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Anaal Nathrakh – Endarkenment

The censored version of the artwork to Anaal Nathrakh's eleventh album Endarkenment.

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: October 2, 2020

Genre: Extreme Metal

Label: Metal Blade Records

Anaal Nathrakh, the extreme metal band based out of Birmingham, England are eager to return to the spotlight of the metal scene with the release of their eleventh album, Endarkenment. The extreme metal duo’s new album was both tracked and produced entirely by multi-instrumentalist Mick Kenney at his own studio in Southern California, while the vocal tracks by vocalist Dave Hunt were laid down in an industrial estate in Birmingham.

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Cult of Lilith – Mara

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: September 4, 2020

Genre: Technical Death Metal, Symphonic Death Metal

Label: Metal Blade Records

Iceland’s Cult of Lilith have been writing and recording their debut record over the past two years after solidifying their now current line up. The band’s debut album, Mara, is a unique blend of death metal, prog, and classical music styles. With no creative limit in front of the band, they seemingly share similarities to the symphonic death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse, and a slew of other bands under the large death metal umbrella. Nonetheless, Cult of Lilith bleed their own brilliance into their songwriting and sound to make the album what truly makes Cult of Lilith stand out over the rest. Mara was recorded at two separate studios, the first being Dutch Ice Productions where the album’s drums were tracked. While everything else was tracked at guitarist Kristján Jóhann Júlíusson’s own Krummafótur Studio. Cult of Lilith’s debut album was produced by Chris van der Valk (Hail of Bullets, Prejudice), then mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation).

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Ensiferum – Thalassic

By Samuel StevensKyle Erickson

Release Date: July 10, 2020

Genre: Folk Metal, Viking Metal

Label: Metal Blade Records

The Finnish folk metal legends Ensiferum are readying the release of their eighth full length album, Thalassic. The Greek word Thalassic translates to, “of or relating to the sea.” This marks Ensiferum’s first album to ever revolve around one set theme, this theme being water or the sea. The idea of the album revolving around one central theme was that of bassist Sami Hinkka. Hinkka has always been in charge of the band’s lyrics for some time now and once again tackled them head on. He brought the idea to the band as the initial songwriting of the album began and the other members enjoyed it so much, they rolled with it. The band is always reinventing their sound and with band’s newest addition to the line up, Pekka Montin (keyboards, clean vocals) has breathed new life into the band’s songwriting overall.

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Falconer – From A Dying Ember

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: June 26, 2020

Genre: Folk Metal, Power Metal

Label: Metal Blade Records

Swedish folk/power metal quintet return with their ninth and final album, From A Dying Ember. The band after twenty years together, announced their sudden disbandment on June 11th, voicing that they created this eleven track effort with the full intent of making the best possible Falconer album the five of them could possibly deliver after such a storied career. Even adding some instruments to their music, that the band has always wanted to include in their songwriting to achieve an extra medieval and folky vibe to their sound. Falconer’s latest release was once again produced, mixed, and mastered by Andy LaRocque, guitarist of King Diamond. The album was also recorded at LaRocque’s own, Sonic Train Studio.

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Sorcerer – Lamenting of the Innocent

By Samuel Stevens & Kyle Erickson

Release Date: May 29, 2020

Genre: Heavy Metal, Doom Metal

Label: Metal Blade Records

The Swedish epic doom metal band, Sorcerer have never let the sub-genre define them and continued to stride past it on their third album, Lamenting of the Innocent, by incorporating many new elements from other sub-genres of metal to their always evolving sound. Lamenting of the Innocent is best described as a semi-concept album. The members of Sorcerer wanted each individual track on the effort to stand out on their own, which they were successful in doing that such feat. However all the tracks do revolve around the similar themes of witchcraft and the hunting of witches that specifically occurred in the 14th and 15th century. The album draws most of it’s inspiration of these themes from the book, Malleus Maleficarum, which is most commonly translated to Hammer of Witches, originally published in 1487 by German author and inquisitor, Heinrich Kramer, best known by his Latinized name, Henricus Institoris.

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