The month of May will roar in before you know it with plenty of goodies for fans of the dark & brutal as well as the melodic and fun. Releases from '80s hard rock hit-makers dominate the first week of the month with Poison offering up 'Double Dose of Poison: Ultimate Hits.' That same day, Poison tourmates Motley Crue's bassist Nikki Sixx is also releasing a new Sixx:AM album called 'This Is Gonna Hurt.'

There's also plenty of black metal on the way this month, with Liturgy and A Storm of Light darkening our worlds with new albums. Japanese extreme metal is also well represented this May with new releases from Gallhammer and Boris, who have two albums on deck for May 24. Female-fronted metal juggernaut Arch Enemy return with 'Khaos Legions,' while Vampires Everywhere! finally unveil their debut album, 'Kiss the Sun Goodbye.' Ozzy Osbourne is also re-issuing a pair of his metal classics at the end of the month.

Check the new release list below for more metal May-hem.

May 3:

Before The Dawn - Deathstar Rising (Nuclear Blast)

Leaves Eyes - Meredead (Napalm)

Poison - Double Dose Of Poison: Ultimate Hits (EMI)

Sixx: AM - This Is Gonna Hurt (Eleven Seven)

While Heaven Wept - Fear Of Infinity (Nuclear Blast)

Wormrot - Dirge (Earache)

Xerath - II (Candlelight)

May 10:

AC/DC - Live At River Plate DVD (Columbia)

The Gates Of Slumber - Wretch (Rise Above)

Hate Eternal - Phoenix Amongst the Ashes (Metal Blade)

Liturgy - Aesthetica (Thrill Jockey)

Novembers Doom - Aphotic (The End)

Zombi - Escape Velocity (Relapse)

May 17:

Anaal Nathrakh - Passion (Candlelight)

Hell - Human Remains (Nuclear Blast)

Rival Sons - Pressure and Time (Earache)

Scar Symmetry - The Unseen Empire (Nuclear Blast)

The Soulless - Isolated (Earache)

A Storm Of Light - As the Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade (Profound Lore)

Vampires Everywhere! - Kiss The Sun Goodbye (Century Media)

May 24:

Arsonists Get All The Girls - Motherland (Century Media)

Book of Black Earth - The Cold Testament (Prosthetic)

Boris - Attention Please (Sargent House)

Boris - Heavy Rocks (Sargent House)

May 31, 2011:

Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions (Century Media)

Autopsy - Macabre Eternal (Peaceville)

Gallhammer - The End (Peaceville

My Dying Bride - Evinta (Peaceville)

Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz Re-Release (Epic)

Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman Re-Release (Epic)

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