— A stunningly produced Portugal black metal album with crisp edges around each instrument, and even though a lean to melodic, it remains icy and sharp.
— Finnish black metal is lined with a gravelly vocalist, pummeling pace and a mist of melancholy guitar that creates space.
IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT (NYC)
Transmission to Mercury
— My #1 album of 2018, they are already back. Still sophisticated and avant garde, multidimensional in concept and imagery. Stunning.
HIGH SPIRITS (Chicago)
— Another jaunt for Chris Black, speaking with the souls of 80’s rockers
At the Crossroads of Infinity
— Groove and death with serpentine heavy metal guitar solos and passages of black metal.
— A blast of riff thrash with a charismatic sharp edge of a vocalist even within the ballads.
SPIRIT POSSESSION (Portland)
Twin Tongued Pathways
— Ulthar bassist and vocalist is part of this duo, creating a completely different sound. Distorted, raw black metal with the energy of thrash that lends to groove, and modern electronic.
Ode À Hathor
— Shezmu is a mean death and black mix often collapsing into slowed-down passages, but pummeling outward to dense.
— French-Canadian black metal is as romantic as you expect: black metal sweetened with melody and organic instrumentation.
RITES OF DAATH (Poland)
Shrines of Seclusion
— Poland proves to be angry and heated in a cavernous