Re: 2018: At The Quarter Pole

Date:2018-04-04 12:26:17
Edited:2018-04-04 13:31:16
In Reply To:2018: At The Quarter Pole by Nosferatwo
Four really great albums came out in the last couple of weeks:

Lychgate - The Contagion in 9 Steps

This one is the best of the bunch. Amazing proggy, weirdo doom metal. Great atmosphere with lots of pianos and church organs, gives it a Devil Doll vibe at times. Awesome, frightening vocals both clean and growled, all very epic. The riffing is very weird and incredibly complex considering how slow the tempos usually are. Really a huge release that I'm going to enjoy delving into further.

Augury - Illusive Golden Age

First album in nine years and it's like they never left. Painstakingly put together technical death metal where the playing and chops are just as impressive as the songwriting. First class Canadian tech death all the way.

Barren Earth - A Complex of Cages

I've always half-way liked these guys, but this is going to be their breakout album. They've finally put all of the pieces together. Basically, it's proggy death metal with keyboards way out front and leading the sound. Actually sounds a lot like Swano's Witherscape in terms of general style. Nice mix of classic Opeth, Amorphis, Swano and Ayreon sounds to me. Great all around.

Slugdge - Esoteric Malacology

I actually avoided listening to this for a few weeks because the name of the band is so terrible. But I'm glad I spun it, because it rules. Proggy death metal with tons of great riffs all over the place and cool Anaal Nathrakth style epic clean vocals thrown into the mix. Seems to be a concept album about some type of space mollusk race or some shit. If you love complex yet catchy death metal riffing with great songwriting and varied vocals, check this out.

Checked out the new Primordial album too, but I still need more time with it, since I've haven't gotten around to giving it a serious spin because of the aforementioned albums. But on first listen it sounds more varied and a bit experimental by Primordial standards.
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