May 24, 2023
LUNAR CHAMBER (GA)
Spirit Body and the Seeing Self
— Debut from Lunar Chamber has both members of Tómarúm, one of my 2022 Best albums. Jarring fusion of black and death with jazz and psychedelic creating spaces within the intricacies. A rumbling vocalist and shredding guitars also charm.
ASCENDED DEAD (CA)
— Demonic and experimental vocals and an intricate cyclone of shifting tempos with surprising beauty including strummed ethnic guitars. A joy.
I Am Them
— Distorted throaty vocals in an intricate black with dramatic tones of desperation and tension.
BLINDFOLDED AND LED TO THE WOODS (NZ)
— Proggy death that lead into a mire of moods, dark, aggressive, melancholy.
FIRES IN THE DISTANCE (CT)
Adrift, Beneath the Listless Waves
— My 2020 Best Melodic. This is another intense crisp melodic and orchestral-forward album with epic riffs.
CATTLE DECAPITATION (CA)
Scourge of the Offspring
— These guys are annoyingly impeccable. Another fantastic album from these dudes, with more of those engaging vocals.
— Haunting black metal, melancholy beauty and tremelo intensity leading into whopping riffs.
— Groove and heavy metal, guitar solos, and an 80s style glam vocalist with a modern growl. Brilliantly nostalgic of our favorite early metal acts.
In The Eye Of Heaven
— Urgent, evocative black metal slowed down with rasped heated sexy vocals that can make the cover of a romance novel.
FROZEN SOUL (TX)
Arsenal of War
— A lot of guest appearances, including dudes from dying fetus, creeping death and power trip. Thrash and death and groove for so much punchy fun.
The Girl with a Balloon
— Warm, expressive vocals ride along with a harsher growled style in a sludgy, melodic, atmospheric and dissonant progressive.