Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Heavy Metal Tuesday: May 10th, 2011

Quality triumphs over quantity this week, as there are only a handful of metal releases to be had but the majority of them are worth the price of admission.

The Best of Week 19, 2011:

Anvil: Juggernaut of Justice
(The End)
Semi-legendary Canadian thrashers Anvil are back with their 14th studio album. Although the overall pace can't quite match the band's earlier efforts, Juggernaut of Justice is nevertheless a powerhouse of a release certain to please fans of traditionally-styled thrash.

Gates of Slumber: The Wretch
(Metal Blade)
The fifth full-length release from long-running Indiana doomsters Gates of Slumber, The Wretch is classic doom in every sense of the word. Sabbath, Cirith Ungol, Candlemass... if those bands interest you, then this album is a necessary addition to your collection.

Novembers Doom: Aphotic
(The End)
Veterans of the American doom/death scene, Chicago's Novembers Doom return with their eighth full-length release. Aphotic evokes the sound pioneered by bands like My Dying Bride, Katatonia, and Sins Of Thy Beloved while at the same time harnessing the impact of contemporary production values. The Gathering's Anneke Van Giersbergen guests on one track, as does producer Dan Swano.

Portrait: Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae
(Metal Blade)
Old school power metal continues to rise again as bands like Sweden's Portrait continue to issue pummeling releases like Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae. The band's sophomore effort harnesses the spirit of bands like Mercyful Fate and Omen to deliver raw, compelling metal.

And now the rest:
Hate Eternal: Phoenix Amongst the Ashes [ death metal ]
Nazareth: Big Dogz [ hard rock ]
Skold: Anomie [ industrial metal ]


  1. Aphotic is grand stuff. I still have to get ahold of the new ANVIL with my Metal ears! \m/

  2. Agreed! My want lits is steadily growing. I've been on a bit of a hair metal kick lately so I picked up a copy of Modern Superstar's latest, but ti won't be long before I swing back and grab these as well.