10 of our most anticipated releases of August 2022

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Despite all the crap the music industry’s had to endure, and will probably have to suffer through for a while longer, we were still blessed with an incredible flow of quality releases. Especially 2021 was crammed full with killer albums from start to finish. Just look at our reviews, editor’s top lists, and GRIMM’s top albums of 2021, which are all chock-full of amazing music. We therefor see no reason why 2022 shouldn’t enjoy the same blessing. One need only look at the records that have been announced and rumored so far and you know it’ll be a good year for music again even if live shows and tours aren’t properly happening yet. Here are some of our editorial team’s picks of the most anticipated releases of this month:

The Interrupters - In The Wild

(05/08 - Hellcat / Epitaph)

The brand of music that The Interrupters create is a somewhat modernized version of that classic ska punk sound that is highly infectious and commands you to dance. With tracks like ‘Take Back the Power‘ and especially ‘She’s Kerosene‘, they quickly conquered the hearts of punks and other music lovers around the world. So the announcement of a brand new album, the first one in 4 years, with ‘In the Wild’ got a lot of people really excited. The band, and especially vocalist Aimee Interrupter, spoke of their most personal work to date and the first singles like ‘In The Mirror’ showed a whole lot of promise.

Amon Amarth - The Great Heathen Army

(05/08 - Metal Blade)

The Swedish vikings of Amon Amarth have easily become one of the most popular metal acts with armies of unruly fans around the world. While their origins were more harsher melodic death metal, along the way they’ve been evolving by infusing more and more classic heavy metal sounds. For some people it means that they’ve sold out or have gotten soft, but it’s undeniable that some of their most catchy singalong songs have been featured on the more recent releases and they’ve only grown in popularity with every release. With ‘The Great Heathen Army’ we’re at full-length album number 12 and some of the first singles have really hit home hard. Killer title track ‘The Great Heathen Army’, the over the top kind of themed track ‘Put Your Back Into The Oar’ only a band like Amon Amarth gets away with or the absolute blast that is ‘Get In The Ring’, featuring the one and only WWE wrestler Erick Redbeard in the music video all speak of yet again a kickass album from these Swedes!

Soulfly - Totem

(05/08 - Nuclear Blast)

Another band that is releasing album number 12 already this month, is the by now absolutely legendary Soulfly. Max Cavalera‘s main band after leaving Sepultura has steadily released quality music and especially the last couple of albums, on which he seems to be looking somewhat to the past for inspiration, have brought in quite the praise of metalheads everywhere. ‘Totem‘ will also be the first album to not feature Marc Rizzo on guitars since his departure from the band last year and has some cool guest/session musicians like guitarists John Powers (Eternal Champion, Sumerlands) and Chris Ulsh (Impalers, Mammoth Grinder, Power Trip), vocalists John Tardy (Obituary) and Richie Cavalera (Incite and stepson of Max) and co-producer Arthur Rizk playing some of the lead guitars. It has that signature Cavalera sound and going on the first singles, it could easily have been part of the Cavalera-era Sepultura catalogue.

Arch Enemy - Deceivers

(12/08 - Century Media)

Half a decade after ‘Will to Power’, the Swedish metal legends of Arch Enemy are coming with their latest, and 11th, full-length ‘Deceivers‘. While for many people the band is only a shadow of their old self, we got pretty excited about this upcoming new album after hearing some of the singles released. ‘Deceiver, Deceiver‘ seems to take a step back to do what their fans liked the band for the most, with unbridled melodeath that simply kicks ass, while they surprised everyone with ‘Handshake With Hell‘ where they take use of Alissa‘s full vocal range, including epic clean singing, to deliver a more traditional heavy metal forward sounding belter of a metal track. It feels like it might be a highly divisive album, but one we can truly get excited about to check out.

The Halo Effect - Days Of The Lost

(12/08 - Nuclear Blast)

If there’s one album on this list that most definitely is highly anticipated by a whole lot of people besides us, it is ‘Days Of The Lost‘, the debut album of The Halo Effect. When the existence of the band featuring all ex-In Flames members with Peter Iwers, Daniel Svensson, Jesper Strömblad, Niclas Engelin and Mikael Stanne was announced, you could feel the metal community lose their minds collectively. First single ‘Shadowminds‘ delivered on its promise with the best of both old In Flames and Dark Tranquillity blended together into a sound that simply melted any melodeath fan. And the remaining singles hit home hard putting up an absolute schooling what that Gothenburg melodeath sound was and is all about. This one will end up in many albums of the year 2022 lists without a doubt.

