Jan 19, 2022
This week, #2 album. Next week, #1! See below for Best Album Art.
MORAL COLLAPSE (Bengalaru), album - S/T (Death, Modern)
Abandoned rooms of misspelled agony
— Vivid, storytelling death with plenty of seething and explosions. Loved the experimental sections with creepy violins and sexy saxophones. Made for parties with music snobs.
ESOCTRILIHUM (France), album - Dy'th Requiem For The Serpent Telepath (Black)
— Imagine an alien god that injects cold malevolence into its warriors. This is what they listen to get enraged, and then soothes them in death.
STORTREGN (Switzerland), album – Impermanence (Black & Death)
— All the genres embedded and aligned. Swirling technical guitar solos with demonic chatter that spreads to a touching melodic black.
PARANORM (Sweden), album – Empyrean (Speed/Thrash)
— A black metal screech in a playful and moody thrash dance that makes you leap in joy mid-mosh.
FRACTAL GENERATOR (Ontario), album – Macrocosmos (Death)
— Yet another multi-faceted vocalist with headbanging riffs and angular pace with bouts of jazz influence. Just, surprising.
CLOAK OF ALTERING (Netherlands), album - Sheathed swords drip with poisonous honey (Black, Modern)
I have missed the light so much
— This is made for me. Industrial and experimental synth that made me nostalgic for the first time I listened to the brain-warping legends of yore. These guys inject modern romantic black metal for the wretched part of your soul.
CRYPTOSIS (Netherlands), album – Bionic Swarm (Speed/Thrash)
Game of Souls
— Another most infectious thrash that races and careens off kilter with proggy pace. Somehow finds time for some synth just because they want to blow your mind.
SPECTRAL WOUND (Montreal), album - A Diabolic Thirst (Black, Melodic)
Fair Lucifer, Sad Relic
— Feral and textured black metal, sharpened with pain and slowed to create the aching, and a vocalist that stains your brain.
AD NAUSEAM (Italy), album - Imperative Imperceptible Impulse (Black & Death)
— Snaking compositions of black pummeling, death growls, horror atmosphere and suddenly, unexpectedly, heart-palpitatingly breaks into a soothing solace.
KANKAR (Germany), album - Dunkle Millennia (Black)
— Of course, German black metal with a stunning style of rock and melodic that also that weaponized vocal that straightens your toes.
INFERI (TN), album - Vile Genesis (Death)
No Gods But Our Flesh
— Dramatic, explosive, swarming and harmonizing guitars with a range of vocals. But basically this just shreds.
STORMRULER (St. Louis), album - Under The Burning Eclipse (Black)
At the Cliffs of Azure City
— That exquisite screech with raw black metal fury that allows your head to decapitate to a chomping riff. Technical and pure at heart.
PUPIL SLICER (UK), album – Mirrors (Extreme)
— Abuse and torture in a package that ripples with tension, with modern grind and hardcore and spectacular breaks into melody and groove. Strength and agony.
SPIRE (AU), album - Temple of Khronos (Hypnotic)
Hymn IV - Puissant
— Theatrical, carnivalesque black metal in a meditative atmosphere that envelops your brain. You know, hypnotic.
OBSCURA (Germany), album - A Valediction (Death, Melodic)
— Twirl with me to Obscura, hair whipping behind until you are just part of that noodle-y death chomp, the sharp edges mixed with beauty. Oh those vocals bounce and crash on top.
CIVEROUS (LA), album - Decrepit Flesh Relic (Death, Doom)
— Atmosphere filled with ash, a crawling heated vocalist follows with a badass pummeling pace. The sound mixes an atmospheric doom and a murky textured death. Perfect for car ride and a fist out the window.
KHEMMIS (Denver), album – Deceiver (Stoner, Jams)
— Khemmis has that lead singer that is unbelievably expressive in both beauty and menace. The songs vary from majestic to stoner and heavy metal. All of it memorable.
#2 Album of 2021:
GABESTOK (Denmark), album - Én gang rådden, altid rådden (Black, Modern)
På gravens rand
— This stood out to me starkly against the rest of the albums, with the weird raw production, notes of 60’s garage rock, and the sexy rocking psychedelic meandering black metal that stayed weird and creepy and evil. An album that sounds different with every listen.
Best Album Art
Scarred (Luxembourg), album - S/T https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3968482678_10.jpg
KLUVIM (Israel), album - Om Mani Padme Hum https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2708034658_10.jpg
Altered Dead, album - Returned To Life https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1572633909_10.jpg
Werewolves, album - What A Time To Be Alive https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0103034480_10.jpg
Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum (Belarus), album - Šahrartu https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0764825667_10.jpg
Mordkaul, album - Dress Code: Blood https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2692337893_10.jpg
Black Hole Deity, album - Lair Of Xenolich https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a4162162910_10.jpg
Culted (Sweden), album - Nous https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0649041842_10.jpg
Anatomia (Japan), album - Corporeal Torment https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2876908082_10.jpg
Nightfall (Greece), album - At Night We Prey https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0263275372_10.jpg
Turris Eburnea (Italy), album - S/T https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1506248864_10.jpg
Grima (Russia), album - Rotten Garden https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a4211161359_10.jpg
Unflesh (New Hampshire), album - Inhumation https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2586676173_10.jpg
Spectral Lore (Greece), album - Ετερόφωτος https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2232699247_10.jpg
Grey Aura (Netherlands), album - Zwart vierkant https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1722429475_10.jpg
Oryx (Denver), album - Lamenting A Dead World https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a4001120803_10.jpg
Erdve (Lithuania), album - Savigaila https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1393930651_10.jpg
Graveslave (MN), album - No Center https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3232968585_10.jpg
Creeping Death (TX), album - The Edge of Existence https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0368191437_10.jpg
Atræ Bilis (CAN), album - Apexapien https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3070867920_10.jpg
Hate (Poland), album - Rugia https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a4023207229_10.jpg
Sunless (MN), album - Ylem https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1261055484_10.jpg
Worm (FL), album - Foreverglade https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1911764557_10.jpg
Burial (Italy), album - Inner Gateways To The Slumbering Equilibrium At The Center Of Cosmos https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1334662437_10.jpg
Abscession (Sweden), album - Rot of Ages https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0057203844_10.jpg
Civerous (LA), album - Decrepit Flesh Relic https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1981082110_10.jpg
Khemmis (Denver), album - Deceiver https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2933389309_10.jpg
Cadaveric Fumes (France), album - Echoing Chambers of Soul https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2766636704_10.jpg
Ferriterium (France), album - Calvaire https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2987418005_10.jpg