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Ceremony
In The Spirit World Now (Synthetic Remixes)

Ceremony started off as a hardcore band, but soon enough they started to mine the rich, ubiquitous sound of UK-style post-punk. It's a move which has earned the group comparisons to the likes of Joy Division and New Order. Ceremony's 2019 album 'In The Spirit World Now' was pretty heavy on the synths as it was, but these reworked versions bring out even more of those textures. Basically, if you liked 'In The Spirit World Now' but wanted more synth on it then this one-time pressing of 'Synthetic Remixes' will do the job for you. 
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ILSA
Preyer

Entering their second decade together as a band, Washington D.C.-based doom-metal outfit ILSA announce their sixth studio album ‘Preyer’. Influenced by the story of teenage Satanic murderer Sean Sellers, 'Preyer' arguably the most visceral and crushingly intense LP of their career so far. Expect br00tality.

Boris with Merzbow
2R0I2P0

The pounding, thrilling experimental rock of Boris meets the noise artistry of Merzbow on this face-melting collaboration album. Intended as a way to bid farewell to the end of this miserable year, ‘2R0I2P0’ is collegiate throughout its ten tracks, with each artist acting as a multiplying force for the effects of the other.
  • Vinyl Double LP (RR74711)
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Merzbow
Venereology

Look, if you're not on board with Merzbow by now, there's little I can say about the quarter-century celebrating Venereology that will change that. If you like your music noisy and your noise harsh then legendary Japanese artist Masami Akita's visceral walls of sonic scree will be right up your street. But you probably already knew that. Venereology was his "death metal" album and has been accused of bringing him wider repute. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (RR44301)
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Gatecreeper
Deserted

Arizonan death metal band Gatecreeper are back with ‘Deserted’. This is an LP which incorporates sounds from all stages of death metal’s evolution, from the nascent scene in 1980s Florida via the Scandinavian sound of the ‘90s to the modern-day, through some vicious riffs and a thundering rhythm section. Unsurprisingly given that roll call, ‘Deserted’ recalls the likes of Bolt Thrower and Crowbar. Produced by the band along with Ryan Bram and mixed by Kurt Ballou from Converge.
  • Vinyl LP (RR43561)
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Exhumed
Death Revenge

'Death Revenge' is the sixth album by US death metal/grindcore outfit Exhumed. It is a concept album with a particularly gruesome and gory theme based on the true story of Burke and Hare - a pair of Scottish murderers who sold the dead bodies to the physician Robert Knox for dissection in the early 19th century. This theme adds some theatrical mayhem to their gory metal sound.
  • Vinyl LP (RR43801)
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Exhumed
Horror

It’s perhaps a little surprising that it’s taken US death metal/grindcore band Exhumed until their seventh studio album to make one called ‘Horror’ - after all, they are obsessed with all things horrific and gory. Anyway, at least they’ve done it now. Expect riffs at breakneck speed which take grindcore to hitherto untested levels of extreme. 
  • Vinyl LP (RR43811)
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Primitive Man
Immersion

Denver-based doom metal outfit Primitive Man unleash their third studio album. Immersion is an unflinching look at the state of the world around us and an examination of personal failure, delivered with the uncompromising and ferocious character we’ve come to expect from Ethan Lee McCarthy and co. 

Pig Destroyer
The Octagonal Stairway

The Octagonal Stairway is the 5th EP from US grindcore stalwarts Pig Destroyer. It’s a brutal assault of rapid-fire drums and heavy riffage, general noise and guttural vocals that may well set your speakers on fire, or at least annoy your neighbours. Former Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera makes a guest appearance. 

Myrkur
Mareridt

Mareridt is the title of the new, hotly anticipated second album from Danish multi-instrumentalist and composer MYRKUR. Richly gothic folk and feminine Metal merge on an album whose title translates back as 'Nightmare'. It's a sound that is in fact equal parts dreamlike, horrific and mysterious. Vinyl LP on Relapse.

Genghis Tron
Dead Mountain Mouth

Dead Mountain Mouth was the debut album from New York-based metal slow movers Ghengis Tron. It set a template for their innovative blend of doomy metal riffs and more esoteric electronic flourishes. Ten tracks of skull-crushing heaviness now re-pressed on Relapse after its initial pressing on (wait for it) Lovepump United.  

