She Likes It Heavy on Tuesdays, 7pm PST on bostonfreeradio.com, prajmetal@gmail.com

0:25-4:41
KALMAH (Finland)
Waiting in the Wings
— Finnish band Kalmah sweetens their style of muscular power with folk.

5:30-8:47
OXYGEN DESTROYER (Seattle)
Subsumed Within The Bowels Of The Perennial Monstrosity
— Rabid flailing thrash with filthy gurgling in a debut album.

9:22-17:34
EAGLE TWIN (SLC)
Elk Wolfv Hymn
— Weirdos/SLC duo doling out the unexpected.

17:59-26:10
RÛR (Norway)
I
— Starry skies, icestorms and approaching beasts fill this black metal aching with story.

26:51-32:05
BANG (Philly) (re-released in a "Best of" collection)
Feel the Hurt
— Unknown 70's band re-released in this fantastic brand new compilation.

32:42-39:31
PANOPTICON (Minnesota)
Blåtimen
— American black metal Panopticon always bring a blend of unorthodox styles, this one has folk, banjo, country-ing, and full on epic black metal.

39:58-46:35
ABOVE AURORA (Poland)
Path to Ruin
— Polish non-blistering black metal with sludgy vocals.

47:31-56:06
MuN (Poland)
Oracle's
— Polish infectious groovin' out psychedelic.

56:41-END
ROTTING CHRIST (Greece)
The Sign Of Evil Existence (Live)
— Live and legendary Rotting Christ with guest from Behemoth

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0:25-6:39
JESUS AIN'T IN POLAND (Italy)
He Who Giveth, He Who Taketh Away
— Jesus Ain't in Poland have slowed their version of grindcore to dynamic, eruptive, melodic hardcore. With some grind sprinkled on top.

7:35-13:36
REPRISAL (UK)
Monomania
— Thrash breaks in technical aggression.

14:14-22:15
AUGURY (Montreal)
Anchorite
— Political, chic Montreal has a seething metal scene. Melodic prog soften the edges of this masterful death album.

22:56-29:32
BARREN EARTH (Finland)
Spire
— Yes, you will hear Opeth, but you'll hear that for most prog-dominated death and melodic bands. This one has an immense lead singer, shared with Hamferð.

30:03-36:17
ALTARS OF GRIEF (CAN)
Iris
— Epic pec-heaving metal.

36:43-41:45
GLACIAL TOMB (Denver)
Sunless Dawn
— Shared members of Khemmis and Abigail Williams. Muscular sludge.

42:20-49:38
BORGNE (Switzerland)
La Porte Du Chaos
— Swiss band Borgne means "one eye", which made me think of a penis, I never claimed I was mature. It has all the elements I love in one big album: space, ethereal, black metal and full-on industrial.

50:37-54:06
QUANTUM HIERARCHY (Italy)
Neutron Breed
— Debut ball of naked Italian aggression.

54:32-END
DEADLY CARNAGE (Italy)
Lumis
— Italian trippiness filling a galaxy of shimmering goodness.

Behind My Vocals: The Cure; Southern Death Cult; Joy Division; Depeche Mode; The Smiths; The Stone Roses; Gene Loves Jezebel; New Order 

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0:25-6:17
UNGFELL (Switzerland)
Bluetmatt
— Swiss black metal that chomps thrash teeth at you.

7:01-9:14
THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR (TX)
Carrion For Beasts
— Filthy, belligerent groove from a 2-piece.

9:36-14:17
IZEGRIM (Netherlands)
Warmonger II
— You would never guess it, but it's a female lead singer. The lyrics are intense, and can only be sung by a woman.

14:42-21:01
DEATHBELL (France)
Emerald Eyes Shine
— Pagan, psychedelic doom led by a sexy female vocalist.

21:17-25:43
TOXIKULL (Portugal)
Surrender Or Die
— Portuguese thrash kicks you in the face with heavy boots.

26:27-31:16
NIGHTMARER (Florida)
Death
— Ex-Gigan and The Ocean members creating horror and industrial growls.

31:54-37:54
REPLICANT (NJ)
Oceans Of Dust
— Album cover is a dead formation of plants, and I dug. Prog and math, but in a warmer, sweeter technical death metal way.

