New & Noteworthy is a weekly column in which we highlight some of the newest rock and metal releases coming out each week. This week is we have releases from Ne Obliviscaris and The Used, as well as a rather large set of Blind Guardian reissues. If you would like to check out last week’s New & Noteworthy, you can do so here. Follow us on Spotify for weekly new music playlists.
Ne Obliviscaris , Urn (Season of Mist)
Urn is the highly anticipated third album from the Australian extreme progressive metal band Ne Obliviscaris. The band First album since the removal of bassist Cygnus from the band. They have release a music video for the first single, “Intra Venus.” A few years ago they made a Patreon, and have been using that as a means to support themselves as touring artists. One thing I found very cool that they did with it is for every member who had given at least $10 this year up to this month received a digital copy of the album a few days before the official release. Personally, I think this is a pretty interesting precedent for the band, I’ve been listening to my copy since Monday. They will be touring the U.S. starting November 1st, supported by Allegaeon, and if all goes well I hope to see them on the November 17th date in Cleveland. Urn is also album is available on vinyl and cassette.
The Used, The Canyon (Hopeless)
The Canyon is the seventh studio album from the American rock band The Used. Sixteen years into their career, this is their first studio album to not feature founding guitarist Quinn Allman. He has since been replaced by Justin Shekoski, who’s first real release with the group was their 2015 release Live & Acoustic at the Palace. Along with producer Ross Robinson (Dead Cross, Suicide Silence, Slipknot, etc), The Canyon was recorded between Studio 606 and Valentine Recording Studios in Los Angeles. Clocking at just under 79 minutes, the album is also the first double album of The Used’s career. Last month the band released a music video for the song “Over and Over Again,” and earlier this week we got a lyric video for “Rise Up Lights.” The album is also available on vinyl.
Winds Of Plague, Blood Of My Enemy (eOne Music/Good Fight Music)
Blood of my Enemy is the fifth studio album from the California death metal band Winds of Plague. This is the band’s first release not on Century Media Records, which released their previous four albums. It is also the group’s first release since their hiatus and reformation, which included replacing their two guitarists, bassist, and keyboard player, as well as getting back with their former drummer Art Cruz. Blood of my Enemy will be available on vinyl late next month.
Butcher Babies, Lilith (Century Media)
Lilith is the third album from the California metal band Butcher Babies. The album was produced by Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sepultura, Suicide Silence, etc) Before the recording of this album the band had parted ways with their founding drummer Chrissy Warner, who was replaced by Chase Brickenden. Chris had already been touring with the band, but it wasn’t made official until March this year. Leading up to the release, the band released a music video for the title track. According to the band he had recently gotten married and wanted to spend more time at home, parting on good terms. Butcher Babies is currently touring North America alongside Hollywood Undead, who also have an album out today. Lilith is also available on vinyl.
Blind Guardian, A Large Portion of Their Discography (Nuclear Blast)
German power metal pioneers Blind Guardian are having a large portion of their discography reissued, this time on Nuclear Blast Records. Each release has been remastered, and some they even come with unreleased demoes. They’re all listed below.
10 Years, (How To Live) As Ghosts (Mascot)
All Pigs Must Die, Hostage Animal (Southern Lord)
Antarktis, Illdante (Agonia Records)
Blind Guardian, A Night At The Opera (Reissue) (Nuclear Blast)
Blind Guardian, Battalions Of Fear (Reissue) (Nuclear Blast)
Blind Guardian, Follow The Blind (Reissue) (Nuclear Blast)
Blind Guardian, Imaginations From The Other Side (Reissue) (Nuclear Blast)
Blind Guardian, Live (Reissue) (Nuclear Blast)
Blind Guardian, Nightfall In Middle Earth (Reissue) (Nuclear Blast)
Blind Guardian, Somewhere Far Beyond (Reissue) (Nuclear Blast)
Blind Guardian, Tales From The Twilight World (Reissue) (Nuclear Blast)
Blind Guardian, The Forgotten Tales (Reissue) (Nuclear Blast)
Blind Guardian, Tokyo Tales (Reissue) (Nuclear Blast)
Candlemass, Nightfall (3-CD Set Reissue) (Peaceville)
Complete Failure, Crossburner (Season Of Mist)
Cryptic Fog, Staring Through The Veil (Blood Harvest)
Cursed Moon, Rite Of Darkness (Hell’s Headbangers)
Devangelic, Phlegethon (Comatose Music)
Electric Wizard, We Live (Reissue) (Rise Above)
Endur, American Parasite (Sumerian)
Fleurety, The White Death (Peaceville)
Gnaw, Cutting Pieces (Translation Loss)
HELLYEAH, UNDEN!ABLE (Deluxe Edition) (CD/DVD) (Eleven Seven Music)
Hollywood Undead, Five (The Hollywood Undead California Limited Partnership)
Left Behind, Blessed By The Burn (Unbeaten Records)
The Limbs, Sleep (Equal Vision)
Mendel, Universal Omega (N/A)
Naevus, Sun Meditation (Rise Above)
Necrotted, Worldwide Warfare (Rising Nemesis Records)
Powerman 5000, New Wave (Pavement Music)
Sharptooth, Clever Girl (Pure Noise)
Sixx:A.M., The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack: 10th Anniversary Edition (Eleven Seven Music)
Spectral Voice, Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing (Dark Descent)
Spiritbox, Spiritbox (N/A)
Triumvir Foul, Triumvir Foul (Blood Harvest)
Urdun / Taphos Nomos, R.I.P. (Blood Harvest)
Vision Divine, Best Of (earMUSIC)
Bruce Dickinson, Soloworks 1990 – 2015 (N/A)
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden is having his entire discography of solo work reissued as an 18 disc vinyl box set, all remastered for this release.
Clutch, Jam Room (Picture Disc) (Weathermaker Music)
Friendship, Hatred (Southern Lord)
Ice War, Ice War (Shadow Kingdom Records)
Mastodon, Cold Dark Place (10″ Picture Disc) (Reprise)
Rotting Christ, Passage To Arcturo (Peaceville)