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 the return of Opeth, Dragonforce, Steel Panther and many more! For last week’s releases you can check out the last New & Noteworthy, and for the latest sales numbers Metal by Numbers. Be sure to follow us on Spotify to get this month’s New & Noteworthy Playlist, updated every Friday with the newest metal releases.
This is going to be a wild couple weeks for me. Tonight (as of the day this is being published) I will be driving out to Cleveland with some friends to see Amorphis and Anneke. I will be in Colorado for work for the following two weeks, so the next couple N&Ns may be shorter than usual.
Opeth, In Cauda Venenum (Nuclear Blast)
Thirteenth studio album. Stockholm, Sweden. Progressive rock.
Vizualizers: “Divinity” “Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör” / “Heart In Hand” “Svekets Prins”
Studio: Park Studio (Stockhold, Sweden)
In Cauda Venenum: Latin for “Poison in the Tail”
Upcoming dates: Europe, Asia, Australia, October – January.
In Cauda Venenum is available on vinyl, and also in both Swedish and English language versions.
DragonForce, Extreme Power Metal (Metal Blade Records)
Eight studio album. London, England. Extreeeeeme power metal. Features Coen Janssen (Epica) on keyboards. First album to not feature keyboard player Vadim Pruzhanov Currently features YouTube personality and musician Steve Terreberry playing bass on tour, having replaced Frédéric Leclercq to cover tour dates.
Music videos: “Highway to Oblivion” “Heart Demolition”
Upcoming dates: North America, October, with Starkill and Dance With the Dead. UK, November. Europe, February.
Extreme Power Metal is also available on vinyl.
Steel Panther, Heavy Metal Rules (Steel Panther Inc.)
Fifth studio album. Los Angeles, California. Heavy metal.
Of Mice & Men, Earthandsky (Rise Records)
Sixth studio album. Orange County, California. Metalcore.
HELLYEAH, Welcome Home (Eleven Seven Music)
Dallas, Texas. Hard rock. Final album to feature drummer Vinnie Paul (Pantera) before his death, he has since been replaced by Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour).
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Acid Reign, The Age of Entitlement (Dissonance Productions)
Borknagar, True North (Century Media)
Car Bomb, Mordial (N/A)
Creeping Death, Wretched Illusions (eOne Music)
Cynic, Traced In Air Remixed (Season Of Mist)
Dayseeker, Sleeptalk (Spinefarm)
Firebreather, Under A Blood Moon (RidingEasy Records)
Ghost, Prequelle Exalted (Deluxe Vinyl) (EU only) (Loma Vista Recordings)
Goatburner, Extreme Conditions (Time To Kill Records)
Howling Giant, The Space Between Worlds (Blues Funeral Recordings)
KMFDM, Paradise (Metropolis Records)
Mortem, Ravnsvart (Peaceville)
Renounced, Beauty Is A Destructive Angel (Holy Roar Records)
SeeYouSpaceCowboy, The Correlation Between Entrance And Exit Wounds (Pure Noise Records)
Vintersea, Illuminated (M-Theory Audio)
Wednesday 13, Necrophaze (Nuclear Blast)