THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From CARCASS, SPIRITBOX, INSOMNIUM, and More Out Today – 9/17

Weekly Injection

Plus releases from Alien Weaponry, Charlotte Wessels, and Employed To Serve.

This week’s new heavy metal releases include groovy grooves, a heart made of vegetables, a solo outing, and more! The the metals…

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Alien Weaponry – Tangaroa

Genre: Thrash/groove metal
Origin: Waipu, New Zealand
Label: Napalm

On their second full-length record this trio is bringing Sepultura-esque grooves with some Gojira flairs. You’ll once again want to brush up on the te reo Māori language since they’re weaving back and forth between that and English as they are wont to do. Heads will bang with this one.

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Carcass – Torn Arteries

Carcass Torn Arteries cover

Genre: Death metal
Origin: Liverpool, England
Label: Nuclear Blast

If you’re looking to get your death metal fix, then this is the one for you. This album has a lot of expectations to live up to following 2013’s Surgical Steel, and it feels like a worthy successor. The riffs are especially fun and oddly catchy this time, which could be in part due to the addition new guitarist Tom Draper. Necro has a full review here.

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Employed To Serve – Conquering

Genre: Metallic hardcore
Origin: Woking, England
Label: Spinefarm

On what might be their most diverse record yet, Employed To Serve are taking swings in every genre that they’ve dabbled with before, and more. This, of course, has hardcore moments, but you’re also getting some groove metal, metalcore, thrash, and some new territory that’s harder to label. It’s a good time that Max has a full review of right here.

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Insomnium – Argent Moon EP

Genre: Melodic death metal
Origin: Joensuu, Finland
Label: Century Media

It’s been a couple years since Heart Like A Grave, but our favorite Finnish heavy sad boys are back with four new epic tracks. Like always, these are grand sweeping moody, melodic death metal songs. This is more clean singing that I can recall from the outfit, but it’s a welcome change up that shakes up their sound a bit.

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Spiritbox – Eternal Blue

Genre: Progressive/alternative metal
Origin: Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Label: Rise

In recent history I cannot think of an album that has been as hyped as much as Eternal Blue has been in the metal media circles that I run in. It’s a hell of a record though. It blends progressive technicality, djent rhythms, and melodic vocals that remind me of The Cranberries. It never goes the direction you’d expect, and I love it for that. Max give it some praise here.

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Charlotte Wessels – Tales From Six Feet Under

Genre: Symphonic metal
Origin: Zwolle, Netherlands
Label: Napalm

Wrapping with week with the first solo outing from former Delain vocalist Charlotte Wessels. It seems like Wessels was able to experiment more on her own than she was in her previous band. This is a diverse record with folk metal, driving Muse-like arena rock, experimental pop, and more. If this is the first chapter in a new book for Charlotte, I’m excited for her story to come.

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Also dropping today…

  • Abolishment of Flesh – In the Presence of Darkness (Blood Blast Distribution) – Melodic death metal
  • As The Sun Falls – Last Days of Light (Self-released) – Melodic death metal
  • Blazon Stone – Damnation (Stormspell Records) – Heavy/power metal
  • The Blue Prison – The Blue Prison (Metal Assault Records) – Progressive metal
  • Bogwife – A Passage Divine (Majestic Mountain Records) – Doom/stoner
  • Brainstorm – Wall Of Skulls (AFM) – Power metal
  • Candlebox – Wolves (Pavement) – Alternative rock
  • Cogas – Unconscious Sons Of The Reptile God (Cogas)
  • Criminal – Sacrificio (Metal Blade) – Death metal/thrash
  • Dalisay – Ang Trahedya ng Dalisay at Ketungin (Surrogate Rec.) – Death metal/thrash
  • Daughtry – Dearly Beloved (Dogtree) – Rock
  • Dead Sara – Ain’t It Tragic (Warner) – Hard rock
  • Dickless Tracy – Grave New World (Monsterbilly Records) – Death metal/grindcore
  • Don Broco – Amazing Things (SharpTone) – Hard rock
  • Edge Of Paradise – The Unknown (Frontiers) – Heavy metal
  • Eidola – The Architect (Blue Swan/Rise) – Progressive/post-hardcore
  • Existentia – Calculating Failure (Self-released) – Death metal
  • Forebode – The Pit of Suffering (self-released) Doom/sludge
  • Ghostheart Nebula – Ascension (Black Lion Records) – Melodic death metal/doom
  • Gravedäncer – Unholy Bond (Helldprod Records) – Black/speed metal
  • Heirs of Isildur – Heirs of Isildur vs Tales from Nocturnia (Self-released) – Melodic heavy metal
  • Holy Death Trio – Introducing… (Ripple Music) – Hard/blues rock
  • Iron Lizards – Hungry For Action (The Sign Records) – Hard rock
  • Knowledge Through Suffering – Concealment (Brucia Records) – Death/black metal
  • Lurk – Around The Sun (Pure Noise Records) – Hardcore
  • Mono – Pilgrimage Of The Soul (Temporary Residence Ltd.) – Instrumental post-rock
  • NarreN – Aura (Wormholedeath) – Hard rock
  • Nocturnal Wanderer – Gift of the Night (Self-released) – Black/heavy metal
  • Occulsed – Crepitation of Phlegethon (Everlasting Spew) – Death metal
  • Oversense – Egomania (Dr. Music Records) – Power metal
  • The Plot In You – Swan Song (Fearless) – Post-hardcore/metalcore
  • Plum Green – Somnambulistic (Nefarious Industries) – Atmospheric/folk
  • Rage – Resurrection Day (Steamhammer/SPV) – Heavy metal
  • The Raven Age – Exile (EX1) – Metalcore/groove metal
  • Robledo – Wanted Man (Frontiers) – Melodic metal
  • Robin Red – Robin Red (Frontiers) – Hard rock
  • Spacebag – Party Prog Nights (Unknown Controller Records) – Progressive
  • Swelling Repulsion – The Severed Path (Spirit Coffin Publishing) – Progressive/melodic death metal
  • Taser – Filthcrawl (Self-released) – Sludge
  • Thrice – Horizons/East (Epitaph) – Hard rock/progressive
  • Vandallus – 4 (Self-released) – Heavy metal
  • Vega – Anarchy And Unity (Frontiers) – Melodic rock
  • Sonny Vincent – Snake Pit Therapy (Svart) – Rock
  • Vulvodynia – Praenuntius Infiniti (Unique Leader Records) – Deathcore/brutal death metal
  • Whyzdom – Of Wonders And Wars (Scarlet) – Symphonic metal
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