I think at this point it’s almost a joke as to how much great new music is coming out this year. We are only in May and there has already been so much that I can’t keep up. I fear some great albums will get neglected just so I can hear all the bands on my list. Of course there are bands that aren’t on my list, that seeming come from nowhere and just blast my brains out.
The big ones this week were Agolloch’s The Serpent & the Sphere and Dead Congregation’s Promulgation of the Fall. It pains me to say this but the new Agolloch just isn’t doing it for me. I’m a big fan of their previous output but this one just left me wanting more. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I think they set them there with their last couple. They just seem to be repeating themselves and not in a good way, in a tired way almost. Maybe it’s a grower. Time will tell. On the other hand, the new Dead Congregation blew me right out of the water. Right now this is the top contender for death metal album of the year. I would love to hear the band that is going to top this.
As for the rest this week, Hour of Penance’s Regicide and Vallenfyre’s much anticipated Splinters dropped ripping death metal. Caïnan Dawn’s Thavmia and Aurvandil’s Thrones gave us some surprisingly awesome black metal albums. I took a shot on Dust Moth’s Dragon Mouth, which usually isn’t my cup of post rock tea and rather enjoyed it. Red Fang is always great and they teamed with Scion to give away two song EP and Serpentine Path’s Emanations, while being a bit repetitive, was a decent offering of doomed out death metal.
I can’t wait to see what is unleashed next week!
Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall
As of now, this is the top death metal album of the year and will most likely make a spot in my top ten. Dead Congregation make one hell of a showing this week and almost from out of nowhere.
Falconer – Chapters From a Vale Forlorn
Falconer’s second album, just as good as the first, epic, powerful, righteous. Power metal is the sound of summer.
Vallenfyre – Splinters
Vallenfyre come back swinging with their second album. It’s death/doom buzzsaw, bringing in the classic Swedish death metal stylings while keeping things fresh. Better then their debut.
Aurvandil – Thrones
This one I jumped into blind. I wasn’t familiar with the band or their sound but based on the label releasing this I figured it would at least be worth hearing. This was a great surprise. Raw, atmospheric black metal, long emotional songs, beautiful acoustic passages. Very impressed with this overall.
Old Graves – Like Straining Boughs
Nux Vomics – Nux Vomica
Unleashed – Odalheim
Bastard Sapling – Dragged From Our Restless Trance
Cloud Rat – Moksha
Lantlos – Melting Sun
Agalloch – The Serpent & the Sphere
Caïnan Dawn – Thavmial
The Chasm – Farseeing the Paranormal Abysm
Yellow Eyes – The Desert Mourns
Darkenhold – Echoes From the Stone Keeper
Woman is the Earth – Depths
Falconer – Falconer
Hour of Penance – Regicide
Dust Moth – Dragon Mouth
Red Fang – Scion A/V Presents EP
Serpentine Path – Emanations
Circle Takes the Square – Decompositions: Volume Number One
Drudkh/Winterfylleth – Thousands of Moons Ago/The Gates
Mithotyn – King of the Distant Forest
Falkenbach – …Magni Blandinn Ok Megintiri…
Bathory – Hammerheart
Until next week…
Stay Creepy My Friends!