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Hogan’s Albums of the Week – 10/20

Alright folks, time for another addition of New Music That Hogan is Excited About. Lots of great new albums coming out today, so I’m going to try and group them together a little bit, if I can.
Post metal/doom metal – Both Bell Witch and Amenra put out really really phenomenal albums today. Bell Witch is super dark and sludgey, it’s only 2 tracks long and spans over 80 minutes, it’s absolutely epic. Amenra is a more avant grade post-metal sound that’s seriously dark. If you’re into Neurosis and Pallbearer, you probably already know these guys, but check out this album, it’s probably their most dynamic work yet. These are the two most inaccessible albums on this list, but are very rewarding and well worth the effort.
Post rockAnd So I Watch You From Afar, this is like super weird math rock/post rock nonsense that’s a lot of fun to listen to. It’s not your usually drawn out, theatrical post rock, this is a really fun album.
MetalTrivium and Gwar. If you don’t know who Trivium and Gwar are, I don’t know why you’re even reading this. This is the best album Trivium has put out since Shogun though. And Gwar is Gwar, you know what you’re getting in to.
MetalcoreWe Came as Romans and Veil of Maya both put out a new albums. I haven’t listened to the new WCAR, but from what I heard it’s their best album in years. I honestly haven’t paid attention to them since To Plant a Seed in 2009, but I’m actually looking forward to checking this out. Veil of Maya, on the other hand, is great. I don’t know how many times I’ve said this this year, but metalcore has been killing it this year, and this album is another prime example of why.
EmoMovements. This album is ridiculous, you can really feel this one; it’s heavy. Not like metal heavy, but it will weigh on you, for sure. There will be at least one moment in this album that you identify with in this album that’ll cut you pretty deep. They’re like a more melodic La Dispute, if that gives you any context.
Favorite release of the week: Bell Witch. But it’s not for everybody, if you’re into really sludgey doom metal, give it a listen though. Or, you know what, if you just want to listen to something vaguely Halloween-y, this is the sort of shit you’d put on as background music to scare trick or treaters. And that’s a hell of an endorsement.

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