VENOM PRISON (UK)
— Beastly muscular vocals from a badass female vocalist accompanied by brain-bashing, stunning, surprising, dense, REQUIRED death metal mixed with aggressive hardcore.
HERETICAL SECT (NM)
— Anonymous and most likely well-known musicians make up Heretical Sect, released by (3) relatively big labels. Doom tempo intensifies into menacing black metal.
The Hedonist Anthem
— Swallow the Sun's new side project that incorporates restrained melodic compositions in speedy death.
Only My Own
— This isn't just a modern take on nostalgia; this band plays homage to old school alternative, post-punk, electro, punk and industrial. They have created a unique mix on a wide spectrum ranging from poppy to ambient to gothy-dance. Respect.
— Tight technical cold proggy riff-loving death and melodic death supported by the drummer of Nile who also adds secondary vocals.
— The Swedes know how to stay filthy, crusty and chomping. Part of a huge tour with Skeletonwitch and Wiegedood.
TRISTE TERRE (France)
— A hurricane of wailing vocals swirling until it hides in the eye of the storm, and then becomes furious again. It is the journey of anguish turning into reflection turning into anger and back again.
DRAWN INTO DESCENT (Belgium)
The Endless Endeavour
— Organic instrumentation within a reflective melodic atmosphere, diving deep into blasting black metal.
MY DILIGENCE (Belgium)
Hunt The Hunter
— Yes, stoner can be hard to deal with nowadays, and this is a name that does not inspire trust ('My Diligence' screams nu-metal - terrible). They blend shoegaze and alternative vocals with heavy thick buzz and riffs, and it is a good mix.
Sorrow Under Starry Sky
— Synth-heavy delectable vampire-kissed lofi black metal that rises behind dark mountains.