New records to look out for – teasers for December 8

Welcome to our weekly round up of some of the recently announced EPs and albums that we’re excited to hear!

Bloom – Maybe in Another Life

Bloom will release album Maybe in Another Life on February 15 through Pure Noise Records.


An Entry
Maybe In Another Life
Siren Song
Bound To Your Whispers
Carve Yourself Into My Lungs
You & I
Fragments Of A Dream
Laughing Stock
An Exit
Through The Threshold, Beyond The Bend

Bright & Black – The Album

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Bright & Black will release new album The Album on January 26.


1. Nidhugg
2. Bloodgrind
3. Can’t Explain This
4. Collateral Damage
5. The Secret
6. Mounts of Misfortune
7. Armies of the Preposterous
8. A World of Strange
9. From Dust and Mud
10. And Flesh and Bone
11. Midnite Son
12. End of All

Emil Bulls – Love Will Fix It

Credit: Janis Hinz

Emil Bulls will release new album Love Will Fix It on January 12 through Arising Empire.


01. Backstabbers
02. The Devil Made Me Do It
03. Happy Birthday You Are Dead To Me
04. Levitate
05. Whirlwind Of Doom
06. The Ghosts That You Have Called
07. Love Will Fix It
08. Sick
09. She Ain’t Coming Home No More
10. Dreams And Debris
11. Oceans Of Grief
12. Together


Credit: Jonathan Vahid

Escuela Grind will release new EP DDEEAATTHHMMEETTAALL on January 12 through MNRK Heavy.

“‘DEEAATHHMMEETTAALL is the third installment of our EP series where we dive into the genres that most influence this band,” offers Escuela Grind vocalist Katerina Economou. “Finishing this trilogy has been years in the works. We are so excited to release these songs as they are perhaps the best reflection of our live performance. The stage has honed these hectic songs to perfection. Originally we were going to have three songs on this EP, but we wanted to create another track that had a huge build-up. This eventually developed into this brutal song, ‘Ball and Chain’, that marks the point in our live shows where we have a wall of death every night. Lyrically, it references death metal tropes of murder and revenge, but with a decidedly feminine angle.”


1.) Ball and Chain (Watch VIDEO)
2.) Punishment Ritual
3.) Abyssal Plane
4.) Meat Magnet (w/ Napalm Death’s Barney Greenway)

New Years Day – Half Black Heart

New Years Day will release new album Half Black Heart on March 12.

Ash Costello said:

“The album Half Black Heart holds a deep significance for us. While it’s common for musicians to express affection for their albums, this one truly stands out to me. It feels like the culmination of all the hard work and growth we’ve experienced while creating our previous albums coming together. We’ve taken everything we’ve learned from those songs and poured it into this record.”

She continues: “One of the reasons why Half Black Heart is so special is because we were able to reunite with our original lineup. By adding Jeremy Valentyne, Brandon Wolfe and Trixx to the mix, we tapped into the original sound that initially defined NEW YEARS DAY. It allowed it to evolve into an authentic representation of who we are today! The title Half Black Heart visually symbolizes the essence of our band. It represents the duality that has always been a part of us – half red, half black; half heavy, half poppy; half dark, half fun, half metal and half rock. We have always embraced our unique identity, but with this album, we truly harnessed the fearlessness that NEW YEARS DAY embodies and translated it into our music.”


1. Vampyre

2. Half Black Heart

3. Hurts Like Hell

4. Secrets

5. Fearless

6. Bullet Proof

7. Burn It All Down

8. Enemy

9. I Still Believe

10. Unbreak My Heart

11. So Sick

12. Creature of Habit

Any Given Day – Limitless

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Any Given Day will release new album Limitless on January 26 through Arising Empire.

The band comment on the album: “Our new album Limitless is infused with a new vibe of positivity and energy that we’ve honestly never felt before. – like we shook things up but still stayed true to ourselves.  This album really represents a leap into uncharted waters, ditching the formulaic for a sound that is fresh and unbound. It reflects the boundless spirit and heart we’ve put into every melody and lyric. Limitless is the perfect word for this new adventure – it’s what you’ll feel in every track and every line we’ve poured our hearts into for this album. We can’t wait for you to hear it.”


01. Get That Done
02. Unbreakable
03. Limitless
04. Come Whatever May
05. Apocalypse
06. Shockwave
07. Best Time
08. My Way
09. H.A.T.E. ft. Annisokay
10. Broken Guardian
11. Shadow Walker

Slope – Freak Dreams

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Slope will release new album Freak Dreams on February 2 through Century Media Records.

The band said: Freak Dreams is a mix of all our individual influences and by far our most divers album. On some songs we did a lot of experimental elements that gives the record a different vibe and we couldn’t be more happy with the outcome! The whole process of writing felt like evolving to a new chapter for Slope and we are proud to share it with the world!”


1. Talk Big
2. It’s Tickin’
3. Chasing Highs
4. Nosedives
5. Hectic Life
6. It’s Always You (Interlude)
7. True Blue
8. NBQ
10. Ain’t Easy
11. Freak Dreams
12. Out of the Blue Into the Black

NOAHFINNCE – Growing up on the Internet

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NOAHFINNCE will release debut album Growing up on the Internet on March 8.

He said:

He explains, “I only recently began processing the effect that growing up on the internet with hundreds of thousands of eyes on me, has had on my development as a person. 


It’s impossible to separate who you are as a person and who you would be without people on the internet telling you who you should be – I’m sure a lot of my generation and generations to come can find solace in somebody recounting their frustrations with the world as it is now. 


As a society, we’re entering uncharted waters where nobody quite knows the repercussions of having unrestricted access to any thought any person has at any time. Human beings weren’t built to perceive and compare ourselves to millions of others, we were made to pick berries and build relationships within our local communities.” 

Kris Barras Band – Halo Effect

Kris Barras Band will release album Halo Effect on April 12 through Earache Records.

Kris said: “There is a strong rock & metal influence throughout the album and there’s also some progressive elements with some odd time riffs and experimental midsections. There are even some melodies and production ideas not dissimilar to what a lot of the modern metalcore bands are doing. Musically, this album is a lot more riff- and groove-based. ‘Halo Effect’ still keeps the essence of what Kris Barras Band is: big riffs and even bigger choruses. It’s just that, this time, we’ve turned everything up to 11 and beefed it up!”




With You


Fall To Fly

Waste Away




Fear Of Letting Go


Elizabeth Birt

December 8, 2023

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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