THE CLEARING PATH (Italy)
Sweet angular Italians. This was such a meditative journey. Don’t be scared of angular, these guys do it to perfection.
DESOLATE SHRINE (Finland)
The Silent Star
Chilled Finnish death metal with a dollop of swirling black metal on top. One of the top offerings for death metal this year, do NOT miss this album
SOFT KILL (Portland)
Insider (Tom Petty cover)
Rough gazey post cover of Tom Petty. Free: https://anopendoor.bandcamp.com/
Dynamic Morvigor, vocalist packs an emotional punch. Top notch.
PURPLE HILL WITCH (Norway)
Ghouls in Leather
Norwegian classic rock, nostalgic beautiful doom.
Krallice is bludgeon metal, expanding and pulverizing. More of the same: which is really really good.
LADY BEAST (Pittsburgh)
Last year’s E.P. from Lady Beast is SOOOOO badass. This new full-length is a bit softer, but still speed and roaring riffs.
Suffocating, demonic and brooding Danish.
Godflesh still has the same noise-y attitude, but it also feels like they’ve redefined themselves. This is relevant.
Behind My Vocals: Human Tetris; Ruh; Pink Turns Blue; Pleasure Symbols, Phosphor; Sad Lovers and Giants; Sixth June; Boy Harsher