The Best New Metal Album Releases This Week

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Neurosis – Fires Within Fires

“Spiritual, inexorable, a seismic force of nature – Neurosis continue to create art without equal and Fires Within Fires is another worthy addition to an awe-inspiring canon filled with truly pioneering and timeless albums.” Read the full album review.

Sahg – Memento Mori

“A far cry from the uninspiring hard rock they tossed our way in 2006, Memento Mori is a mature, expansive and highly progressive treatment of stoner doom.” Read the full album review.

Trap Them – Crown Feral

“At just over 30 minutes, Crown Feral acts like a prize fighter – getting in, hitting hard and making maximum impact – plus proud luddites can put it on the flipside of their cassette dub of Reign In Blood.” Read the full album review.

Insomnium – Winter’s Gate

“Opening with the sound of rolling waves and a delicate guitar part, the album is very much the proverbial ‘journey’ and prog and black metal influences pepper the melodic death-steeped opus.” Read the full album review.

Dysrhythmia – The Veil Of Control

“Like everything the Philadelphia trio have recorded, The Veil Of Control is initially bewildering but, after repeated listens, so weirdly fascinating that it could potentially drive you mad.” Read the full album review.

True Widow – Avvolgere

“Whilst retaining the three-piece’s signature minimalist, low-slung twang, it’s an upward shift in momentum, following on from 2013’s Circumambulation, a record to be consumed on regret-filled nights by a rain-soaked window.” Read the full album review.

Allegaeon – Proponent For Sentience

“Such is the quality of the musicianship on offer that even the potentially jarring inclusion of extended flamenco guitar passages that bookend Gray Matter Mechanics – Appassonata Ex Machinea feels perfectly at home when set against the comparatively straightforward machine-gun brutality of the likes of Cognitive Computations.” Read the full album review.

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