Inter Arma
Sky Burial

Sky Burial is the second album by highly-rated Richmond, Virginia black metal band Inter Arma. It was originally released in 2013 to great critical acclaim. It saw them blend the classic hard rock of Led Zeppelin, the stoner riffs of Sleep and chaotic onslaught of Lightning Bolt to create an almighty doom, grind, sludgey, psychedelic experience. On Relapse.
  • Vinyl Double LP (RR43401)
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Zombi
2020

Steve Moore and Anthony Paterra return with their sixth Zombi album, and first in just over half a decade. On the appropriately named 2020, the duo deliver the most riff-intensive version of their instrumental space-rock aesthetic yet, with the synthetic and keyboard elements taking more of a back seat this time. 

Inter Arma
Garbers Days Revisited

Garbers Days Revisited is a new album of cover versions from American black metal outfit Inter Arma. Put together between tours in support of their last studio record Sulphur English, this eight-track collection includes interpretations of Neil Young, Hüsker Dü, Nine Inch Nails and even Prince. 

Living Gate
Deathlust

Deathlust is the debut EP from Living Gate, a formulation of acclaimed death metal musicians - Aaron Rieseberg (YOB) Lennart Bossu (Oathbreaker, Amenra), Wim Coppers (Oathbreaker, Wiegedood) and Levy Seynaeve (Amenra, Wiegedood) - in love with the classic, bygone era of the genre. Pounding percussion, menacing riffs and roaring vocals are the order of the day. 
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-(16)-
Dream Squasher

Band names never cease to amaze me. This Southern California band is called -(16)- I thought the extra dash in the title above was part of their name however it is a Norman Records dash. The thing is with -(16)- is that they've been around since '93 and so are pretty much ahead of the curve with their name punctuation. Dream Squasher is their eight full length and takes their sludge metal to deeper depths and despite the mess of everything have tried to make a lyrically positive record. Good luck with that. 

Disembowelment
Dusk and Deep Sensory Procession into Aural Fate

Deep Sensory Procession Into Aural Fate was recorded over two days in August in 1991 as the second demo from Australian doom metal outfit Disembowelment. An edited version of this was released the following year by Relapse as the Dusk EP. This double-LP set brings all of that material together on vinyl for the very first time. 
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N2K2
Nirvana 2002 Recordings ('89​-​'91)

Nothing to do with Kurt Kobain's lot, this is a collection of the early recordings from Swedish Death Metal band N2K2. It is jam packed with demos, rehearsal tapes and rarities from a band often compared favourably with the likes of Entombed and Dismember. If you are into your Death Metal then you will know that this is a very good thing indeed. 

Raspberry Bulbs
Before The Age Of Mirrors

Raspberry Bulbs are a New York-based punk band from who feature members of New Jersey hardcore punks Rorschach and Californian black metal band Bone Awl. Elements of these sounds make it into their otherwise lo-fi, gritty punk sound. Before The Age of Mirrors is their new album, CD and LP on Relapse.

Inter Arma
Sulphur English

Relapse! Don’t do it! But they did do it - they went and signed Virginia metalheads Inter Arma up for another LP. Sulphur English, the band’s third full-length for the famed label, is another set of booming sludge and doom forged from black fires. Opening salvo ‘Bumgardner’ was written in memory of their late friend the Indian/Lord Mantis drummer Bill Bumgardner.

Steve Moore
Bliss (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Telling the story of an artist who descends into insanity after taking a hallucinogenic drug in order to stimulate creativity, Joe Begos' 2019 horror movie Bliss was soundtracked in dynamic fashion by former Zombi bassist and multi-instrumentalist Steve Moore, released here on vinyl by Relapse Records. 

Pig Destroyer
38 Counts of Battery

Pig Destroyer I hope don't actually want to destroy pigs but their name suggest the explosive nature of their grind-core. 38 Counts of Battery (so violent aren't they) is a compilation album of their early works originally released in 2000 but now re-issued on Relapse. Contains their original 1997 demo tape and their split records with Orchid and Isis (the band not the terrorist people).  

Zonal
Wrecked

Justin Broadrick (Godflesh/Jesu/JK Flesh) and Kevin Martin (The Bug/King Midas Sound) got together to form Zonal. The pair had previously collaborated as Techno Animal. On Wrecked, Zonal mix bass, dub, noise and drone to make a gargantuan album of slowly corroding, brooding, shady sounds. A match made in heaven; Moor Mother brings lyrical fire to half the cuts. 

