(Andy Synn assembled this collection of recommended music.)
Greetings and salutations good people of the NCS hive mind. Today just so happens to be my birthday and, in a twist to the usual way of doing things, I’m here to offer YOU a bunch of presents in celebration of this momentous event.
So, after the jump, you’ll find some EPs and albums that are all on offer at “name your price” – if you like what you hear though, I recommend you give the bands some money, whatever you can afford, and/or pick up some merch while you’re there!
After all, if we don’t support them… who will?
Let’s kick things off with a band who have been one of my favourites for a long time now. Progressive Death Metallers Iron Thrones are, unfortunately, sadly no more, but their two releases, 2009’s Visions of Light and 2010’s The Wretched Sun, are both utterly fantastic from top to bottom, and both available right now from their Bandcamp page.
Blackened Post-/Prog Metal collective Fever Sea have been very quiet for the last few years, but last month came the first rumblings from the depths that… something… may be afoot.
While we wait, however, we can all enjoy both their EPs, 2014’s Fever Sea, and 2012’s The Deluge.
My favourite EP – in fact one of my favourite releases in general – of 2015, this one still gets major play, and is well worth checking out if you’re a fan of dark, atmosphere-heavy Death Metal.
Maryland’s own Dying Sun were the subject of the 73rd edition of The Synn Report last year, and their brand of immersive, cinematic Post Metal remains as powerful and impressive as ever even now.
All three of their releases, 5125, 12212010 (my personal favourite), and Transcendence, are available from bandcamp now, and are all well worth getting hold of.
Yes, I mentioned this Spanish band on Saturday, but considering how much I absolutely love their music – particularly their second album, Idols – I felt honour-bound to include them here.
So if you’re a fan of Decapitated/Immolation style Death Metal, with a heavy (and I do mean heavy) emphasis on punishing riffage, grab a copy of both Idols and Nec Spe Nec Metu as soon as you can.
German Prog-Death that doesn’t skimp on the riffs, hooks, or complex, labyrinthine song structures, I’ve been meaning to recommend OdeToSun on here for quite some time now, but never seemed to find the right opportunity to do so.
Definitely one for fans of “classic”, harsh-vocal era Opeth, Edge of Sanity, etc.
Progressive Black Metal maestros Oak Pantheon have been “NCS-approved” ever since the release of their debut album, From A Whisper… and since that album is currently available for free/name your price download on their bandcamp page, you have no excuse not to check out what all the fuss has been about!
More riffs than a very riffy thing – We Had It Coming was one of my most listened to albums of last year, and still maintains a strong position in my regular listening rotation.
Get it now while you still can.
A nice little blast of cutting-edge, progressive Italian Tech Death here, all twisted riffs and rifftastic twists, that should satisfy the tastebuds of even the most discerning tech-head.
And last, but by no means least, Thus Defiled have announced that their work on this mortal plane is finally complete… but aren’t leaving us empty-handed.
No, they’re signing off their career with this free-to-download EP, A Return To The Shadows, which features one new track, and four brand new covers.
And all they’re asking in return is that you make a donation to SweetRelief.org in tribute to the late lamented Chuck Schuldiner.
So not only do you get some killer tunes, but you also get the opportunity to do a little good in this world.