Records to look out for: Teasers for December 16!

Here is our weekly round up of some of the new EPs and albums that are coming out.

Aphyxion – Ad Astra

Aphyxion will release new record Ad Astra on February 10 through Circular Wave.

As December Falls – Join The Club

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As December Falls will release new album Join The Club next summer. An exact date has yet to be released but the news is welcome to fans!
Bethany Hunter said: “The album is a call to arms. We were so tired of the music industry being full of sharks and just the world in general at the moment. Everywhere you look, it’s just falling to shit. It’s about not sticking to the rules when you know there’s a better way. It’s middle finger up to old ways, that we can do this without that bullshit. That’s why we called it Join The Club.”

Polar – Everywhere Everything

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Polar will release new record Everywhere Everything on January 13 through Arising Empire.

Alex Melton – Southern Charm

Alex Melton will release new record Southern Charm on January 27 through Pure Noise Records.


Something Like This (Tim McGraw cover)
Beer Never Broke My Heart (Luke Combs cover)
Play It Again (Luke Bryan cover)
Friends In Low Places (Garth Brooks cover)
Cowboy Take Me Away (The Chicks cover)
Body Like A Back Road (Sam Hunt cover)
Secrets (State Champs cover)
Married To The Noise (Stick To Your Guns cover)
Stranger (Can’t Swim cover)
Seventeen (Four Year Strong cover)
Soak Me In Bleach (The Amity Affliction cover)
Quicksand (The Story So Far cover)

Dwen – Leoht Farm

Dwen will release debut record Leoht Farm on January 27!

Speaking on the music – which was created in a rural cottage, the duo said: “Making use of an old piano on site, a couple of guitars, fretless bass and a laptop, our only intention was to start fresh each day writing something new, jamming ideas out quickly and getting them down, to move on without over thinking anything, revisiting or too closely refining our ideas,” explain the band of the process. 

“What we had at the end of a week was more material than we had ever finished before and a sense of wonder about how and what we had written. The tracks that make up this release are the handful we felt needed the least revisiting and are presented more or less as they were recorded, with small imperfections, the atmosphere of the room, and sounds of the surrounding nature buried in the takes.”

Softcult – See You in the Dark

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Softcult will release new album See You in the Dark on March 24 through Easy Life Records!

“It is an analogy for the things we’re afraid to face. It represents confronting our innermost fears, usually in those vulnerable moments lying awake at night when our minds are racing. It’s sort of an acknowledgement of our darkness, and the darkness of others, like “hey, I see you”, Mercedes Sarn-Horn says of the album.

“While it’s important to acknowledge our darkness, we also can’t submit to it. We have to strive to be better people, and leave behind a legacy of positive change. I think it’s important to do everything we can to try and make a positive impact on the world, even when that feels impossible. Because if we don’t at least try, who will?”


1. Drain
2. Dress
3. One Of A Million
4. Someone2Me
5. Love Song
6. Spoiled

To The Grave – Director’s Cut

To The Grave will release new record Director’s Cut on February 24 through Unique Leader!

The band said of the album: “This is the refinement of our combined musical tastes, fuelled by our sadness and anger at the state of the world. We made the music we wanted to make without really considering how it would fit into any little genre boxes, because we knew if we loved it completely then everyone else would too. These songs are hard and heavy without being technical just for the sake of it.”


01. Warning Shot
02. Red Dot Sight
03. Full Sequence
04. B.D.T.S.
05. Protest & Sever (feat. Sam Crocker – Antagonist AD)
06. Manhunt
07. Found Footage
08. Axe of Kindness
09. Reversing The Bear Trap (feat. Jess Christiansen – Bled Out)
10. Cut Off The Head
11. Die, Rise

Insomnium – Anno 1696

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Insomnium will release new album Anno 1696 on February 28 through Century Media Records!

“The Torsåker witch trials were a horrible source of nightmarish inspiration,” Niilo Sevänen says of the story behind the album. “All that talk about 70 women beheaded in this small Swedish parish? It’s real stuff from history! And as if that weren’t enough, there are also some very dark tales of cannibalism and child murder from the years of the great famine.”


