Since I missed last week’s post this week will be covering two weeks worth of new metal! Aren’t you fucking lucky?

Seeing as it’s December and the year is closing in on it’s end, all the “best of” lists are starting to show up. I’m no different and I’ve spent most of my time revisiting my favorite albums from the year in order to get my list together. I’m nearly there but I also had time to take in some new releases the past two weeks, even though the new metal front is near done for the year. There’s still a handful yet. So, on to the new music!

NEW JAMS: (LINKS IN TITLES)

Spectral Lore – Gnosis EP
One of the numerous new Spectral Lore EPs that are delving into different soundscapes. This is his black metal meets Asian music experiment. It’s an interesting experiment, but nothing really more than that.

Wormwitch – The Long Defeat
Crusted up, punked up, dirty, blackened death metal from one of the members of Old Grave. Quick and nasty.

Danzig – Skeletons
The long promised first of two cover albums. I’m a sucker for cover albums from bands I like and now that Glenn found his voice again I was excited to hear him do some covers. The album is all sorts of Danzig-y with his voice taking center stage. A good mix of metal, punk and ballads.

Grima – Devotion to Lord
Some rawer sounding atmospheric black metal. A lot of ethereal, atmospheric passages and a few longer black metal tracks. Overall, fairly satisfying.

Hoaxbane – Messengers of Change
Riff powered black metal. A bit entry level but enjoyable.

Hellgoat – Infernal Zeal
Furiously unrelenting, satanic black metal from Georgia. Killer intensity, amazing riffs, great vocals. All things black metal and awesome are on this album.

Vorna – Ei Valo Minua Seuraa
Folk infused black metal. But those riffs! Killer fucking riffs all over the place. Might veer a little to close to the cheesy side of folk black metal but man is it catchy as fuck.

Jarnvidr & Panphage – Gøthalandom
Not familiar with Jarnvider but I love me some Panphage so naturally I gravitated to the Panphage side of the split. Jarnvidr is a more stripped down, orthodox approach to black metal which balances and compliments Panphage’s heathenism black metal. The one song “Gøthalandom” they perform together is pretty awesome and feels more weighted towards Panphage’s sound.

Enisum – Arpitanian Lands
This one is late to the game and the road of atmospheric black metal has been well paved this year, however I think Enisum are adding something to the mix. It’s a light, airy, watery take on the genre, veering close to the beautiful melancholy of depressive black metal but without all the misery and suffering. It’s equal parts Alcest (early) and Woods of Desolation and overall up-lifting.

A Pregnant Light – All Saint’s Day
I’m a big fan of this guy and his “purple” metal style. While his past couple efforts have been a bit more airy with some catchy pop elements this one is back to his harsher, blacker metal sound. Another solid effort from this band you should be listening to.

Zgard – Totem
I’ve always thought Zgard has a “everything and the kitchen sink” approach to black metal. His last album, while good, felt a bit excessive. This one has the same stylings but is more edited which helps give it a better sense of cohesion. Oh, and it fucking rips.

OTHER JAMS:

Selvans – Lupercalia
Black Tower – The Secret Fire
Evil Angel – Unholy Fight For Metal
Murg – Varg & Bhorn
Alda – Passage
Bestial Mockery – Gospel of the Insane
Old Graves – The Ruin Beneath Snowfall EP
Ethereal Shroud – They Became the Falling Ash
Dødheimsgard – A Umbra Omega
Shape of Despair – Monotony Fields
Lluvia – Eternidad Solemne
Sühnopfer – Offertoire
Iron Angel – Hellish Crossfire
Panopticon – Autumn Eternal
Crescent Shield – The Stars of Never Seen
Visigoth – The Revenant King
House of Atreus – The Spear and the Ichor That Follows
Tribulation – The Children of The Night
Lux Occulta – Dionysos
Obsequiae – Aria of Vernal Tombs
Khemmis – Absolution
Mgla – Exercise in Futility
Revenge – Behold.Total.Rejection
NettleCarrier – Black Coffin Rites
Blind Guardian – Beyond the Red Mirror
Skepticism – Ordeal

Until Next Time…

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