of January, 2019
It’s been a decent week of not only scheduled releases but surprise singles and debuts. Today we are going to take a look at some of the more notable releases for the past week.
Arch Enemy - Covered In Blood [Century Media]
Arch Enemy has received a couple blows over the past few weeks with an unnecessary photo legality scandal that caused a lot of trouble for a lot of people. Things have calmed down considerably since Thunderball Clothing, Arch Enemy Stage Fashion Designer, closed their doors over the ordeal. Since the announcement from Angela Gossow herself, fans of the band have shown their support on social media while the band and management have publicly fallen back a bit to regroup.
Amidst all this, Arch Enemy still releases their scheduled full length album of cover songs, through the span of their career, appropriately called Covered In Blood. This collection of cover songs, paying tribute to metal and punk alike, is a fun listen as it shows how Arch Enemy knows and respects their roots and influences as well as showing why they have lasted over two decades amidst critics and naysayers which is nothing new as you can tell by how tough Gossow, White-Gluz and company are, that they have been through worse.
Covered in Blood isn’t Arch Enemy’s way of getting up and dusting themselves off after taking a shot. It’s more like Arch Enemy not even getting knocked down, turning back to look at every loudmouth who turned their back square in the eye and smile, asking if that’s all they got.
Covered in Blood is available on most music streaming apps. Order the CD/LP here!
1782 - She Was A Witch [Single] (Electric Valley Records)
New Doom Metal act 1782 debuted their single She Was A Witch this week to some good reviews. The track is a hallmark Doom/Sludge Metal style about an evil woman over Sabbath driven riffs. The vocals have a megaphone effect that to me sounded more behind the riffs rather than in front.
Not much is known about 1782 beyond their single and their label Electric Valley Records. Even on the label’s site, the band page takes you to their Facebook page, which seems fairly new. The whole thing screams side-project or supergroup. Maybe it’s meant to be satirical. Who knows? The song is good, but something seems off about the whole thing. Like one of those classic “Anthrax practical joke band” type of deals. I certainly hope I am wrong and 1782 reveals themselves to be the real deal. In the meantime, check out She Was A Witch.
Overkill - Head Of A Pin (Single) [Nuclear Blast]
Thrash Metal pioneers Overkill released a new single from their upcoming album The Wings Of War. It’s classic Overkill with a nice classic Overkill sound but way more evolved. Even if this album isn’t truly their last, this is everything Overkill has brought over their illustrious career as on of the kings of Metal. That’s what I get hearing the new Overkill. I think it’s justified as they deserve way more recognition than they have gotten through the years. At the same time, it appeals to the entire idea of being pissed off overlooked misfits regardless of age. Whatever you think of Overkill, the new track “Head Of A Pin” is killer and a must listen for any Thrash enthusiast.
LUCA - Growing Pains [Single]
Chicago based LUCA is Metalcore band involving Cariosus frontman Alex. With only 2 singles over a couple years since their debut LP Vera Corda, their material seems to be liked by many, and Growing Pains is no different. It’s their most chaotic track to date as it’s way less melodic than the former full length album or even their other recent single Waterloo. I would almost say more of a Deathcore sound which I always enjoy an earful of, I just did not see what was coming with Growing Pains. The entire package is in your face with hellacious riffs, a decent guitar solo, thunderous drums, and the vocals were just beyond belief. I hope to hear more of this from LUCA’s EP Sink Or Swim which is out January 26th.
Obszön Geschöpf - Master Of Giallo
Obszön Geschöpf is very well known in the industrial circles with his extended career of a metal infused synth style that has gotten better with age much like his native french wine. With the impressive effort of Master Of Giallo, Obszön Geschöpf leaves a lot of the synth heavy behind and goes for a more classic 80’s movie metal soundtrack type of sound that was very appealing to an 80’s freak like myself. While it may not be a new concept, it’s definitely a creative and unique effort. It even has some old school Gothic undertones in some of the songwriting. To me this is an excellent effort from start to end and would recommend Master Of Giallo to anyone who likes the “Night Stalker” side of Obszön Geschöpf!
The Thirsty Crows - Hangman’s Noose [Batcave Records]
Batcave Records artists The Thirsty Crows finally release their full length debut Hangman’s Noose. This album is not only a collection of newer tracks but also some of their more well known tracks from years past. People in the punk and psychobilly scene are pretty excited about this with over 1200 streams on Spotify in the first day alone! Anyone who likes classic psychobilly should definitely give Hangman’s Noose a try.
Read our full review of Hangman’s Noose here!
Also dropping today (Thanks to Metal Injection)
AVER – ORBIS MAJORA
A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH – WHEN THE WORLD BECOMES UNDONE
MALEVOLENT CREATION – THE 13TH BEAST
THE CROWN REMNANT – THE WICKED KING: PART II
Astrophobos – Malice Of Antiquity (Triumvirate Records) – Black metal
Cane Hill – Kill The Sun (Rise Records) – Nu metal
Dust Bolt – Trapped In Chaos (Napalm) – Thrash
Fever 333 – Strength In Numb333rs (333 Wreckords/Roadrunner) – Rap metal
Flotsam And Jetsam – The End Of Chaos (AFM Records) – Power metal/thrash
Guillotines – The Killing Season (Stay Sick Recordings) – Breakdowns
Leach – Hymns For the Hollow (Self-Released) – Metalcore/thrash
Magnum – Live At The Symphony Hall (SPV/Steamhammer) – Hard rock
The Mound Builders – The Mound Builders (Failure Records & Tapes) – Sludge/Stoner
Musmahhu – Reign of the Odious (Iron Bonehead) – Black metal
OOMPH! – Ritual (Napalm Records) – Hard rock
Raven – Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg (SPV/Steamhammer) – Speed metal
Thursday – Full Collapse (Olive Green Vinyl) (Victory) – Post-hardcore
Trollfest – Norwegian Fairytales (NoiseArt) – Folk metal
Woorms – Slake Hospital (Records/Sludgelord Records) – Sludge/noise
Wristmeetrazor – Misery Never Forgets (Prosthetic Records) – Metalcore
Zed – Desperation Blues (Ripple Music) – Rock