THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From BORIS, BATTLE BEAST, and More Out Today


This week’s new heavy metal releases include folk doom or something, epic dueling vocals, a band’s twenty-seventh album, and more! To the metal…

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40 Watt Sun – Perfect Light

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Genre: Doom-ish alternative rock/folk
Origin: London, England
Label: Svart

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Starting this week with one that’s hard to describe. Perfect Light has the emotion Katatonia, but a doom version of the band. However, it isn’t exactly heavy? The songs are long, sad, and mostly acoustic. This is perfect cold/rainy weather music.

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Abyssus – Death Revival

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Genre: Death metal/thrash
Origin: Athens, Greece
Label: Transcending Obscurity

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Abyssus‘ first album in seven years, and second overall, is thirty-three minutes of fuck you metal. Their blend of death metal grime and thrash fury is perfectly balanced here. They started off as an Obituary worship band, and a bit of that is still here, but this is a statement that Abyssus is very much their own beast now.

 

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Battle Beast – Circus Of Doom

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Genre: Heavy/power metal
Origin: Helsinki, Findland
Label: Nuclear Blast

If you’re a fan of the grand and the powerful then this should be on your list this week. Circus Of Doom is another collection of stellar tracks that include both shredding guitars and pop elements. This album continues to prove that vocalist Noora Louhimo is one of the most underrated in her field.

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Boris – W

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Genre: Psychedelic/drone
Origin: Tokyo, Japan
Label: Sacred Bones

Even the casual listener of Boris knows that there are a lot of different flavors of Boris. They’ve done stoner, doom, noise, straight ahead thrash, anthemic pop, and now they’re shifting to a spin on their drone/ambient/quasi-shoegaze sound with some curveballs thrown in. W is a rather dynamic record that aims to unsettle, and it does while keeping listeners compelled. Good news is that if you don’t care for this one they’re bound to release something in a few months. They dropped sixteen things last year, so it’s safe to assume W is only the first for 2022. Kevin has a full review here.

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Comeback Kid – Heavy Steps

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Genre: Hardcore
Origin: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Label: Nuclear Blast

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Now twenty years into their run, these kids still bring it. Heavy Steps is all the catchy hardcore that will get stuck in your head while you stomp around a pit. It’s as fun as it is angry. A cool bonus is that this album also includes a guest spot by Gojira‘s Joe Duplantier.

 

 

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Nocturna – Daughters Of The Night

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Genre: Gothic/power metal
Origin: Italy
Label: Scarlet

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A duel vocal approach is not a new concept in a metal band, and especially not in a Gothic metal outfit like Nocturna. However, where Nocturna shine is that they utilize an operatic AND more modern (for lack of a better word) vocals from Grace Darkling and Rehn Stillnight – Often simultaneously. Pair them with the surprisingly technical musicianship here and you have a standout debut.

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SOM – The Shape Of Everything

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Genre: Shoegaze/post-metal
Origin: Massachusetts
Label: Pelagic

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Concluding this week with a supergroup of sorts. This outfit includes folks from Caspian, Constants, and Junius. Together on The Shape Of Everything the band offer up heaviness that feels like waves crashing over you. This is for fans of Junius, Deftones, and maybe even CKY if they tried to make an Isis record.

 

