— Fire-breathing demonic beast with technical harmonizing guitar monsters, interweaving to create ripping riffs. The vocalist is a massive spread of guttural and screech.
TAN KOZH (France)
A la gloire d'Indra
— Intense black metal, yes; the name translates to Old Fire and the vocalist is an incendiary match. Dynamic tempos and clear lyrics in French.
ABIGAIL WILLIAMS (WA)
— These bands need to stop using Mariusz Lewandowski to create the album covers, he has like a billion now out there in the exact same style. Abigail Williams has that cascading instrumentation Agalloch-style, with a lead singer that breaks into clean. Achingly romantic in parts.
Set as a free download: https://blood-music.bandcamp.com/album/walk-beyond-the-dark
— Medieval metal that shimmers in stone corridors of yore, blending gorgeous compositions with mood and bite.
LORD MANTIS (Chicago)
— The entire album has now been released, and it is still dives into sludgy dense and textural, with melodic and groove in the mix. Still pummels brah.
— 25-year-old Ragnarok has changed drummers, drummer became vocalist, and they are still relentless black metal curbed with heavy metal.
Key to Victory
— Gritty horror death with varying speed creating the bloody sound.
FUROR BREVIS (France)
— Distorted mask of sophisticated, deranged and acidic black and death atmosphere.
UNFATHOMABLE RUINATION (UK)
— The vocalist will tear you apart, with both muscular and sharply carved screeches accompanying a stabbing insane tempoed mix of brutal death metal.