Mar 29, 2023
— Their last album was my #2 album of 2021; my favorite type of genre bending. Tons of rock elements, including blues and garage and psychedelic black metal. The raspy vocalist is one of my favorites, and he tries a lot of styles including a high-pitched epic King Diamond-style. Very charismatic.
LAMP OF MURMUUR (CA)
Hymns of Death, Rays of Might
— A standout throaty snarl from the one-person band. Blistering pace and epic leadups still leave room for massive riffs and a touch of beauty in this black and roll.
Encounter at Dawn
— Don’t sleep on this 70’s influenced rock and pop album, the lead singer reminds me of Ian Astbury of the Cult AND Scorpions’ Klaus Meine. Their synthy psychedelic keyboard stuff is outrageously in that 70's cinematic style.
DAWN RAY'D (UK)
In the Shadow of the Past
— Western-style and folksy violin is sweetly poignant and romantic, set against a machinistic guttural and screech vocalist and black metal tremelo guitar.
— Another 70's influenced retro rock and heavy metal with a bit of punk attitude. Pull on that jean jacket.
NE OBLIVISCARIS (AU)
Misericorde II - Anatomy of Quiescence
— Violin, piano, funk bass, and jazz structures in a proggy death. Aggressive explosive vocals that really pack the punch I wanted.
Behold The Blessed Black
— A dozen turns within the same song, tightly wound vocals juxtapose against synth effects. Death metal with complex song structures and lumbering pace.
Hours of Torment
— Another unique rock and roll death metal with a lot of different styles guitar and aggression.
— Mid-tempo heavy metal, anthemic lyrics, jamming guitars and nostalgic melody is righteous. Power-styled vocals from a new singer.
TRIBE OF PAZUZU (CAN)
Invocation of the Ancients
— Blustery, grimy and seething death, muscular growls and fun noodle-y guitars.