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🌶️🥇💿 To The Teeth half year lists: best death, best black, best metal (plus a special announcement!)

🌶️🥇💿 To The Teeth half year lists: best death, best black, best metal (plus a special announcement!)
By To The Teeth • Issue #102 • View online
Welcome to the To The Teeth newsletter! Half the year is over, and I love lists. So here you find what I loved most in heavy music the past six months - with separate death and black lists - plus what I’m looking forward to for the rest of 2022, ánd I have a special announcement of my own. 😬
But first you gotta read and listen to all the lists!
Of course you can listen to the new music from this week in the playlist on Spotify. If you like what you read and want help keep this in the air: please head over to Patreon (and get a free woven patch!)

Best heavy music of the year so far
Ustalost - Stinging Stone
Ustalost - Stinging Stone
My number one is from last year, I know! But it came out very late in december, after I (and most other outlets) had published a year end list already. Ustalost, Will Skarstad’s (Yellow Eyes) solo project, not only totally deserves to be on my list (as I predicted), it deserves to top it: Before the Glinting Spell Unvests is melancholic, transcendental, nostalgic, warm and intense. I think the way it hits me is very personal. It has exactly the kind of lo-fi but open production I like, wherein you can hear every pluck on a snare and every sigh in the mic and still feel you’re on another planet. And melodically there’s so much to discover - probably enough for another whole year. And bonus: with the weird but beautiful Sunrise Patriot Motion the Skarstad brothers are twice in this list. If they manage to put out a new Yellow Eyes this year too, I’ll go nuts.
Anyway. The list!
  1. Ustalost - Before the Glinting Spell Unvests
  2. Satan - Earth Infernal
  3. Haunter - Discarnate Ails
  4. Terzij de Horde - In One of These, I Am Your Enemy
  5. Ghost - Impera
  6. Katharos - Of Lineages Long Forgotten
  7. Porcupine Tree - Closure / Continuation
  8. Sunrise Patriot Motion - Black Fellflower Stream
  9. Doldrum - The Knocking…
  10. Krallice - Psychagogue
  11. Darkher - The Buried Storm
  12. Inanna - Void of Unending Depths
  13. Kostnatění - Oheň hoří tam, kde padl
  14. Mournful Congregation - The Exuviae of Gods I
  15. Et Moriemur - Tamashii No Yama
  16. Svrm - Червів майбутня здобич
  17. Primitive Man - Insurmountable
  18. Thou & Mizmor - Myopia
  19. Astral Tomb - Soulgazer
  20. Vanaheim - Een Verloren Verhaal
  21. White Ward - False Light
  22. Wilderun - Epigone
  23. Amorphis - Halo
  24. Mystifier / Lucifer’s Child - Under Satan’s Wrath
  25. Star One - Revel in Time
Some more thoughts: Satan surprised me (heh 👿) a lot. To be honest, I didn’t expect to like it very much at all. Their other (comeback-)records were cool enough, but not really my cup of tea. This one: holy hell, so many riffs, so many great leads, such good songwriting, so much fun! Same goes for Ghost. I thought Prequelle was boring and they were done. Impera? Amazing again! I did expect to love new Haunter and Terzij de Horde albums, but not that they would be this near-perfect. Katharos, Inanna, Vanaheim, Svrm, Et Moriemur and Doldrum were completely new to me, they won me over with a great mix of nostalgia and innovative music. Porcupine Tree is just great in all ways - as expected.
I really liked new Cave In, but.. it missed something? I don’t know. Maybe I’ll get into it more and it will make the list in december. Same more or less goes for Falls of Rauros, Cult of Luna, White Ward and Blut Aus Nord.
Best death metal of the year so far
Haunter - Chained At The Helm Of The Eschaton
Haunter - Chained At The Helm Of The Eschaton
This is the year I kind of fell back in love with death metal. It’s never been out of rotation in my home, but this year, oof. It was the hardest list to make. Not a lot of these made the big list, but I’m jamming most of them a lot regardless. The #1 spot was easy - I have loved Haunter since Thrinodía and they just get better and better.
