🌶️ Wormrot (grind from Singapore. FFO: Napalm Death, Nasum, Pig Destroyer, Brutal Truth)
Think you know what grind sounds like? Wormrot is here to smash everything you know about grind. Well, almost everything. (I mean, this is a 21 song, 32 minute album)
🌶️ Pestilent Hex (symphonic black from Finland. FFO: Emperor, Arcturus, Dimmu Borgir, Kvist)
This is the third time
I’m writing about a black metal band that succesfully channels late nineties black metal in a way that I can’t remember hearing the last twenty years. Pestilent Hex’ (with members of Desolate Shrine and Corpsessed) debut is brutal and catchy, majestic and freezing cold, and highly compelling. Great music for all times.
🌶️ Altars (death from Australia. FFO: Morbid Angel, Ulcerate, Gorguts)
The Year of Death Metal continues with these Australian maniacs. It’s big on the complexity, but it feels more like a really, really heavy version of (old) Opeth. Very interesting band.