🌶️ Panopticon - And Again Into the Light
(black/folk from the USA, listen
I love Panopticon. I’m a huge sucker for big, atmospheric black metal with folk influences well done, and this band does it like not much others. Still it’s been a while since the last record that really blew me away (Autumn Eternal) and this record is not a sledgehammer either - especially the wonky start is offputting a bit. But: like the last record I keep coming back to it and it’s growing and growing on me. Last song ‘Know Hope’ is one of the best black metal songs this year.
🌶️ Esoctrilihum - Dy'th
(avantgarde black from France, listen
What does this guy eat and where do I get it?
🌶️ Vola - Witness
(prog from Denmark, listen
Man it must be great to be a big fan of djenty, progressive metal. There seems to be so much quality in this genre the last few years. To be clear: I’m not necessarily a big fan and a lot of it goes right over my head. But Vola strike a chord with me.
🌶️ Impure Wilhelmina - Antidote
(post from Switzerland, listen)
I especially love the first half of the record, that kind of slips off after that. But it really fills a gap in the heart of everyone who loves early 2000’s Katatonia. Great melodies, convincing delivery.
🌶️ Vulture - Dealin’ Death
(speed/thrash from Germany, listen
This is the real shit here. It’s speed and it’s thrash, so you know what wild poison to expect. But it’s also really clever and exciting music with bends and turns you won’t expect.
(🌶️ post-hardcore/noise/punk from Sweden), An Autumn For Crippled Children
(post-black/shoegaze from the Netherlands), a live album from Amorphis
(progressive melodic death/doom from Finland), Yautja
(grind/sludge from the USA), Acausal Intrusion
(tech death from the USA), Anatomia
(death/doom from Japan), Epiphanic Truth
(all kinds of stuff, from the UK), Nadja
(drone/doom from Canada), a covers album from Monster Magnet
(stoner from the USA), Nemorous
(atmospheric black from the UK) and Borgne
(industrial black from Switzerland).