It’s Friday, which means two things: giving the week the finger and new music! Tune in every Friday for The Pit’s round-up of new releases, from singalong hard rock to pus-drenched underground death metal. Keep those ears bleeding!
The Pretty Reckless, Death by Rock and Roll
For fans of: Halestorm, HELLYEAH, Monster Truck
Standout track: “Witches Burn”
Look, The Pretty Reckless are big hip-swaggerin’ radio hard rock wearing a skull-and-crossbones vest, right? So if you only listen to kvlt fucking metal, you’re gonna sneer at this shit, just like you’d sneer at most sandwiches or paintings without goats in ’em. But if you’re a G’N’R fan looking for new material to jam out to, this ain’t a bad album! It’s got some big ol’ guitars and some brash attitude, and it’s by a band who were doing the whole Rock Is Actually Cool thing long before Machine Gun Kelly and Dua Lipa got in on it. Know what you’re in for — but hey, steak and potatoes, dee-fuckin’-lish!
God Is An Astronaut, Ghost Tapes #10 (Napalm Records)
For fans of: Kylesa, Pelican, MONO
Standout track: “Barren Trees”
Do you wish the word ‘prog’ meant more than ‘power metal but with some wheeldy-whirlies here and there?’ Then my friend, the new God Is An Astronaut is here for you. Ghost Tapes #10 has a lot of shoegaze-y emotion to it, but none the less keeps the metal acidity throughout. It’s not a record you’d ever party to, but hey, if you and your friend are on a train running away from your home in some slate-grey east-coast town, pop this sucker on and let it take you.
Tragedy In Hope, Sleep Paralysis (Self-released)
For fans of: Cradle of Filth, Carach Angren, Chthonic
Standout track: “Fighting With The Rain”
What if Cradle of Filth sounded less like a choir of Draculas and more like an actual band? This seems to be the premise of Russian duo Tragedy In Hope, whose new album Sleep Paralysis somehow brings a tangible humanity to gothic black metal. Vocalist Sasha Giller definitely provides a full-on harpy shriek, but does so without endless layers or too much polish. Basically, if you love that cathedral-haunting blackened goth, but wish it felt like you knew these people, this album’s for you.
Immortal Guardian, Psychosomatic (M-Theory)
For fans of: Nevermore, Devin Townsend Witherfall
Standout track: “Lockdown”
“QUARAN-TAAAAAYN!” No matter what you think about Immortal Guardian, it’s refreshing to hear a band that plays their style while confronting modern life. Though there’s a lot of big, epic, technical stuff going on on Psychosomatic, it never devolves into a lot of bullshit about chivalry and orcs. As such, they feel poised to be the inheritors of Nevermore’s throne, a gritty power metal band who feel relevant even as they soar. Get this in your brain.
- Sirenia, Riddles, Ruin & Revelations (Napalm Records)
- Swampbeast, Seven Evils Spawned from Seven Heads (Translation Loss)
- Grand Cadaver, Madness Comes EP (Majestic Mountain)
- Crawl Below, 9 Mile Square (Self-released)
- Abythic, Dominion of the Wicked (Iron Bonehead)
Words by Chris Krovatin