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 metal releases, from singalong hard rock to pus-drenched underground death metal. Keep those ears bleeding!
Fit For An Autopsy, Oh What The Future Holds (Nuclear Blast)
For fans of: Brand of Sacrifice, Slipknot, Thy Art Is Murder
Standout track: “A Higher Level of Hate”
Over their last few albums, Fit For An Autopsy have worked hard at refining their plug-yanking deathcore into something both listenable and punishing. And on Oh What The Future Holds, they appear to have reached a new xenith: the album is so carefully constructed, so impressively arranged, that one cannot act as though this genre is not one of metal’s most interesting and fruitful (also, Will Putney can write us a song any time). While arms-crossed death metal fans might find the album’s sonic choreography a bit sterile, fans of the genre at large will find it brilliantly accessible. A triumph of BOOM.
Underoath, Voyeurist (Fearless Records)
For fans of: Every Time I Die, Stray From The Path, The Devil Wears Prada
Standout track: “Damn Excuses”
This week, Wendy’s said that Underoath’s “new stuff sounds like [their] little brother trying to cuss for the first time.” While that’s not entirely accurate, it definitely feels like Underoath are taking things in a more streamlined direction this time around, with a little less gravel. The tracks that don’t go for the throat on Voyeurist hang back considerably, exploring a more face-first vulnerability than they have in previous materials. If you’re a fn, this’ll hit the spot, but it might hit other spots you didn’t expect, too.
Enterprise Earth, The Chosen (eOne)
For fans of: Fleshgod Apocalypse, Inferi, The Black Dahlia Murder
Standout track: “I Have to Escape”
Is it fair to call The Chosen a deathcore album? On the one hand, Enterprise Earth definitely bring all the epic drops, electronic accents, and scathing howls that one associates with the genre. But there’s just a little more metal on this album, a little more fun, than one normally associates with that style of music. The guitar solo in the middle of “Unleash Hell” alone is enough to get vest-wearers jazzed up. A deeply enjoyable genre-straddler of a record.
Dance With The Dead, Driven to Madness (Self-released)
For fans of: Carpenter Brut, Terrortron, Dethklok
Standout track: “Sledge”
How can you say no to horror-themed synth-sleaze? Dance With The Dead are shameless in their power-schlock, and it’s absolutely wonderful to hear on Dance With The Dead. Whether you’re listening to metallified confetti of “Wyrm of Doom,” the danse macabre of “I’m Your Passenger,” or the crudstep of “Firebird,” this album will fill your eyes with TV static and give you a boner that rips out of your jeans and nudges between your six belts for air. Yeah, it’s like that.
- Shadow of Intent, Elegy (Blood Blast)
- Maule, Maule (Gates of Hell)
- Aethereus, Leiden (The Artisan Era)
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Words by Chris Krovatin