New & Noteworthy is a weekly column in which we highlight some of the newest rock and metal releases coming out each week. The week features new releases from Deftones, Kataklysm, Ayreon, Uada, and more! For last week’s new 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.  


New Releases

Deftones, Ohms (Reprise Records)
Ninth studio album. Sacramento, California. Alternative metal.

Music videos: “Genesis” “Ohms
Producer: Terry Date
Charity: Adopt-A-Dot Campaign to benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Live Nation’s Crew Nation.
Beer: White Pony Double Dry Hopped IPA.
2021Tour with Gojira & Poppy rescheduled.
Ohms is also available on vinyl.



Kataklysm, Unconquered (Nuclear Blast)
Fourteenth studio album. Montreal, Canada. Death metal.

Music videos: “Underneath The Scars” “The Killshot
Our interview: With Maurizio Iacono.
The virus: JF Dagenais (guitarist) tested positive.
Unconquered is also available on vinyl.



Ayreon, Transitus (Mascot Music Group)
Tenth studio album. Waalwijk, Netherlands. Progressive rock opera.

Music videos: “Hopelessly Slipping Away” “Get Out! Now!”Talk of the Town
Trailer: “Transitus
Guests: Tom Baker (Doctor Who), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Joe Satriani, Tommy Karevik (Kamelot, Seventh Wonder), Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth), Cammie Gimbert (Oceans of Slumber), Mike Mills (Toehider), Simone Simons (Epica), Marcela Bovio (MaYaN, Stream of Passion), Amanda Somerville, and still more!
Transitus is also available on Red Vinyl.



Uada, Djinn (Eisenwald)
Third full length studio album. Portland, Oregon. Black metal.

Lyric video: No Place Here
Our Review
: “‘Djinn’ is, quite frankly, the most important record of the year” – Jeff Podoshen
Djinn is also available on vinyl.




The Ocean, Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic (Metal Blade)
Eighth studio album. Berlin, Germany. Progressive metal.

Music video: “Pleistocene
Guest: “Jurassic | Cretaceous” ft Jonas Renkse (Katatonia)
Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic is available on vinyl.



Blazon Rite, Dulce Bellum Inexpertis (Gates Of Hell Records)
Four Stroke Baron, Monoqueen (Prosthetic Records)
Lik, Misanthropic Breed (Metal Blade Records)
Mestis, En Vivo (Sumerian Records)
Realize, Machine Violence (Relapse)
Skálmöld, 10 Year Anniversary – Live In Reykjavík (Napalm Records)