New Heavy Metal Music Releases You Need to Hear

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We’ve rounded up some of the best new heavy metal music releases for you to check out. From blistering speed metal to crushing doom, there’s something for every metalhead here.

New Releases

It’s a new year, which means there are plenty of new heavy metal music releases to get excited about. From big-name bands to up-and-comers, there’s something for everyone. Here are just a few of the new heavy metal music releases you need to check out in 2020.

“The Way of All Flesh” by Gojira

Gojira’s fifth studio album, The Way of All Flesh, was released on October 13, 2008. The first single, “Oblivion”, was released on September 15, 2008. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number 54, selling 11,000 copies in its first week. The album has sold over 80,000 copies in the United States as of April 2015.

“The Way of All Flesh” is the first Gojira album not to feature a guest vocalist. It is also the first album to feature new drummer Mario Duplantier, who replaced former drummer Jean-Michel Labadie in 2006.

In an interview with Guitar World magazine, lead guitarist and vocalist Joe Duplantier stated that “The Way of All Flesh” is “a very human record…It deals with the same topics as our previous albums but from a more personal angle this time.”

“The Unheavenly Creatures” by Coheed and Cambria

Coheed and Cambria’s ninth studio album, “The Unheavenly Creatures,” is set to be released on October 5, 2018. The album features the singles, “The Dark Sentencer,” “Unheavenly Creatures,” and “Old Flames.” The album was produced by Coheed and Cambria and engineered by Greg Fidelman.

“Dissociation” by The Dillinger Escape Plan

The Dillinger Escape Plan is a mathcore band from New Jersey, United States, formed in 1997. They are currently signed to Party Smasher Inc., an imprint label of Sumerian Records, and released their sixth studio album, Dissociation, on October 14, 2016. The album was met with critical acclaim upon its release.

Why You Should Listen

Heavy metal music has come a long way since the days of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. The genre has evolved and now includes a variety of sub-genres such as death metal, black metal, and metalcore. This type of music is characterized by its aggressive sound and themes.

“The Way of All Flesh” by Gojira

Gojira is a French heavy metal band from Bayonne. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, lead guitarist Christian Andreu, and bassist Jean-Michel Labadie.

Guitarist Joe Duplantier, drummer Mario Duplantier, and bassist Jean-Michel Labadie formed the band in 1996 under the name Godzilla. The trio initially met while attending secondary school in their hometown of Bayonne in the southwest of France. The band’s music style is mainly rooted in death metal with elements of groove metal, melodic death metal, sludge metal and hardcore punk.

In June 2008, Gojira released their fourth studio album entitled The Way of All Flesh. The album sold 8,900 copies in its first week and debuted at number 54 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the band’s highest charting album in the United States to date. Critical reception to The Way of All Flesh was positive; multiple reviewers complimented Gojira for their evolution from a strictly death metal outfit to a group capable of writing songs with more melody and dynamic range without sacrificing heaviness or technical proficiency.

If you are a fan of death metal or just heavy music in general then you need to check out Gojira’s “The Way of All Flesh.” This album will not disappoint fans of the genre with its shredding guitars, pounding drums and deep growling vocals.

“The Unheavenly Creatures” by Coheed and Cambria

Unheavenly Creatures is the ninth studio album by progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria. It was released on October 5, 2018, through Roadrunner Records, and is the band’s first album since 2015’s The Color Before the Sun. It is also the first release of new material since the departure of drummer Josh Eppard in 2006. The album artwork was designed by Silent Planet vocalist Garrett Russell.

On July 20, 2018, the band released the lead single “The Dark Sentencer”. The second single “Unheavenly Creatures” was released on September 10, 2018. A music video for the song directed by PTHS & Michael Pierce was also released on the same day. On September 24, 2018, the band performed “The Gutter” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

“Dissociation” by The Dillinger Escape Plan

The Dillinger Escape Plan have always been a band that thrive on chaos. Their latest album, “Dissociation,” is no different. It’s a frenetic, explosive record that is sure to leave listeners both exhilarated and exhausted.

From the opening track, “Limerent Death,” it’s clear that The Dillinger Escape Plan are in top form. The song careens from one wild moment to the next, never giving the listener a chance to catch their breath. And that’s just the beginning. The rest of the album is filled with similarly mind-bending tracks that will leave you both impressed and dizzy.

If you’re a fan of hardcore music, or just looking for something new and exciting, then you need to check out “Dissociation” by The Dillinger Escape Plan. It’s an album that will blow you away with its intensity and its energy.

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