COUNTLESS SKIES (UK)
— Spectacular melodic death metal with epic guitar melodies along with theatrical and dramatic vocals juxtaposed with groove and organic instrumentation that melts the universe. Vocals styling reminds me of While Heaven Wept.
— Electrical storm vocals cutting through raw black metal and vivid melodies.
— French elegance in the form of piano and strummed guitar pools between screams and the swift sharp edge of black metal.
— The lofi death growl is so strange and cool against proggy, pagan rock and psychedelic guitars.
The Pale Horse
— Another brilliant Swedish black brutal cold bludgeoning mixed with sexy doom.
MR. BUNGLE (SF)
Raping Your Mind
— The new Mr. Bungle remaking their 1986 thrash demo is fabulous, romping badassery. The best show of the year perhaps.
Verður von að bráð
— Another incredible Icelandic black metal with that dynamic atmospheric big sound, drenched in despair.
OCCULT BURIAL (CAN)
Highway Through Borderland
— Black leathery winged metal led by a sickle vocal and fueled in chomping thrash and beer. It’s just so obvious.
HANGING FORTRESS (Ohio)
— Swinging between swift death blasts and a lumbering doom pace and a blast of a mid-tempo fist flailing headbang worthy riffs.
— Brooding Iceland strikes again, led by ballads but really stands out with their aggressively-paced songs.