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Heavy Rotation | July 2021

Welcome

to the METAL DIGEST Heavy Rotation Playlist.

This is where we sit down and attempt to cram everything we’ve been digesting at our HQ into a monthly playlist for your audio pleasure. Here you’ll find upcoming releases from both new and established bands, as well juicy reissues and celebrated classics. There is a guarantee you’ll find something new to crank up in your daily routine. So sit back, turn it up to 11 and enjoy!

Blacklist – ‘Vengeance’ (Independent Release)

The UK thrashers get the ball rolling with their debut album ‘Disciples of Time’ and its everything that any fan of contemporary thrash metal could ever want.

Brother Against Brother – ‘Deadly Sins’ (Frontiers Records)

Brazilian vocalists Nando Fernandes and Renan Zonta go head-to-head with their latest project and prove that hard rock has some quickly rising stars with exceptionally powerful voices.

Darkthrone – ‘Hate Cloak’ (Peaceville Records)

Nocturno Culto and Fenriz have returned with their excellent new album ‘Eternal Hails…’. It may not hit the dizzying heights of some their releases, but ‘Eternal Hails…’ is still a brooding beast.

Diabolizer – ‘Maelstroms of Abhorrence’ (Everlasting Spew Records)

The Turkish death metallers do what they do best and that is deliver a brutal debut album that butchers its listeners and dissolves their remains in an acid bath.

Drawn and Quartered – ‘Rotting Abomination (The Cleansing)’ (Krucyator Productions)

This month has the Seattle death metal band delivering what is debatably one of the best death metal albums of the year and if you’re a fan of death metal, then get on ‘Congregation Plague’.

Dream Tröll – ‘The Tormentor’ (Independent Release)

Dream Tröll are a band that have already delivered two nigh-on-perfect trad metal albums and therefore, ‘Realm of the Tormentör’ is no different. Crank it loud because these UK trad metallers are keeping it real.

Fallen Stars BC – ‘Vicious Cycle’ (Independent Release)

These Canadians are fighting the good fight with their blend of heavy metal, hard rock and pop/rock that has the serious potential to get some serious attention and radio play.

Froglord – ‘First Contact’ (The Swamp Records)

Frog Power. Frog Sludge. Frog Doom. Frog Humour. Toadily Odd.

Hardline – ‘Fuel to the Fire’ (Frontiers Records)

The hard rock band return with another album of excellent melody and pop sensibilities that come with over 30-years experience.

Inhuman Condition – ‘Tyrantula’ (Listenable Insanity Records)

Formed by Taylor Nordberg and Jeramie King following their departure from Massacre last year. What the listener gets is some top notch old-school death metal.

Inner Stream – ‘Massive Drain’ (Frontiers Records)

Argentine vocalist Inés Vera Ortiz teams up with Alessandro del Vecchio and Guillermo de Medio to deliver the album that Within Temptation should have been releasing for the last decade.

Kold – ‘Fortvivlelsens Kammer’ (Vendetta Records)

These Danes deliver black metal on their own terms; it’s rapid fire tremolo picking traded off against some beautiful ambient qualities that make Kold’s self-titled EP worth seeking out.

March in Arms – ‘Welcome to the Blitz’ (RFL Records)

With Jon Schaffer going from commenting on the West Wing and moving into D-Wing; ‘Pulse of the Daring’ gives you more than enough of that Iced Earth sound that you’ll be craving.

Nekromantheon – ‘Thanatos’ (Indie Recordings)

‘Visions of Trismegistos’ is simply one of the best blackened thrash albums of the year. No discussion. End of. Fan of the genre? Buy it.

Nephila – ‘Belladonna’ (The Sign Records)

With ‘Belladonna’, Nephila open a portal up to 1968 and bring all the psychedelia back through. It’s possible to trip without even taking anything just by listening to this album.

Nothing Sacred – ‘Virus’ (Rockshots Records)

Aussie metallers return with their first album in over 30 years and it was worth the wait as they perfectly blend heavy, thrash and power metal together to create something decent.

Over Reach – ‘Raven’ (Independent Release)

Mexican thrashers get themselves off to a good start with this thrashing them.

Powerwolf – ‘Dancing With the Dead’ (Napalm Records)

The wolfpack is back! Powerwolf do what they do best and that is provide an album of anthemic power metal that will have you singing for days.

Resurrection Kings – ‘Skygazer’ (Frontiers Records)

Former Dio men Craig Goldy and Vinnie Appice return with their sophomore album to create an experienced fine blend for heavy metal and hard rock.

Social Disorder – ‘Dreaming’ (AFM Records)

Anders Rönnblom brings old school style anthems to life through a contemporary lens that would really suit to be a stadium near you!

Solar Age – ‘The Solar Age’ (Metal Assault Records)

For a tiny stoner EP, ‘The Solar Age’ makes a lot of noise. This is proper stoner, the way it should be done.

Terra Odium – ‘The Clouded Morning’ (Frontiers Records)

This is old school progressive metal, no blending of genres, no djentisms, just balls to the wall late 80s style prog metal. Oh! And Steve DiGiorgio is in it too.

Thor – ‘The Ultimate Alliance’ (Cleopatra Records)

That famous old name assembles a cast of high profile metal stars to unleash his latest slice of chest beating cheesy heavy metal.

Vandor – ‘Enter Twilight’ (Scarlet Records)

If you’re entering the world of Vandor, take this map because their latest release is a sprawling world of power metal worthy of any fantasy RPG.

Wasted Creation – ‘Wither’ (Independent Release)

These Louisianans take old school death metal and blend it together with modern Deathcore to show that although they worship their heroes, they’re blazing forward on their own path.

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