Shiraz Lane - Forgotten Shades Of Life

(12/08 - Ranka Kustannus)

How could we not mention our friends of Shiraz Lane in a list of most anticipated releases when they have their 3rd full-length album ‘Forgotten Shades Of Life‘ coming out this month? After releasing the EP ‘Vibration I’ in the beginning of 2020, the pandemic hit hard and instead of finishing and releasing ‘Vibration II‘, they ended up writing off the lockdown into a brand new full-length. While we’re still hoping to see that EP come to life, since it sounded really exciting, getting even more music from these up-and-coming Finnish rockers is nothing to complain about! They haven’t shared a whole lot of music yet in advance except for the video single ‘Scream‘ and the audio single ‘Disconnect from the Matrix‘, but what you can expect is the signature Shiraz Lane rock sound with probably a couple of surprises along the way. With every new release they’ve managed to evolve themselves in some way or form and we want to bet that this time won’t be different! Rockers around the world, unite and check this album out!

Heilung - Drif

(19/08 - Season of Mist)

After their by now legendary performances at Castlefest and Midgardsblot back in 2017, Heilung officially took over the hearts of people around the world. Since then they’ve been spreading their message of honoring nature and brother/sisterhood among people through their captivating music and live rituals. With their 3rd full-length ‘Drif‘, they continue to take you on a trip back into history with primitive sounds, intricate soundscapes and trance-inducing beats. However, inspired by their many trips around the world on their mission to share the love for their heritage and nature, this album should also include influences and stories from the ancient great civilizations from the east that have left their mark on the tribes in the North and the West. Looking how impressive their passage was at Red Rocks in the US with the inclusion of some native tribes, we can hardly wait to hear how this will translate into their music!

Machine Head - Of Kingdom And Crown

(26/08 - Nuclear Blast)

Finally, many years after the departure of both longtime serving Machine Head members Demmel and McClain, this is the first full-length release since the highly divisive ‘Catharsis‘. And after the killer stand alone singles ‘Stop the Bleeding’ (with Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage) and ‘Bulletproof’, it felt like the Machine Head so many people love might be on its way back. Now with ‘Of Kingdom And Crown’, Robb Flynn and his rejuvenated Machine Head deliver their first concept album ever, based on the anime series Attack on Titan, telling the story of two characters who “believe they’re doing good, but both sides are committing evil and atrocities”. Going on the first singles, there is a chance that this 10th album could become an instant Machine Head classic in the veins of ‘The Blackening’ and we’re all there for it!

Muse - Will of the People

(26/08 - Warner Records / Helium-3)

4 years after ‘Simulation Theory‘, Muse is back with a new album! For many among us some of their earlier tracks are still a staple in their playlists to this day and while some of their more recent music didn’t always strike that right chord, with Muse you’re always in for somewhat of an adventure. When at the beginning of the year, they suddenly came out of the woodwork with the single ‘Won’t Stand Down’, they got us all excited for the ‘Will of the People‘ album. That track is some of the heaviest work we’ve heard from Muse and features what can count as a metalcore breakdown for the band. And while the following single ‘Compliance‘ spoke of a more poppy, but socially critical and aware Muse and the title track ‘Will of the People‘ was more of a glam/stadium rock sound (which will do amazing in a live setting), the most recent single ‘Kill or Be Killed‘ came in hard again with a sound that harks back at that old school progressive industrial-tinged metal sound we love from Muse. It seems that this album will be a highly diverse album that might get us going pretty hard!

Brymir - Voices In The Sky

(26/08 - Napalm Records)

The Finnish band Brymir has been a bit of an underdog for years in the melodeath scene, but those who know, know that these guys have some damn epic music. In the past we’ve highly enjoyed them with catchy tracks like ‘Ride On, Spirit’, reminding us of some of our favorite artists of the same country like Ensiferum, Wintersun, Turisas and Kalmah. But while some of those bands have gotten less harsh, or are simply not releasing anything anymore, Brymir is there to fill in the empty spot with some epically crafted symphonically enhanced melodeath tracks with a pagan background. Title track ‘Voices In The Sky‘, released as the first single, is a prime example of that. And while it still has that recognizable Brymir sound, it had a lot more depth to it than previous releases. The rhythm and pacing changes are great, the chorus is incredibly catchy and the context/meaning of the song is inspiring. Second single ‘Herald of Aegir’ seemed to continue the trend of an evolved Brymir with respect for their history with more intricately written music. This is simply a must for anyone who is into the aforementioned bands and similar, don’t sit on this one!

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