SYNCHRONY: Music News, Week in Review & Upcoming Releases (3/27/2020)

SYNCHRONY is a weekly feature focusing on relevant heavy music news, new releases, upcoming releases, as well as a week in review to help folks keep up with all of the content on Grizzly Butts. This’ll also include a list of upcoming releases and some preliminary notes on upcoming reviews or coverage. If I can’t hear it, I won’t cover it! If you have New Releases, show announcements, or important heavy music news that’ll be relevant or interesting to folks contact me at:

THIS WEEK IN NEWS (3/20/20 – 3/27/20)

  • Lithuanian black metal devotees LUCTUS have shared a second promotional video for their upcoming third full-length ‘Užribis‘ that further details their twenty year devotion to pure black metal as one pillar that allows commune with their “Other World”, explaining their ethos and connection with extreme art (specifically black and death metal) and how such music must inevitably come from a pure and darkly spiritual place where death worship is self-examination, education and vehicle for truth. The album is out on April 4th through Inferna Profundus Records, and I’ll suggest ahead of time that it is a wholly redeeming experience. Check out Parts I & II of their statements over on YouTube: [Click/Tap HERE for more info]
  • This is perhaps old news, some of it confusing, and meant as more of a signal boost than anything else but… in the blink of an eye the Witchbones project had abruptly ended last month with their self-released finale, ‘Goety’, I don’t care why the band ended (something political or personal, no direct context given) but it was a great album most folks missed. Vardlokker now goes by V.X.R. in his new solo project OMNIKINETIC which is a pretty clear continuation of what’d been done before but pushed to a new forceful extreme. Think of Altarage and early Portal or recent stuff from Decoherence. A first official EP ‘Kinesis’ released on Repose Records quietly a couple of weeks ago and I’d recommend it: [Click/Tap HERE for more info]
  • Greek psych-prog metal band HAIL SPIRIT NOIR have brought forth more details pertaining to their record, ‘Eden in Reverse‘, including the album art, a release date of June 19th by way of Agonia Records and a trailer for the album. The brief listen we’re given suggests a powerful refinement, a honing in, taking place on this record and a deeper shift towards old psychedelic movements blended with modern progressive metal that doesn’t forget about the eerie blackened atmospheric past of the band. Check out the trailer over on YouTube: [Click/Tap HERE for more info]
  • Nuclear War Now! Productions sets target: Earth for their April 25th Satanic speed metal payload via Canadian cult legends WITCHES HAMMER and their return with ‘Damnation Is My Salvation‘ on CD and vinyl LP. These guys have some of the deepest thrash roots in the Vancouver, British Colombia reality with members past-and-present who’d feature in Blasphemy, Procreation, Tyrant’s Blood, etc. with new additions from bands like Pathetic and Assimilation. Crank up the first preview track “Solar Winds” and bask in the glory of its ’85 death/speed metal sound, brutal but classic thrash. Stoked as fuck for this one, look at that damn cover art! Check out “Solar Winds” on Bandcamp: [Click/Tap HERE for more info]
  • Forward thinking Norwegian metalpunks OKKULTOKRATI have announced their fifth full-length ‘La Ilden Lyse‘ will see release through Southern Lord Recordings this May 15th. I discovered this band when they released ‘Night Jerks’ back in 2014 and their blend of post-punk, hardcore punk, sludge rock, and extreme music influences only becomes more stunning with each album. Our first glimpse of their latest record comes in the form of “Kiss Of Death”, an anthemic number that serves a sort of kosmische hardcore, plodding and sinister but spaced-out all the same. I get the impression that this will be one of their darkest records to date. Check out “Kiss of Death” on Bandcamp: [Click/Tap HERE for more info]
  • Seattle’s truest and most hard speed metal hellions SÖLICITÖR are ready to blitz the nation with their upcoming full-length debut ‘Spectral Devastation‘ due out April 24th by way of the glorious Gates of Hell Records. Rip the entrails out, dig out their secrets, divine their meaning via the incredible album opener, “Blood Revelations”, probably one of the most exciting and inspired speed/heavy metal tracks I’ve heard these last six months. Absolute killer of a song, you can feel the Artillery, Satan, and Agent Steel iron in their blood! Check out “Blood Revelations” over on Bandcamp: [Click/Tap HERE for more info]
  • Trondheim, Norway noise rock/punk duo BARREN WOMB have announced their fourth full-length album ‘Lizard Lounge‘, which is set for release on May 22nd through the hands of Loyal Blood Records. You’ll no doubt hear a bit of early Kvelertak in the laid back melodic side of their sound but this is quite a different band overall, as there is no black metal affect. The first single from the record, “Smokes, Let’s Go” is a brilliant first gasp from the band, showing some ideological evolution beyond their previous record ‘Old Money/New Lows’ from a few years back. I’m interested to hear the ‘noise rock’ side of the band spark into full gear on the full listen. Check out “Smokes, Let’s Go” on Loyal Blood Records’ SoundCloud: [Click/Tap HERE for more info]
  • NOTABLE ALBUMS AT PRESS THIS WEEK FROM: Ulcerate, Temnien, Zatyr, Mustasch, White Nights, Unmerciful, Toronto, Bitterness, Manes, Sxokondo, Hexenbrett, Dopelord, Corde Oblique, Solicitor, Golden Light, Irist, The Projectionist, Deified, Blood Star, Towards Darkness, Golden Ashes, Gaffa Ghandi, Third Eye Rapists, Ropes of Night and several more. Look for coverage in the near future. Don’t see your album listed? Send it to me:

GRIZZLY BUTTS‘ WEEK IN REVIEW (3/20/20 – 3/27/20)


  • …From the Tomb 3/23/20: “The claws of denouement grasp at our lungs.”
    • This year Ten From the Tomb changes to …From the Tomb and is no longer limited to ten releases. It will post every Monday with a list of at least ten new releases coming out during that current week and a short review will be included for each one. This week features reviews for 15 new releases.
    • Favorites: The Heavy Eyes, The Holy Flesh, Spotlights, Deranged.

REVIEWS: Big releases this week from Wake, Velnias, Angerot, Balmog, Temple of Void, Solothus, Perdition Temple, Aodon, Arcada, Enepsigos, Nox Formulae, Membaris, Nekrovault, Demonic Death Judge, and I don’t personally care about Igorr but their album is out. Any of these that I have not yet reviewed will receive a review soon. A few extra reviews this week since all contracts at my work will not be renewed after April due to widespread plague. I have a publishing company ready to launch and I am splitting free time between painting and Nioh 2 until I can apply for new jobs. My review for Wake will take another day or two, the album is a lot and I want to give it some extra breathing room before publishing.



NOTE: This small sample includes overlooked releases that are either not yet reviewed or covered but nonetheless recommended. Some of these will still be featured in other coverage. An asterisk (*) indicates that a review is drafted or in preparation. A plus (+) indicates that the album has already been reviewed. Click/Tap on RECORD LABEL name for preview, stream, or store.

UPCOMING RELEASES (4/01/20 – 4/04/20)


NOTE: This is not a comprehensive list, some titles are already reviewed and/or covered and some have yet to enter the final queue for consideration and processing. An asterisk (*) indicates that a review is drafted or in preparation. A plus (+) indicates that the album has already been reviewed. Click/Tap on RECORD LABEL name for preview, stream, or store.

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