I’m still stumbling on to some incredible music that I overlooked in 2013. This week was mostly spent playing catch up with that stuff. I dove deep into some overlooked punk albums from 2013 then took a detour through some amazing country and folk records (which I will be posting about next week.) There was still room for some awesome metal releases I missed as well.
A couple new 2014 releases came out this week too. The new Alcest album Shelter which I was anticipating came out. This is going to be a “water cooler” album for this year I think, similar to how Deafheaven’s Sunbather was for last year. The door for this atmospherical “pretty” black metal seems to be wide open now. Any remnants of black metal Alcest use to have are gone from the new album in favor of an ethereal, sound layering journey but the album is still pretty darn good.
Also this week saw the release of some pretty fun metal albums. The new Cannabis Corpse/Ghoul split Splatterhash is good times and the new Suicidal Angel gets this years thrash off with some solid playing.
Some epic Scottish black metal. First time through I was having some issues with the vocals. This time through I rather enjoyed them. The music is the star here though. Just unrelentingly epic.
Some crusty, blackened death metal in the vein of Ludicra. Awesome riffs and songs. Nice little EP here.
I was looking for some good 2013 punk releases and came across this. Not punk by any stretch of the imagination. While it was labeled as hardcore it’s more borderline crusty black doom metal. Similar to Agrimonia with some equally impressive female vocals, just the songs have less grandeur than Agrimonia.
Another album I missed out on in 2013. I was looking to Germ for the next awesome Germ album. Maybe I should have been looking here. Atmospheric, ethereal black metal with haunting vocals.
Fen – Dustwalker
Netherbird – The Ferocious Tides of Fate
The Sword – Age of Winters
Agrimonia – Rites of Separation
The Sword – The Veil of Isis
When Bitter Spring Sleeps – Coven of the Wolves
Waldgeflüster – Femundsmarka – Eine Reise in Drei Kapiteln
Panopticon – Kentucky
Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart
Billy Bragg – Tooth & Nail
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult – Nocturnal March
Watain – The Wild Hunt
Argyle Goolsby – Under the Witness Stars EP
Twilight of the Gods – Fire on the Mountain
Propagandhi – Failed States
Red City Radio – Titles
Alcest – Shelter
Ellesmere – Bail City
The Flatliners – Dead Language
Cannabis Corpse/Ghoul – Splatterhash Split
Dutch Nuggets – Nervous Wreck
Adrenalized – Tales From the Last Generation
Suicidal Angels – Divide and Conquer
Stay Creepy My Friends!