Picks: You Win Again Gravity, Marilyn Manson, The Black Dahlia Murder

There’s plenty going on in the world of rock, punk and metal at the moment, and a ton of new releases to listen to each week. As is customary, we’ve picked three here. But you can also take the new albums from Deadsmoke and Spirit Adrift as Picks-approved.

You Win Again Gravity
Anonymity
Self-released
[Spotify]

Not so much an album as an exploded EP, Anonymity is a wonderfully surprising record from Windsor five-piece You Win Again Gravity. Opener ‘Phonetics’ suggests early-2000s post-hardcore will be the order of the day but the curve-balls that follow are many. There’s enough punch and crunch here to delight those of us who like our riffing on the heavy side, and the marriage of math rock and songwriting nous, first in evidence on ‘Grace & Focus’, works really well. It might not have been intended, but Anonymity is a winding stroll through the varied skills of a band with stacks to offer.

Marilyn Manson
Heaven Upside Down
Loma Vista Recordings
[Spotify]

I’ve said before that I could praise The Pale Emperor to the end of the earth. The prevailing opinion is that Marilyn Manson’s tenth album, Heaven Upside Down, is better than his ninth. I’m not at that point yet but I like it very much. The new album has some of the swagger of its predecessor, some old-school Manson vibes and a rather lovely blend of up-to-date electronics and classic rock wiggle. ‘Tattooed In Reverse’ is an early highlight along with ‘WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE’. There are a number of high quality songs on this record and it’s growing with every listen.

The Black Dahlia Murder
Nightbringers
Metal Blade
[Spotify]

Nightbringers is the eighth album by modern death metal stalwarts The Black Dahlia Murder, and it’s a cracker. It pulls no punches in its 33 minutes; the riffing and guitar solos rip past utterly without compromise. ‘Of God And Serpent, Of Spectre And Snake’ is gloriously aggressive, and the ugliness of ‘Matriarch’ hides a saucy groove. Nightbringers isn’t for the weak of stomach but as a display of accessible death metal with some decidedly old-school metal vibes – ‘Kings Of The Nightworld’, I’m looking at you – it’s a masterclass.

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