Mastodon
Remission

A remixed and remastered edition of Remission, the debut album from now-iconic American heavy metal act Mastodon back in 2002. Making an immediate impact, Remission raised the bar for musicianship and songwriting among their peers forever more. This deluxe edition is presented on two splatter vinyls with some of the most eye-catching artwork we’ve ever seen! 

Death
Live In L.A.

Ooph Death. Not looking forward to that at all. What I am looking forward to more is hearing this live document of the legendary band in concert in 1998. Recorded on the tour for their final album Sound of Perseverance, it is a timely reminder of the raw power and intense playing of the band in their heyday. Originally issued to help raise money for leader Chuck Schuldiner's cancer treatment. Sadly Schuldiner succumbed to that thing that we all must meet eventually in 2001 but through documents like this his legend lives on. 

Ceremony
In the Spirit World Now

Californian punks, Ceremony, release their sixth album, In The Spirit World Now. It is the band’s first album for Relapse following a two album stint with Matador. The band has evolved yet again. This time they blend furious post-punk and rock with anxiety-ridden lyrics to make and album that is likely to blasting from stereos all summer long.

Monolord
No Comfort

No Comfort, the fourth LP from Swedish group Monolord is also their first for Relapse Records. The trio make the step up with aplomb here, proving that they deserve their seat at the table with a set of doom-/stoner-metal hybrids. Tracks like ‘The Bastard Son’ break up the crushing riffage with some intricate incidental passages.

Cherubs
Immaculada High

Cherubs are a noise rock trio from Austin, Texas (not to be confused with the ‘00s indie band of the same name) They have been together since 1991, but Immaculada High is only their fourth album, due to a 21 year mid-career break. The album was recorded at the aptly named Cacophony Studios in Austin. RIYL: Melvins, QOTSA, Metz, Butthole Surfers, Unsane.

Bongzilla
Methods For Attaining Extreme Altitudes

Bongzilla are a stoner rock/heavy metal band from Madison, Wisconsin. They formed in the mid-90s and are now back together following a 6 year break. Methods For Attaining Extreme Altitudes was their debut EP, originally released in 1998. The EP's three tracks clock in at an impressive total of 25 minutes. Rock on!

Torche
Admission

American heavy rockers, Torche, play downtuned guitar music as if grunge never actually died. For fans of Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and the Deftones and heavy-riffing rock in general, this is great news. Admission is the 5th album by the Floridian four-piece. Turn it up and enjoy those sweet riffs.

Full Of Hell
Weeping Choir

Weeping Choir is the fourth album by Pennsylvanian grindcore band Full Of Hell. They have also released three collaborative albums - one with Merzbow and two with The Body. Weeping Choir is their first for Relapse. They have retained Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, who twiddled the knobs on 2017’s Trumpeting Ecstasy, as producer. He seems to know how to bring the best out of the band’s brutal sound.

Mastodon
Call Of The Mastodon

Mastodon are a full-on, balls out, no holds barred metal band. Call of the Mastodon is their third album according to them -- or just a compilation album, if you think that rereleasing early songs and doing some different versions of them counts as a proper album. It contains songs from their first EP and is released here on vinyl for the first time. Clear vinyl LP with gold and blue splatter.

Windhand
Eternal Return

Virginia rockers Windhand release their fourth LP via Relapse. It’s not often that you hear groups attempt to blend grunge, metal and psych-rock, but Windhand give it a good go on Eternal Return. The heavy riffs of tunes like ‘Grey Garden’ are pitched somewhere between Soundgarden, Sleep and Electric Wizard, while the vocals are equal parts Cobain and Hetfield. They often incorporate some nice melodic guitar playing into the tracks too.

Pig Destroyer
Head Cage

Sixth album from the highly lethal Pig Destroyer. On Head Cage enact their brand of grindcore in a incredibly precise and hypnotic fashion. As a unit they are absolutely undefeated. Lyricist JR Hayes takes out his frustration on the darker aspects of our world, but I'm not sure what the band's problem with our snout-having earth-mates is. 

Death
Spiritual Healing

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Nothing
Dance On The Blacktop

Third album from New York shoegazers Nothing. Built on a hardcore foundation, the band have a bit more bite than you'd usually expect from the genre. Dance On The Blacktop celebrates the band's love for 90s anglophone guitar music so who better to produce it then John Agnello who's worked with Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr?

Primitive Man / Unearthly Trance
Split

If there's one thing I know about metal bands it's that they love a collaboration. Okay, that probably wouldn't be the first thing I'd say I know about them but it's up there. United States doom heavyweights Primitive Man and Unearthly Trance make good on this tradition in the form of a spar across two sides of vinyl. There will be pummelling. 

YOB
Clearing The Path To Ascend

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ASG
Survive Sunrise

If you like Jane's Addiction, you're going to love North Carolina rockers ASG. 'Survive Sunrise', their first album in five years, expands on their trademark blend of southern-fried alt-rock and earworm hooks, weaving together soaring melody and summery riffs to electrifying effect. An infectious record, by an hard-rocking band. 

YOB
Our Raw Heart

Innovative and immense, YOB like to release long, thrashing sprawls, disseminating doom with zero compromise. Our Raw Heart speaks plain of the near-death experience of frontman Mike Schiedt, who praise the stars is still with us, bleeding the metal blood. Over seven very good tracks they play seventy-five minutes of heart-on-sleeve riffage. I honestly cannot wait. 

Wrong
Feel Great

The second Wrong LP to get the Relapse seal of approval seems to have been titled in jest. Feel Great consists of music you wouldn’t usually associate with feeling great. The Miami group’s abrasive noise-metal is the sort of stuff you’d use to exorcise demons or purge bad spirits. It’s a mighty sound. Wrong features members of TORCHE, Capsule and Kylesa.

Iron Reagan / Gatecreeper
Split

An unholy split on the legendary Relapse label, smashing together death, grind and thrash under the excellent guidance of equally legendary producer Kurt Ballou (of Coverge). Iron Reagan fire themselves down a punk and thrash spiked highway, whilst Gatekeeper push it slower, and lower in a doom crust hell hole.

Black Salvation
Uncertainty Is Bliss

Black Salvation are a German psych/hard rock band formed from the ashes of In Solitude. Uncertainty Is Bliss uses the full depth of psychedelia, doom, blues and hard rock, together with mystical narratives to transport the listener to somewhere else entirely. A bewitching debut. LP and CD on Relapse.

Windhand & Satan's Satyrs
Split

Big stonery acid metal chug… twice! This split release pairs tracks by Windhand and Satan’s Satyrs, both experts in the art of pushing distorted guitar signals through big juicy amps. Windhand are a bit more doomy, and Satan’s Satyrs are a bit more punkish, but the two certainly complement each other extremely well. CD and vinyl from Relapse.

Miracle
The Strife Of Love In A Dream

Here we are with more sci-fi synth heavy beat work, though this time pitting arpeggiated synths against distant chants and odd ritualistic darkness. This collaboration between Steve Moore and Daniel O'Sullivan also has ties to metallic genres, and so finds itself quite at home on the legendary Relapse Records.

S U R V I V E
RR7387

S U R V I V E recently handed over four of the tracks from their 2016 album RR7349 to a selection of superb producers for remixing, and RR7387 provides the results. With Justin K Broadrick, Not Waving, Lena Willikens and Sam Haar of Blondes all contributing, you just know you are in for some heavyweight treats here on this slab of wax. On Relapse.

YOB
The Great Cessation

Following their 2005 split, the Oregon doom trio reconvened to unleash their fifth album in 2009. It’s a particularly fine example of Mike Scheidt’s expertise in crafting crushing extended riff-fests, tempered with nuanced and spacey quieter passages. Both double LP and CD versions include the two bonus tracks previously only available on the original vinyl version. If you’re not familiar, this is well worth a go if you’re a fan of Sleep, Electric Wizard, or Om.

Steve Moore
Mayhem (Official Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Mayhem (Official Motion Picture Soundtrack) is by Steve Moore from Pennsylvanian synthwave duo Zombi. Mayhem is Steve Moore’s 5th soundtrack. His ability to lure the listener to the edge of their seat, increasing the fear within, as he builds the tension with his analogue synth sounds has made him one of the most wanted horror soundtrack composers out there.

The Obsessed
The Obsessed

Doom metal doesn’t get much truer or more essential than the debut from the legendary Maryland trio. Though recorded in 1985, the album wasn’t released until 1990, after frontman Wino had left Saint Vitus and decided to revive his former band. Whereas Vitus were defined by Dave Chandler’s ultra-minimal, icy riffing, The Obsessed’s mid-paced groove has a more bluesy, soulful and subtly psychedelic bent. Less well known than some of their influences and successors, but necessary for fans of Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Cathedral et al. The double CD includes an ‘84 demo and ‘85 live set, which are also included as a download with the LP version.

