It’s fucking December. You know what that means? “Best of” lists! I’ve been putting mine together and checking out all the other lists that are popping up and I’ve been finding some awesome new stuff. This is why I love list time. It gives us all a chance to find new stuff, share music, and talk up a storm about this genre we all love so dearly. I don’t give a fuck if lists are “stupid” or “nerdy” or whatever you too cool for school people say. It’s about exposure and discovery and finding more awesome music worth hearing. Here’s some new stuff from the week.


Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained
Morbid Angel’s letter “K” entry will probably be a welcomed return to form for their fans after that disastrous previous album with all it’s gothed up, industrial nonsense. I know there’s been some “drama”, I guess, with the band not performing anything live from the first four albums and honestly I don’t really care. This album features Steve Tucker back on vocals and it sounds a lot like his first era with the band, but honestly I don’t really listen to those albums much. This one sounds like Morbid Angel to me, it’s fairly fun and has some solid crushers on it. I think people will just be so pleased that it isn’t Illud Divinum Insanus that this album will get an automatic pass for just not being that again. A lot of stalwart death metal acts have put out some surprising good albums this year. This one is good but not surprisingly so.

Chris Stapleton – From a Room: Volume 2
A continuation of the first From a Room album from earlier this year so it’s
that classic country sound stripped down to the bare essentials. Mostly just his guitar some backing, and that voice. Damn good if you like legit country.

Almyrkvi – Umbra
More from the ever-mixing, Iceland black metal band members. This time it’s consisting of members from Sinmara, Slidhr, and Wormlust. Dismal, atmospheric black metal with a nasty, cold overtone. If you like Icelandic black metal there’s plenty here to enjoy. Not the best of the bunch but good like the county is known for.

Jassa – Incarnations of the Higher Gnosis
Jassa get’s labeled as a folk black metal band but that hardly does them justice. While they do incorporate folkier elements and instruments they focus on the dismal and desolate side of Russian folk influence. Think of foreboding and wretched bands like Desolate Shrine but with some folk instrumentation, and not so much that silly, “let’s be pagans in the woods” kind of folk but more feelings conjured by those instruments. You’ve never heard a mouth harp sound so menacing. Great band with a unique take on the folk style.

The Negative Bias – Lamentation of the Chaos Omega
Fucking beefy atmospheric, slightly atmospheric Austrian black metal. This album is so thick and enchanting and fucking melodic to boot. Every song is killer. Reminds me of a more melodic Zgard. Good stuff.

Hertless – Lifeless
Mostly a plunge through depressive black metal but added a not so subtle hardcore vocal element and some great intensity. Overall it still left me a little flat but I appreciate some of the chances it was taking.


GWAR – The Blood of Gods
Acid – Acid (Exploration)
Conan – Man is Myth (Early Demos)
Farsot – Faillure
Dodecahedron – Kwintessens
Solstafir – Berdreyminn
Solbrud – Vemod
Exhumed – Death Revenge
Spirit Adrift – Curse of Conception
Iron Savior – Reforged – Riding on Fire
Lock Up – Demonization
Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Finisterre
Lluvia – Enigma
Gates of Ishtar – The Dawn of Flames
Nothington – In the End
The White Buffalo – Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights
Ceremonium – Into the Autumn Shade
Eneferens – Eventide EP
Propagandhi – Victory Lap
The Smith Street Band – More Scared of You Than You Are of Me
The Dopamines -Tales of Interest
Argyle Goolsby – Darken Your Doorstep
FaithXtractor – The Great Shadow Infiltrator
Hot Water Music – Light It Up
Bad Cop/Bad Cop – Warriors
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
Kimi Karki – Eye For an Eye
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
Jason Isbell – The Nashville Sound
Anathema – The Optimist
Torgeir Waldemer – No Offending Borders
David Cavanagh – Monochrome
Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness

Until next time, make mine metal…