Release Day Roundup – 9/1/17

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 trove, others find themselves drawing a blank at the end of the month due to the breakneck pace needed to keep up to date with what’s been released. Which brings us to this Heavy Blog PSA: a weekly roundup of new albums which pares down the the week’s releases to only our highest recommendations. Here you’ll find full album/single streams, pre-order links and, most importantly, a collection of albums that could very well earn a spot on your year end list. Enjoy!

Half-Life – Cradle of Filth, Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of our retrospective on one of black and extreme metal’s paradoxically most popular and overlooked acts: Cradle of Filth. This part covers everything from 2004’s Nymphetamine to the present day and tries to pin down exactly why their reputation has suffered during this period, even though they’ve still been putting out some fairly decent albums. Refresh yourself with Part 1, and follow through to the end for a quick wrap up and some speculation on what the future holds for the band nearly a half-century into their sordid career.

Paradise Lost Announces European Tour

In preparing for the release of their fourteenth studio album The Plague Within, prolific gothic metal act Paradise Lost have announced a European tour that will begin this fall. Head past the jump to find information for dates, venues and tickets: 09/27 Dublin, IRE – Academy 09/28 Belfast, IRE – Limelight 09/30 Manchester,…

There’s Plenty of Hope to be Found in this New Paradise Lost Song

We’ve not heard much from the Paradise Lost camp for a while, what with vocalist Nick Holmes busy fronting the legendary Swedish death metal supergroup Bloodbath and guitarist Gregor Mackintosh pummeling skulls in his own side project Vallenfyre, but thankfully that’s about to change. The prolific death/doom band will be releasing their 14th full length album,…

Music For Nations Returns From The Dead; Brings Transition Era Anathema Along

If you bought music anywhere between the mid-90’s to mid 00’s (remember, that’s the thing with the money where you buy a product?), you know who Music for Nations are. The label distributed, signed and recorded some of the greatest names out there, from Opeth to Tool and yes, Anathema. These were the crucial years for the…