The Purging Fire
— The newest from my Best Black Metal of 2016. A Portland band that is badass, bitter, mean, and epic.
THOU (Baton Rouge)
The Changeling Prince
— The vocalist is scorching lava, a driving dramatic force through the impassioned melodies.
I M Here
— A perfect post-punk album for the next rainy weekend you are dancing alone in your living room with your bottle of wine. Oh, is that just me?
SPECTRAL WOUND (CAN)
La Nuit Froide De L'oubli
— Another leading lead singer that leads the shit out of his band. Cold and melodic.
— I was pleasantly surprised by this new Ghost, especially since I've never liked them before. Retro anthemic fun song; the rest of the album is strange and diverse. Good stuff.
— Emotional lead-ups, growling into fevered pitch; breaking into organic harmonies.
— Tongue in cheek swamp, Canadian-style.
VIOLATION WOUND (CA)
— Chris Reifert is a surprisingly good whiskey-soaked vocalist; hailing from Death and Autopsy. This is for old people who have remained pissed off.
JUST BEFORE DAWN (Sweden/UK)
Day Of Days
— Demonic throated tales born of a different time and a parallel universe, where innocence no longer lives.
HIGH PRIESTESS (LA)
— Female-only blues, with plaintive vocals and frothy lyrics.
The Kingdom Of Nemesis
— Theatrical rasping, Hungarian style.
Agent Of Dismay
— Beer and riffs, what we live for.
Behind My Vocals
Still Corners; Roosevelt; Jonathan Bree; Acid Ghost; Future Islands; Tame Impala; Mild Orange; Clio; Men I Trust; MorMor; Quixotic