Five For Friday: July 31, 2020

Hello readers,

Before diving into this week’s new releases, here’s a quick public service announcement regarding Bandcamp’s highly successful “Bandcamp Fridays”:

“We started Bandcamp Fridays back in March to support artists impacted by the pandemic, and in the past few months the music community has come together in a huge way: in just four days, fans put more than $20 million directly into the pockets of artists and labels. 

Because the pandemic is far from over, we’ll continue to hold Bandcamp Fridays on the first Friday of every month until the end of the year.”

So if you want to provide that extra boost to your favorite bands and labels, consider staggering your purchases accordingly!

And now, onto the new jams:

Deathstorm – For Dread Shall Reign

From our album premiere of For Dread Shall Reign:

For Dread Shall Reign represents yet another killer barrage of old school thrash perfection from one of the last, true torchbearers of the genre.

Stream: Apple Music

Disavowed – Revocation of the Fallen

Glorious, absolutely glorious. This is the kind of blindingly brutal death metal that could animate roadkill and make it ready to sprint back to hell. Another great thing about Disavowed is their skill at making their crunch-and-slam catchy and memorable. You’ll want to replay this over and over. Do it with your normie friends in the car. I dare you.

Stream: Apple Music

Septicflesh – Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX

For a lot of metalheads, their fandom is all about the spectacle, the grandeur, the sheer ridiculous excellence of it all. With that in mind, you should check out the new live album and DVD from Greek legends Septicflesh. The band recorded this one with Mexico’s Toluca Philharmonic Orchestra.

Stream: Apple Music

Sepulchral Curse – Only Ashes Remain

It’s Finnish death metal. You know what you’re getting yourself into, and you should be happy about it. If you’re down with Demigod, Purtenance, Abhorrence and Convulse, but like a fresh 2020 finish layered on top, you’ll have fun raging to Only Ashes Remain.

Stream: Apple Music

Soulrot – Victims of Spiritual Warfare

The HM-2 lives on. Whereas Nameless Hideous Manifestations captured the classic sound of old, this edition of Swedeath worship takes things in a crustier direction. Thus it (mostly) abandons the Lovecraftian cosmos and brings us back down to our current state of spiritual warfare. An album for the trenches, my friends.