— I couldn't find any info on the members of this band - so I presume this is a supergroup. The album cover and sound is muddled chaos. Muscular hardcore meets dense, explosive black metal and the result is destructive dissonance in yo' FACE. .
— Desperation-lined vocals creates heartfelt melancholy not shying away from sweet. This is what melodic black metal is all about, to me anyway. Fuck your definition.
— Belgian's version of Sugarcubes-era Bjork, power and sweet-combined vocals. Lead singer is also the drummer, and she aggressively chases the melodic post-metal guitars. Don't miss this album.
HATE FORCE (Chicago)
— Dude, the lead singer of Harm's Way (drool), drums and bass from Weekend Nachos and Like Rats?!? Yeeeees Chicago, come at me bros.
THESE BEASTS (Chicago)
End of the Whip
— Chicago defines dissonant noise rock with tempo-lurching punchy drums, explosive vocals, and melodic bursts.
THE BLACK MORIAH (TX)
Scholar Of Tongues
— Absu guitarist creates this new evil, galloping, groove-filled thrash album.
MAGIC CIRCLE (Boston)
— Magic fucking Circle does their THANG in 70's retro, and I am in the garden of their psychedelic flowers man.
Baptized in Satan's Blood
— Despicable filth from this band has burned slowly in ashes for years, and now vomit unto thee.
Heart Of Lead
— Draugsól members create atmospheric Icelandic black with an emphasis on bass, with spacey effects mixed with proggy tempo dissonance.
TRUTH CORRODED (AU)
— Australia, your heat and dust have made you so epically angry. This is technical with hella shredding and incredible guest musicians, including Misery Index and Suffocation.
COSMIC PUTREFACTION (Italy)
The Ancient Demagogue
— I heart Australian musician Brendan Sloan forever and ever. He is the one-man Australian genius behind my #2 album of last year - Convulsing. And he has been brought into the mix in this insanely vomiting Italian band. Just a joy.