38:22-43:46
PHANTOM WINTER (Berlin)
Into Dark Science
— Muscular, fit Germans. Oh, they make music and stuff

44:35-53:03
ABYSMAL GRIEF (Italy)
Ruthless Profaners
— Theatrical metal singing about Italian forests filled with goblins and ghosts.

53:34-58:01
BIBLE BLACK TYRANT (NY)
The Standard
— Noise dissolving in your face. And your butt.

58:24-END
THE ATLAS MOTH (CHICAGO)
Chloroform
— A long hiatus and these Chicagoans have put out a conceptual, thoughtful album.

Behind My Vocals: Milkways; Giorgio Moroder Evolution; Cristal; Ganymed; Space; Cerrone; By The Savers; Plastic Bertrand; Andre Brasseur; The Immortals

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0:25-6:05
JUDAS PRIEST (UK)
Traitors Gate
– Judas Priest prove they are still heavy metal gods. They engage in their trademark hooks and harmonies and manage to remain muscular. A must-have album.

7:04-11:19
HUMAN SERPENT (Greece)
...To Son Of Nothing
– Slitheringly savage and silky-smooth black metal from Greece.

11:34-16:02
ATONE (Oakland)
Bated Breath
– Thickly toned, vicious Oakland filthy weaved with groove.

16:40-22:35
SLUGDGE (UK)
Putrid Fairytale
– Cartoony, tongue in cheek superficial layer of Slugdge covers a strange, twisted, gnarly proggy death.

24:09-27:24
WHITE WIZZARD (LA)
Pretty May
– Oh, the revelry of heavy metal is so charming from these LA musicians.

28:21-32:00
BLACK ROYAL (Finland)
Pentagram Doctrine
– Leather clad warriors birthed these Finns in the middle of a forest, and the witches cackled with glee.

32:42-37:56
RIVERS OF NIHIL (PA)
A Home
– Melodic play in serious djent-style.

38:21-43:42
SIXES (SoCal)
Fogbreather
– Lumbering, oppressive throttle crushing you.

44:08-50:32
DRUDKH (Ukraine)
Za Zoreyu Scho Striloyu Syaye…
– 11th release, but still refreshing harsh Eastern European black metal simmering with emotion.

51:17-56:12
HORN (Germany)
Bocksfuß
– Dulcimer-loving nerd incorporating rich folk and pagan.

56:35-END
PRIMORDIAL (Ireland)
To Hell or the Hangman
– Straining leather pants metal.

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Special cold/dark/new wave show.

0:25-4:24
HUMAN TETRIS (Russia)
Things I Don't Need
— Russian post-punk sweetness, the loveliest singer.

4:25-11:00
CABARET NOCTURNE (Belgium)
Blind Trust
— Bro does synth-pop, darkwave and dark disco, all dance baby.

11:01-14:49
LEBANON HANOVER (Germany)
Gallowdance
— Sexy duo, female vocalist, dark wave magic. Touring right now.

14:50-19:47
SHE PAST AWAY (Turkey)
Kasvetli Kutlama
— Dark wave from Turkey? Yes, and it is delicious. Touring right now.

19:48-23:42
ROOSEVELT (Germany)
Montreal
— Super light, flirty synth pop.

23:55-29:13
MANICURE (Russia)
I Wanna Be Free
— Oh hells yeah, Russia has got it GOING ON in being depressed post-punk.


29:14-33:29
CARPENTER BRUT (France)
Le Perv
— Synth-loving bro who loves 80's cheese, including B-movies. A bit of industrial and metal in this electro sound.

33:31-36:38
REPLICANT (Chicago)
Drifter
— B-movie horror new wave. You know, the usual.

36:40-40:48
LINEA ASPERA (UK)
Malarone
— Thickly romantic atmosphere with gorgeous female vocals dancing in circles.

40:49-45:54
COLD CAVE (LA)
Glory
— Unapologetically reminiscent of New Order and Joy Division. This album released late last year; and they are playing in cities this summer.

46:25-49:40
VELVET CONDOM (Berlin)
Kalter Lippenstift
— This can't be any more German.

