Sh*t That Comes Out Today: August 19, 2022
Oh, it’s Friday already? I guess that means it’s time to stop organizing my raw black metal demo collection. This week is fuckin’ stacked.
Five Finger Death Punch
Does the new Five Finger Death Punch remind you of Queen? No, but you knew that already.
Evidence of Immortality (Napalm)
No one understands the power of pure volume like Conan. The British doom heavyweights come armed with six new tracks telling tales of blood and battle told over crawling riffs and vocals soaked in glorious quantities of reverb. Hail Iommi.
International collective Heilung are a special bunch, winning over the metal scene with a sound that is not metal at all. The ritualistic compositions on Drif are stunning in their scope, creating a sense that this is ancient music modernized for today’s world. Recommended for anyone seeking something that pushes their boundaries.
Övergivenheten (Nuclear Blast)
Swedish melodeath kings Soilwork are on their third release (two albums and an EP) in as many years but they don’t sound rushed. Övergivenheten (“abandonment” in English) is all about intricate guitars and big hooks. Despite the fact that they’ve been going for nearly three decades, Soilwork sound as energetic as ever.
There’s no need for vocals when the instrumental compositions are this strong. Chicago trio Russian Circles lead the listener through a series of ups and downs with their emotive post-metal. More than any other album in this roundup, Gnosis should be listened to in a single sitting.
20 Centuries Gone (Century Media)
This one probably appeals more to the diehard fans; Spirit Adrift‘s 20 Centuries Gone features two original songs that deliver the expected high-quality trad doom alongside six covers. Hearing Spirit Adrift take on Type O Negative, Pantera, Metallica, Thin Lizzy, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd is a fun peek into their influences—the covers don’t reimagine anything about the original songs, but Spirit Adrift sound like they’re having a good time, especially on “Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings.”
Other Shit That Comes Out Today
Hammer King, Kingdemonium (Napalm) Listen
I Prevail, True Power (Fearless) Listen
Mass Extinction, Never-Ending Holocaust (Horror Pain Gore Death) Listen
Morbid Evils, Supernaturals (Transcending Obscurity) Listen
Orthodox, Learning to Dissolve (Century Media) Listen
Spite, Dedication to Flesh (Rise) Listen