I can barely believe we’re halfway through May. The sheer amount of life events has kept me preoccupied so much that this month has just escaped me. Here in Colorado it’s been gloomy, gray, and rainy for the better majority of this month. Coloradans are a very spoiled group and people are getting nervous and angry about the breaking of a non-existent promise from a state claiming to have 300 days of sunshine a year. I’ve been enjoying it. It’s good weather for metal listening.

This week picked up the pace from last week. I finally got my hands on two of my more highly anticipated albums of the year, and both were well worth the wait. I also stumbled on to a bunch of new stuff from bands I was unfamiliar with. I love when that happens. On to the list!

New Releases:

Drudkh – A Furrow Cut Short
Drudkh have sort of been on autopilot for the past couple albums (not counting their sides and covers album which came out last and was absolutely amazing) but when they’re so good at what they do, I really don’t care. What they’re good at is intense Ukrainian flavored black metal about nature and folklore. However, this one is a step up from the previous and re-captivated my senses like their older works and the aforementioned cover album.

Artizan – The Furthest Reached
Some catchy, by the book power metal, albeit with a fun sci-fi, end of times bend to it.

Steven Von Till – A Life Unto Itself
I’ve never been the biggest Neurosis fan but I was intrigued by samples from Steven Von Till’s solo project. If you’re familiar with Neurosis, this is quite the departure. It’s more gloomy folk/country with a bit of the Neurosis ambiance in place. I wasn’t blown away by this but it had some captivating moments.

Forefather – Curse of the Cwelled
This was another recommendation. All I needed to hear was “UK folk metal” and I was sold. Forefather have a nice blend of black metal, folk, a tinge of power metal and healthy dose of epic metal which makes for one captivating, fist raising listen.

Wild Hunt – Scroll and Urn
I really enjoyed their previous album. Their progressive, doom ladened black metal seemed to fly well under the radar last time and this one came out without much fanfare. It’s just an EP but it’s a hell of an EP. The worked more of the black metal in this time and topped it off with a heavy dose of progressive death metal for good measure. Awesome release.

Haar – The Wayward Ceremony
Evil, foreboding, scary Scottish atmospheric black metal. A hell of a debut.

Abyss – Heretical Anatomy
Some nasty, dirty, furious death metal all crammed in to about 20 minutes.

Forgotten Tomb – Hurt Yourself and the Ones You Love
This album is a little by the book, catchy black metal. Not nearly as impressive as their earlier work but like I said, good, catchy songs, some interesting doom/black metal with a mix of goth just for good measure. The cover is horrendous though.

Entrails – Obliteration
A Swedish death metal band paying homage to the classic 90’s Swedish death metal. These guys aren’t blazing any new paths but their albums have been consistently entertaining and well done. This is no different. The cover art is exceptional.

Obsequiae – Aria of Vernal Tombs
This one has been on my highly anticipated lists for months. It did not disappoint. I love Obsequiae’s mixture of black metal, pagan aesthetics, and medieval music. It creates a sound that is truly unique as it is captivating and beautiful. After a couple careful listens and a conversation with a friend, the only complaint I have against it is the drums are a bit weak, and sound a bit mechanized, but overall this is a tremendous album.

The Rest of My Jams:

Drudkh – A Furrow Cut Short
Evilfeast – Wintermoon Enchantment
Revenge – Scum.Collapse.Eradication
Infernal War – Axiom
Grand Magus – Triumph and Power
Forest Silence – Philosophy of Winter
Nefarious – The Universal Wrath
Ereb Altor – Nattramn
Sear Bliss – Glory to Perdition

Until next week…