A show of this year's faves so far.
— Distinct twists within crusty riffy anarchistic tempo changes. The perfect album.
— Immersive guitars become meditation, with evil electronic heartbeats throbbing sinister.
Praise the Sun
— Crisp production and strangling gurgling vocals, all within a wall of head churning explosion.
Missed the Bus
— This isn't just a modern take on nostalgia; this band plays homage to old school alternative, post-punk, electro, punk and industrial. They have created a unique mix on a wide spectrum ranging from poppy to ambient to gothy-dance. Respect.
— Festerday had a splash of melodic and catchy - a bit like Deadbird - in their version of rampaging death. Super fun album. Crazy they started nearly 30 years ago, but haven't made music for 25.
LIGHT DWELLER (AR)
— Arizona births jagged angular sharp complex death.
DOWNFALL OF GAIA (Germany)
The Grotesque Illusion of Being
— Ignore the terrible cheesy band name. Deeply emotional post-metal hides behind the melodic black metal in the forefront, heavy on the riffs.
Il Reconnaîtra Les Siens
— Fange has it all, including noise, industrial, hardcore, sludge, laid atop a slab of atmospheric black metal.
— Another explosive alien black metal offering from Iceland, raw and progressive and scary.
— Dark species of sludge; down-tuned to reach the pit of your soul.