Not feeling very verbose today so… New metal is always coming out and it’s always good. Had a couple lingering 2016 releases. Jammed a lot of older stuff this week, too. Click the links and try something new this week, will ya?

NEW STUFF:

Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben Het Goed II
I remember discovering this bands first album on a whim I believe and being rather impressed with it. Their follow up seems to keep in spirit with the first (clearly from the title) but also visually. I remember them being more atmospheric on the first as this one seems to be way more aggressive, which I like. It’s a nice complimentary style to the traditional atmospheric sound. Also didn’t know a couple members are also in Oathbreaker, so win win all around.

Witherfall – Nocturnes and Requiems
Damn catchy, melodic as fuck metal with a slight power metal/progressive bend to it. Not surprising seeing the band is made up of members of Iced Earth, White Wizzard, and Into Eternity, but it doesn’t really sound like any of those bands. Maybe Into Eternity a little but much darker, and aggressively melodic. Fucking killer.

Nidingr – The High Heat Licks Against Heaven
Everybody seems to be coocoo for coco puffs about this new Nidingr and since I’ve never heard the band I thought I’d check it out. Yeah, I don’t get it. I mean it’s not bad, some fairly typical black/death with some nice flairs but why is everybody so stoked on this? Maybe their previous albums are better? This one just seems sort of middle of the road to me, not bad, not great.

Varaha – Varaha EP
Intensely atmospheric and ethereal, post metal/doom/goth. Highly beautiful but still heavy and haunting. Killer EP.

Grima – Tales of the Enchanted Woods
Grima’s first album initially struck me with it’s clearly atmospheric black metal cover and logo, a tree forming the name of the band in the roots. Totally up my ally. The music was fairly typical of the genre, enjoyable, but enough for me to be interested in this new album when I saw it was released. I’ve got to say I wasn’t expecting much but they’ve upped their game on all fronts, from the music down to the cover art. Still highly atmospherical, folky black metal but with much for emphasis on the overall melody and song structure which for me puts this album light years a head of the previous. They also play a lot with non conventional instruments and really push the nature aspect of it as well as the intensity of the black metal. What a nice fucking surprise from this band.

2016 LEFT OVERS:

Aureole – Aurora Borealis
Man, there sure are a lot of black metal albums about the Northern Lights. This one is supposedly based on dudes experience going to Iceland and seeing the Northern Lights. I’ve been on that exact same journey and yeah, Iceland feels like fucking black metal, especially atmospheric black metal. This seems like a proper musical response to the seeing the lights, or at least the experience of traveling out to literally the middle of nowhere, in the pitch black freezing night waiting for nature to show you something beautiful. I think this band has captured it perfectly.

Deafest
Deafest is an instrumental black metal band from Colorado that is highly atmospheric and highly nature oriented. I’ve never been one for completely instrumental metal because I tend to fade out and it all starts to meld together, and there’s a bit of that on here, but for the most part it’s pretty fucking awesome. Just loaded with riffs and atmosphere, it might not reflect my feelings about Colorado but I can definitely hear the mountains in the music. Solid album.

OTHER JAMS:

Faith – Subject to Change Plus First Demo
Mesarthim – Isolate
Thy Worshiper – Czarna Dzika Czerwien
Dream Theater – Images and Words
Ablaze My Sorrow – If Emotions Still Burn
Rebel Wizard – Invocation of the Miserable Ones
Kauan – Pirut
Sigh – Gallows Gallery
Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory
Au Champ Des Morts – Dans la joie
Varaha – Varaha EP
Skogen – I Doden
Skogen – Svitjod
Old Man’s Child – Born of the Flickering
Embrional – The Devil Inside
Grima – Devotion to Lord
Detente – Recognize No Authority
Nekromantheon – Divinity of Death
Panopticon – On the Subject of Mortality

Until next time, make mine metal.

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