This Hollow Ache
— Even if you don’t think you like tech death, this is a huge album that shouldn’t be missed. Intense, rage-filled, but countered with great melodic and emotive vocals.
— A runner-up in 2016’s best thrash category. Power and grit packed into hoppy riffs and blasts.
— Prog incorporating technical heavy metal guitar solos, ballads, epic vocals, all in smaller chunks. Refreshing.
Maw of Eternity
— 1-person brilliance broken into varied genres including death and doom and sludge in a creepy atmosphere.
INHUMAN CONDITION (Florida)
Crown of Mediocrity
— Floridian all the way: muscular, sweaty death that stomps your butt.
The Eleventh Step The Gate Unknown (feat. Stephan Necroabyssious)
— Florida again, this time pagan black metal with heavy metal guitar solos. Medieval, in the best way.
Intention to Kill
— Thrashy beat with catchy riffs and a great singer. Simply good.
EYE OF PURGATORY (Sweden)
— Swedish thick death with a cool mix of synth keyboards and a roaring vocalist.
THE DAY OF THE BEAST (VA)
Annihilation Prayer (Shallow Be Thy Graves)
— Pagan, chunky death made for a circle dance.
Ce Que le Fleuve a Pris
— MOFO bright French black metal with a hella varied mix of spoken vocals, languid guitar and even flutes and synth.
— Elder lead in his own project of instrumental, psychedelic, krauty post-rock.