Re: Metal in 2020 - What do you like so far?

Author:John Frank
Date:2020-05-21 16:22:45
In Reply To:Re: Metal in 2020 - What do you like so far? by Michael Blevins
Dark Fortress - Spectres from the Old World/melodic black
I should really make more of an attempt to get into these guys.
I have a few of their older releases, but this one is more interesting.
Divine Chaos - The Way to Oblivion/thrash
Now on the listen list.
Yeah, like modern Testament. Fairly high quality.
Igorrr - Spirituality and Distortion/avant-garde metal
I cannot decide if I actually like this band or not.
I like one of his earlier albums, and this one is a nice return to form.
Ironflame - Blood Red Victory/traditional metal/power
I don't recall liking their previous output, but on the list.
Same. This new effort is much better.
Lady Beast - The Vulture's Amulet/traditional metal
I am disappoint. Especially after the "hype".
I do not care for their previous work, but this seemed good enough for my retrad tastes.
Psychotic Waltz - The God-Shaped Void/progpower
Good for what it is. The band didn't even seem to understand that people wanted more songs from the first two at PPUSA, though, so it was what I expected.
Yeah, I knew it would sound nothing like A Social Grace.
Veritates - Killing Time /American power
Helstar type stuff.
Vulkan - Technatura/modern prog metal
More djent? Are we softening up, Mr. Frank?
I differentiate between modern prog, which has a fair amount of djentiness, and just djent, which almost invariably sucks ass except for Periphery.

But, yeah, I have been softening up. I still like plenty of nasty stuff of course, but many of my faves in recent years have been on the more melodic side of things.
Warbringer - Weapons of Tomorrow/thrash
Another band I like better in concept than execution. Their albums are fine, I just seldom listen to them more that 3-4 times.
Yeah, sure, they have never been great. At some point, however, they got good enough for me. The problem with this disc is that the first few tracks rip, but the quality then quickly reverts back to the mean.

"It's not exactly a horrible album, but it's no better than something by, I dunno, Pagan's Mind or some other shirt-tucking nerdprog band." - Matt Johnsen of Pharaoh
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