49:41-54:26
ZANIAS (Berlin)
Follow the Body
— Ethereal female vocals accompanied by dark wave and a fun amount of dancey-industrial.

54:27-END
JONATHAN BREE (New Zealand)
You're So Cool
— This guy is coming out with a new album. This video is amazing. https://youtu.be/gxRq23qVE8A

 

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0:25-4:24
VOIDHANGER (Poland)
Man of Dark Secrets
— Seething, aggressive Polish thrash and death that’s not fucking around.

5:33-11:38
KEYS OF ORTHANC (Montreal)
Mor Gashnum
— Nerdy Middle Earth-loving, melodic black metal with frosty vocals.

12:19-15:12
ANCST (Berlin)
Concrete Veins
— Yes, yes, yes, hells yes hardcore-lit black metal with incredible breakdowns.

15:31-22:19
VISIGOTH (Salt Lake City)
Traitor's Gate
— Warriors from Salt Lake City singing epic heavy metal.

22:50-26:19
GATECREEPER (AZ)
War Has Begun
— Gatecreeper is the highlight on this big split with Iron Reagan.

26:59-30:24
KNELT ROTE (Portland)
Salience
— Eruptive, brutal, and incredible drumming.

30:58-39:10
SOLSTICE(UK)
To Sol A Thane
— Pagan heavy metal for old people. Yes, that is you.

39:33-41:34
ROTTEN SOUND(Finland)
Harvester of Boredom
— More energetic, fresh grind from Rotten Sound, Finnish style.

41:50-48:03
APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE (Indiana)
Keeping the Lighthouse
— Two vocalists are a highlight in this doom.

49:06-53:19
OF FEATHER AND BONE (Denver)
Hymn Of Perversion
— Gurgling filthy grind. Colorado ain’t fucking around.


54:08-1:00:12
HAMFERÐ (Faroe Islands)
Hon Syndrast
— The theme of the album is serious dealing with the loss of a child. Theatrical with multiple styles of vocals.

1:00:43-END
DESTRÖYER 666 (AU)
Stone by Stone
— Australians love beer.

Behind The Vocals: Cabaret Nocturne, Schwefelgelb, Jonathan Bree, Boy Harsher, Popsimonova, Zanias, Gatos Negros, Lusine, Rouge Mécanique, Forever Grey, Depeche Mode

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0:25-7:01
VEILED (Pittsburgh)
Enshrouded
— "Life is born, it burns, it dies, and becomes nothing within nothingness. The great black emptiness swallows whole what once was."

7:57-12:49
USURPRESS (Sweden)
In Books Without Pages
— 4th album; prog and 70’s mixed with modern death and incredible drumming.

13:16-14:57
HELL TO PAY (Philly)
Bleed to Me
— Bold blistering hardcore from Philly.

15:19-19:30
CONJURER (UK)
The Mire
— Plays with both ends of the spectrum: harsh and melodic, deep and high-pitched vocals; quiet and loud, groove and crushing.

19:55-26:57
CRESCENT (fucking EGYPT)
Through The Scars Of Horus
Loud riffing dramatic Egyptian death metal. Fist up!

27:32-33:20
WINDHAND (VA)
Old Evil
— Sultry female vocalist-led Windhand have released another couple of fuzzed-out stoner psychedelic.

33:48-40:17
PAARA (Finland)
Hurmeen hauta
— Frantic emotional Finnish black metal broken up by melody and gorgeous vocals.

40:50-50:47
EIGENLICHT (WA)
Berzerker
— US black metal is stellar, now from Olympia, mixing their style of melodic and dissonant. Seems to be a hella trend nowadays.

51:07-END
BASALTE (Montreal)
Acouphène
— Thick and suffocating, just kill me now.

Behind My Vocals
Witching Hour; Goodbye Horses; The Smiths; Pleasure Symbols; She Past Away; Tropic Of Cancer; Savages; Dead Husband

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0:25-4:49
WRATHBLADE (Greece)
Castration Of Uranus
Vocalist stands out, reminding me of Mike Scalzi circa Hammers/The Bastard. Pagan, riffing and wizards makes up the secret recipe.

5:40-8:49
PORTAL (AU)
Phantom
Alien, bleak, comfortless chaos created only by aliens from Australia.

