This week was a bit of a calm week as far as new releases go. After April though I  could use the time to catch my breath and take some more time with all the incredible albums that came out that month. Metal is the gift that never stops giving. Speaking of…

New Releases:

Tau Cross – Tau Cross
The last Amebix album was a work of fucking art. So naturally when I heard “The Baron” was going to be in a new band with members of Voivod and Misery, naturally my interest was peaked. How could that combination of musicians not peak anybody’s interests? Anyway, this album is fucking phenomenal. Part continuation of the last Amebix with it’s atmospheric qualities, part nasty punk, part Killing Joke, part blackened metal, it’s another work of art. This is going to be on the year end list for sure.

Death hammer – Evil Power
A punked up, Motorhead infused, black metal thrash attack. Good fun if not anything else.

Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben Het Goed
Awesome Belgian atmospheric black metal. Cold, desolate, angry. It’s beautiful in parts, scary in others. Great debut.

Civil War – Gods & Generals
Keep the awesome power metal coming! This band is extremely gimmicky, considering they are from Sweden and their main focus is American wars. But what can you expect from members of Sabaton? Good heavy metal with the emphasis on the power part without descending into over orchestration. Plus they feature the righteous vocals of Withering Heights front man and his Dio like clone powerhouse voice.

Amebix – Arise!: The CVLT Nation Sessions
I don’t usually get into tribute albums but given that Amebix is awesome and Agrimonia was covering “Arise!” on there I gave it a shot. It was pretty much what I expected. Some crusted up, punk doom/death/black metal versions of classic Amebix songs. I kind of wished there was a cover off of the last Amebix album as it’s probably the best thing the band has done, but what can you do? Agrimonia kills it and I was surprised by American and Coltsblood’s covers. Probably only for the Amebix fan, but it was a good listen if only for those songs.

The Rest of My Jams:

Seance – Saltrubbed Eyes
Kontinuum – Kyrr
Stargazer – A Merging to the Boundless
House of Atreus – The Spear and the Ichor That Follows
Sportlov – Offerblod I Vallabod
Sportlov – Snöbollskrieg
Panopticon – Roads to the North
Red City Radio – Red City Radio
Mithotyn – King of the Distant Forest
Grave Digger – Return of the Reaper
Civil War – Gods & Generals
Walknut – Graveforests and Their Shadows
Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten
Scott H. Biram – Nothin’ But Blood
Pioggia Nera – Danze dei Miserabili
Aaskereia – Dort, wo das alte Böse ruht
Thulcandra – Ascension Lost
Vinterland – Welcome My Last Chapter

Until Next Week…