I’m playing catch-up, as usual. I had hoped to get this humongous round-up of new songs and videos (and one news item) posted yesterday, but the day didn’t work out as planned. Should you choose to go through everything (and you damned well should), it will take a while, because there are 15 items here, divided into two parts. And on top of that I still hope to pull together a SHADES OF BLACK post.
I’ve again alphabetized the selections by band name. There is singing to be found, especially in Part 2, as well as many candidates for my year-end list of Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs. To get this done I’ve again limited my own verbiage to just brief scattered comments, without artwork and missing some of the usual pre-order links.
I don’t have any music to share for this first band, merely the long-awaited news (and yes, a 10-year gap between albums qualifies as “long-awaited”) that Horace Rosenqvist has a new Aquilus album named Bellum I set for release in early December by Blood Music. That’s so exciting that I thought it was worth including the news, which I usually never do when there’s no music yet. Also, the cover art by Julius von Klever is great.
This video is fucking fantastic. And that’s all I need to say about it.
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT (Germany)
This one is from the band’s forthcoming fifth album Noktvrn (November 19 via Season of Mist). A slow build, it’s spellbinding and then savage and sorrowful… and if you hold down your cursor on the video and move it, you can change what you’re seeing.
Enslaved‘s new EP Caravans To The Outer Worlds is out now, and to celebrate they gave us another video, this one for the epic “Ruun II -The Epitaph“, and it’s gorgeous, filmed in part in the Faroe Islands. Parts of the song remind me of The Smiths‘ “How Soon Is Now”.
Their new album Hideous Entity includes very cool cover art by Wes Bescoter. This first advance track is a massive death metal beast on a rampage.
What a nice surprise, another new single from Worship, which will be out on November 26th from Nuclear Blast. And it comes with another fantastic video, in which zombie attacks are used as metaphors for the conditions condemned in the enraged conspiracy-theory lyrics of the track. Prepare to have your skull hammered. Catchy as hell too.
IN MOURNING (Sweden)
This track is from The Bleeding Veil, coming out November 26th on Agonia Records. If I’m reading a Facebook note correctly, there will be a video for it coming on Tuesday. Completely enthralling and pleasingly proggy as well as jolting and soaring.