1. 1696
2. White Christ (feat. Sakis Tolis)
3. Godforsaken (feat. Johanna Kurkela)
4. Lilian
5. Starless Paths
6. The Witch Hunter
7. The Unrest
8. The Rapids
Ltd. Deluxe 2CD Artbook tracks, incl. Songs of the Dusk (EP)
1. Flowers of the Night
2. Stained in Red
3. Song of the Dusk

Narrow Head – Moments of Clarity

Narrow Head will release album Moments of Clarity on February 10 through Church Road Records!

“The phrase created a space for me to reflect upon my own life,” Jacob Duarte admits, “since our last record I’ve had plenty of moments of realization like that… when you experience friends dying, you’re forced to see life a little differently.”


1- The Real
2- Moments of Clarity
3- Sunday
4- Trepanation
5- Breakup Song
6- Fine Day
7- Caroline
8- The World
9- Gearhead
10- Flesh & Solitude
11- The Comedown
12- Soft To Touch

Skindred – Smile

Skindred will release new album Smile in the summer!

No date has been officially set yet, but it is slated for a summer 2023 release!

New Pagans – Making Circles of Our Own

New Pagans will release album Making Circles of Our Own on February 17 through Big Scary Monsters!


1. Better People
2. Find Fault With Me
3. A Process of Becoming
4. Fresh Young Overlook
5. There We Are John
6. Karin Was Not A Rebel
7. Bigger Homes
8. Hear Me, You Were Always Good
9. Comparable Reflections
10. The State of My Love’s Desires

M(h)aol – Attachment Styles

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M(h)aol will release new record Attachment Styles on February 3 through Tulle Collective!

Obituary – Dying of Everything

Obituary will release new album Dying of Everything on January 13 through Relapse Records!

The band said: “We couldn’t be more excited to FINALLY get this new album out and into the hands of the fans! We chose ‘The Wrong Time’ for the first single as it is a true depiction of the sound, style and feel we went for in the studio and is a great taste of what you can expect from Dying of Everything.”


1.    Barely Alive
2.    The Wrong Time
3.    Without a Conscience
4.    War
5.    Dying of Everything
6.    My Will To Live
7.    By the Dawn
8.    Weaponize the Hate
9.    Torn Apart
10.    Be Warned

Naut – Hunt

Credit: Paul Critchley

Naut will release debut record Hunt on February 24 through Season of Mist!


1. Dissent – (04:17)
2. All the Days – (04:07)
3. Gold & Death – (04:12)
4. Damocles – (05:25)
5. 8 in 3 – (06:57)
6. Unity of Opposites – (04:24)
7. Nightfall – (04:28)
8. Watchers – (05:16)

Holy Popes – Holy Popes

Holy Popes will release their self-titled record on January 27 through Man Demolish Records!

Real Terms – Vantage

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Real Terms will release debut album Vantage on February 24 though Sofa Boy Records!


1. Improve
2. Kite
3. Veil Is Thinner
4. A Wall of Milk
5. Absentee
6. Frantically Wrong
7. Weird Arcs
8. Half Alive
9. A Fading Picture
10. Impose
11. Cacophony

Acres – Burning Throne

Acres will release new album Burning Throne on March 3 through A Wolf At Your Door!

On the new record, guitarist Alex Freeman states:
“I am extremely proud of this record but making it wasn’t easy. I had to teach myself how to write on my own again, and knowing that it was all on me was pretty unnerving. But I feel like the pressure of the record and the frustration of being secluded due to the pandemic allowed me to create a vibe that I’ve wanted ACRES to explore for a long time, and I’m really stoked with the outcome.”

Delain – Dark Waters

Delain will release new album Dark Waters on February 10 through Napalm Records!

It is the first album with new vocalist Diana Leah!

Martijn Westerholt said: “This album captures all elements DELAIN is known for – our distinctive heavy guitar riffs, massive orchestral parts, both heavy metal and pop vocals, rock opera vibes along with 80s synth sounds. In short, this is definitely a recognisable DELAIN album that contains classic ‘DELAIN elements’ while also moving forward with fresh influences.”


  1. Hideaway Paradise
  2. The Quest And The Curse
  3. Beneath
  4. Mirror Of Night
  5. Tainted Hearts
  6. The Cold
  7. Moth To A Flame
  8. Queen Of Shadow
  9. Invictus
  10. Underland

Elizabeth Birt

December 16, 2022

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


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