🌶️ Big | Brave
(post/doom from Canada, listen
You want music that makes you feel something, right? Big | Brave does that. Their minimalistic post metal slash doom relies on rhythm as much as it does on melancholy. Very impressive how easy they flow from huge, heavy sounds to really small and intimate, carried by Robin Wattie’s great voice.
🌶️ Spectral Lore
(atmospheric black/folk from Greece, listen
After last year’s monumental I, Voidhanger split with Mare Cognitum, Wanderers, who would expect that both bands would be back with new material already? I’d be impressed if one of them had a mediocre release by this pace, but this is - like Mare Cognitum’s last one - really really strong: intense and fiery, with layers deep enough to hold a lot to discover.
🌶️ Bodom After Midnight
(melodic power metal from Finland, listen
Alexi Laiho is no more, but his music is forever. If you know and love Children of Bodom, you know what to expect. This new but tragically shortlived incarnation of the band has the power ánd the metal the old one had. (For the Dutch readers: I wrote about Laiho for NRC).
🌶️ Neptunian Maximalism
(experimental from Belgium, listen
I hope most of you have seen their set at Roadburn Redux (it was free!), which was a mindblowing, otherwordly experience. “This is the music played in the elevator that takes you down to hell” said one commenter. Here we another new album to zoof away down on while last years Éons is still warm. It must be an I, Voidhanger thing.
More new albums, ep’s, demo’s and splits
(black/death from Spain), Paysage d'Hiver
(black from Switzerland), Blackbriar
(sympho from the Netherlands), Ringarë
(atmoblack from the USA, feat Alex Poole), Cicada The Burrower
(prog/post-black from the USA), Bongzilla
(sludge/doom/stoner from the USA), Obsolete
(death/thrash from the USA), Noêta
(dark folk from Sweden) and Victory Over The Sun
(avantgarde black from the USA).