We are fully entrenched in 2015 and the awesome new metal albums are starting to slowly trickle out. I’m going to say for now, I’m done with 2014 discoveries unless I stumble across something spectacular I missed or get a good recommendation. I’m still not completely done digesting all the awesome 2014 unleashed on us but that will probably be a task to cover over the coming years as I revisit those albums. From now on I’m looking towards 2015. Speaking of, here are the newest of new metal albums from this week. Some heavy hitters and some surprises.
Marduk – Frontschwein
With the military focused cover art one can’t help but think this may be a return of sorts to the Panzer Division sound and while this album is on blast beat fury, there are moments of melodic awesomeness and some bleak atmosphere. It is a pummeling experience with Mortuus’ crazy, raspy vocals shining through the mix. It’s a Marduk album through and through.
Desolate Shrine – Heart of the Netherworld
Dark Descent Records comes screaming out of the 2015 gate with Desolate Shrine’s evil, sinister and pummeling take on death metal. This is one of the anticipated released for me this year. Brutal, chilling, harrowing and intense are all good words to describe their form of death metal but it’s really something you need to hear.
Archgoat – The Apocalyptic Triumphator
Archgoat have been around since the early 90’s yet this is the first time I’m hearing them. With only three full lengths under their belts I’m not sure how the new one fits in with the rest of their catalog but it sounds like a pretty solid, blasphemous blackened death metal album. I hear more death then black but it seems they get praise as a black metal band.
Ghoulgotha – The Deathmass Cloak
Another slab of awesome metal from Dark Descent. I wasn’t previously aware of this band but over the past week or so there seemed to be a lot of steam building behind them, and rightfully so. Their grim and desolate take on death metal is heavy beyond belief and incorporates some doom elements to make the whole thing even more oppressing and dreary. That, and the album cover art is incredible.
Orden Ogan – Ravenhead
Orden Ogan was a new find for me last year. While 2014 did produce two excellent (maybe classic) power metal albums from Falconer and Noble Beast, I felt the genre under represented for the most part so I went to find over-looked power metal albums. Orden Ogan was one of the bands I discovered. Anyway, to the present, they’ve just released a new album and it’s power metal gold. Full of great riffs, catchy, well written songs and power metal majesty, this one is going to be a tough one to beat.
Blaze of Sorrow – Fulgida reminiscenza EP
I was hooked on this bands previous album Echi so news of a new release caught my eye. Blaze play some beautiful atmospheric black metal, but on this EP, that is all but forsaken in favor of sweeping acoustic and orchestral passages. One song briefly gets into black metal but not for long. The compositions are beautiful and the music is well played, especially the acoustic guitar and the Death in June cover fits right in.
The Rest of the Week:
Burning Witch – Crippled Lucifer
Slugdge – Gastronomicon
Skepticism – Alloy
Revenge – Scum.Collapse.Eradication
A Pregnant Light – My Game Doesn’t Have a Name
Caïna – Setter of Unseen Snares
Electric Wizard – Witchcult Today
Cathedral – The Carnival Bizarre
Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall
Keep of Kalessin – Through Times of War