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New Music Round-Up: Exhumed, Evan Brewer and Dagoba

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Thankfully Exhumed frontman Matt Harvey hasn’t let his newfound fame as a star pitcher for the New York Mets go to his head, ’cause Exhumed’s new album Necrocracy might just be the best yet in their storied career. Who knew the guy could not only write siqq death metal riffs but throw fastballs 99 MPH, not to mention get swings and misses with his changeup, slider and curveball? I mean, look at this friggin’ guy striking out Phillies with all four of his pitches:

Phenomenal! Frankly, Harvey’s been the only thing about the Mets worth watching this lost season. But he hasn’t forgotten his death metal past; stream the title track from Exhumed’s new album below, via Invisible Oranges (also check out “Coins Upon the Eyes” here):

You may recognize the French metal band Dagoba from the Spotify playlist their vocalist Shawter put together for us last month, or maybe you’re a cool kid who knew about these guys all along. The band just signed with eOne Music for the U.S. and they’ve released a new song called “I, Reptile” for all to hear. And it’s pretty sweet; reminds me a little bit of DevilDriver, a little bit of Chimaira and a little bit of something else I can’t quite place… Behemoth maybe? New album Post Mortem Nihil Est comes out on November 5th and the band will be touring here with Dir En Grey around that time (dates here). Listen:

Finally, Faceless bass whiz Evan Brewer is streaming his entire new solo album Your Itinerary. As the previews suggested this effort is a much more balanced effort than his debut, incorporating full drums (courtesy ex-Animals as Leaders drummer Navene Koperweis), keyboards and electronics instead of just bass. As such, it’s a lot more listenable to the masses, and, IMO, a lot stronger through and through. I’m halfway through the album’s opening track and I’m absolutely LOVING it… it’s of the same fusion-y realm that last year’s album from Trioscapes and T.R.A.M. brought into the metalsphere. The album is out now via Sumerian; buy it here. And, of course, make sure to catch Evan opening up for Last Chance to Reason on a MetalSucks-presented tour starting TODAY!

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