Release Day Roundup – 7/12/19

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…

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Auras – Heliospectrum

One of the biggest trends of 2016’s seemingly-ubiquitous djent scene has to be the fact that most bands have tried to stray as far away from their metal roots as possible, all while still trying to maintain a semblance of grit. What fans have been left with is a mostly watered-down clone of any number of bands’ earlier material. Too many musicians out there have decided that their heavier past simply isn’t cool and have instead opted to make what can only be described as progressive metal’s take on elevator music. Thankfully for Canada’s Auras, they’re out for blood on Heliospectrum. This record may be just as uber-clean and electronica-influenced as they come, but it’s one of the only times in recent memory that something out of this subgenre has sounded this pissed.

Rings Of Saturn Reveal New Album Lugal Ki En

Never short of people discussing them, self-proclaimed ‘aliencore’ band Rings  Of Saturn have confirmed the title and artwork for their new album Lugal Ki En, the follow up to 2013’s Dingir. The record is set for release this coming October, through Unique Leader Records, and comes with a complimentary mental concept behind it.…