New & Noteworthy is Metal Insider’s weekly column highlighting some of the newest rock and metal releases coming out each week. We’re deep in the first month of the year and possibly already seeing one of the top albums already with Katatonia’s ‘Sky Void of Stars!’ Take a look at this week’s best along with headbanging to January’s playlist below.


Atrocity, Okkult III (Massacre)

German death metal.






Big City, Sunwind Sails (Frontiers)

Norway. Melodic hard rock.







Black Star Riders, Wrong Side Of Paradise (Earache)

Hard rock.







Celestial Wizard, Winds Of The Cosmos (Scarlet)

Sci Fi metal 






Dryad, The Abyssal Plain (Prosthetic)

Iowa. Black/death metal.







Heroes And Monsters, Heroes And Monsters (Frontiers)

New hard rock trio featuring Todd Kerns (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators), Stef Burns (Y&T, Alice Cooper) and Will Hunt (Evanescence, Black Label Society)






Imperium Dekadenz, Into Sorrow Evermore (Napalm)

German black metal duo.







Inherits the Void, The Impending Fall of the Stars (Avantgarde Music)

France. Atmospheric black metal.







Issa, Lights Of Japan (Frontiers)

Norwegian melodic rock.







Katatonia, Sky Void Of Stars (Napalm)

Swedish doom/progressive.







Kommandant, Titan Hammer (ATMF)

Chicago. Black/death.







Laura Cox, Head Above Water (earMusic)

Anglo-French guitarist, singer and songwriter.







Maneskin, Rush! (Epic/Sony)

Italian rock.







The Privateer, Kingdom of Exiles (Reaper Entertainment)

German folk/power metal. 







Riverside, ID.Entity (InsideOut)

Polish progressive rock/metal.







Sabaton, Heroes of the Great War EP (Nuclear Blast)

Swedish power metal historians. 







Silver Bullet, Shadowfall (Reaper Entertainment)

Finnish power metal. 







Skald, Huldufolk (Decca)

French-nordic neofolk. 







Slegest, Avstand (Dark Essence)

Norwegian blackened doom.







Ten, Something Wicked This Way Comes (Frontiers)

UK hard rock.







Tidal Wave, The Lord Knows (Ripple)

Swedish stoner rock.







Tribunal, The Weight Of Remembrance (20 Buck Spin)

Canadian gothic/doom.







Turbid North, The Decline (self)

Texas. Death/groove metal.






Twilight Force, At The Heart Of Wintervale (Nuclear Blast)

Swedish symphonic power metal.