New & Noteworthy is a weekly column in which we highlight some of the newest rock and metal releases coming out each week. Yeah, yeah. Title, phrasing. Moving on. Happy New Year, this week’s list of album is particularly on theme. Just as the east coast is about to get pummeled by ice and snow we get a whole bunch of black metal albums to chill our hearts even more. If you would like to check out the last New & Noteworthy, you can do so here, if you want to see last pre-Christmas sales numbers, check those out in Metal by Numbers. Also be sure to follow us on Spotify for weekly new music playlists.
Watain, Trident Wolf Eclipse (Century Media)
Trident Wolf Eclipse. nlike with the more melodic approach they took with their last release “The Wild Hunt,” our contributor Jeff Podoshen calls Trident Wolf Eclipse “filthy, decaying music for a filthy, decaying world,” which I interpret as some pretty high praise. You don’t have to take our word for it though, you can always check out the single “Sacred Damnation,” or watch the music video for “Nuclear Alchemy.” Watain will also be touring North America in 2018 this February, with Destroyer 666 opening. Trident Wolf Eclipse is also available on vinyl.
Shining, X – Varg Utan Flock (Season Of Mist)
As the name implies, Varg Utan Flock is the tenth studio album from the Swedish black metal band Shining (not to be confused with Norway’s Shining). This is the first album to feature both Jarle “Uruz” Byberg (drums) and Markus Hammarström (bass), although Uruz played with the band briefly in 2007. The album contains six original songs, and covers of “In the Cold Light of Morning ” and “Cry Little Sister.” Varg Utan Flock is available on vinyl.
Fun fact: Out of the big three releases this week, this is the quickest follow-up to a previous album with only having been three years between.
Summoning, With Doom We Come (Napalm Records)
Despite a few setbacks having pushed the release back, Austria’s atmospheric black metal group Summoning has returned with their eighth studio album With Doom We Come. There has been very little press about this release, but if epic fantasy and atmospheric metal sounds appealing to you this would be a good place to start. The album is also available on vinyl.
Vile Ones, Teeth (Good Fight Music)