Release Round Up – June 11th, 2021

Release Round Up

Release Round Up - June 11th

Every Friday there is a tidal wave of new music released unto the world. Whilst we try to cover as much as possible here at The Razor's Edge, it's not always possible to review everything. So each week on a Friday we'll round up some of the best new music available, some we've reviewed, some we haven't, but all worth checking out!

Theres a lot of new heavy music hitting the airwaves this week, everything from black metal, death metal, gothic metal, Stoner rock, doom, thrash metal and even some of your traditional heavy fuckin' metal!

Here's what we think you should check out today!

Wolfgang Van Halen releases his lauded Mammoth WVH solo album this week.

"An upbeat, rocking album full of catchy tunes and fist-pumping anthems. An album that has something for everyone."

Read our review here.

Max Cavalera and son Igor team up for a killer new project Go Ahead and Die who release their debut album this week via Nuclear Blast.

"One easy way to describe the music on Go Ahead And Die is pissed off. It is ugly, brutish and gnarly with influences ranging from early thrash and death metal, crust punk and grindcore."

Read our review here and our interview with Igor here.

You wanted the best, you got the best! KISS release the first of a new series of live recordings this week; 'Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001'.

"KISS are one of those bands that you know exactly what you’ll get both on record and in the live area. It’s a cacophony of sights and sounds to behold."

Read our full review here.

Neon Christ, featuring William DuVall of Alice in Chains, release '1984' this week. A compilation of older recordings long out of print from 1984 re-issued via Southern Lord & DVL Recordings.

"Neon Christ might not have set the world on fire back in the day, but this release is twenty-minutes of chip-on-the-shoulder punk attitude and early thrashtastic stomps."

Read our review here.

Former members of Brazilians thrashers Nervosa combine forces on new project Crypta which releases its debut album 'Echoes of the Soul' today.

"The blend of thrash, death and even black metal provide an unforgettable palette from which Crypta have crafted out an album of quality."

Read our review here.

Interloper meld progressive metal with their distinctive brand of metalcore in new album 'Search Party', out this week on Nuclear Blast Records.

"Full of layered, balanced tracks that switch between piledriving riff-heavy breakdowns and organic, explorative movements."

Read our review here.

Power metal heroes Hammer King release their forth album, the self titled 'Hammer King' via Napalm Records this week.

"Hail to Hammer King. It’s not new, it’s not original but it’s good enough to make you bang your head, raise the horns and enjoy."

Read our review here.

Ritual Sacrifice release 'When Hope Is Pain' this week for the first time, 26 years after it was recorded. Thanks to record labels going bust, the release lay undiscovered, until now.

"It’s a full on assault on all the senses and reminds you just how amazing the thrash metal genre is."

Read our full review here.

Doom supergroup Grief Collector drop a new album this week, and we bring you not one but two reviews of it!

Matt says: "The beat is like a steamroller, flattening all before it, and the riffs from Matt Johnson are killer, allowing the song to flow effortlessly, whilst the vocals are atmospheric, and feel like poison being injected into your veins."

Jon's thoughts: "Traditional in its feel with occasional flashes of modern technique, it combines crushing riffs with atmospheric drums and vocals perfectly and the result is superb."

Read both reviews in full here.

Chilean traditional heavy metal outfit Lucifer's Hammer bring you a havey slab of new music today with 'The Trip'.

"The band know what they like and like what they do. Think Grand Magus, Maiden, Priest etc. and you’ll be in the right ballpark. The riffs are in all the right places, the tempo is dramatic, powerful, and the band’s playing is solid."

Read our full review here.

On Monday Portuguese Blackened thrashers Alastor released their seventh album, 'The Unholy Hordes' via Firecum Records.

"A mix of darkened black metal and full-on thrash, the band sing in Portuguese, something which works well."

Read our review here.

French atmospheric rockers Klone release live album 'Alive' via Kscope this week.

"Dark guitar tones, haunting vocals and brooding passages echo and resonate. Ethereal pieces cross with heavier, riff driven segments that combine in a rich, delicious tapestry of progressiveness."

Read our full review here.

Norwegian doom quartet White Tundra release 7 inch/two track E.P. 'Honningfella' this week via All Good Clean Records.

"From the first drum beat of opening track 'Honningfella' to the moment those kick ass stoner, fuzzy riffs pierce your eardrums, you can sense that this is a proper headbangers song from a band that should not be ignored."

Read our review here.

AFI continue rampant through thirty years of creating music and release latest offering 'Bodies' today via Rise Records.

"‘Bodies’ is yet another beautiful and naked exhibition on harnessing graceful ageing and perfectly crafted evolution."

Read our review here.

Italian post-prog trio Varego release their self titled album today via Distrokid and we've checkedc it out.

"'Varego' is a gloriously punchy and weighty delicacy which will indeed satiate the appetite of those looking for an instant fill of catchy heavy stoner and post infused metal."

Read our full review here.

And thats just the tip of the iceberg! Other releases today we think you should check out include...

Heavy Metal

World of Damage - Invoke Determination (WOD Records)
Ligature Marks - Set Oceans On Fire [Deluxe version - reissue] (Self-released)
Smokeheads - Never Prick My Pickles [EP] (WormholeDeath Records)
Witch Cross - Angel Of Death (High Roller Records)
Flying Cupid - All Turns to Dust (Self-released)
Metal Wings - A Whole New Land (Self-Released)

Classic Rock / Hard Rock / Alt-Rock

Midnight City - Itch You Can't Scratch (Roulette Media Records)
Dobermann - Shaken to the Core (Wild Monday's Music)
Sinoptik - The Calling (OneRPM)

Black Metal

Blot Mine - Porphyrogenesis (Vicrecords)
Passéisme - Eminence (Antiq)

Death Metal

Throneum / Kingdom -  ThronDom des Bösen [Split L.P.] (Godz Ov War Productions) 
Sorrow Enthroned -  The Grave of Endless Writhing (Self-released)
Vincent Crowley -  Beyond Acheron (Odium Records) 
Anaal Nathrakh -  Total Fucking Nekro [Reissue] (Metal Blade Records) 
Anaal Nathrakh -  The Codex Nekro [Reissue] (Metal Blade Records) 
This Ending - Needles of Rust (Black Lion Records)
Distant - Aeons Of Oblivion (Unique Leader)
Mother of All - Age of the Solipsist (Black Lion Records)

Prog Rock

Engine Kid - Everything Left Inside (Southern Lord)
Ikitan - Twenty-Twenty [E.P.] (Self-released)
Delving - Hirschbrunnen (Stickman Records)

Sludge / Stoner Rock / Doom

Coffin Lurker - Foul and Defiled (Sentient Ruin)
Eremit - Bearer of Many Names (Transcending Obscurity Records)
Skraeckoedlan - Ãppelträdet [10th Anniversary Edition] (The Sign Records)

And the rest...

Insistent - Disease (L'inphantile Collective) [Grindcore]
Fred Lee & the Restless - Sleepwalking In Daylight (The Sign Records) [Hardcore/Punk/Folk/Rock]
Orphan Donor - Unraveled (Zegema Beach Records) [Metalcore]
Wristmeetrazor - Replica of a Strange Love (Prosthetic Records) [Metalcore]

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