SH*T THAT COMES OUT TODAY: JANUARY 18th, 2011
Ghost’s Opus Eponymous, out this week on the CD format in the U.S., has garnered quite a bit of praise and has even drawn the ire of Sarah Palin.
New releases from Ghost (in the U.S.), Electric Wizard and Acid Witch make this week a great one for fans of psychadelic, doom, stoner and the like, while KsE side-project Times of Grace finally hits the shelves and NJ slammy death metallers Abacinate deliver their ripping tribute to fallen vocalist Jason “Plunger” Sica. Our previews of those releases and others coming out this week after the jump.
Abacinate – Genesis (Epitomite Productions)
New Jersey death metal band Abacinate’s second album serves as a tribute of sorts. The band’s former singer, Jason “Plunger” Sica, passed away in September of last year. Sica is still the vocalist on this disc, which was recorded before their summer tour last year. Ten cuts of solid death metal.
Acid Witch – Stoned (Hell’s Headbangers)
Acid Witch played a malevolent mix of psychedelic, doom, stoner and death metal on their last album, Witchtanic Hallucinations, and Stoned delivers more of the same formula. Running through different styles with a focus on all that is vile and evil, Acid Witch clearly have a great time running through the ten tracks on their new record.
The Carrier – Blind To What Is Right (Deathwish Inc.)
Melodic hardcore band The Carrier’s third record for Deathwish Inc. is entitled Blind To What Is Right. The band will play the last show of their European tour tonight, where they have been touring to support this record.
Electric Wizard – Black Masses (Metal Blade)
Doom metal gods Electric Wizard return with this, their seventh album. Even though lead guitarist/vocalist Jus Oborn is the only original EW member, the restructured band still delivers some serious slabs of heavy doom/stoner metal. This record is the follow-up to 2007’s Witchcult Today and is the first album to feature new bassist Tas Danazaglou (Yes, I spelled that right).
Farewell To Freeway – Filthy Habits (Victory)
For a lot of people the mention of Victory Records causes chuckles and scoffs. This record… is not going to change anyone’s mind. The Canadian metalcore band Farewell To Freeway has put out three albums in three years for Victory.
Ghost – Opus Eponymous (Rise Above)
Ghost are a heavy metal band from Sweden. Besides a lot of vague and dark press releases (they refer to themselves as a “devil worshipping ministry”), not much information about this band is available. Opus Eponymous was released last year in Europe from the same label, and stellar reviews have been proliferating the internet ever since.
Inquisition – Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm (No Colours)
Inquisition are a black metal band currently based in Seattle, although primary songwriter Dagon originally formed the band in 1988 in Colombia. The band’s newest record will be released on German label No Colours Records.
Lionheart – Built On Struggle (Mediaskare)
Hardcore band Lionheart ‘s new record features guest spots from Karl Buechner (Earth Crisis), Lord Ezec a.k.a. Danny Diablo (Icepick/Skarhead), Brandan Schieppati (Bleeding Through), Bruce LePage (original singer of 100 Demons), and Dave Nassie (ex-Suicidal Tendencies). The band is currently on tour with Terror, First Blood and Backtrack.
Times Of Grace – The Hymn Of A Broken Man (Roadrunner)
The Hymn of a Broken Man is a collaboration between Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and former KSE vocalist Jesse Leach. The album has been in the making since at least 2008, and the duo have assembled a backing band for a tour beginning February 1st.
Various Artists — NYC Sucks (MetalSucks)
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