New Releases From WHITE WARD, ONI & More Out Today 6/17

This week’s new heavy metal releases include avant jazz, saxophone-infused black metal, and other stuff without saxophone if that’s more your thing for some reason. To the metals…

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ALSO! Today, Bandcamp is doing their Juneteenth Fundraiser. So if you can get stuff from Bandcamp, please do.

Charlie Griffiths – Tiktaalika

Genre: Progressive metal
Origin: London, England
Label: InsideOutMusic

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Haken‘s guitarist Charlie is following the footsteps of a couple of his bandmates and dropping his own album of ideas. Like his main band, this is an sprawling album with a variety of influences, and it’s a lot of fun. This has a gaggle of guest spots from Tommy Rogers (Between the Buried And Me), Danïel De Jongh (TexturesJordan RudessDream Theater) and lots more. Jordan has a full review here.

High Castle Teleorkestra – The Egg That Never Hatched

Genre: Experimental
Origin: Denver, Colorado
Label: Art As Catharsis

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Before I did any research on this record, it came into my life and I thought it sounded like the dark, brooding Mr Bungle bits with some additional jazz madness thrown it. Turns out the folks behind this were/are also in Estradasphere, Secret Chiefs 3, Farmers Marketand Mr. Bungle. If you know those acts, you know you’re in for a weird time. Strap in.

Inexorum – Equinox Vigil

Genre: Melodic black/death metal
Origin: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Label: Gilead

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Some melodic grim stuff for your Friday, because why not? You’re getting a lot of catchy guitar work on this one. Some old school vibes, but mostly pretty upbeat.

Nova Twins – Supernova

Genre: Nu metal/punk
Origin: London, England
Label: Marshall

Blending nu metal, pop, hip hop, punk, and really everything under the fucking sun is the sophomore record from Nova Twins. It’s a perfect mix of early 2000’s music and modern production/influence. I could see this one being a divisive one for purists, but fans of the eclectic should dig this.

Oni – Loading Light

Genre: Progressive/groove metal
Origin: Ontario, Canada
Label: Ironshore

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Since we last heard from Oni, the band has gone through a drastic line-up change. Sorta seems like they’re one dude now. Anyway, if you dug the past material, you’ll probably enjoy this batch of groovy, melodic, prog metal tracks. This has a hell of a guest list too. Produced by Mark Morton from Lamb of God and Josh Wilbur with appearances by Randy Blythe, Iggy Popand City Morgue. This album seems expensive to make…

Seven Kingdoms – Zenith

Genre: Power metal/thrash
Origin: Deland, Florida
Label: Distortion Music Group

It’s been five years since these folks brought the epicness, and on Zenith they soar, slay, and shred. This is one for those of you that want straight up power metal. It concludes with a Joan Jett cover, which is a lot of fun.

Tombs – Ex Oblivion

Genre: Experimental/black metal
Origin: Brooklyn, New York
Label: Season Of Mist

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This dropped on Monday for some reason, but it’s certainly worth a mention. It features two new tracks, a take on Motorhead‘s “Killed By Death,” a GG Allen cover, and a remix of a track from 2020’s Under Sullen Skies. It’s all over the place.

White Ward – False Light

Genre: Experimental/post-black metal
Origin: Одесса, Ukraine
Label: Debemur Morti

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This is truly a crazy week for new releases. So we might as well bring it home with an blackened experimental nightmare from White Ward. If you want your black metal evil, dissonant, and full of saxophone (and why wouldn’t you?) then this is the record for you. There’s a lot of hype around this one, and it exceeds expectations.

Also dropping today…

  • Aptera You Can’t Bury What Still Burns (Ripple) – Doom/sludge
  • Ataraxy The Last Mirror (Me Saco Un Ojo Records/Dark Descent Records) – Death metal
  • Atramentum Through Fire, Everything Is Renewed (Invictus Productions) – Black metal
  • Blasphemous CreationBeyond The Grave (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) – Death/black metal
  • Tim BownessButterfly Mind (InsideOut) – Progressive
  • BruttaBrutta (Self-released) – Black/death metal
  • Caravellus Inter Mundos (Rockshots Records) – Progressive/power metal
  • Chaos MagicEmerge (Frontiers) – Symphonic metal
  • Civil WarInvaders (Napalm) – Power metal
  • Destroy Rebuild Until God ShowsDestroy Rebuild (Velocity Records) – Post-hardcore
  • Denouncement PyreForever Burning (Agonia) – Black/death metal
  • Deraps Deraps (Metalville Records) – Rock
  • Elektric MistressChapter 99 (Self-released) – Heavt metal/stoner
  • Executioner’s Mask Winterlong (Profound Lore) – Post-punk
  • Exocrine The Hybrid Suns (Unique Leader Records) – Progressive/technical death metal – Full album stream
  • Infanteria Patriarch (Self-released) – Thrash – Full album stream
  • Jorn Over The Horizon Radar (Frontiers) – Hard rock/heavy metal
  • Sorcery Stunt Rock Soundtrack (RidingEasy Records) – Hard rock/heavy metal
  • Tungsten Bliss (Arising Empire) – Heavy/power metal
  • Various ArtistsZiggy Stardust: 50 Years Later (Pale Wizard) – David Bowie covers
  • Vatican Ultra (UNFD) – Hardcore/djent
  • Vexes Imagine What We Could Destroy /// If Only Given Time (Self-released) – Alternative metal/rock
  • Vypera Eat Your Heart Out (Frontiers) – Hard rock
  • Wayward SonsScore Settled EP (Frontiers) – Rock

ALSO!!! Tomorrow June 18th is the Record Store Day’s Drops thing. There’s a double-disc live Dio album, a Voivod thing, some Pearl Jam and other stuff. Peep the list here.

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