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Heavy Rotation | September 2021


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!

A Pale Horse Named Death – ‘Infernum in Terra’ (Long Branch Records)

APHND have once again delivered an album of decent doom that picks up the mantle of Type O Negative and adds it with some droning Alice in Chains style vocals to push their sound further forward.

Black Mass – ‘Feast at the Forbidden Tree’ (Redefining Darkness Records)

Simply put, this latest release from Black Mass is top drawer thrash metal. Bang the head that doesn’t bang!

Black Reuss – ‘Metamorphosis’ (Independent Release)

It’s grim, it’s dark and it sits poised for the autumn months as the natural world dies.

Carcass – ‘Torn Arteries’ (Nuclear Blast Records)

Carcass have once again delivered another masterpiece. It is Carcass doing what Carcass does best, so grab your surgical toolkit, we’re off to find some cadavers for another lesson in medical dissection from the UK’s best.

Crimson Fire – ‘Another Dimension’ (No Remorse Records)

Greek fire rains down once more as Crimson Fire deliver another excellent slice of power metal courtesy of ‘Another Dimension’.

Dark Arena – ‘Worlds of Horror’ (Pure Steel Records)

Dark Arena throw their hat into the ring with the big boys of the genre as ‘Worlds of Horror’ manages to go toe to toe with the likes of Queensrÿche, Crimson Glory and Sanctuary.

Desecrator – ‘Summoner’ (Independent Release)

Aussie thrashers stake their claim in the southern hemispheres of thrash with this thunderous offering that adds a touch of technicality to that overworked low string.

Ex Deo – ‘The Thirteen Years of Nero’ (Napalm Records)

Friends! Romans! Countrymen! Lend me your hi-fi’s because Ex Deo are back with another superb concept album and this time it is about Rome’s most maligned emperor.

Grieving – ‘Songs for the Weary’ (Godz Ov War Productions)

Grieving step out of the woodlands of Poland with their debut album and show the world what they can do with that old-school doom sound.

Ground Force – ‘Tree of Life’ (Independent Release)

A Dystopian future and a genomics project, well, it must be a power metal album and Ground Force push forward with their guns blazing in hail of technicality that will have you replaying for weeks.

Hooded Menace – ‘The Tritonus Bell’ (Season of Mist)

Hooded Menace have delivered one of the best, if not THE best death/doom album of the year and any fan of the genre should get it immediately.

Iron Maiden – ‘Senjutsu’ (Parlophone Records)

You’ve heard of Samurai Jack, now get ready for Samurai Eddie. The new Maiden album is a double headed creature that has heavy metal fans debating whether it is a friend or foe. Best way to decide? Listen to it yourself.

Killing – ‘Face the Madness’ (Mighty Music)

These Danish thrashers have unleashed a beast with their debut album of old-school thrash vibes that is guaranteed to appeal to everyone who likes good friendly violent fun.

Lower 13 – ‘Embrace the Unknown’ (Pure Steel Records)

Lower 13 continue to spawl themselves into other genres and this time they’re taking melodic metalcore under their wings with a sound that would appeal to fans of The Raven Age.

Portrait – ‘At One With None’ (Metal Blade Records)

One of the best heavy metal albums of the year. Do you like King Diamond? Mercyful Fate? Yes? Get the new Portrait album and then go and get their back catalogue, you’ll thank us later.

Spektra – ‘Overload’ (Frontiers Records)

Spektra are the latest band in a run of projects headed by Frontiers Records and this one is designed to show of the vocals of BJ. This is fine melodic rock, it’s cheesy, it’s fun and it goes down well at 8pm on a Friday night with a few cans of beer.

Spirit Adrift – ‘Forge Your Future’ (Century Media Records)

Another year, another excellent Spirit Adrift release. This EP may not set the world on fire, but it does set the band up perfectly for another studio album.

Trance – ‘Metal Forces’ (Metalapolis Records)

German heavy metal at its finest, its got that classic heavy metal sound and it’s called ‘Metal Forces’, if that doesn’t make the oil come out of the Tin Man’s sheet metal cock, then nothing will.

Unto Others – ‘Strength’ (Roadrunner Records)

Unto Others follow up an excellent debut album with another excellent album of Goth rock meets trad metal to a rousing response.

Wormwitch – ‘Wolf Hex’ (Prosthetic Records)

A short but sweet album of black metal that is in and out quicker than a teenage boy at house party

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