Monthly Overview – the Best of November 2020

November was a pretty great month for metal, as far as I’m concerned. Any one of the records below is worthy of your attention, especially if you’re a fan of black metal or doom.

Subterraen - Rotten Human Kingdom

Let’s start with the doom. Subterraen’s Rotten Human Kingdom is a monolithic slab of sludgy doom heaviness. These long songs really hit the spot, and the band’s use of crushing guitars and scathing distortion is exceptional.

Bethmoora - Thresholds

In some ways Bethmoora can be considered as the darker, slower, uglier cousin of Subterraen. Thresholds is a malignant work of grim foulness and nightmare mood. When the underground vomited forth this piece of nastiness, it created a monster.

Void Paradigm - Ultime Pulsation Demain Brûle

On the black metal side of November, I particularly enjoyed Ultime Pulsation | Demain Brûle by Void Paradigm. Consisting of just two massive tracks, both of which contain a wealth of ideas and avant-garde experimentation, this is a notably creative and individual album.

Isolert - World in Ruins

Isolert have really produced something special on their latest album World in Ruins. Theirs is an expressive and rich brand of black metal. With well-written songs and many highly emotive melodies, this is a sterling album with real staying power.

Beltez - A Grey Chill and a Whisper

Let’s end with something truly special. All of the above albums are certainly special and stand out from the crowd, but Beltez’s latest offering – A Grey Chill and a Whisper – is really, really special. The dark blackened majesty of this release took me by surprise. I can’t quite properly put into words how fantastic this record is. Just get it, and get lost in its splendour.

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