9:26-16:35
OCEAN OF GRIEF (Greece)
Majestic melodic is so hard to keep from being cheesy. These Greeks do melodic to perfection, creating vivid gorgeous spell-binding stories.

16:59-23:51
GURA (Belgium)
La Pêche aux Chats
Bass-prominent trippy jazz-fusion metal.

24:25-29:17
GNAW THEIR TONGUES (Netherlands)
Cold Oven
Oh the horror-ness. Ghoulish and blistering. These guys are influenced by no one.

29:39-34:42
CULTUS PROFANO (LA)
Cultus Profano OP. 9
LA black metal CAN be brutal.

35:01-35:58
THESE BASTARDS (SF)
Off My Lawn
I am Mr. Wilson. Bay area attitude-filled hardcore.

36:19-41:39
ABYSSAL VACUUM (France)
I
Demon vocals breathing fog over cavernous black metal.

42:11-46:29
MISERY INDEX (Baltimore)
I Disavow
Fuck yes Misery Index is about to deliver us a full-length at the end of the year. These guys are in my top 10 live bands.

47:28-53:10
THE WATCHERS (SF)
Black Abyss
The vocalist is a bit Chris Connelly. The drummer is ex-Orchid; sold local beer rock.

53:29-56:37
GUTSLIT (India)(2017)
Maraschino Eyeballs
BRUTAL GRIND FROM INDIA. This is an incredible album.

57:11-END
GRAFVITNIR (Sweden)
The vocalist splits his throat on a thick frigid indecipherable shriek. Nearly impossible to hear the melody.

Behind My Vocals: Pink Turns Blue, Sad Lovers and Giants, Killing Joke, Joy Division, Linea Aspera, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Sound, Asylum Party, 1919, Corpus Delicti, Skeletal Party

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This show is dedicated to the Runners-Up in my Best of 2017 list. 

VAMPIRE (Sweden), album - With Primeval Force
Song: Revenants (0:25-6:18)
— Vampire does this incredible job of capturing a retro style, with bite. Swedish melodic death metal mixed with heavy thrash. It is a fucking versatile album within each song, it hella swings. There is so much to headbang to here, but also a bit of folk and ballad creating a fully-rounded and thoughtful album. And they just let loose, this shit would be wild live. This is their second, more polished album, after a hiatus of 3 years.

ALL PIGS MUST DIE (MA), album – Hostage Animal
Song: A Caustic Vision (6:19-8:16)
— The ferocious intensity of a hardcore and crust band that dives headfirst into brutal death metal. Sounds like they took a good vacation for the last 4 years, pouring out all their pent-up energy, and adding Trap Them's guitarist. Their slowest moments were wicked and pulverizing.

NIGHT DEMON (CA), album - Darkness Remains
Song: Hallowed Ground (8:17-11:38)
— Magical summer night hard rock. Night Demon doesn't shy from their roots, with songs titled Maiden Hell, We Will Rock You, Welcome to the Night and so on. They remind me of Chris Black projects, melodic power and hooks, this is mullet and beer metal.

GRAVE PLEASURES (Finland), album – Motherblood
Song: Joy Through Death (11:39-15:20)
— Previously Beastmilk, Grave Pleasures just annihilates every post-punk sound out there. Beastmilk won my 2013 Best Post-Punk, and soon split up. They have converted themselves to Grave Pleasures and have released their second album. What makes this band stand out compared to other bands in their goth-influenced genre is their production value, their ability to be unrelentingly catchy but completely unique. They surprise you with how emotional their sound is, how romantic, how nostalgic for dark basement clubs.

DYING FETUS (MD), album - Wrong One to Fuck With
Song: Die With Integrity (15:21-20:33)
— You go into battle with Dying Fetus, and their music is the anthem, goring enemies. They hit you between the eyes with precision, tight, technical, brutality. The guitar work is fucking insane, it speaks in tongues, and geezus the breakdowns. They somehow make this a groove-filled viciousness, how does that happen. Genius.

FORESEEN (Finland), album - Grave Danger
Song: Violent Discipline (20:34-23:42)
— Contender for Best Thrash and Best Hardcore. Finnish band Foreseen does a crossover style of thrash, blending in the energy of hardcore into their dirty as hell gritty thrash with tons of ripping groove that you just tighten your hand into a fist to punch the air. Blows Iron Reagan's new album out of the water in terms of crossover perfection.

