PORTRAYAL OF GUILT (Austin)
— Broken shards of bleak hardcore mixed with a demonic vocalist and grind, electronic, melodic pop.
THE RUINS OF BEVERAST (Germany)
The Tundra Shines
— One of my favorite metal bands, whose 2017 album made it to my top 20 of the last 20 years. Another vivid, moody, psychedelic, tribalistic black metal journey with surprising clean vocals that cut through. Touching. Massive.
— Anonymous group takes you on a weird, crazed death ride with a moody, rich doom. Unexpected.
— Indulgent, weird, proggy death with a rumbling and often theatrical singer, that culminates into kickass riffs.
— A debut that nails you to the wall with intensity, and changes shapes to droning guitars, industrial and keyboard effects.
ALTERED DEAD (CAN)
— Throat-clenched vocals within a hurricane of bleak death, slowed down to headbang-worthy sinister doom when needed.
— Take the time and meld with this fantasy metal with vampiric blood and a storm of heavy metal and rising melody. Excellent.
Flesh Once Divided
— Frosty massive black metal that often slows to dramatic vibrant melody.
THE SUN CAME UP UPON THE LEFT (Portland)
A Coward’s Expression of Doubt
— A fantastic split with moody, gorgeous acoustic and gothic melodies.