This week was a juggernaut for new releases simply because I got the new Seidr. Ginnungagap is a beast of an album. Right when I’m getting ready to start re-listening to all the 2013 albums, this had to drop and derail most of my listening. One and a half hours of amazing doom ladened black metal from some tremendous musicians. This is going to place high on the list.
Ginnungagap wasn’t the only new album battering my ears week. This week I got a hold of the new Skeletonwitch, Rivers of Nihil, and Castevet. Skeletonwitch takes no prisoners with their non stop blasting 30 minute album and Castevet serves up a solid atmospheric black metal entry. I hear they have the bassist from Krallice now which made me weary but I enjoyed it overall. Rivers of Nihil was ok but with so many strong showings in the tech death metal category this year, it may get swept under.
I also found some missed albums from earlier in this year. The new Sarke (featuring Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone), Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, and the awesome Death Rides a Horse. The tail end of the week found me digging into some overlooked Power Metal albums.
Great week for metal… again. Get on the train or be left in the dust. HAIL!
This is epic atmospheric black metal at it’s finest. I hope this one doesn’t get overlooked come all the year end lists. I try to explain to people how black metal also has the capacity to be beautiful and this band fits that side of it. The star of this album is definitely the guitar. There are crushing black metal riffs, amazing acoustic interludes and soaring solos that while they go on for almost 10 minutes a song (on average) could go on even longer.
Sometimes you need some Blind Guardian in your day. Any album by them will do. My personal favorite is A Night at the Opera but how do you really pick between so many awesome power metal albums?
Oh this is kicking. I’m not sure how else to describe this but rocking the heck out. I guess it’s classic metal with a heavy take and a female vocalist. Whatever it is, it’s awesome.
I went to see Broadway Idiot, a documentary about turning this album into the Broadway musical this week. It was a pretty good documentary even though I found the Broadway version to be very, very cheesy. It’s all jazz hands and over emotional hammed up acting. You know, Broadway. It’s the Broadway version of alternative culture made by people who have no idea what that culture is. However that album is amazing and still remains one of my favorites. I think it’s a snapshot of that time in our country and oughts. Easily my favorite of their entire catalog.
I tried this out on a whim based on a single review. They described it as power metal fused with computers. That’s a fairly accurate description. It’s not quite techno or electronic music but it has a heavy dose of digital sound effects. Best just to hear it. It’s power metal-rific as well.
Tormentor – Anno Domini
Agrimonia – Rites of Separation
Wodensthrone – Curse
Atlantean Kodex – The White Goddess
Watain – Casus Luciferi
Obsequiae – Suspended in the Brume of Eos
Obsequiae – Obsequiae
Rivers of Nihil – The Conscious Seed of Light
Horn – Konflikt
Twilight of the Gods – Fire on the Mountain
Candlemass – Nightfall
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult – Nocturnal March
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult – Necrovision
Bolt Thrower – …For Victory
Castevet – Obsian
Sarke – Aruagint
Rust – Damned Hellish Voids
Seidr – Ginnungagap
The Howling Wind – Vortex
Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed
Goatmoon – Varjot
Stratovarious – Nemesis
DGM – Momentum
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