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 new music from Havok, Vader, 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.

Quarantine week 8: Time moves strangely in quarantine. Weeks fly by like days, but each day feels like two. Dress codes are out the window, and be glad if you even have a window to throw it out of. Concerts are still on hold and that itch is currently being scratched with concert DVDs. It would seem Ayreon did their album “Into the Electric Castle” live for release and I missed it. Not surprised, the last few months have been kind of weird.

Havok, V (Century Media)
Fifth studio album. Denver, Colorado. Thrash. First album to feature bassist Brandon Bruce.

Music video: “Phantom Force
Lyric video: “Post-Truth Era
Engineer, mixer, and masterer: Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder).   
Artwork by: Eliran Kantor (Testament, Hatebreed, Bloodbath).
Promo video: “Havok’s New Bassist


Aether Realm, Redneck Vikings From Hell (Napalm Records)
Fourth full length album. Greenville, North Carolina. Melodic death metal / folk metal.

Videos: “Guardian” “Goodbye
Lyric video: “Slave to the Riff” – Hilarious, I love it.
What did I just watch?: “Jake J REACTS to a boiled egg REACTS to Chris Bowes REACTS to Captain Yarrface REACTS to ALESTORM
Redneck Vikings From Hell is also available on vinyl.


Vader, Solitude In Madness (Nuclear Blast)

Twelfth studio album. Olsztyn, Poland. Death metal.

Music video: “Into Oblivion
Lyric video: “Shock and Awe
Guitar playthrough: “Shock and Awe
Trailer: Peter Discusses The New Single “Into Oblivion


An Autumn For Crippled Children, All Fell Silent, Everything Went Quiet (Prosthetic Records)
Dead Lakes, Language (SharpTone Records)
Shatter brain, Pitchfork Justice (Wormhole Death)
Umbra Vitae, Shadow Of Life (Deathwish Inc.)
Various Artists, Really Bad Music For Really Bad People: The Cramps As Heard Through The Meat Grinder Of Three One G (Three One G Records)