Also dropping this week..,

  • Age Of Apocalypse – Grim Wisdom (Closed Casket) – Hardcore/post-hardcore
  • Ashes Of Ares – Emperors And Fools (Rock Of Angels) – Power metal – Full review
  • Asking Alexandria – Never Gonna Learn (Better Noise Music) – Metalcore
  • Artamene – Ziggurat (Wormholedeath) – Heavy metal/thrash
  • Beriedir – Aqva (Rockshots) – Progressive power metal
  • Billy Talent – Crisis Of Faith (Spinefarm) – Alternative/punk
  • Bongtower – Oscillator II (Self-released) – Stoner
  • Chaos Perversion – Petrified Against the Emanation (Sentient Ruin) – Death/black metal
  • Confess – Revenge at All Costs (Rexius Records) – Groove metal
  • Dødskvad – Krønike II (Caligari Records) – Death metal
  • Druid Lord – Relics Of The Dead (Hells Headbangers) – Death metal/doom
  • Edge Of Forever – Seminole (Frontiers) – Heavy metal/hard rock
  • Eisflammen – Следуй за мной (Depths of Void) – Atmospheric black metal
  • Feral – Spiritual Void (Source Atone Records/Basement Apes Industries) – Crust/hardcore
  • The Ferrymen – One More River To Cross (Frontiers) – Power metal
  • Fiat Nox – Demanifestation (Hymns of Destruction and Nothingness) (The Crawling Chaos Records) – Black metal
  • Giant – Shifting Time (Frontiers) – Hard rock
  • Great American Ghost – Torture World EP (MNRK Heavy) – Hardcore
  • Hanging Garden – Neither Moth Nor Rust EP (Lifeforce) – Melodic death metal/doom
  • Hazemaze – Blinded by the Wicked (Heavy Psych Sounds) – Doom/heavy metal
  • Heir Apparent – Graceful Inheritance (Hammerheart Records) – Heavy metal
  • Hellfox – The Call (Music For The Masses) – Gothic metal
  • Kandia – Quaternary (Frontiers) – Alternative metal
  • Kissin’ Dynamite – Not The End Of The Road (Napalm) – Heavy metal/glam
  • Lalu – Paint The Sky (Frontiers) – Progressive metal – Full stream
  • Nepthisis – Spiral Hollow (Self-released) – Alt metal/indistrial
  • Noisecult  – Seraphic Wizard (Metal Assault Records) – Doom/stoner
  • Pensee Nocturnes – Douce Fange (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions) – Avant-garde black metal
  • SETYØURSAILS – Nightfall (Napalm) – Metalcore
  • Sleepwulf – Sunbeams Curl (Heavy Psych Sounds) – Psychedelic
  • Sonata Arctica – Acoustic Adventures – Volume One (Atomic Fire) – Unplugged power metal
  • Spitfire – Denial To Fail (No Remorse) – Heavy/power metal
  • Sunczar – Bearer of Light (Argonauta Records) – Stoner/doom
  • Through The Noise – Tragedies EP (Eclipse) – Metalcore
  • Tokyo Blade – Fury (Dissonance) – Heavy metal
  • Torchbearer – Solace (Self-released) – Hardcore
  • Truculency – The Dome Collector (Coyote Records) – Brutal death metal
  • Verikalpa – Tunturihauta (Scarlet) – Folk metal
  • Vrsty – Welcome Home (Spinefarm) – Post-hardcore/R&B
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Album Review: BORIS W


When it comes to confounding and overwhelming the listener with a discography littered with a dizzying myriad of full-lengths, compilations, splits, EPs, collaborations, and altered/enhanced versions of the band all issued on various labels big and small and anything else you care to imagine and throw into the mix, Melvins take the cake. Taking a not-so-distant silver medal is Japanese trio Boris, a band with a history dating back to 1992 and a sound and direction so difficult to put a finger on that Metal Archives officially denotes their genre as “various.” If you do a random search on Boris, you’ll find the internet describing them as everything from an “experimental band” to simply “a musical group.” 

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Now is not the time or place — and yours truly is not patient or intelligent enough — to make sense of Boris‘ skyscraping release stack with the band’s 27th (give or take whatever’s available to give and/or take) full-length on the table. In true-to-form fashion, this latest album isn’t even a standalone work given that it acts as a companion to its predecessor from 2020. Written as a quick response to the initial havoc the pandemic and its politicization was having on lives everywhere, NO was Boris shaking out all their doom sludge and hardcore punk tendencies. W, written on the back end of almost two years of life at a standstill, is the comparative, soothing foil to NO‘s harshness. And if you haven’t yet caught on, together the two album titles combine to spell “NOW,” a cheeky affirmation that these releases are a product of unprecedented times and the rollercoaster of emotions and bullshit therein. 

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The final track on NO was called “Interlude,” which should have been the first hint something was up. What’s up is the melody from the closing moments of “Interlude” being shared with and opening W in the guise of “I Want To Go To The Side Where You Can Touch…,” an airy piece that floats between My Bloody Valentine soundscape and moaning Moog wash-outs. The ethereality of this track sets the tone for the majority of the rest of the record. Aside from the flourish of sprawling, Orange amp and pounding drum thunder that closed out “The Fallen,” the final Torche-like third of “Beyond Good and Evil” and the apprehensive stoner shuffle of “You Will Know (Ohayo Version),” this is Boris at their ambient, new age-y, humming, psychedelic, chamber orchestrated, chilled out-ness.  

There are moments where it feels like you’re being lovingly absorbed and enveloped by sound. “Icelina” combines Portishead sparsity with a dirty hippie pulling up a stool, an acoustic guitar, and a homemade pedalboard at a liberal arts college’s open mic night. “Drowning By Numbers” is reminiscent of Painkiller and Praxis exploring how to grate nervous systems with understated abrasion combined with insidious trip-hop rhythms. “Old Projector” conjures images of Enya jamming with Miranda Sex Garden. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are swaths of stark minimalism and emptiness where it feels like you’re sitting back and waiting for something to happen, the contrast making things appear that much more minimal and empty. A track like “Invitation” comes across more like random noises than organized sound and “Jozan” is simply a one-minute and twenty-five-second cover of John Cage‘s “4:33.” 

