Similar to January, February was a surprisingly strong month for metal albums. There were many highlights, and limiting my recommendations to just the below five as not easy. Have a look at the albums below…
We’ll start with the post-metal masterclass that is the new Cult of Luna album. The Long Road North is as impressive as it is well-crafted, and as enjoyable as it is expressive. Cult of Luna have produced yet another fantastic record.
I wasn’t expecting to like Corpsegrinder as much as I do, but how could I resist its brutal charms? The record is just a damn good one. It’s buckets of fun and very easy to replay over and over. Get stuck in!
Scar Weaver by Once Human is another record that took me by surprise. The band’s modern metal is non-standard and very moreish. The well-written songs are packed with hooks and the talented singer tears out catchy chorus after catchy chorus. Top stuff.
I’ve listened to Soliloquium’s Soulsearching more than I usually do. Its expansive doom charms won me over more than even the band’s previous work did, and before I knew it I was diving back into it more frequently than I intended to. If emotive, melancholic doom with progressive and blackened tendencies is your thing, then don’t miss this.
It was tough knowing what to give the last spot to, but Allegaeon’s Damnum just pipped its competitors to the post. The band’s blend of progressive and technical death metal comes alive with a newfound vibrancy and accessibility; Allegaeon have put together a storming record.