JESUS AIN'T IN POLAND (Italy)
He Who Giveth, He Who Taketh Away
— Jesus Ain't in Poland have slowed their version of grindcore to dynamic, eruptive, melodic hardcore. With some grind sprinkled on top.
— Thrash breaks in technical aggression.
— Political, chic Montreal has a seething metal scene. Melodic prog soften the edges of this masterful death album.
BARREN EARTH (Finland)
— Yes, you will hear Opeth, but you'll hear that for most prog-dominated death and melodic bands. This one has an immense lead singer, shared with Hamferð.
ALTARS OF GRIEF (CAN)
— Epic pec-heaving metal.
GLACIAL TOMB (Denver)
— Shared members of Khemmis and Abigail Williams. Muscular sludge.
La Porte Du Chaos
— Swiss band Borgne means "one eye", which made me think of a penis, I never claimed I was mature. It has all the elements I love in one big album: space, ethereal, black metal and full-on industrial.
QUANTUM HIERARCHY (Italy)
— Debut ball of naked Italian aggression.
DEADLY CARNAGE (Italy)
— Italian trippiness filling a galaxy of shimmering goodness.
Behind My Vocals: The Cure; Southern Death Cult; Joy Division; Depeche Mode; The Smiths; The Stone Roses; Gene Loves Jezebel; New Order