2014 may go down as one of the best years for metal in a long time. The amount of tremendous and soon to be classic releases this year is nothing short of amazing and the amount of creativity the genre has shown this year is nothing but incredible. That being said, not every release is amazing and this week showed some amazing bands putting out some clunkers, in my opinion. I don’t like to post negative comments about bands work that I generally admire or have enjoyed in the past but this week some anticipated releases left me a little flat. So let’s dig in!
Decapitated brought back their form of tech death metal with Blood Mantra but left it feeling well tread on. Electric Wizard, a band I rather enjoy didn’t do much for me with their new album Time to Die. This could be a grower though. Still doomy as hell, just seemed boring the first time through. I was on the fence about Falloch with their last album and their weird “light rock” take on black metal and their new album This Island, Our Funeral got me to choose a side of that fence… and it’s not in their yard. There has been a lot of noise around the new 1349 album and while I’m a fan of some of their earlier work, their new album Massive Cauldron of Chaos just seemed a bit mediocre, full of standard blackened thrash they’ve done better before. Exmortus is a new discovery for me. They play a sort of old school, classic heavy metal meets death metal and Manowar. Their new album Slave to the Sword is interesting and fist pumping and kind of fun. This might require more spins as well.
But not all was lost this week. There were a couple stand outs and one incredible release this week.
Nightbringer – Ego Dominus Tuss
The clear winner this week. Nightbringer’s take on black metal is all at once amazing, atmospheric, technical and downright terrifying. A great follow up to their previous album, which was also damn good. These guys hail from my state of Colorado and this album puts them on top of the crowd here.
Goatmoon – Voitto Tai Valhalla
I was surprised to see this band had a new album. My friend shared their previous album with me and I was really taken with it so naturally I checked out this new one. Goatmoon are playing some folk inspired, melody driven black metal and the album starts off with a blast but sort of peters out around the middle. Check out their album Varjot and if that strikes a chord with you, come back and get this new one.
Solbrud – Jærtegn
I checked this album out based on a song preview and was pleasantly surprised. Super atmospheric black metal with great melody and vocals.
God Macabre – The Winterlong
This is a classic Swedish death metal album and the new remastered version really makes this album shine. This belongs in your collection. Right now.
And the rest of this week’s playlist:
Cultes des Ghoules – Henbane
Kreator – Extreme Aggression
High Spirits – You are Here
Krisiun – Southern Storm
Jess and the Ancient Ones – Jess and the Ancient Ones
Darkest Era – Severance
The Fall of Every Season – Amends
Valery’s Kin – Valery’s Kin
Audrey Horne – Youngblood
Until next week…
Stay Creepy My Friends!