I’m all caught up from the leftovers of 2015 and am firmly in 2016. The year is off to a slow start, metal wise, but a couple of interesting new releases have already dropped. The year as a whole looks promising for metal and I’m anxious to see what surprises lay in wait to be discovered. Let’s do this!

NEW STUFF (Links in titles)

Abbath – Abbath
So much hype around this album. If you’re into Immortal (and why wouldn’t you be) you’ll be prepared for what this album sounds like. Abbath’s vocal style is unmistakable and he sounds good but the overall album feels like a less inspired Immortal album. Not even as interesting as their less engaging albums. I’m sure this will be a darling of the metal community this year, but I’m not feeling it, Abbath.

Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crépuscule
Dark and foreboding, cryptic, doom/death played with amazing technicality to breed some unholy terror. This album is a fucking crusher and a hell of a way to start off death metal in 2016.

Chuck Ragan & The Camaraderie – The Winter Haul Live
If it’s Chuck Ragan, I’m going to listen to it. I’m not typically a fan of live albums but Chuck has a great energy live and it’s fairly well captured on this release. He writes great songs and his band is on fucking fire on this, which is typical for his live shows.

Lycus – Chasms
There aren’t that many funeral doom bands I can get really into. Maybe it’s lack of trying on my part as I don’t really hear to much variation in the style. I’m always a bit hesitant to try a new funeral doom band but I’ve heard nothing but good things about this new Lycus album, and yeah, it’s pretty solid. It’ll be an “every once in a while” album but it’s got some interesting stuff going on, a little more rapid than traditional funeral with some great drawn out passages. Good jam.

OTHER JAMS

Terminus – The Reaper’s Spiral
Fin – The Furrows of Tradition
Motorhead – Bastards
Lucero – All A Man Should Do
Dark Moor – Shadowland
Carcass – Reek of Putrefaction
Carcass – Symphonies of Sickness
Theocracy – Mirror of Souls
Nokturnal Mortum – Golos Stali
Sarpanitum – Blessed Be My Brothers
Wallachia – Ceremony of Ascension
Wallachia – Demo
Wêdruj’cy Wiatr – Tam, gdzie Miesi’c op“akuje ‘wit
Véhémence – Assiégé
Vàli – Forlatt
Woods of Desolation – As The Stars
Abigor – Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom)
Atlantean Kodex – The Golden Bough

Until Next Time…

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