Release Day Roundup – 11/4/22

It's growers over showers in this week's Release Day Roundup, featuring new releases from Devin Townsend, Backxwash, Ingested, Voivod, The Offering, Fliege, 96 Bitter Beings and many (many!) more.

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Top Picks

Backxwash – HIS HAPPINESS SHALL COME FIRST EVEN THOUGH WE ARE SUFFERING (industrial hip-hop, horrocore)

HIS HAPPINESS is the follow-up to one of the best and most pissed-off records of 2021 and the final chapter in an autobiographical trilogy that began with 2020's genre-bending God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It. This third offering is notably less musically adventurous than its predecessors, but no less incendiary in its confronting and intensely personal exploration of race, gender and religion.

From my first few listens, I don't think HIS HAPPINESS is quite as strong as the previous records (and I'm really not sure about the Kanye West pastiche that ends the album), but it's growing on me with each listen and Backxwash herself remains one of the most exciting figures in modern music, regardless of genre.

Devin Townsend – Lightwork (chill prog)

...and now for something completely different.

(Not so) Heavy Devy's newest offering is about as far away from the indulgent excess of 2019's Empath (not to mention the suffocating extremity of Strapping Young Lad) as the man could get, while still maintaining a sense of continuity in his evolution as an artist. For me at least, it's a welcome mix up. It's been a while since I've been fully invested in anything Devin Townsend has put out, but there's something about the stark, introspective presentation of Lightwork that's capturing my attention more than maybe anything he's put out since his Devin Townsend Project days, and I feel like it could be a bit of a grower as well.

Don't sleep on the bonus Nightwork disc either. There's some heavier stuff on there that also numbers among his more effective and memorable output and, while I understand why it was left off Lightwork proper, I can't help feeling that a more streamlined combination of the two might have even made for one of his strongest single releases yet.

Release Roundup

Amayeta – Dismal (progressive metal, doom)

Atomic Witch – Crypt of Sleepless Malice (thrash)

Aurora Borealis – Prophecy is the Mold in Which History is Poured (black thrash)

Bad Manor – The Haunting (avant-garde black metal)

Black Anvil – Regenesis (mildly progressive black metal)

Black Mirrors – Tomorrow Will Be Without Us (alt rock)

The Blessing Way – Erik’s Lament (melodic death metal, gothic metal)

Bran – Odcházení (black metal)

BRUME – BRUME (post-rock, ambient)

Casket Grinder – Sepulchral Trip (death metal)

ChuggaBoom – Death Pledge (nu deathcore)

Constructing Infinity – Constructing Infinity (instrumental prog metal)

Dayseeker – Dark Sun (melodic post hardcore)

Deliverance – Neon Chaos in a Junk-Sick Dawn (blackened sludge)

Denial of Death – A Failed Exorcism (black metal)

Disillusion – Ayam (progressive metal, melodeath)

Dragonhammer – Second Life (power metal)

Ef – We Salute You, You and You! (doomy post metal)

Ekstasis – Paralyzing Impermanence (death metal)

Embrace The Maddness – Hyperbolic Ascension (weird tech death doom)

Fliege – One Day They'll Wonder What Happened Here ("Some call him Kos...")

Frank Bello – Then I'm Gone (alt rock?)

Gorgatron – Agony Reborn (death doom)

GORYCZ – Kamienie (progressive black metal)

Hordous – Mon Fantôme (atmospheric black metal)

Ingested – Ashes Lie Still (brutal deathgrind)

InTechnicolour – Midnight Heavyweight (alt rock)

Iron Kingdom – The Blood of Creation (heavy metal)

Lokurah – Distorted Truth (metalcore, melodeath)

Mandragora Thuringia – Rex Silverum (folk metal)

Mord’A’Stigmata – Like Ants and Snakes (experimental black metal, noise rock)

Murmur Xitafi – Pvtrefactio (post-black metal)

9 Dead – 9 Dead (deathcore)

96 Bitter Beings – Synergy Restored (surprisingly solid alt metal)

The Offering – Seeing The Elephant (extreme(ely edgy) nu metal, prog groove)

Os – Tehom (brutal death metal, death doom)

Phoenix – Alpha Zulu (indie pop)

R.A.P. Ferreira – 5 to the Eye with Stars (art rap, abstract hip-hop)

Rogga Johansson – Inside The Otherwhere (death metal, melodeath)

Rosy Finch – Seconda Morte (alt rock, sludge doom)

Ruin – Where Death Is Spread Out Across The Sky (brutal death metal, grindcore)

The Sawtooth Grin – Good. (math grind)

Second to Sun – Nocturnal Philosophy (atmospheric black metal)

The Sound That Ends Creation – Unicorn Laser Bubblegum City (mathcore)

Stranger Vision – Wasteland (modern power metal)

Strychnos – A Mother's Curse (blackened death metal)

Tiwanaki – Earth Base One (prog death)

Vægtløs – Kakofoni (screamo, post-rock)

Vile Species – Against the Values of Civilization (grindcore)

Voidbringer – Wasteland (progressive metalcore, melodeath)

Voivod – Ultraman (weird tech thrash)

Warling – Vulture's Paradise (stoner metal)

Wyrmwoods – No Sun Nor Moon (blackened death metal)

Joshua Bulleid

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