This was an interesting week for metal. Not a lot of releases I was highly anticipating but some new stuff from bands I’ve been curious about. There was also a few new discoveries this week that made my metal heart smile. Considering it was a short week, I think it’s a pretty decent output. This week is a good week for looking at the fringes of metal and trying stuff completely new. There’s some solid stuff in here this week.

Void Ritual – Split w/Barshasketh
To be fair, I only bought the Void Ritual side of the split so I can’t comment on Barshasketh. Void Ritual however are awesome. This one man black metal band from New Mexico caught my attention with last years criminally over looked Holodomor EP. Solid, 2nd wave of black metal influenced sound with a primal yet hefty weight to it. I hope he’s working on a full length.

Occultist – Covers/Comps/Splits
A nice quick little covers EP from this crusted up, black metal, punk band. I have a weakness for these kinds of bands. Not surprised to see a Discharge cover on here but they killed it.

Carach Angren – This is No Fairytale
Carach Angren, with all their dark, classical symphonic bombast, are back with a black metal tale of a horrific fairytale. It’s kind of cheesy on paper but the band manage to make a dark and disturbed story. The music is solid in the middle period Dimmu Borgir sort of way and it’s interesting to follow along with their twisted fantasy fairytale story. Only Carach Angren can pull something like this off.

Primitive Man – Home is Where the Hatred is EP
Hate filled, blackened up doom metal from my home town of Denver. These guys caught my attention with their previous album and I’ve been anxious for something new from them since. While this is only an EP, it’s full of nasty, dirty, hateful music. Perfect for when you want to wallow in your anger. I can’t wait for their next full length.

A Swarm of the Sun – The Rifts
Some sad bastard, atmospheric, post rock/metal. Catchy in it’s own right, but nothing extraordinary.

Armageddon – Captivity & Devourment
This was an interesting find. The core is solid, melodic death metal but there is a dash of power metal and a dash of some Meshuggah progressive elements. The styles compliment each other rather well. This is a a fun listen with some great hooks and catchy riffs.

King Woman – Doubt
This isn’t my usual cup of tea but I found something about this album so captivating. There seems to be a sense of post doom/black metal in the sound and visuals with a bit of Neko Case’s vocal power but I would hardly describe this band as one of those genres. It’s metallic in nature, maybe in the same way Katatonia are metal. It’s a bit heavier though, in music, tone and theme. A good word to describe it is sweeping.

Imperial Triumphant – Abyssal Gods
I heard a preview of this album and thought it sounded interesting. Like a more melodic black metal version of Portal. Nobody is Portal but it has that sort of chaotic, dark, claustrophobic vibe to it. Definitely not casual listening. Upon researching the band I found out that they contain some of the members of Pyrrhon, a tech death metal band that seemed to set the critics hearts all ablaze last year. I couldn’t get into them but you can hear a lot of that technicality translating over to Imperial Triumphant. It’s a challenging listen to be sure but there’s some interesting stuff going on.

The Rest of the List

Night Demon – Curse of the Damned
Trouble – The Skull
Revenge – Victory.Intolerance.Mastery
Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden
Krieg – Transient
You – The Great Cessation
Visigoth – The Revenant King
Candlemas – Ancient Dreams
Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen