Another year, another chance for metal to excel. So what has January brought us?
Ashen Horde’s Antimony is a real blackened treat. A song-driven opus of charismatic and varied black metal, Antimony is Ashen Horde’s best work so far. The year has started very strong with this one.
Looking for an underground slice of prime esoterica? Then prepare for the technical ferocity and dissonant aggression of Ψευδομένη by Ὁπλίτης (Hoplites). Black metal has rarely sound as inhumanly precise as this.
January gifted us some high quality doom metal, with Tribunal’s The Weight of Remembrance. A well-rounded journey into Gothic darkness and emotive weight, this is a very rewarding album to spend some time with.
The symphonic black metal of As in Gardens, so in Tombs by …And Oceans is simply a joy to listen to. Fast and aggressive, but also characterful and melodic, this album is a winner through and through.
We’ll end this January round up with the mighty Death Engine, and their post-metal/hardcore Ocean. Death Engine have been building up to this immense release for years. Heavy of weight and atmosphere, this is such a good album.