Inherent of Life
— Intense vocals line up with the sharp knife of grind, with death breakdowns and a meditative drone. A powerhouse, mixed by Kurt Ballou.
The Immortal Generation
— Thrash-driven, angular death blast with noodling guitars, reminiscent of our 80’s favorites. It unpacks into a full universe of sound. Vinyl won't be offered until August-September.
OMINOUS RUIN (SF)
— Absolutely no superfluous note in this tight, crisp, proggy tech, with atmospheric and organic pockets and badass guitar wizardry. Stark mofos.
— Speaking of downtuned epic stoner doom, Spelljammer has come out of a 5 year retirement. Take a huge hit, feel this propel you into its cloud, Swedish gods of composition.
SUMMONING THE LICH (St. Louis)
Demon of the Snow
— Death-charged debut diving into chomping thrash, swift tech death and tempo changes with the backdrop of fantasy-based themes.
The Tower of Cosmic Nihility
— Epic, grandiose metal with emotional vocals soaring high, the vocalist is the stunner. He is also the vocalist from Barren Earth and Hamferd. Reminded me of While Heaven Wept.
— Distorted doom, somber raw stoner, and industrial groove with machinic drone and hushed vocals with the most incredible album art.
LESSER CARE (TX)
Head On The Floor (live)
— More moody, richly melodic dark wave from a surging alternative scene in Texas. Fucking Texas. I guess I’d be depressed there too.
LAMP OF MURMUUR (UK)
Curse of Silent Thunder
— Part of a split with anonymous band dai-ichi, I love the melody shining through the fury of the thin, raw black metal that break into massive riffs. Both bands kill it on this split.
The Wild Swans
— Crystal melodies soothing and rolling out in waves that eventually erupt into post-metal with a monstrous vocalist.