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Nocte's January 2014

Some pretty decent stuff released early in the year.
1Bong
Stoner Rock


Far from what the title suggests, Bong's 2014 release is its own entity reviving the joylessness sounds of funeral doom inspired drone. 3.9/5
2Grand Magus
Triumph and Power


The Hunt was going to be hard to match, as it stands Triumph and Power didn't - but it still stands strongly in the band's catalog. 3.5/4
3Skindred
Kill The Power


Yeah it may get a little wub-wubie in places the catchy verses of this rather distinct act make this a favorite if only you let it. 3.6/5
4Sunn O)))
La Reh 012


Solid drone from a notable group of the genre. If you're not into it, this isn't exactly going to change your mind. 3.3/5
5Woods Of Desolation
As The Stars


It's solid musically, but the production does irk me (even if others don't mind). Slightly underwhelming despite receiving this last year as a part of a promo pack. 3.3/5
6Alcest
Shelter


It's a nice change in terms of branching out the act's sound but I can't help the fact that there 'should' have been a bm influence. 3.2/5
7Within Temptation
Hydra


It might be a little weird to put this on the same list as Alcest, Bong et cetera, but Within Temptation's 2014 offering is a little stronger than the band's back catalog. Full of featured artists, it's something to check out regardless. 3.8/5
8Lethe
When Dreams Become Nightmares


Dream pop, black metal, doom, electronica, experimental --- There's probably another 4-5 tags that could be added to this amalgamation of soundscapes. If I had to choose between the new Alcest and this, this would come out nine times of ten. 3.9/5
9Lizardia
Lizardia


Straight and true stoner/desert rock, reminds me of a primitive Monster Magnet. 3.3/5
10Miserable Failure
Hope


Four tracks, four minutes. Review to come soon. 3.5/5
11Ethereal Riffian
Aeonian


Slightly over-hyped here but stands strong as it is. 3.5/5
12Ea
A Etilla


If you like your doom albums long and single tracked, this is what the start of 2014 offers you. 4/5
13 Dying Sun
Transcendance


Slightly longer than it should be, this sludgy blackened post metal suffers from being too drawn out. A shorter release would bring a better score. 3/5
14Murmur
Murmur


It's dark and atmospheric, exactly how it should be. The progressive flair helps too. 3.8/5
15Lvcifyre
Svn Eater


There's still some death metal to come this year. This is one example of a genre still relevant in today's music scene. 3.5/5
16 In My Shiver
Delicate Poison


Winding atmospheric black metal and accessible do go together sometimes, a quiet release. 3.8/5
17 Epitimia
(Un)reality


Technically doesn't release until the 15th Feb, but the label has it available on the bandcamp page. Hypnotic Dirge do manage to sign some great black metal acts from time to time. This is on my end of year watch list, simply because I'm a sucker for this kind of metal. 4.2/5
18 EMYN MUIL
Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga


More Summoning sounding bands? It's not a bad thing to have Tolkein's books influencing metal acts, I for one love it. 3.5/5
19 Perversity
Infamy Divine


More straight-forward death metal with a hint of old-school influence. Infamy Divine trudges along in the mud and filth with a couple of cliches. Very passable. 3.2/5
20A Place For Your Recs
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