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Shit That Comes Out Today: September 27th, 2019

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It is Friday, my dudes. Whatever that means to you — whether it’s an excuse to get hammered, maybe the start of a much-needed weekend getaway, or even if it’s just another day of benign existence — we’ve got a compendium of the latest heavy tunes to keep you going.

Steel Panther
Heavy Metal Rules (self-released)
Listen “Fuck Everybody
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Sex is hilarious, amirite? Listen to grey-haired dudes gloat about tiddies and locker room lolz on Steel Panther’s Heavy Metal Rules, and then cry about the fact that this band still exists. “There are only so many times Starr can tell you to suck his dick before you want him to suggest something different, like maybe licking his balls . . . Steel Panther write damn fine hard rock songs. That’s not the sticking point here. They have the one joke, and they’ve been telling it for a decade, so a lot of your appreciation will come down to whether you think the joke is still funny (or ever was in the first place).”

DragonForce
Extreme Power Metal (Metal Blade)
Listen “Highway to Oblivion

Shit, we’re not off to a great start here. Unless Extreme Power Metal sounds like your cup of tea, in which case, knock yourself out. You don’t need my permission.

Hellyeah
Welcome Home (Eleven Seven)
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While Hellyeah have never really been a band I keep tabs on, Welcome Home is impossible to gloss over, hosting the final recordings ever made by Vinnie Paul. (It could also very well be the band’s very last album). It ain’t Cowboys From Hell, but it ain’t terrible: “I don’t think it’s just sentimental thinking that leads me to believe Welcome Home is Hellyeah’s best album to date — I think the timing of Paul’s death and Hellyeah’s sudden influx of good song ideas is just a sad coincidence. Welcome Home isn’t a great album, but its pros outweigh its cons, and it strikes a pretty decent balance between vulgar displays of power and the band’s arguably more mainstream instincts.”

Car Bomb
Mordial (self-released)
Listen “Scattered Sprites

Long Island, NY’s Car Bomb are no strangers to the world of psychotic mathcore, first catching my attention in 2016 with Meta. Now, the great thing about Car Bomb is that, while they definitely have their sound, you never know quite what you’re going to get beyond a clusterfuck. Mordial is a testament to their ever-evolving nature as well as their preposterous weight, imploding in on itself while both scrambling your mind and kicking your teeth in. The Dillinger Escape Plan may be no more, but this music is the future!

Opeth
In Cauda Venenum (Moderbolaget/Nuclear Blast)
Listen “Heart in Hand
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Let’s face it: Opeth aren’t the death metallers they once were. Still, In Cauda Venenum is easily their best work since they traded the growls for rock organs, hopefully allowing many fans to embrace the stylistic shift once and for all. “The songwriting patterns, Åkerfeldt’s emotive croon, the playful ominous tone — it’s all there. If this was any other band’s work, it would undoubtedly be the highlight of their career. Opeth’s career is filled with highlights. Even still, In Cauda Venenum is up there with classics like My Arms, Your Hearse and Blackwater Park, death metal or not.”

OTHER SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY

Acid Reign – The Age Of Entitlement (Dissonance) listen
Bhleg – Äril (Nordvis) listen
Borknagar – True North (Century Media) listen
CoreLeoni – II (AFM) listen
Creeping Death – Wretched Illusions (eOne) listen
Dayseeker – Sleeptalk (Spinefarm) listen
Dorminn – Dorminn (Antiq) listen
Fister – Decade of Depression (Listenabe) listen
.Gif From God – Approximation Of A Human (Prosthetic) listen
Hashshashin – Badakhshan (Art As Catharsis) listen
Horror God – Cursed Seeds (Lavadome) listen
Mortem – Ravnsvart (Peaceville) listen
Mosaic – Cloven Fires (Eisenwald) listen
Mother’s Tomb – Absent Not Dead (Redefining Darkness) listen
The Neptune Power Federation – Memoirs of a Rat Queen (Cruz Del Sur) listen
Netherbird – Into the Vast Uncharted (Eisenwald) listen
Nex Carnis – Black Eternity (Blood Harvest) listen
Of Mice & Men – Earthandsky (Rise) listen
Pyramido – Fem (The Sign) listen
Renounced – Beauty is a Destructive Angel (Holy Roar) listen
Sempiternal Dusk – Cenotaph of Defectuous Creation (Dark Descent) listen
ShadowThrone – Elements’ Blackest Legacy (Non Serviam) listen
Thunder – The Greatest Hits (BMG) listen
Vintersea – Illuminated (M-Theory) listen
Wednesday 13 – Necrophaze (Nuclear Blast) listen
Wind Rose – Wintersaga (Napalm) listen

SHIT THAT COMES OUT AGAIN TODAY

Anacrusis – Reason Re-Release (Metal Blade) listen
Anacrusis – Suffering Hour Re-Release (Metal Blade) listen
Cynic – Traced in Air (Season of Mist) listen

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