Here at Angelus Mortem, we want to keep you updated on the latest heavy metal releases. 2017 has so far been giving us plenty to be exited for, with artist after artist pumping out new albums or announcing new material; music from the likes of Dying Fetus, Suffocation, and even Dragonforce!
Obviously, I cannot list all the albums that are coming out; these are albums that I am personally exited for, or some new material from bands which I enjoy. If you want a complete list of upcoming metal releases visit The Metal Archives for more.
In this list we want to look over some albums that may went a little under the radar. These will all be either recent releases, or albums that have yet to come out this year. Enjoy, and stay tuned!
1. “Throneosis” – Excommunion
What happens when you combine brutal death metal, black metal, an ominous and destructive atmosphere, and craft it all together? You get Excommunion, one of the heaviest and most brutal bands currently in existence, as well as one of my personal favorites.
Hailing from Colorado, US and desecrating Christianity since 1998, Excommunion has one of the most unique sounds I have ever encountered. It can be best described as “blackened brutal death metal”; musically maintaining the elements and intensity of raw BDM, while combining elements of black metal to give their music more edge and make it much more sinister.
Their new album, Thronosis, has been released May 12 via Dark Descent Records. Excommunion decided to go from evil to absolutely destructive by creating a monolith of an album; I felt as if I was a tin can at the bottom of the ocean being crumpled up by its sheer weight pressing on top of me!
I encourage you to check this out and buy the physical, it’s definitely worth it.
Following the revival of old-school death metal, there have been many bands who wants to stay as true as possible to the late 80’s/early 90’s era’s of death metal as if they were still living them. One of these bands is Rude, an amazing 4-piece death metal band from California, US who have been kicking ass since 2008.
Although their second album Remnants… was released all the way back in January, I feel like it’s definitely worth mentioning. Gritty “buzzsaw” guitars, punishing drums, putrid and raspy vocals, and a raw production combined with a heavy influence of bands like Grave, Obituary and Entombed make this one of the best examples of a modern old-school death metal release.
This is a must have for any fan of death metal. Be sure to support the label F.D.A. Records too!
3. “Interquinox” – Dødsengel
This is something you cannot miss. 5 years after releasing their behemoth of an album Imperator (which is 2 and a half hours long) in 2012, 2-man Norwegian black metal band Dødsengel return this year with a new album titled Interquinox, which is set to release on May 19th via Debemur Morti Productions.
The album looks like it’s going to be amazing, as Dødsengel creates music that is not only atmospheric and terrifying, but creative. Each song seems to explore an idea or a story and is written as such too. This creativity has pushed Dødsengel to reach new heights with their music and creative something fresh; a demon spawned from hatred and malice.
These death metallers hailing from Italy are a perfect example of a band which needs more recognition. Kicking it since 2012, Suicidal Causticity are set to release their second full-length album The Human Touch on Amputated Vein Records June 9th. According to their previous label Ghastly Music, suicidal causticity means “caustic brutal death metal leading to cerebral suicide”. If that’s not brutal enough for you, listen to their music!
Italy has a reputation for absolutely devastating bands (see Hour of Penance, Hideous Divinity and Fleshgod Apocalypse), and Suicidal Causticity perpetuate this stereotype by creating some extremely brutal ass death metal. Their debut Spiritual Decline is very well mixed, punishing and leaves you little room to breath. The Human Touch is worth listening to simply based on the fact that these guys have tons of potential and are hell-bent on destroying your ear drums, as seen on their previous record. Check out their first album for some reference!
Amongst every genre of music there are leading artists and bands which push the genre to new heights as they experiment and change their sound. In the slam genre of metal, we have Parasitic Ejaculation, a five piece band from Santa Cruz, California that have been slamming since 2011 and have gained quite some recognition in the scene.
With two albums and an EP under their belt, these guys know exactly what they’re doing and are clearly very comfortable with their sound. I am hoping that they might want to step out of that comfort zone and try something different on this new album titled Isolation. It’s still going to be slamming brutal death metal, however perhaps with some more technical diversity and variations here and there. Either way, I can’t wait for this release to drop after hearing “Global Decimation”.
6. “J’aurais dû” – Pure
Let’s end with some black metal. Pure is a one-man black metal project from Switzerland ran by Ormenos for 4 years now, and he’s been releasing material quite consistently. This year Pure follows up with a fourth album that was released on May 13th titled J’aurais dû , which loosely translates from French to “I Should Have.”
Pure uses the aesthetic of depressive suicidal black metal, however does not use the musical components of DSBM while still sounding raw and self-loathing. The production of each release is very low-fi and the vocals sound pained, as if Ormenos is cutting himself during the recording. Each record explores some kind of concept, usually delving into the deeper psychosis of the self and exploring all the pain and anguish which lies within.
If you’re looking for some lesser know, depressing black metal with an atmosphere filled with desolation and nihilism, this is as good as it gets. Check out Pure’s bandcamp for more.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this list! There’s are tons of honorable mentions which are also worth looking into, from bands like Antropofagus, Hideous Divinity, Svart Crown, Azarath, and Cut Up. Check ’em out and stay metal!
P.S.: Expect reviews for most of these… 😉