OPHIDIAN I (Iceland)
— Icelandic proggy tech death breaks into catchy riffs, cascading harmonies, heavy metal solos, and a biting range of vocals. I asked, they are going to have more vinyl soon.
STORMRULER (St. Louis)
Fear the Old Blood
— 2-piece with weaponized vocals riding alongside pummeling death and melodic black, swinging from bleak to blistering.
Torügg bleev blot Sand
— Epic melodic sludge in a devastating, emotional black metal and electric vocals.
The Art Of Shudder
— Germans retain that edge with their melodic, in a slow funeral pace that is heart-wrenching, building a larger post- and death metal.
— More perfect German death, bringing in folk balanced with monstrous drums and riffs.
— Depressive, monochromatic raw mix of black and death with portions of acoustic and atmospheric.
— Windsor whips out wicked death structure and tempo, fly those fists.
Submerged Within the Gelatinous Celestial Bath
— A murky bloodied throb of black metal playing with buzzing mechanical industrial noise. Imperceptible melodic blinking on and off
DUNGEON SERPENT (CAN)
— 1-person technical death with shining melodic and distorted, medieval guitar in spectacularly unique arrangements.
— A Runner-up to my Best of 2019. Australia creates a distant frontier of music that doesn’t show influence. Just weirdos.