Iron Monkey
9-13

Iron Monkey were, and continue to be a pillar of the stoner/sludge genre. After releasing two albums on Earache they called it a day in 1999. Now returning 18 years later with 9-13 as a three piece, and whilst Johnny Morrow is no longer with us they reclaim their crown with their inimitable nihilistic groove. LP and CD on Relapse.

Haemorrhage
We Are The Gore

Spanish gore-grind band Haemorrhage bring their seventh full length album, and their first in 6 years. These guys have quite a unique take on the genre, mixing the pig like guttural growls and blistering speed with groovy verses and squealing guitar solos. Fear not though, there is plenty of the fast stuff and cymbal stab intros.

Cloakroom
Time Well

Indiana based gloomers Cloakroom move to Relapse records for their second full length release. A heady mix of shoegaze, downtempo indie and doom, Time Well  brings the band’s mix of Earth’s expansive atmospherics, the song focus, and vocal prowess of The National and Low, and the Jesu’s fuzzy heaviness.

Usnea
Portals Into Futility

Portals Into Futility is the third LP from Portland's doom-er four-piece USNEA. These guys are into their sci-fi in a big way but know full well the horrendous meeting-point with modern futile reality. 5 songs. 56 minutes of well-crafted and supremely soul-destroying doom-sludge. The guys dip into dissonance, varied vocal structures and cinematic composition. But be not mistaken, they keep their monolithic heaviness, brutality and mournful melodicism intact. RIYL: YOB, Thou, Disembowelment, Inverloch. Gatefold double LP / CD on Relapse.

Ex Eye
Ex Eye

Hey, cool idea, just throwing it out there -- how about a metal band with Colin Stetson's sax and Greg Fox on drums? Sounds wacky, let's do it. The definitely cacophonous Ex Eye are an instrumental quartet dual wielding its member's signature mix of elegiac and aggressive compositional work, and their debut is exceedingly likely to stomp down on your heart.

Arcadea
Arcadea

Pals of metal get together and try a shred. Sounds like the stuff of our teens, but here it's actually the work of veterans Brann Dailor (from riff behemoths Mastodon), Core Adams (outta Zruda) and Raheem Amlani (via Withered and Scarab). A fine team, but don't expect the usual dosages -- this record sees them do some space orienteering as a unit of psychlords. With honest-to-god synths and what I imagine will be many an overblown groove, this record sees the trio high on a nerd out.

Ecstatic Vision
Raw Rock Fury

The clue is in the name. Raw Rock Fury is the second album from Philadelphian heavy primal psych outfit Ecstatic Vision. A no guns no glory affair, where psychedlic freakouts are king and only matched with raw rock and roll energy. (You'll) Get it if you’re into Hawkwind, Monster Magnet, Amon Düül II, and Can.

Necrophagist
Epitaph

Originally released in 2004, Necrophagist’s Epitaph threw a death punch to progressive death metal, and altered it for good, setting the bar incredibly high. If you like your kick drums as fast and triggered as they can possibly be and guitars thrashing your face off, then this is your prometheus. FFO Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Morbid Angel et al. This is the first time Epitaph has been made available on vinyl since it’s original release.

Steve Moore
The Mind's Eye - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Steve Moore has history in Zombi, meaning that he’s demonstrated his talent for soundtracking spooooooky horror movies in the past. Here he applies his synth skills to The Mind’s Eye, weaving uneasy ambient passages and bombastic themes like it ain’t no thing. Plenty of tense dramatic music here that will certainly appeal to horror soundtrack aficionados. On Relapse.

S U R V I V E
RR7349

Half of S U R V I V E have just scored the soundtrack to the 80’s obsessed Stranger Things. A perfect choice considering their material. Grab John Carpenter, College, Gatekeeper, Blanck Mass and a bit of Ben Frost, put ‘em in a room and let ‘em fight it out, the brilliant mess that’s left would be this stuff. An imagine 80’s indie synth horror/adventure flick.

Red Fang
Only Ghosts

Grab your favourite 24 pack of brewskis and get this thunder on. Hard rocking riff-tacular that reminds you to not take yourself too seriously. Catchy as Queens Of The Stone Age, riffs of The Sword, and sometimes as hard hitting as Baroness. But mainly head nodding goodness. And beards, and beers, and trucker caps.

