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Good golly would you look at the calendar! Are we already in December?? Is it already Tuesday???

So, let’s see what’s out there…

TEMIC Already living up to their billing as prog´s new supergroup, Temic has just topped the charts in the Netherlands with their debut album Terror Management Theory and have now in addition released a stylish and scenic new video for the album opener Through the Sands of Time! Head over here to watch the video now and of course place your album order right here!

SELF MUTILATION SERVICES Now for the rest of this month there is a giant celebration of 15 years going on over at Self-Mutilation Services, which offers us 25% off on everything until December 31st! As we understand, many titles are almost sold out so you must have quick hands and head over here to claim your goodies with the code xvyears!BLACK LION RECORDS Something great is going on over at Black Lion Records who are having a huge discount of up to 50% on sale via their partner Sound pollution on their website! Head over here to check out the selection!THRILL JOCKEY RECORDS An all new super deal of the Mystery Box is going on at Thrill Jockey Records which includes 6 LPs for only 22 dollars! That’s 6 LPs for the price of only one! Although they cannot tell us what we will get, they can tell us that the records are all ones they are very proud to put out! Head over to their Bandcamp now and see what they are all about!NEUROT RECORDINGS Of course we won’t be let down this week by Neurot Recordings, and this week’s album pick for the weekly Pay What You Want segment is Trinity by Harvestman! Head over here now to claim your copy and simply pay what you can!

THRA One short and sweet from Thra! Tickets are up now for next Friday, December 8th! Keep an eye on the tickets and the location!

XIBALBA Hispanic Californian hardcore death metal three-piece Xibalba are back with their follow up to 2020’s Años en Infierno. Aztlán (out now on Closed Casket Activities) is another slab of weighty riffs to pummel you into the ground. You can listen to the album in full here where the album is available on a range of different, limited vinyl editions.  ORO Sweden’s Oro have just put out their latest sludge metal offering on Dutch label Hammerheart Records. Vid V​ä​gs Ände (the follow up to 2019’s Djupets kall) is available to stream here. You’ll also find a link if you want to purchase a physical copy.

There’s a flavour of Voivod about Dissimulator and their forthcoming debut Lower Form Resistance. The Canadian three-piece have teamed up with 20 Buck Spin with the album available on the 26th of January. In the meantime, you can enjoy the razor sharp, speedy riffing of preview track “Hyperline Underflow” here. There are a range of limited edition vinyl copies you can pre-order from the same link.

Having to pay gigantic sums for international postage is a real gear grinder.

While it’s our default setting to link Bandcamp pages in the case of new and pre-releases, we thought it would be helpful to add some online stores that might provide a useful alternative.

So if you see a release you fancy, but it’s being sold in a far off land and you don’t want to fork out on exorbitant shipping, see if any of the links below can remedy the situation.

Dark Essence (Norway) Dark Essence (US)

Deathwish (EU) Deathwish (US)

Direct Merch (Australia)

eOne Heavy (EU) eOne Heavy (UK) eOne Heavy (US)

Ipecac (EU) Ipecac (US)

Metal Odyssey (EU) Metal Odyssey (US)

Napalm Records (Germany)

Prophecy Productions (Germany) Prophecy Productions (US)

Rough Trade (UK) Rough Trade (US)

Season of Mist (EU) Season of Mist (US)

Southern Lord (EU) Southern Lord (US)

Throne Records (World)

Transcending Obscurity (EU) Transcending Obscurity (US)

My my my, Christmas is just around the corner isn’t it? Make sure you get those goodies to put in the boxes under the tree before it’s all gone!

By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman

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