So last week, I was confused by the releases taking place on Friday instead of Tuesday. How foolish of me to forget that last week marked the end of New Music Tuesday and the beginning of New Music Friday. Given this change, it only makes sense that our new release column moves too. So welcome, friends, to the first New & Noteworthy to take place on a Friday!
As it were, though, this week’s release list is sparse, with only a pair of new albums for your perusal. Some big releases are just over the horizon, though, so enjoy this week’s new music, and keep an eye out for what’s to come!
Powerwolf, Blessed & Possessed (Napalm)
Germany has always been home to a great power metal scene, and Powerwolf have been adding to it nicely for the past decade. Blessed & Possessed is the sixth album from the veteran group, and they’re quite skilled at keeping things unexpected. The video for “Army of the Night” is just the smallest taste of what this album has to offer, with dabblings into symphonic metal, hard rock, and speed metal all taking a turn. If that isn’t enough, you can also pick up the limited edition box set for a second disc loaded with covers of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and more.
Yüth Forever, Freudian Slip (Prosthetic)
Originally self-released in November, Illinois-based quintet Yüth Forever recently signed to Prosthetic and are re-releasing this album for the world to hear. The band describes their sound as the melding of hardcore with “noisy street metal”, and it’s a style that has to be heard to be appreciated. The band has done extensive touring with some of the biggest up-and-comers currently out, and are looking to add their name to that list in short order.