True Widow
Avvolgere

Emotive and kindly metal tunes from True Widow, whose democratic sound gives a look into the wizened guitar tone of Earth, the slowcore patience and swell harmonies of acts like Low and the riffology of some of yer louder shoegaze favourites. Avvolgere comes across like a more melodic, faster paced and but no less crushingly distorted stoner rock record.

The Album Leaf
Between Waves

It’s been over ten years since I first heard In a Safe Place, The Album Leaf’s sophomore album. It wasn’t hard to lose track of Jimmy LaValle’s instrumental ambient post-rock project, as he hasn’t treated us to a full length album since 2010. But now he’s back with Between Waves, once again creating mesmerizing tracks that peacefully surround you and then suck you in deeply as soon as you pay proper attention.

Myrkur
Mausoleum

Danish artist Myrkur’s strangely refreshing take on black metal melds something between Chelsea Wolfe and Wolves In The Throne Room. Mausoleum is a live recording of acoustic, choral and stripped down versions of songs from her debut album, M. Backed by Norweigian Girls’ choir and Recorded in the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway it it is engrossing as it is haunting. Features a new, unreleased track and a cover of Bathory.

Horseback
Dead Ringers

Wanderings through dark experimental territory from Horseback here, the solo project of Jenks Miller. The man has range: Dead Ringers morphs from anxious beat-driven songs to thick drones to krautrock / metal explosions. Richly atmospheric material, with an impact just as strong as that creepy sleeve art. Out as a CD and as a double LP, with the fourth side of vinyl taken up by an etching. On Relapse.

Inter Arma
Paradise Gallows

The title Paradise Gallows is a very good one, suggesting that you are doomed, to a brutal old-fashioned death, but also that you long for execution. Perfect tone-setting for the bleak sounds of Inter Arma. The crushing extreme metal climaxes of this album are so inevitable that the band are in no hurry to get to them, circling quietly before releasing the furies. On Relapse.
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Pentagram
First Daze Here Too

Pentagram are a necessary part of the heavy metal puzzle, kicking into action in the early 70’s with chugging guitar riffs, flaring guitar solos and howling vocals. A whole genre is contained in this sound. First Daze Here Too is a rare collection of obscure recordings from the band’s earliest formative days, all tastily remastered. On Relapse.

Pentagram
First Daze Here

Pentagram are a crucial part of the heavy metal puzzle, kicking into action in the early 70’s with chugging guitar riffs, flaring guitar solos and howling vocals. A whole genre is contained in this sound. First Daze Here is a compilation of early singles and the like, showing off the first activities of this important outfit. On Relapse.

Cough
Still They Pray

Cough provide no-nonsense psychedelic doom, cutting straight to the chase with monolithic tar-black riffs. The howled vocals sound good and desolate too: it's no surprise that members of Electric Wizard and Windhand were involved in its creation. Still They Pray, the group’s first album in half a decade, is released by Relapse.

Nothing
Tired Of Tomorrow

Tired Of Tomorrow is the second album by Philadelphia’s nihilistic shoegazers Nothing. It’s the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut album Guilty of Everything. The fuzzy guitars and swirling melodies reference the glorious grungey shoegaziness of the ‘90s. Tired Of Tomorrow is an album that will both soothe and unsettle.

Wrong
Wrong

Wrong contain musicians who’ve done time in bands like Kylesa, Torche and Capsule, so their commitment to the noise rock cause, not to mention their gnarly abilities, is not in question. This debut full-length pounds the listener with riffs, vocal grunts, and plenty of bruised energy: mighty material, on Relapse.

Graves At Sea
The Curse That Is

Take industrial drones, Black Sabbath-inspired riffing and super sludgy production and you get The Curse That Is, the debut from Graves At Sea. This collection of doomy sludge has taken almost fifteen years to emerge, but the band’s dense and distorted sound has always sounded modern. It's worth the wait.

Tombs
All Empires Fall

Relapse records have always been at the cutting edge of extreme metal and rock, and the new album from Tombs continues this tradition. All Empires Fall is an ambitious collection of black metal full of pounding riffs, hoarse and heavy vocals and some newly included keyboards for texture and atmosphere.

Coffins / ILSA
Split EP

This split brings together doom-merchants from different continents: the USA’s ILSA and Japan’s Coffins. Both of them keep things firmly down-tuned and bleak throughout, desolate howls and wide riffs conjuring significant black clouds. This is a limited edition 12” EP, with the B-side taken up by an etching. On Relapse.