How W lands will depend on where it lands. The segment of the public experiencing this record will be as important to its success as the content itself. Boris super-fans will continue to experience the breadth of the trio’s journey and worship accordingly. People who find that minimalism doesn’t push enough air to be stimulating will likely find this to be sonic wallpaper. The opposite should be true for fans of ambient music and active listeners who enjoy discovering the different tones, forms, and textures sound can take. Here’s how we’re hoping it falls: somehow, the booking agent gods figure a way to get Boris on tour with Blood Incantation so that both bands can do split sets consisting of their quiet and minimal moments buttressed up against their loud and distorted bombast. The dynamics would be mind-bending, just like Boris themselves continue to be.



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BORIS’ New Song “Beyond Good And Evil” Is Their Take On The Bombing Of Hiroshima


Boris is now streaming their new single “Beyond Good And Evil.” The single explores Hiroshima, the hometown of guitarist and vocalist Wata, being bombed by the United States on August 6, 1945 at the end of World War 2. Roughly 20,000 Japanese soldiers were killed by the bomb alongside somewhere between 70,000 and 126,000 citizens.

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“There is a vast magnitude in a huge mushroom cloud and in decaying ruins,” said Wata. “We feel both the sadness and beauty of these things at the same time; that is who we are. This video was made from the perspective of a mushroom cloud. The album W focuses on Wata‘s vocals – and she is from HIROSHIMA.”

W is out on January 21. Pre-orders are available here.

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ABHORIA, BORIS Among Gimme Metal’s Top Tracks of the Week


Gimme Metal Program Director Brian Turner delivers the week’s top 5 office buzz-worthy tracks.

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ABHORIA – False Idols

Comprised of ex-members of Ashen Horde, Catheter and Vimana, Abhoria’s crisp take on classic black metal (particularly Immortal) retains a faithfulness with a modernity that is well played. The latest and self titled release is coming our way on Prosthetic soon, and be sure to mark your calendars as the band takes over Gimme on February 1st!

BORIS – Drowning By Numbers

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Enduring and never running in place, Japan’s Boris have landed on Sacred Bones with their new ‘W’ LP out January 21st, and it sounds glorious. Howling wind guitars, backwards water flow, crackling electronics and Wata’s sublime whispers swirl in the mix far from the Melvins’ towering-amp vibes from Boris’ days of yore. Noise Age? A true leap into new terrain and always interesting to hear what their next door that opens leads to.

AEVITERNE – The Ailing Facade

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Like fellow New Yawkers Imperial Triumphant, Aeviterne know how to whip up the No Wave-soaked atmosphere and alleyways, a crushing death metal variant at hand here blasting any textures and structures into pieces while still threading the needle. Imagine Gorguts with the hovering buzz of “Death Valley 69” looming overhead with a total furnace of unplaceable instrumentation wallowing around trying to escape a tarpit. The band features Garett Bussanick and Eric Rizk formerly of Flourishing, and as a consolidated unit they create a real cacophony of total destruction and disorientation.

MYRDØD – Orb Weaver

Recent discovery to our ears from Anthony Bartkewicz’s Grave Convulsions weekly blast, this bizarre outfit released three LPs and 4 EPs in 2021! The duo of vocalist Fractal Creature and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Søppelskaler summon forth a gaseous heap of billowing warped atmosphere, ungodly distant cries and a unlikely wedding of dungeon synth and ferocious black metal undercurrents. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever heard and still, really, are unable to fully pin it down, so just lay back and soak in the cosmic claustrophobia here.

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PANTHEIST – Wilderness

Epic, surrealist doom emanating from Greek artist Kostant Pangiotou who’s been at it for the best part of the last two decades. Almost spaghetti-western vibes swirl around thick billowing clouds of amplified guitar, restrained croaks from the back corner of the mix swirl the gothic and grandiose.

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BORIS Drops In-Studio Performance Of 2002 Track “Heavy Friends”


Boris has been simply unstoppable lately. The band released a new single “Reincarnation Rose” followed shortly by another new single “Drowning By Numbers” and the announcement of their new record W. Now they’re back with an in-studio performance of their 2002 track “Heavy Friends” using guitarist Wata’s brand new EarthQuaker Devices pedal Hizumitas, and it crushes.

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Boris and EarthQuaker Devices, it’s a match made in…well, someplace awesome! The Japanese music legends are celebrating their 30th Anniversary in 2022 and will soon unleash their new album, W, on the world to fill the ears and nourish the souls of heavy-music hungry fans worldwide. But while we anxiously wait to absorb the trio’s newest spiritually-infused sonic statement, Boris has kindly recorded an EQD Session to ensure fans stay satiated.

“This video missive features the classic, doom-laden tune ‘Heavy Friends’ from Boris‘ 2002 album Heavy Rocks. Bathe in Wata‘s searing fretwork, fueled by the Hizumitas, as Atsuo provides the heartbeat on drums and Takeshi fills the bottom end on his iconic double-neck bass and guitar. No fancy video tricks, no frills, and no B.S.”

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