August is finally upon us. It’s been a hell of a summer for metal music and this week, like so many others this year, is no exception. This week however, I finally got to hear my most anticipated album of the year, Panopticon’s Roads to the North. Suffice to say, it delivered. I’m counting it as not only the best album of the year but one of the best pieces of music ever made. Am I being a bit extreme? No. It’s that good. More on this later.
While Panopticon took up most of my listening time this week there was still some other good albums that came out this week. I was surprised by some new finds and entertained by some old “comfort food” bands so let’s get to the new releases!
I just heard Vukari last week for the first time and enjoyed their take on atmospheric black metal so I was quick to get their new one EN TO PAN. Another solid EP. Abigor has produced some of my all time favorite black metal albums so I was definitely curious about their new one Leytmotif Luzifer. It’s more in line with their more recent sound but with some of the bite they had on their older stuff. Not classic by any means but a great listen. Krigsgrave’s The Carrion Fields was something I was looking forward to after only hearing their first album a couple months ago. Some interesting atmospheric black metal with great melody and an early Ulver after taste. While not technically new, Oak Pantheon released a re-mastered version of their first EP The Void this week. The mastering gave me a whole new love of this album and reminded me what a great band they are. Ah Alestorm. Comfort food at it’s finest. Back with Sunset on the Golden Age, another barrage of pirate themed power metal. Super cheeseball as always but these guys can write some fun power metal tunes. Finally, Bastard Feast’s Osculum Infame is some solid, doomed up, death metal with some blackened flavor.
Panopticon – Roads to the North
NPR started streaming this album this week and I just couldn’t wait for my order to come so I dove right in. Suffice to say, this is the best album of the year. It’s better then whatever you’re listening to right now. It’s a tremendous feet and considering how incredible his last album Kentucky was, that is saying a lot. This is the best music I’ve ever heard. No joke. Click the title link above and get ready to hear amazing.
Eluveitie – Origins
I admit, these guys are cheese ball and kind of the antithesis of the folk metal I like, but they craft some catchy jams and are good music for when I’m on the treadmill. More of the same from these guys on this new one, tons of flute and fiddle over melodic death metal. Fun stuff.
Slugdge – Gastronomicon
As soon as I saw this was a melodic death metal band playing music about intergalactic slugs I knew I had to hear it. Yes, it’s a bit gimmicky but I was surprised how good it was. They sort of remind me of the band Hoth, another melodic death metal band I I discovered recently in the way that they don’t forsake the death metal part in their genre. Solid. Plus it’s up for a pay what you want price at Bandcamp. You’ve got nothing to lose on this one.
And the rest of the list:
Sacramentum – Far Away From the Sun
Anathema – Distant Satellites
Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun
Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
Panopticon – Kentucky
Drautran – Throne of the Depths
Bastard Feast – Osculum Infame
Mondvolland – Pestvogel
Until next week…
Stay Creepy My Friends!