A Suit of My Flesh
— A super-super group with members of technical death and grind bands like Perihelion, Hate Eternal, Vale of Pnath, and Inferi. Usually super groups can be idea-heavy and confusing, and often boring. This is such a talented, thoughtful, multi-faceted immense album.
— Is Icelandic black metal the best modern black metal? They manage to retain horror within a landscape of lush and vivid and perfectly produced.
OOZING WOUND (Chicago)
Riding the Universe
— Fans of Karp and Big Black, and produced by Steve Albini, and it shows. Thrashcore, noise, angular, prog-crust with smokey vocals. May be their best album yet.
Den Dödes Stigar
— Theatrical horror black metal portions of meandering dreamy pagan folk .
— Feral is apropos. Speed and death with distorted guitars pushed out to the periphery.
My Own Misery
— Gravelly vocals atop icy ferocious black metal mixed with beautiful instrumentation. .
— Female-led psychedelic black metal with saxaphone, flute and mandolin.
KING APATHY (Germany)
— Political, anarchistic hardcore with an underlying post-black metal anguished atmosphere.
NAILED TO OBSCURITY (Germany)
The Aberrant Host
— Opeth-style proggy death metal with soaring melody and a mix of vocal styles. The spacy organic instrumentation was a highlight.