Exh-Enî Söph (1st Passage – Exiled from Sanity)
— Violins make everything sound French. Theatrical, epic and inter-dimensional black metal.
CRYPTIC SHIFT (UK)
The Arctic Chasm
— Unique guitar melodies that go far out and back mixed with proggy death tempos.
Aux Marches De Lorraine
— Beauty and the Beast, another French monstrosity sweetened by strums of guitar.
Dark Was Space, Cold Were The Stars
— Psychedelic garage krautrock on clouds of bubbles bursting with tiny jagged shards of heavier blasts.
CAULDRON BLACK RAM (AU)
— Australia is topnotch evil. This form is sludge and death with whiplash beats and a smoking demonic vocal.
Spectres in Mist
— Guitarist from Woods of Ypres creates a journey of folk-infused black metal to New Brunswick.
WITHOUT LIGHT (Chicago)
Wretched Ascent Part Two
— Abrasive blown out death vocals is a highlight in this moody, plodding sludge.
PILE OF PRIESTS (Denver)
— Romantic candle-lit death.
— Versatile album with unrushed post-metal building to much bigger. Super pleasant to the brain.