Holiday weekends in the US are usually a dead time for releases, and this week is no exception. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything worth checking out here. The underground talent on display on today’s list is well worth your time and attention, so give these albums a listen during your weekend and week ahead. You won’t regret it, I’m sure!
Through Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
Through Fire began life as Emphatic, a hard rock group from Omaha that got started in 2004. The group made minor impacts during their eleven year run, but late in 2015, founding guitarist Justin McCain opted for a new direction and a name change for the band. Left without a label after leaving Pavement Entertainment, Through Fire got picked up by Sumerian for the release of Breathe and the hopeful revival of their momentum.
Silent Planet, Everything Was Sound (Solid State)
Emerging from Los Angeles in 2010, Silent Planet independently released a pair of EP’s before getting picked up by Solid State in 2014. The Christian metalcore band’s debut, The Night God Slept, was well-received for its strong messages about both modern-day crises and the historical atrocities of World War II. Everything Was Sound will continue those powerful messages, and the band will be taking them to the stage during the Vans Warped Tour this summer.
Grave Desecrator, Dust to Lust (Season of Mist)
Brazilian extreme metal enthusiasts Grave Desecrator have been around since 1998, releasing albums sporadically along the way and working as independents all along. Dust to Lust is the group’s first outing with Season of Mist, and they aim to make the most of it. Grave Desecrator’s mix of death metal and black metal is straightforward brutality, with no frills and no excuses. This is extreme metal at its finest.
Fates Warning, Theories of Flight (InsideOut Music)
Progressive metal veterans Fates Warning are back with a new record after their successful 2013 album Darkness in a Different Light which was their first record in 9 years. The album’s twist this time is the absence of Fates Warning’s now-collaborating and guitarist Frank Aresti who despite still being in the band wasn’t able to be part of the recording process so all guitar duties were handled by Jim Matheos. A highly anticipated album for those looking some of the best progressive metal this season.