(KevinP inaugurates a new feature in which he runs down his list of the best releases from the preceding month.)
Welcome to my feature on the best releases of each month. I’m calling this “Albums of the Month”, but demo’s, EP’s, splits, etc., are also viable candidates, as long as the material is good enough. Ideally this will be posted during the last week of the month we are discussing, but this time life got in the way for yours truly and our beloved CEO.
Anyways, please feel free to share you comments, thoughts and favorite releases in the comments section below.
5. Mindful of Pripyat – …and Deeper, I Drown in Doom (EP)
For being around such a short period of time (formed in 2014), it’s quite stunning how professional and tight the sound is from this Italian trio. Think Terrorizer and early Carcass with absolute razor precision backed by a solid production.
All three members share vocal duties. Unseen Terror and Defecation covers included. One of the fresher pieces of grind I’ve heard in awhile.
4. Chalice of Blood – Helig, Helig, Helig (EP)
Old school Swedish black metal, far from being original, but damn if it isn’t catchy and enjoyable. Lots of people claim a huge Watain influence, a band which doesn’t do much for me, so go figure. Kinda has more of an older Marduk sound going on to these ears. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and doesn’t overstay its welcome.
3. Agos – Irkalla Transcendence (EP)
This one came out of nowhere a few weeks ago and I knew immediately upon first listen it would make the list. Hypothetically, if this three-song EP were a full-length of the same quality it would possibly have taken the #1 spot. Van Gimot (Virus of Koch) handles all the music and vocals. Astrous (Aenaon) creates the lyrics and conceptual/visual look of the band.
This is mid-paced death metal with a blackened feel, but it’s so much more than that. Guitars have a huge sound to them, just enough grandiose mixed with the perfect amount of filth. Vocally cavernous with reverberating hellfire (aka, a cool echo effect). It’s hard to get super-jazzed about new bands these days, but once in awhile something comes along that just screams out for attention. Hopefully this is just a small sample of what the future holds for this band.
2. Marduk – Frontshwein
I’m not sure why I doubt these Swedes every time I hear about a new album coming out. I’ve liked everything they done, but for some reason I always think “how are they going to keep it fresh and interesting”? They generally have less room to play with within their framework than most bands, but it’s remarkable how they keep impressing me album after album over 20 years. I mean, this is a Marduk album through and through, no real surprises. Yet they still find continuous gold by mining that same vein. Now how are they going to do it again in a few years?!?!?! LOL
1. Desolate Shrine – Heart of the Netherworld
Let’s run through the checklist here: Death Metal. Finnish. Dark Descent Records.
In case that’s not enough for ya, you can read my review here. A must listen.