CLAN OF XYMOX (Netherlands), album - Days of Black
Song: Set You Free (23:53-27:59)
— One of my favorite gothic synthwave bands of all time, released 80's dark synth and goth perfection with some of the best vocals of all time. This album will slam you into nostalgia, that is, if you ever were a goth.

GIGAN (Chicago), album - Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence
Song: Hyperjump-Ritual Madness (28:00-33:07)
— It is the manifestation of strange brains dreaming. There is streaming psychedelic pulsating through veins of brutal and master technical extreme. This is their 4th album.

PUBLIC PSYCHE (Belgium), album - No New Violence
Song: Patterns (33:08-36:25)
— Public Psyche has a unique take on post-punk, incorporating a less synthetic sound - post-punk mixed with krautrock and noise experimental.

SEER (Vancouver), album - Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void
Song: Burnt Offerings (36:26-43:44)
— This is their second album. Lots of unrushed acoustic, nature sounds, and when it finally explodes, the lead singer is at the helm, lush and emotional.

KRALLICE (NYC), album – Loüm
Song: Rank Mankind (44:14-49:16)
— This is the album with Dave Edwardson. Yet another push into complex math structure, difficult and challenging, abstract and completely fucking enjoyable. Let your brain be bludgeoned.

DEMON HEAD (Denmark), album - Thunder on the Fields
Song: Menneskeæderen (49:17-54:32)
— Sexy psychedelic groove, emotional epic vocals accompanied by moody melodies. Just yeah bro.

IMMOLATION (NY), album – Atonement
Song: Thrown To the Fire (54:33-END)
— Serious fucking death metal. Lead singer does his style so well, unflinchingly rumbling guttural, so fucking hot. Versatile and groove-filled, filled to the brim with massive riffs and unusually splintered melodies. The drumming. . . fuck, the drumming.

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This set is the conclusion of my Best of 2017 shows.  At the end I announce my Best Album of the Year.

Best Black Metal
NIGHTBRINGER (CO), album - Terra Damnata
Song: Misrule (0:25-6:29)
— Night Bringer is chilling; guitar and screeching vocalist hack away at the little humanity you haven’t killed already.

Runners-Up:
Kafirun (CAN), album – Eschaton — Vicious, so vicious, and the balance of melody coupled with the relentless blasts is perfection. A debut album to boot.
Der Weg Einer Freiheit (Germany), album - Finisterre — You know how black metal boys do: They cast a spell with shimmering, and then in this case, their fucking immense drummer beats your face in. A incredible mix of sparse and dense, cold and emotional. This is brutal and unrelenting mixed with heartbreaking gorgeousness, a welcome intensity and meditation out of my soul.
Wode (UK), album - Servants of the Countercosmos — Guitar-heavy and explosively energetic with a hardcore edge, with hella emphasis on riffs and a jaunt into melody. Those headbanging-worthy fuckin’ riffs. The vocals are a bit tedious, hence runner-up.
Belus (Brooklyn), album – Apophenia — Dense, intense, and hella passionate shimmering black metal with an incredible raspy singer.
Jordablod (Sweden), album - Upon My Cremation Pyre — Crisp, shimmering mixed with prog and death over a core of black. When psychedelic ad rock rear its beautiful head, it isn’t necessarily a respite in the brutality, but pushes your brain out further. I’m so glad that Finnish band Oranssi Pazuzu has proven to be an influence, this sound has so many different facets.
Woe (Brooklyn), album – Hope Attrition — A blast of fury, relentlessness, with plaintive melodies. Woe has created a masterpiece of Brooklyn-style metal, the vocals is one of my favorites, extremely emotive and escalating, heating your blood.

Best Darkwave/Goth/Industrial
STATIQBLOOM (Brooklyn), album - Blue Moon Blood
Song: Black Walks Eternal (8:15-13:27)
— This is my second year Statiqbloom wins in this category. Fade Kainer of Batillus is Statiqbloom, a genius with dark electronics and production. He creates yet another danceable industrial album, reminiscent of the best of Skinny Puppy.

