Re: 2018 in review

Date:2019-01-30 01:51:21
In Reply To:2018 in review by jimbobhickville
My list where I compare bands to other bands and add nothing of value:

Azusa - Heavy Yoke
Members of Extol and Dillinger Escape Plan playing complex proggy thrash with a female singer. This is as great as that sounds.

Sacral Rage - Beyond Celestial Echoes
Pretty great thrashy power metal again from these guys. This is every bit as good as the last one and really gets stuck in your head.
I should give this a spin.

Khorada - Salt
Members of Agalloch and Giant Squid make an album that sounds about as awesome as that mashup would sound.
Maybe it's me but I'm really uninterested in this type of thing nowadays.

Aura Noir - Aura Noire
For some reason I’m really enjoying this non-complex blackened thrash.
I like "non-complex" as a descrption, lol.

Zealotry - At the Nexus of All Stillborn Worlds
DaveG’s description got my curiosity piqued, and I liked what I heard. Dirty old-school death metal with some awesome fretless bass. This is working for me more than the tech death this year.
They've been kicking ass for a while.

Riverside - Wasteland
A lot of melancholy on this one, which is not surprising given that a member of the band died. Easily the best thing they’ve done since ADHD. It’s a bit of the mellower approach of the last couple mixed with some of the crunch of their early work.
I used to really dislike them but in the past few years I've warmed up to it.

Madder Mortem - Marrow
Another great release from Madder Mortem. It’s brought back a little of the moodiness from Eight Ways but is otherwise in the direction of Red in Tooth and Claw. It’s a good combo, but I still give the edge to Eight Ways.
Hago - Hago
Djenty take on Panzerballett’s combo of jazz and metal. Mostly instrumental, but the few vocal tracks are fine (reminds me of Orphaned Land, vocally). There’s some klezmer/gypsy stuff going on at times, too. I’m digging this.
I tried this but it wasn't doing it for me.
Lychgate - The Contagion in 9 Steps
Orchestral blackened doom? Sort of reminds me of Virgin Black, but more drama and less melancholy. I was on the fence for a while, but it won me over.
I'm vaguely familiar with them but didn't know they had a new release. will investigate.
Virgin Black - Requiem: Pianissimo
Out of the blue they put up 2 songs from the long-awaited 3rd album in the Requiem trilogy, then shortly after announced a release date. It’s all the mellow gothic side of the band, but it works. Nice to finally have a finale.
At last. Looking forward to the whole thing.
Into Eternity - The Sirens
Wait, what?!! Into Eternity returns with a female singer. The mix on the drums is pretty bad, but overall it’s an enjoyable disc. Better than Scattering Into Ashes at least.
I thought this was godawful and Into Eternity has always kind of sucked frankly.


Drottnar - Monolith II
Drifting slightly away from the tech to a bit more spacey black metal, but still pretty great, but also still, why so short?

Drottnar - Monolith III
Final Monolilth EP, so I guess it was 9 songs split into 3 EPs. Another solid effort, although they’ve now seemingly moved completely away from their tech leanings.
Subsignal - La Muerta
Possibly their best album and my pick for the top of 2018.
Unreal Overflows - Latent
Metal Allegiance - Volume II
You deserve kudos for listening to it even once.
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