Friday’s are a beautiful time of the week. For many, it signifies the weekend, the start of a short break from work and class. For others, including myself, it means hundreds of artists are releasing new music, and that my friends, is something beautiful.
With so many new albums coming out every week it is hard to stay on top of all the new music. Often, we fall into this trap of only checking out music from bands we know or love and ignore the rest. That is where I come in.
I present to you the first of many… Metal Monday. Over the weekend I listened to as many new metal albums as I could and organized my weekend wrap-up on the best to come out. So, without further ado welcome to Metal Monday.
Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands
Hate Eternal is a melodic death metal/grindcore band from St. Petersburg, Florida. Founded in 1997 by former Morbid Angel and Ripping Corpse guitarist Erik Rutan they have gone to put out seven studio albums and one live album.
Upon Desolate Sands is the newest album in their discography and many are calling it their strongest album yet. From the opening track the gut ripping instrumentals and vocals that would make a demon think there’s a monster in his closet make this album an entrancing listen. Whether you are a beginner to metal or a long time listener this album is a must.
Portal of Myria
Upon Desolate Sands
The Browning – Geist
The Browning is an electronicore band from Kansas City, Missouri. Formed in 2005 they have put out two EP’s and four studio albums. While they might not be the best band in their genre to exist, they are known for sticking to this sound over the years. Where many bands at the time called it a phase or have since faded out, The Browning continues to push the electronicore boundaries. And their new album is no exception to this.
Geist is a masterpiece. It takes words like generic or meh and shoves them right into the garbage disposal. This albums unique blend of EDM beats, metal guitars, and screams make this an album for all occasions.
Haken – Vektor
Haken is a progressive metal band from London. Formed in 2007 they have brought the world a ep, five studio albums, and one live album. This is a band I never heard of until I saw them on a list of bands releasing new music, but it is safe to that I have joined thousands of others and have caught the Haken bug.
Vector is definitely one of the weirder albums on the list today. Its heavy instrumentals on many tracks prepare you for what you would imagine being heavy vocals, but instead, we are met by the unique melodic vocals of Ross Jennings. Jennings mixes his vocals with these tracks perfectly to create these addictive creepy songs. With songs covering topics about being a parasite stuck in the human body to coming back alive and crawling from your own grave, it really makes this album a unique and original listening experience.
The Good Doctor
A Cell Divides
Cryptopsy – The Book of Suffering-Tome II
Cryptopsy is a technical death metal band from Montreal, Quebec. Formed in 1988 they have gone to make two ep’s, seven studio albums, one completion album, and one live album. Cryptopsy has cemented themselves in the death metal scene selling over 300,000 records.
The Book of Suffering-Tome II is brutal, gnarly, pulse increasing, bone breaking, teeth gnashing, insert metal description here, and just overall amazing. Clocking in at just over 17 minutes this ep will make the mildest of people start a pit wherever they are at. If you are looking for pig squeals, primal screams, or just screams in general mixed with instrumentals that will peel the skin back from your face then this album is for you.
Just listen to the whole thing — there are only four songs.
Bloodbath – The Arrow of Satan is Drawn
Bloodbath is a Swedish death metal supergroup from Stockholm, Sweden. Formed in 1998 they have released two eps, four studio albums, and two DVDs depicting their live performances. This band is a mix of Scandinavian death metal and new school death metal. Their sound is unique and has helped them create a cult-like following.
The Arrow of Satan is Drawn is easily my favorite album from the last weekend. I’ve actually listened to the whole thing three times through since I found it on Saturday. This is an album not for the faint of heart. I mean the name of their album and band should be enough to scare away the weak, but I thought I would leave one more warning. On the other hand, this album is amazing and is quickly becoming one of my favorite albums of 2018. From start to finish Bloodbath creates this almost evil atmosphere as you journey through this, while each song continues to get more gnarly than the last. I’m not sure what else to say but enjoy.
What was your favorite record this week or maybe there’s one that didn’t make today’s list that came out last week? Let us know in the comments.
Till next time, happy Metal Monday and remember, “Always be excellent to each other.”
Written and curated by Nathan Henderson.