Wolvserpent
Aporia:Kala:Ananta

Brutal doom/drone heaviness on the Relapse label. Wolveserpent have built a reputation for experimental metal that is as loud as it is inventive. On Aporia:Kala:Ananta they take that form and drag it out into an extended composition that draws on neoclassical, drone and harsh noise music too. An abrasive and unpredictable listen.

Boris with Merzbow
Gensho

Boris and Merzbow have been collaborating for years with various albums, but Gensho might be their most maximal outing to date. The format here is unusual: 1 CD (or 2 LPs) each for the two artists, the idea being that you play them on top of each other and tweak the volumes to make your very own noise-blast composition. 150 minutes of music in total! Please note that the double LP sets are sold separately, as Part One and Part Two.

Bloodiest
Bloodiest

Bloodiest are an experimental metal ensemble that features members of bands like YOB, Corrections House, Yakuza and Minsk. This self-titled second record stretches out its compositions with thick, droning guitar wails as well as the hammering riffs and anguished vocals. Released on CD or blood red vinyl, on the Relapse label.

Steve Moore
Cub - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Cub is a properly nasty Belgian horror film about some young cub-scouts being hunted out in the wild. The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Steve Moore (of Zombi) captures the thick fug of tension very effectively, with synths that alternate between creepy arpeggios and massive dark swells. On Relapse.

The Great Tyrant
The Trouble With Being Born

The Great Tyrant is the original band of the members of Pinkish Black, for which the two of them were joined by their sadly now deceased friend Tommy Wayne Atkins. Their second album, The Trouble With Being Born, was never released following the death, until now. Similarly heavy and proggy to Pinkish Black, but with more rock power.

Windhand
Grief's Infernal Flower

Windhand are a doom metal band with a sensitive side. The sleeve art of Grief’s Eternal Flower provides a key to the balance the group maintains: death (the tombstones), but with some life still hanging on in the form of sonic moss. Super-heavy, female-vocal-fronted stuff, issued on the Relapse label.

Publicist UK
Forgive Yourself

Publicist UK are a post-punk band featuring members of Municipal Waste, Revocation, Goes Cube, Discordance Axis, Burnt By The Sun. Their debut album ‘Forgive Yourself’ is made up of heavily textured layers of sound that have a dramatic soundtrack quality, carrying the singers’ dark baritone, reminiscent of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds or one of the more produced sounding P.J Harvey records.

Locrian
Infinite Dissolution

The despairingly titled Infinite Dissolution by experimental metalers Locrian is a concept album dealing with mortality. So far, so metal. The record has much more in common with the dark ambient works of the digital era than trad metal but there’s more than enough Swans and Sunn O))) riffery to quench your thirst. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Relapse.

Ecstatic Vision
Sonic Praise

Psych, psych and more psych from Philadelphia’s Ecstatic Vision. Indebted to the likes of Hawkwind and more recently Wooden Shjips, Sonic Praise is their debut effort packed full of riffs, solos and motorik drumming. Utterly retro space rock for those who like it classic. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Relapse.

Torche
Restarter

Torche are monoliths of the heavy rock scene whose ascent to power came about through a clash of infectiously heavy melodies perfectly complimented by grungey, downtuned, discordant rock. Their debut album with Relapse, 'Restarter' is a ten song manifesto of thunderous, heavy rock glory. In spite of it’s undisputable heaviness it has a pop sensibility that leaves you humming along for days.

Nothing
Guilty Of Everything

Guilty Of Everything is the debut album by Nothing. despite being signed to metal label, Relapse Records, Nothing take their cues from shoegazing maestros My Bloody Valentine and the arena alt. rock of Smashing Pumpkins. The heavy swathes of guitars, introspective, dark lyrics are offset by a certain amount of beauty to create a perfect balance. Guilty Of Everything is available on vinyl LP and CD

Merzbow
Pulse Demon

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Baroness
Blue Record

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Baroness
Red Album

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Nothing
The Great Dismal

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Death
The Sound Of Perseverance

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Amorphis
Tales From The Thousand Lakes

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Repulsion
Horrified

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Primitive Man
Scorn

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Death
Leprosy

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Baroness
Yellow & Green

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Disembowelment
Transcendence into the Peripheral

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Myrkur
Folkesange

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