Despite all the crap the music industry’s had to endure last year, and will probably have to suffer through for a while longer, we were still blessed with an incredible flow of quality releases. Just look at our reviews, editor’s top lists, and GRIMM’s top albums of 2020, which are all chock-full of amazing music. We therefor see no reason why 2021 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 wouldn’t be happening yet.
The further we get in the year, the more full the release schedule becomes and the more releases we’re looking forward. So this time we’re splitting the month up in 2 articles. Here are our most anticipated releases of the first half of March:
Baest – ‘Necro Sapiens’
(05/03 – Century Media)
Baest is a rising force in the firmaments of the modern (death) metal scene. These Danish guys have been pulling in the attention from a lot of metalfans and it seems they’re reaping new souls every day. Having been on tour with some of death metal’s greats like Entombed A.D. and Aborted, they’ve really made quite the name for themselves with their seemingly endless energy. The tracks they released as singles from ‘Necro Sapiens’ promise a lot more of their modern death metal sound with here and there some surprises.
Witherfall – ‘Curse Of Autumn’
(05/03 – Century Media)
Power metal isn’t something that is necessarily featured regularly on our site, it seems most of our writers have an inclination to the dark side of music. However, ever once in a blue moon there is an exception. This time it’s the new release of Witherfall. The American band delivers on a more dark and progressive vibe compared to most genre mates. Even though Autumn is long over and Winter is about to wrap it up as well, with ‘Curse of Autumn’, Witherfall brings back some of that darkness and melancholy those seasons usually bring forth.
Wolvennest – ‘Temple’
(05/03 – Ván Records)
From Belgium there is a really dark soundscape heading our ways. The occult psychedelic outfit Wolvennest will open the gates to their temple filled with soul, heart and music written at the precipice of the unprecedented situation we all are facing right now. Obscure ambient sounds with hints of black and doom metal that’ll drag you into a realm of dark rituals and ceremony with on the track ‘Succubus’ even a guest vocal appearance of TJ Cowgill from King Dude. A true delight for anyone who is into embarking on a psychedelic and meditative trip lead by quality music.
Rob Zombie – ‘The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy‘
(12/03 – Nuclear Blast)
Rob Zombie‘s back, baby. And how! It’s been six years since their last album, and it’s about high time they released some new material. The horror-western-themed industrial metal eccentrics have always put out great stuff and, from I’ve heard so far, the next installment won’t be any different, with at times hints at the greatness of the old school White Zombies sound. I simply can’t wait to sing along to Rob‘s usual catchy and disturbingly cooky rock ‘n’ roll lyrics while John 5 shreds along, succeeding again in producing guitar versions of horror-movie screams and spooky howls.
Enforced – ‘Kill Grid‘
(12/03 – Century Media)
Enforced is a fairly new thrash metal/crossover band from Richmond, Virginia. In 2019 they released their blistering debut album ‘At the Walls‘. Listening to that album was like discovering Power Trip for the first time all over again. ‘Kill Grid‘ will be the band’s first record released through Century Media Records. Based on the singles that have been released so far (Hemorrhage, Malignance, Curtain Fire) their sophomore effort promises to be even more ferocious.
The Crown – ‘Royal Destroyer‘
(12/03 – Metal Blade Records)
It seems I find myself talking about HM2 Swedish melodic death metal a lot these days. The Crown have been at it since the 90s but are for some reason still criminally underappreciated. This month marks another chapter in the melodeath stalwarts’ discography as they’re set to drop ‘Royal Destroyer‘, a follow-up to 2018’s acclaimed ‘Cobra Speed Venom‘. If it’s any good as the previous installment, I sincerely hope this time it manages to reach larger audiences.
The Rumjacks – ‘Hestia’
(12/3 – ABC Records)
We’ve been supporting this originally Australian Celtic outfit since the very beginning of our site and they’ve released album after album of great music ranging from the upbeat pub belters to the more melancholic singalongs. With ‘Hestia’, The Rumjacks are entering a new era for the band with brand new Boston originated vocalist Mike (be on the lookout for our interview with the man himself). Since Boston has one of the biggest Irish communities of the US, it may come as no surprise that he’s a damn good fit for the band. And hitting the shelves about 5 days before St. Paddy’s, everything seems to be set up for great success!
Eyehategod – ‘A History Of Nomadic Behavior’
(12/3 – Century Media)
The godfathers of the NOLA sludge sound are back with a brand new album! ‘A History Of Nomadic Behavior’ is the first full-length album from Eyehategod in about 7 years and we couldn’t get more excited. Their filthy brand of bluesy sludge metal with a high level of “I don’t give a fuck” is like no other and leaves behind quite the impression every single time. Mike IX Williams‘ tortured screams deliver pure misanthrope and society’s suffering as usual and in these times of pandemic and the aftermath of the last 4 years of GOP’s rule, you couldn’t think of a better soundtrack of life right now.
Conan – ‘Live At Freak Valley’
(12/3 – Napalm Records)
Hail Supreme Doom! Live At Freak Valley!
If there is one band that will slap you in the face and blow you completely of your feet, it’s Conan! Their ferocious caveman battle doom is a destructive force like no other. Especially live this band is a pure assault on your eardrums. And that is exactly what they’re bringing straight to your home now! For those who are in desperate need of how a live show sounds, get ‘Live At Freak Valley’, crank up the volume to 11 and let the whole neighborhood feel the earthquake caused by Conan‘s sonic potency.
Hear the roar of battle. Smell the stench of spilt blood. A thousand heads piled high like a grim mound of suffering – a blasphemy to nature. HAIL CONAN!