…AND OCEANS (Finland)
Cosmic World Mother
— 25 years of dramatic, Finnish, intense black metal with electronics and a new lead singer from Finntroll.
Last Breath of Yggdrasil
— 28 years of technical knowledge creates sinister and snarling with a gargling set of vocals that is somehow completely understated.
IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS (Denver)
— Mark Lanegan-esque vocals in the ballads, mother-may-I.
LIGHT DWELLER (AZ)
— Arizona sun makes weirdo boy that creates cacophony.
— Death is blurred with anguish and a vocal that rips out the heart.
WAILIN STORMS (NC)
— This is about the vocalist and the romantic genres that propel him into a reverend-like ministry.
ORDER OF ORIAS (AU)
— 2-piece in a cyclone of death groove and black drums and frosted atmosphere.
SECTARIAN BLOOM (CA)
Because We Like It
— Californian arty punk cousin of post-punk.
SINISTRAL KING (GER/NOR/Switzerland)
Where Nothingness Precedes Cosmos
— Might as well have been behind a red curtain with theatrical and dramatic leads and instrumentation.
Walled Slum City
— Fucking grind, brah.