Kind of a slow week on the metal front. At least for me. April still holds a hell of a schedule as far as new releases go. At least 14 that I have on my list, but you know I always find surprises that get thrown into the mix. I’m tired as hell this week so I’m not feeling very wordy. Here you go, try something on for size.

New Releases: 

Steve Earle & The Dukes – Terraplane
Not going to lie. I was hoping this one would be more in line with his folkier/country stuff. I’m not a huge fan of blues or blues rock but when Steve Earle does it, I can forgive that. I wasn’t as drawn to this one as his previous but I still dug it quite a bit.

Endlesshade – Wolf Will Swallow the Sun
Some intense death/doom from the Ukraine. Natalia Androsova is killing it on vocals. Somewhat standard but has it’s charm.

Acid King – Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere
There seemed to be some hype around this bands new release so I thought I might check them out. Little did I know they’ve been around for over 20 years. Solid, stoner/doom. Pretty typical of the genre.

Bosse-De-Nage – All Fours
I’m not sure if I’d lump Bosse in with Deafheaven. Sure they did that split together but I think the two, while sharing certain aspects, are pretty diametrically opposed. This album is a beautiful follow up to their previous, which I was also a pretty big fan of. It’s US black metal to be sure and incorporates some of that post sound that is so popular right now but it’s tight and really unadorned. Minimal guitar lines, dynamic songs and incredible drumming. This is a doozy.

The Rest of My Jams:

Macabre Omen – Gods of War – At War
Sulphur Aeon – Gateway to the Antisphere
Crom Dubh – Heimweh
Sacrilegium – Wicher
Wild Hunt – Before the Plane of Angles
Candlemass – Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Amestigon – Sun of All Suns
Panopticon – Roads to the North
Abigor – Leytmotif Luzifer
Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors
Bad Religion – Against the Grain
Elite – Bifrost
Black Sabbath – Mob Rules
Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell
Furia – Nocel

Until Next Week!