New & Noteworthy is a weekly column in which we highlight some of the newest rock and metal releases coming out each week. This week features new music from Coheed & Cambria, Behemoth, and more! Be sure to check out the last week’s New & Noteworthy for what all came out last Friday. If you want to see last week’s sales numbers, you can read about those in Metal by Numbers. Also be sure to follow us on Spotify to get this month’s New & Noteworthy Playlist, updated every Friday.
Coheed And Cambria, The Unheavenly Creatures (Roadrunner)
After 5 years away from The Amory Wars saga, America progressive metal group Coheed & Cambria returns with Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures. This is their first release since signing to Roadrunner Records. I’ve been on board with this as soon they dropped the first song, and introduction to the album’s story, “The Dark Sentencer.” It immediately quenched the thirst for their high concept progressive side, which they departed from for their previous release The Color Before the Storm. They’ve also released music videos for “Old Flame,” “Unheavenly Creatures,“and “The Gutter.” Coheed & Cambria are currently touring the UK, will be back for a handful of dates in North America in November. I caught them over the summer, as they were touring with Taking Back Sunday, and they were amazing live. The Unheavenly Creatures is also available on vinyl.
Behemoth, I Loved You At Your Darkest (Metal Blade)
Four and a half years, two live albums, an EP, and a handful of tours later, Polish blackened death metal icons Behemoth return with I Loved You At Your Darkest, the followup to their widely acclaimed album The Satanist. Not ones to take videos lightly, Behemoth has released three fairly intense music video for “Bartzabel” “Wolves ov Siberia” and “God=dog,” with Wolves being the only one of the them to not feature some very tastefully sacrilegious nudity. They had just toured the U.S. opening for Slayer this summer, but Behemoth will be back later this month and into November. At the Gates and Wolves in the Throne Room are set to open for them. I Loved You At Your Darkest will also be available on vinyl.
Early this year Behemoth also released a live album, Messe Noire.
Monuments, Phronesis (Century Media)
Phronesis is the third album from the British progressive metal group Monuments. They have released lyric videos for the three tracks “Mirror Image,” “Leviathan” and “A.W.O.L.” The album has no single producer, but was recorded in parts in various studios. The guitar and bass was recorded by Jim Pinder (Bullet for my Valentine, Machine Head), at Treehouse Studios, vocals were recorded by Cristian Machado at Soundwars Studios, and drum played and recorded by Anup Sastry. Daniel Lang has since taken over as drummer for the band. Phronesis is also also be available on vinyl.
A Storm Of Light, Anthroscene (Translation Loss Recordings)
Author & Punisher, Beastland (Relapse)
Black Peaks, All That Divides (Rise Records)
High On Fire, Electric Messiah (eOne Music)
Ice Nine Kills, The Silver Scream (Fearless)
Sylar, Seasons (Hopeless)
The Brew, Art Of Persuasion (Napalm Records)
Windhand, Eternal Return (Relapse)
Lizzies, On Thin Ice (The Sign Records)