Apophis - Black Dragon
— Hot Austrian vile that is so fucking evil. Breathes life into my withered soul.
THEN COMES SILENCE (Sweden)
The Dead Cry For No One
— Swedish dark wave dances happily on a gloomy coast in a trench coat in the 80’s with spiky black hair in its face. You know?
The Shape Of He To Come
— New album starts another series of Botanist albums that are a collaboration between all six members. Ethereal vocals are reminiscent of Controlled Bleeding's Songs from the Ashes – beautiful and airy against a storm of sounds. I do love the evil vocals also; and the compositions retain melody throughout. Probably my fave Botanist album yet.
Wake Up Screaming
— Oakland has a vivacious crust scene. Can I say vivacious? We are all so fucking vivacious.
DAWN RAY'D (UK)
Future Perfect Conditional
— Gorgeous use of violin that cuts a clean melodic swathe through dense black metal.
CANNABIS CORPSE (VA)
The Fiends That Come to Steal the Weed of the Deceased
— Song title: "Papyrus Containing The Spell To Protect Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is In The Bong Water". Bro from Municipal Waste and Iron Reagan. Solid and technical beyond the hilarity.
Lathe of Heaven
— Pacific Northwest style: epic sludge with brutal vocals mixed with stellar riffage brah pass the spliff.
PLAQUE MARKS (Philly)
— Scraped off the sidewalks of Philly. Dirty and filthy noise.
— Unusual vocals drifts into Italian-style psychedelic space.
— Third album is light retro psychedelic rock, with harmonizing guitars in the forefront.
— Slithering vocals against raw.
Behind My Vocals
Notchnoi Prospect; Velvet Condom; Sect; Message; Ikon (cover of She Likes Parties); Trentemøller; Clan Of Xymox; Lebanon Hanover; She Past Away; Linea Aspera