New Releases: August 21st, 2020 – Unleash The Archers And Vicious Rumors

Unleash The Archers Abyss


Unleash The Archers – Abyss

This is the band’s fifth full length album. It is a concept album, which picks up the story that first started with 2017’s Apex. The band first came to my attention with 2015’s Time Stands Still.

With each release, they have consistently gotten better. They have never been a one trick pony, and have always been more than just a “power metal” band, which is how most categorize them. They have always taken classic heavy metal, and added other aspects of metal to what they offer.

Abyss continues this trend, further establishing them as of the premier heavy metal bands. This album is highly recommended to anyone that’s a fan of Maiden, Priest or any classic metal band. At the same time, this album is recommended to anyone that’s into modern metal with catchy, melodic vocals.

Check out Unleash The Archers “Soulbound” off of Abyss:

Vicious Rumors – Celebration Decay

This has always been Geoff Thorpe’s band. Celebration Decay isn’t reinventing the wheel here, they are continuing what they have done with their past few releases. Modern thrash metal, with a foot in the band’s past. This album can easily be compared with 2020 releases from other thrash bands like Testament, Onslaught, etc.

If you enjoyed releases from the other bands mentioned, you will enjoy this one as well. This has been a great year for thrash metal, Celebration Decay further proves this.

Check out Vicious Rumors “Pulse Of The Dead” off of Celebration Decay:

Blues Pills – Holy Moly! 

This is the band’s third studio album, the first since guitarist Dorian Sorriaux left, and Zack Anderson switched from bass to guitar. This switch has been an obvious shift in how band composes. This has moved the band away from a straight up retro 70s blues based hard rock band, and added aspects of pop, and funk over top of what we’ve come to know by the band.

The band may have seen this as a necessity as a ton of bands have sprouted up over the last few years offering more or less the same thing they do. Regardless, the focus is still Elin Larsson and her souring vocals. Some fans may be turned off by the slight change in style, while others may welcome it and see it as a way to help the band with its longevity.

Check out Blues Pills “Kiss My Past Goodbye” off of Holy Moly!:


KMFDM – In Dub

Blaqk Audio – Beneath The Black Palms

The Killers – Imploding The Mirage

(Hed) P.E. – Class Of 2020

Kill The Lights – The Sinner

Mad Max – Stormchild Rising

The Tangent – Auto Reconnaissance 

Black Elephant – Seven Swords

Assignment – Reflections

Jefferson Starship – Mother Of the Sun EP



Anthrax – Persistence Of Time 30th Anniversary Edition Reissue

PJ Harvey – 4 Track Demos Vinyl Reissue

PJ Harvey – Rid Of Me Vinyl Reissue

Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction Vinyl Reissue

Cattle Decapitation – Monolith Of Inhumanity Vinyl Reissue

Sleeping With Sirens – How It Feels To Be Lost Deluxe Edition Reissue

Stoned Jesus – First Communion Reissue

Junius – The Martyrdom Of A Catastorphist Vinyl Reissue

Junius – Vol. 1 Vinyl Reissue


The Obsessed – Live At Big Dipper

Article by Victor M. Ruiz of Mars Attacks Radio & Podcast, and Galaxy Of Geeks Podcast.  Connect with him on Twitter:  @vmr907