New Releases: Infected Mushroom, Ensiferum, 3 Inches of Blood, Threat Signal, Chevelle
With last week in the rear view, here's what you can look forward to this week in metal.
Infected Mushroom -- 'Legend Of Black Shawrama' -- Perfecto Records
It's not every day you hear of new releases that mash the metal and electronic/trance world in one cohesive unit. But this week, it happened! Hailing from places as diverse as Israel and Los Angeles, the duo collaborated in an effort to bring a unity amongst the genres, and with the assistance of Korn's Jonathan Davis on their single 'Smashing the Opponent,' they managed to do so with finesse as well as brutality. Hey, fans of KMFDM and Rammstein, this is right up your alley.
Download 'Legend of Black Shawrama'
Ensiferum -- 'From Afar' -- Spinefarm Records
The 'heroic folk metal' quintet Ensiferum have landed on American shores and are making a beeline to retail stores this week with their latest. Choosing to be both archaic and historic -- and trust us, it's always entertaining -- in their lyrical content, the band remains whimsical in their melodies. Ensiferum's fantasies are now a reality for lovers of Viking and folk metal, so don't miss this and pick up your copy today.
Download 'From Afar'
3 Inches of Blood -- 'Here Waits Thy Doom' -- Century Media
Every few weeks or so, Noisecreep gets to throw horns to our neighbors to the north in Canada for the amazing metal they export to the States and the rest of the world! This week, Vancouver-based 3 Inches of Blood return to the metal scene with their first for new label Century Media. Citing influences from the NWOBHM-era along with thrash, their fourth studio release will be sure to give a smile and a thrill to all fans of fast-paced melodies and high-pitched vocals.
Download 'Here Waits Thy Doom'
Threat Signal -- 'Vigilance' -- Nuclear Blast
Another Canadian release due out in stores this week comes from Hamilton, Ontario's Threat Signal. And despite the fact that their from the North, their music travels far down South, as they bear a strong resemblance to the melodic groove metal we've come to know and love from earlier days of Brazil's Sepultura and Soulfly. Threat Signal so add a dash of tech metal that is often reserved for bands like Meshuggah. There's no trends or shenanigans on this one, so check it out and determine for yourself.
Chevelle -- 'Sci-Fi Crimes' -- Epic
A lot has changed in 14 years time, but standing the tests of time (and the music business) is Chevelle, who have prevailed despite member and label changes. Their fifth studio release displays a maturity, musically-speaking, on singles such as 'Jars,' but the trio has never lost touch with their hard rock sound and still carries dark undertones. Scope it out for yourself, and make it an addition to your music collection this week.
Download 'Sci-Fi Crimes'