Every Tuesday Harvest Moon Music examines the new metal releases unleashed upon the masses. The second week of the New Year offers a few solid albums, including two highly-anticipated releases, for your headbanging pleasure!
Avantasia : Angel of Babylon
Tobias Sammet's heavy metal opera project Avantasia return with Angel of Babylon, the follow-up to 2010's The Wicked Symphony. Angel of Babylon is the concluding piece in The Wicked Trilogy, and a must-have for fans of theatrical power metal.
Engel : Threnody
The fifth album from Swedish modern metal outfit Engel, Threnody gets a North American release after being unleashed upon the rest of the world in 2010. Mixing industrial and Gothenburg elements with contemporary stylings, Threnody will appeal to fans of bands like Lamb of God and Soilwork.
Fen : The Malediction Fields
Britain's Fen ply an atmospheric style of black metal akin to Agalloch, and their debut full-length The Malediction Fields will certainly appeal to fans of the aforementioned Oregonians. Initially released in 2009, The Malediction Fields finally makes it to U.S. shores.
Kryoburn : Three Years Eclipsed
Five years ago New Mexico's Kryoburn released their debut album of molten modern thrash. Three Years Eclipsed builds upon the foundation set by the debut, and adds hints of progressive flair for increased melodic appeal. Fans of the Static-X style of extreme music will want to give this release a try.
The Meads of Asphodel : The Murder of Jesus the Jew
British experimental black metallers The Meads of Asphodel have defied categorization since emerging in 1998. The band's fifth full-length won't disappoint fans, as melody melds seamlessly with brutality in true Meads form. The Murder of Jesus the Jew is one of the most anticipated albums to be released in the first half of 2011.
Sodom : In War and PiecesLegendary German thrashers Sodom take the prize for most anticipated album out this week with In War and Pieces, their fifteenth studio release. What's there to say about Sodom? Punishing thrash is what the band has built their reputation on, and they continue to deliver with authority and integrity. Add this one to your collection immediately!