Release Day Roundup: 3/24/23

Rounding up new releases from Keep of Kalessin, Ne Obliviscaris, August Burns Red, Ihsahn, Depeche Mode, Liturgy, Gatekeeper, Dawn Ray’d, Zorormr and more.

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Keep Of Kalessin – Katharsis (progressive black metal, power metal)

It's been a while between outings for progressive blackened power metal purveyors Keep of Kalessin. The band have undergone a significant lineup change since 2015's Epistemology, with the addition of Wanja "Nechtan" Gröger behind the kit, but are finally back and potentially sounding better than ever. I haven't had a chnce to listen to Katharsis in full yet so, like everyone else, all I have to go off is the album's outstanding titatle track, which is a bit more in line with the band's traditional power-metal-leaning output than the proggy grooves of the last effort, but if they can deliver an album full of songs of similar quality, then we could be talking about the best Keep of Kalessin record yet.

Ihsahn – Fascination Sessions (progressive metal)

Fascination Sessions might only contain two original tracks and a somewhat novel cover of "Dom Andra" Swedish pop-rockers Kent, featuring Katatonia's Jonas Renske, but it's a hell of a showing, nonetheless. The once-infallible Ihsahn has lost me a bit with his recent output, which is by no means bad, but hasn't been as interesting nor grabbed me a smuch as his previous material. Fascination Sessions on the other hand is a forceful showing that leans into the aspecs of his sound I've felt have been missing for a while and which I hope he leans into further in future. "Contorted Moments" in particular is the kind of driving, upbeat composition I was hoping he'd come up with more of following the Whitesnake-worthy "Until I Too Disolve" (not to mention that rather underwhelming Lenny Kravitz cover he did), with "Dom Andra" blending a similar playfulness with his and Renske's trademark contemplative melancholy. It might not contain much, but Fascinations Sessions has me the most excited I've been about new Ihsahn material since Arktis (2016).

Release Roundup

Acid King – Beyond Vision (stoner metal)

Afraid Of Destiny – Contra Omnes (epic black metal)

Alex Nunziati – Black Space Void (prog sludge)

Angerot – The Profound Recreant (death metal)

Aphotic – Abyssgazer (blackened death metal)

Asylum Pyre – Call Me Inhuman (heavy metal) ​​

August Burns Red – Death Below (metalcore)

Babymetal – The Other One (heavy metal, J-pop)

Bai Bang – Sha Na Na Na (hard rock, pop rock)

The Black Cat’s Eye – The Empty Space Between A Seamount And Shock-Headed Julia (post rock, stoner rock)

Black Hawk – Soulkeeper (heavy metal, thrash)

Black Rabbit – Hypnosomnia (melodeath)

Catacomb – When The Stars Are Right (blackened death metal)

Damned Ritual - Obliteration (melodic death metal, tech death)

Ov Sulfur – The Burden Ov Faith (symphonic death metal, deathcore)

Dawn Ray’d – To Know The Light (black metal)

Depeche Mode – Memento Mori (synth pop, goth rock)

Endless, Nameless – Living Without (blackened mathcore, noise rock)

Excalion – Once Upon A Time (progressive metal, power metal)

Floor Jansen – Paragon (symphonic ballads)

Forcefed Horsehead – Monoceros (grindcore)

Gatekeeper – From Western Shores (heavy metal, power metal)

Hanging Garden – The Garden (doom)

Hatesphere – Hatred Reborn (melodeath thrash)

Hypnodrone Ensemble – The Signal In The Signal (progressive post rock, ambient)

Illuminated Void – Veriditas (goth doom)

Iron Walrus – Tales Never Told (death metal, sludge doom)

Kuoleman Galleria – Pedon Synty (black metal, goth metal)

Liturgy – 93696 (experimental black metal, noise)

Mace ‘N’ Chain – Among Ancient Pillars (trad metal, thrash)

Majustice – Ancestral Recall (power metal)

Marianas Rest – Auer (melodeath doom)

Maze Of Sothoth – Extirpated Light (death metal)

Morass Of Molasses – End All We Know (stoner doom)

Mork – Dypet (black metal)

Ne Obliviscaris – Exul (progressive blackened death metal)

Nemesis Inferi – The Mowing Devil (alt metalcore)

Oceans On Orion – Start From Nothing (melodic prog metal)

Purveyor Of Chaos – Purveyor Of Chaos (doom thrash?)

Saxon – More Inspirations (heavy metal)

Shores Of Null – The Loss Of Beauty (progressve mellodoom)

Sophist – Avenger… Liberator (blackened death grind)

Spectral Lore – 11 Days (black metal, ambient)

Subway To Sally – Himmelfahrt (folk metal)

Tragedian – Master Of Illusions (power metal)

Trailight – Mirrors (prog metal)

The Turin Horse – Unsavory Impurities (noise rock, hardcore)

Void Of Light – Enshroud (post doom)

Wakener – Bodies album (death metal, sludge grind)

Whore Of Bethlehem – Ritual Of Homicide (death metal)

Winterhearth – Rape Of Eden (black metal)

Woe Unto Me – Along the Meandering Ordeals, Reshape the Pivot of Harmony (post doom)

Xalpen – The Curse Of Kwanye (black metal)

Xysma – No Place Like Alone (hard rock, alt rock)

Zorormr – The Monolith (black metal, riffs!)

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