Runners-Up:
Clan of Xymox (Netherlands), album - Days of Black — One of my favorite gothic synthwave bands of all time, released 80's dark synth and goth perfection with some of the best vocals of all time. This album will slam you into nostalgia, that is, if you ever were a goth.
Godflesh (UK), album – Post Self — Metallic industrial with harsh vocals, seething under the surface, full on atmospheric, melodic and rounded.

The following are excellent goth, synth pop, deathrock, industrial bands that should not be missed:
3Teeth (LA), album – shutdown.exe https://3teeth.bandcamp.com/album/shutdown-exe
Pawns (NYC), album - The Gallows https://massmediarecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-gallows
Ritual Veil (Portland), album - Wolf In The Night https://ritualveil.bandcamp.com/releases
Night Sins (Philly), album – Dancing Chrome https://funeralparty.bandcamp.com/album/dancing-chrome
Virgin in Veil (Finland), album – Twisted Thrills https://virgininveil.bandcamp.com/
Orion (Sydney), album - S/T https://orionsydneyglam.bandcamp.com/releases

Best Technical Death or Grind
PYRRHON (NY), album - What Passes for Survival
Song: The Happy Victim's Creed (14:12-19:14)
— Pyrrhon had to be perfect to win this category over Buckshot Facelift and Gigan. And they were.

Runners-Up:
Buckshot Facelift (NY), album - Ulcer Island — Intelligent, angular grind, wildly different from song to song. I like that this band is meaty on top of being technical. They've got a ton of genres represented here, death and grindcore and hardcore and punk and heavy as fuck fuck. The absolute highlight of the entire album is the lead singer who is a monster in the best possible way, and is also from Artificial Brain.
Sunless (Minneapolis), album – Urraca — Sunless has the hard, angular head-spinning transitions, mixed with dissonance, but sprawls deliciously in atmosphere.
Dying Fetus (MD), album - Wrong One to Fuck With — You go into battle with Dying Fetus, and their music is the anthem, goring enemies. They hit you between the eyes with precision, tight, technical, brutality. The guitar work is fucking insane, it speaks in tongues, and geezus the breakdowns. They somehow make this a groove-filled viciousness, how does that happen. Genius.
Gigan (Chicago), album - Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence — Totally the weirdest album in the bunch. It is the manifestation of strange brains dreaming. There is streaming psychedelic pulsating through veins of brutal and master technical extreme. This is their 4th album.
Full of Hell (PA/MD), album - Trumpeting Ecstasy — Full of Hell was my favorite brutal band to see live last year. They didn’t just hold their own with Cattle Decapitation and Revocation, they blew me away. The lead singer is in-fucking-sane.

Best Psychedelic/Space
DRUG HONKEY (Chicago), album - Cloak of Skies
Song: Sickening Wasteoid (19:53-25:48)
— Drug Honkey isn’t your mom’s psychedelic: Chicago grit, a very dark world of cold mechanical structures, noise effects, versatile vocals and jazz sax.

Runners-Up
Ufomammut (Italy), album – 8 — Ufommamut has become massive in the spacey psychedelic metal genre. The new album have infiltrated the doom sound, but still retain their unique fuzzed-out distorted spacey effects. It feels like a 70's acid trip in a hella stellar production.
Ecstatic Vision (Philly), album – Raw Rock Fury — These guys bring in a lot of 70's psychedelic groove and love to dissolve into the layers that make up their very complex compositions.

Best Hardcore
CONVERGE (MA), album – The Dusk in Us
Song: The Dusk in Us (26:33-33:36)
— These guys slaughter on their 9th album; how the fuck is that possible. Legendary band that brings an emotional depth that adds yet another facet to their sound.

Runners-Up:
Foreseen (Finland), album - Grave Danger — Also a contender for Best Thrash. Finnish band Foreseen does a crossover style of thrash, blending in the energy of hardcore into their dirty as hell gritty thrash with tons of ripping groove that you just tighten your hand into a fist to punch the air. Blows Iron Reagan's new album out of the water in terms of crossover perfection.
All Pigs Must Die (MA), album – Hostage Animal — The ferocious intensity of a hardcore and crust band that dives headfirst into brutal death metal. Sounds like they took a good vacation for the last 4 years, pouring out all their pent-up energy, and adding Trap Them's guitarist. Their slowest moments were wicked and pulverizing.

