Castigate into Divine Apostle
— Inquisitor released this second album 22 years after their debut, which is a long time to bake. This is a brilliant contribution to the art of thrash and death, bold and technical, fun and rage.
CLARET ASH (AUS)
Essence Of Fire
— Australia is a brilliant cesspool of aggressive metal. This is yet another compelling addition.
— I’m in love with Iceland in general, well before this black metal wave. And now Iceland has their own version: atmospheric and bleak and romantic. Matches the country to perfection.
CRYPTIC FOG (Chicago/IN)
Eternal Internment of the Prolific Paradigm; Staring Through the Veil of Aberration
— Yes, this band is a 2-piece; and they are so fucking badass. Plenty to sift through, death and melodic black metal.
PORTAL (AUS)(releases 1/2018)
— YET another Aussie band; and this one is relentlessly brutal; it will be a great way to start next year. Menacing death: the way it was meant to be.
— And now the Belgians do death, but infused with a wave of hardcore. The recording has no drum editing, and everything is mostly off their first or second take! Bros got it down.
— Fine, I’m middle-aged, and these guys are the future.
INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS (UK)
The Crowning Quietus
— As I say on the show: this is a blood and gore-filled black metal, but they also gleefully skip over your dead body breaking between minimalist and catchy rock, breathing fresh spirit in dank filth.
FULL OF HELL (MD/PA)
The Cosmic Vein
— My best live band of the year.
CORPORATE DEATH (Brazil)
In the Vastness of Time
— Corporations need to die. Also, this Brazilian act is brutal, and catchy.
Behind My Vocals
Rory Gallagher, Traffic, Out of Focus, Frame, Dreams and Nightmares, Missing Link, Carmen Maki & Blues Creation, Moondog & The London Saxophonic, Magic Potion