БАТЮШКА (KRZYSZTOF DRABIKOWSKI) (Poland)
— Batushka are in a heated legal battle, and there seems to be drama on both sides. The NON-Metal Blade version is incredible epic melodic massive intense black metal with awesome riffs and vocals.
Edit: Earlier I had said I liked the Metal Blade version, but it is not the version. I like the guitarist/Kryzsctof's version - it is way fucking more awesome. No comparison. They have similar album covers, so it is way confusing.
— Atlanta Georgia is making their name in frostbitten dramatic black metal that breaks down deliciously.
I Muffle Your Inner Choir
— The 18th full length of Darkthrone is more of the same vein of their recent style of chomping rock with just a little bit of sinister thrown in. These guys still have ideas.
LUNAR SHADOW (Germany)
Hawk of the Hills
— Retro dramatic heavy metal with some modern twists of death rock.
II – Discernment: Khyphotic Suzerains
— Malevolent churning dystopian death in fragmented compositions that will really surprise you.
VIOLET COLD (Azerbaijan)
— Vivid frostscapes of atmospheric black gaze.
Hic Regnant Borbonii Manes
Bludgeoning drumming with a beast of a lead singer.
Rise from Your Grave
— Alterbeast, Vale of Pnath and Rivers of Nihil members grooving their way into tongue-in-cheek tech death, lite.
DEATHSPELL OMEGA (France)
— These guys create a weird story that is hard to follow, but necessary to know the ending.
BLACK SITES (Chicago)
Dream Long Dead
— Ear candy of death rock, heavy metal and headbanging.