Upcoming Albums

Upcoming Albums January 27th

Here are Metal Utopia’s most anticipated albums of the week!

Rick is looking forward to Sheogorath’s Winterhold EP:

Sheogorath – Winterhold

Lured in by the Skyrim references, I stayed for the music. This duo’s brand of melodic black metal may sound a bit bland throughtout certain sections, but works surprisingly well in the chorus.

Nathan is looking forward to:

…and Oceans – As In Gardens, So In Tombs

Cosmic World Mother was great, and …And Oceans haven’t lost anything in the ensuing years. Excellent black metal with some grandiose moments.

Seven Doors – Feast Of The Repulsive Dead

Apparently there is a whole scene of death metal inspired by Lucio Fulci, and apparently it’s all quite good. This is a debut release one-man death metal act that tries to beat you down so fully and efficiently you don’t even notice if the drums are programmed or not.

Seer Of The Void – Mantra Monolith

Something is in the air, because there are more dusty, dry doom metal records than usual this week. Seer Of The Void is near the top of the pack, with solid riffs and an evil grin.

Iron Void – IV

While Seer Of The Void was near the top of the doom metal pack, Iron Void is what’s standing in their way. Solid, riff-based doom that’s just drenched in the nastiest parts of the blues. IV contains some very catchy tracks that are stuck in my brain.

Thy Darkened Shade – Liber Lvifer II – Mahapralaya

If you want black metal that lasts a little too long, but you’re completely fine with it because of how engaging and dynamic the riffs are despite the music being placed squarely in the middle of a genre that can’t avoid repeating a tremelo to save its life. The best black metal release of the young year.

Malice Divine – Everlasting Ascendancy

Some nice, fleshed out, long tracks that make full use of their run-times to explore the band’s style. The album as a whole also lasts a little too long, but it’s not a significant detriment here.