Best Epic/Crushing/Massive
AMENRA (Belgium), album – Mass VI
Song: Children of the Eye (34:10-43:10)
— Bold, crushing devastation.

Runner-Up
Elder (MA), album – Reflections of a Floating World — Their 4th album that builds tension and expands to groove and riff, and an eventual expansive dreamy melodic structure weaved with kraut and psychedelic, filled with piano and keyboard and vocals.

Best Male Warm Vocals
PAGAN ALTAR (UK), album – The Room of Shadows
Song: Dance of the Vampires (44:21-50:47)
— Pagan Altar are old dudes, around since 1978, and about 20 years actively making music. The original singer and guitarist are father and son. In 2014 they were set to release Never Quite Dead, and then Terry Jones, the singer, died of cancer. His son and some original members spent time touching up the album, the sound melancholy and nostalgic, and finally released it. There is a touch of folk, the vocalist spinning stories with a lilting vocal. The sound is reminiscent of their sound 40 years ago, and that is just badass.

Runners-Up
Demon Head (Denmark), album - Thunder on the Fields — Sexy psychedelic groove, emotional epic vocals accompanied by moody melodies.
Kadavar (Germany), album - Rough Times —Won Best Retro/Retro Doom

Best Male Cold Vocals
BELUS (Brooklyn), album – Apophenia
Song: Avarice (51:03-57:07)
— High pitched to rasp to screech to pure evil to throaty guttural, employing so many creepy styles. This is a band is one to watch, shimmering and passionate black metal. The vocalist is also in Woe.

Runners-Up
Full of Hell (PA/MD), album - Trumpeting Ecstasy — Full of Hell was my favorite brutal band to see live last year. They didn’t just hold their own with Cattle Decapitation and Revocation, they blew me away. The lead singer is in-fucking-sane.
Primitive Man (CO), album – Caustic — This vocalist is fucking unearthly. Growls and acidic-toned. This album is just a wall.

Saturday Album
SPECTRAL VOICE (CO), album - Visions Of Psychic Dismemberment
Song: Thresholds Beyond (57:45-1:05:04)
— Saturday album is the album I played the most at home.  Bloodied vocals and the harshness of death mixed with sweetness and pummeling badassery. I couldn’t help myself spinning this almost every week.

Runner-Up
Vampire (Sweden), album - With Primeval Force — Vampire does this incredible job of capturing a retro style, with bite. Totally Swedish death metal with melodic mixed with heavy thrash. It is a fucking versatile album within each song, it hella swings. There is so much to headbang to here, but also a bit of folk and ballad creating a fully-rounded and thoughtful album. And they just let loose, this shit would be wild live. This is their second, more polished album, after a hiatus of 3 years.

Best Female Vocals/#1 Album of the Year!!
COUCH SLUT (Brooklyn), album - Contempt
Song: Company Picnic With Dust Off (1:05:46-END)
— The lead singer’s bleak angry screech is weaved with Tormented raw emotional aggro noise; the emphasis on lyrics perhaps show a woman’s touch: “I will fuck you”.  We are angry, abused and we’re not going to take it. We’re not going to apologize for the anger. She touches on mental illness, drug abuse, anger, loss, the spectrum of human emotions living in such a fucked-up reality. This is my soundtrack, and once I thought about it, it was easy.

Runner-Up
Satan's Hollow (Chicago), album – S/T — Debut album with a powerhouse of a female vocalist leading a rifftastic classic heavy metal band with speed and power.
Myrkur (Denmark), album – Serpent — Her voice is ethereal until it's demonic, floating above dense, and playing with soft, light and dark.
Maggot Heart (Sweden), album - City Girls — Melodic pop and guitar is at the forefront; Linnea Olsson’s voice is sharp and sexy croons. This band is just going to get bigger.

Behind My Vocals
Alma Mater, Wolfsheim Kein Zurück, The Frozen Autumn, Page, Human Puppets, Metro Decay, The Chameleons, Chromagain, Aroma Di Amore

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