The Hound of Heaven
— No, it isn’t King Diamond. This German band could be tongue-in-cheek, but they are too frigging good.
POISON BLOOD (NC)
Myths from the Desert
— Dude from Krieg and dude from Horseback. Duo creates creepy medieval sounds with jaunts into electro death rock.
DEMON EYE (NC)
— North Carolina just came out with a Swedish band.
— A Runner-Up in my 2016 Best Death Metal category. They release the full album in October; shit sounds as tight as their album last year. Swarm metal.
PAGAN ALTAR (UK)
The Room of Shadows
— Pagan Altar started in 1978; and the lead singer died in 2014. His guitarist son pushed this album forward. 70’s rock with a touch of melancholy; and a vocalist who spins stories.
Vi Som Ser I Mørket
— Charming spewing Norwegian black metal. Is there any other kind?
Plastic Wrapped and Useless
— Oakland knows its crust: this is raw and chaotic, gritty and gnarly.
THE NECROMANCERS (France)
— French occult, psychedelic and stoner with a honey-toned vocalist.
ETERNAL BLACK (NYC)
Sea of Graves
— Brooklyn does their distorted sludge with whiskey gravelly vocals.
Abandoning All Hope
— Guitarist and violinist, melancholy funeral doom with female Oakland vocalist.
Behind My Vocals
Kavinsky, Lazerhawk, Dynatron, Power Glove, Lifelike, Bourgeoisie, d.notive, Zombie Hyperdrive, Led Er Est