LIMINAL SHROUD (CAN)
— Cold gothic black, nostalgic melancholy, with abrasive vocals in a furious coupling. Guitars crafted and layered bringing in lush, gazy post-black in portions. Both minimalist and textured, highlighting each style.
ETERNAL CHAMPION (Austin)
War at the Edge of the End
— Another Austin creation of retro-rock metal with a warrior-on-a-horse-galloping, anthemic, grooving, heavy metal with a silky smooth vocalist.
— Serial killer basement metal with bleeding walls and chopped up dissonance hanging from a hook.
The Destroyer of Worlds
— Greek death kicking ass with headbanging riffs, crusty vocals, and soaring epic melodic with twists of doom and black. Solid fucking album.
— Tombs mixes its black metal core with an assortment of death, chugging hardcore and ambient with their signature intensity.
FUCK THE FACTS (CAN)
— Artsy, stylish, melodic death grind with a bleak female vocalist. This really stands out with unusual structures.
LORD FIST (Finland)
Princess of the Red Flame
— Bring me a Finnish falsetto, and I will love it forever. Harmonized guitars and solos swirl within this Friday night heavy metal. Just a blast.
LIE IN RUINS (Finland)
— Thick molasses death with slowed-down beats and an eternity of a growl that stands up against muscular driving beats and demonic screeches.
— Stretched out vocal chords vomiting out scratching vibrations, bleak black metal sweetened with melodic strains.
— Beautifully danceable industrial and dark synth with a sexy baritone of a lead singer.