  1. Haunter - Discarnate Ails
  2. Inanna - Void Of Unending Depths
  3. Astral Tomb - Soulgazer
  4. Hath - All That Was Promised
  5. Ataraxy - The Last Mirror
  6. Tomb Mold - Aperture of Body
  7. Artificial Brain - Artificial Brain
  8. Aeviterne - The Ailing Facade
  9. The Chasm - The Scars of a Lost Reflective Shadow
  10. Cosmic Putrefaction - Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones
Honorable mentions: Undeath, Sadist, Bedsore/Mortal Incarnation, Immolation, Tzompantli, Desolate Shrine, Assumption, Obscene. I didn’t include Et Moriemur because it’s not really death metal. But what is it? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Best black metal of the year so far
Terzij de Horde  - Cheiron
Terzij de Horde - Cheiron
Ok this was also a hard list to make. Ustalost and Terzij de Horde were easy. The newest Krallice album made a huge impact the first weeks, but it’s a little bit too fresh to say if it will stay the rest of the year (I think so). Katharos might be a bit too retro to keep that high position for the rest of the year, although, it’s so good that maybe I won’t let it go so easily. I wish Kostnatění, Svrm and that beautiful little Sadness ep were longer.
  1. Ustalost - Before the Glinting Spell Unvests
  2. Terzij de Horde - Cheiron
  3. Katharos - Of Lineages Long Forgotten
  4. Doldrum - The Knocking, Or The Story of the Sound that Preceded Their Disappearance
  5. Krallice - Psychagogue
  6. Kostnatění - Oheň hoří tam, kde padl
  7. Svrm - Червів майбутня здобич
  8. Sadness - Our Time is Here
  9. Mystifier & Lucifer’s Child - Under Satan’s Wrath
  10. White Ward - False Light
Honorable mentions: Hulder, Al Namrood, Vital Spirit, I Am The Night, Moribund Dawn, Inexorum, Vanum, Negative Plane, Wiegedood & Predatory Light.
Non-metal plus rest of the year
🍦 My favourite non-metal albums of the first half of the year: Silvana Estrada, Rosalía, Nilüfer Yanya, Big Thief, Calexico, Lucky Fonz III, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Sault, Bad Bunny, Joe Rainey and 40 Watt Sun (although I really wish I loved that one more than I do).
I’m looking forward to the rest of the year because of: Altars, Conjurer, Pestilent Hex, Behold! The Monolith, Mantar, Inhuman Condition, Imperial Triumphant, Critical Defiance, Charlotte Wessels, Oceans of Slumber, Wake, Wailin’ Storms, Witchery, Arch Enemy, Krisiun, Ithaca, Sedimentum, Triumvir Foul, Fleshrot, Amon Amarth, Reeking Aura, Liminal Shroud, Conan, Soulfly, Hell Fire, Spirit Adrift, Aeternam, Dreadnought, Morbid Evils, Russian Circles, Soilwork, The Halo Effect, Machine Head, Blind Guardian, Bloodbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Behemoth, Fallujah, Gaerea, Stratovarius, Stake, Lamb of God, Queensrÿche, Devin Townsend, Psychonaut and whatever this year will surprise us with.
That announcement... 🥁🥁🥁
🌶️ This year will see the first To The Teeth release! 🌶️
That’s right. I’m excited. A date isn’t set yet, but after this summer I’m releasing a digital compilation called The Taste of Teeth. It wil feature tracks from bands that made a big impact on me during the time I’ve been curating the playlist, since around 2015, so it’s going to be full of some stonecold TTT classics. There’s black, there’s death, there’s prog, there’s post, there’s heavy, there’s stuff I don’t know what to call, it’s a lot. Plus… some of it will be completely new and unreleased. I can’t wait until it’s out!
Cheers, Peter
(To be sure, again: this week’s new heavy stuff is in the playlist. We’ve got Municipal Waste, Hulder, Conjurer, Greg Puciato, Bloodbath, Esoctrilihum, Charlotte Wessels, Al-Namrood, Massacre, Stratovarius and much more!)
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