THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From CHRCH, SEVENDUST, BAD WOLVES and More Out Today - 5/11
This edition includes some of the best doom I've heard in a while, crazy death metal, lots of noise, and more! To the metals…
Abraham – Look, Here Comes The Dark!
Origin: Lausanne, Switzerland
If you like things slow and/or atmospheric, you're going to have a blissful week of new releases. Perhaps the best place to start will be with Abraham. These Swiss post-metal folks haven't dropped a new album in six years, and they came back with this nineteen track, two disc epic. It is a lot to tackle at once, but it is a really strong album.
Bad Wolves – Disobey
Origin: Los Angeles, California
Label: Eleven Seven Music
Perhaps most known for their surprise hit cover of Cranberries "Zombie," Bad Wolves were already set up to be a voice in modern metal based on their members alone. The group features Doc formerly from God Forbid, Tommy Vext formerly from Divine Heresy, and others. It's been in the works for a while now, and it's cool to finally hear it. I wonder how it will do in the greater scheme of things. Will they be the next big thing, or will they go the way of Alien Ant Farm with a hit cover and then a respectable output that doesn't manage to crossover again?
The Body – I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer
Origin: Providence, Rhode Island
Label: Thrill Jockey
Can The Body relax? Like, are they physically able to? I don't think they are. Last year they released a lauded collaboration with Full of Hell and an EP of their own. This album its a full-length of just them, but it's only May so who knows what else is coming from this noisy bunch. Michael has a full review here.
Chrch – Light Will Consume Us All
Origin: Sacramento, California
This three song doom offering is well worth your time. It's heavy in every way and fucking intense. This band is the best thing happening is Sacramento right now and with this record they are rightfully poised to take the doom world.
Child Bite – Burnt Offerings
Origin: Detroit, Michigan
I typically don't bother with compilations, just because everything is already out in the world, so why highlight it as a "new release"? However, I am making an exception with Burnt Offerings, because this compilation is so vast and varied. The first handful of songs are re-released from a vinyl pressing, then there are some left over demos, all of which are pretty cool. Disc two is all covers of stuff like Celtic Frost and Anal Cunt, and disc two also features some appearances of Phil Anselmo. I don't know a lot about Child Bite, but this served as a good introduction to what they're about.
Sevendust – All I See Is War
Genre: Alternative metal
Origin: Atlanta, Georgia
Yes, even in 2018 Sevendust deserves your attention. They come from an iffy time in metal's history that I feel like they are still wrongfully lumped in with. However, they have grown really well. All I See Is War has some really good guitar work that I was surprised by, but the star continues to be that fucking voice of Lajon Witherspoon. God damn.
Skinless – Savagery
Genre: Brutal death metal
Origin: Glens Falls, New York
I'm ending this week heavy. This album is, start to finish, the sonic equivalent of a stomp on the head. It feels like absolute chaos sometimes. But. you know, chaos filtered through death metal.
Also dropping today…
Leila Abdul-Rauf -Diminution (Malignant Records) – Atmospheric experimental
Aboirted Fetus – The Ancient Spirits Of Decay (Comatose) – Brutal death metal
Body Void – I Live Inside A Burning House (Crown And Throne Ltd/Dry Cough) – Sludge/doom
Death Wheelers – I Tread On Your Grave (RidingEasy Records) – Stoner
Defiatory – Hades Rising (Black Lion Records) – Thrash
Destroyer of Light – Hopeless (EP) (Heavy Friends Records) – Doom
Doomsday Outlaw – Hard Times (Frontiers) – Blues rock
Follow The Cipher – Follow The Cipher (Nuclear Blast) – Melodic death metal
From Beyond – The Band From Beyond (Candlelight/UMG) – Stoner
Hegemone – We Disappear (Debemur Morti Productions) – Blackened post-metal
Lords Of Black – Icons Of The New Days (Frontiers) – Heavy metal
Noisepicker – Peace Off (Self-Release) – Rock/noise
Old Man Wizard – Blame It All On Sorcery (Self-Release) – Progressive hard rock
Orgy – Army To Your Party (D1 Music/Pacific Rising Entertainment) – Industrial
Within The Giant's Reach – In The Beginning (Self-Release) – Groove metal
Zarraza – Necroshiva (Self-Released) – Death metal