| ||Ne Obliviscaris Portal of I||4.5|
| ||Junior Battles Idle Ages||4.0|
| ||Taking Back Sunday Taking Back Sunday||4.0|
| ||Krallice Diotima||4.0|
| ||Anaal Nathrakh Passion||2.0|
| ||The Human Abstract Digital Veil|
It’s nothing to phone home about, but their third album is the first on which they realize their potential as something more than a disjointed back-and-forth of rehashed Bach licks and shitty hooks. Midheaven was a disaster but with a new vocalist (From First to Last’s Travis Richter) and their old guitarist (Nocturne‘s A.J. Minette), the Human Abstract has managed to craft a pretty solid, surprisingly heavy tech-metal album.
| ||Amon Amarth Surtur Rising|
Surtur Rising‘s cover tells you all you need to know about the album. On it, a skyscraper sized warrior takes a flaming sword to an army of lesser soldiers. Oh, and he’s standing in front of an erupting volcano, a perfect metaphor for the band’s fire-y, Valhalla worthy eight album. Does it sound exactly like every other Amon Amarth album? Yep. But since when is that a bad thing? It’s 48 minutes of catchy-but-heavy death metal done right, and despite its similarities to everything they’ve done in the past, it manages to best 20082s Twilight of the Thunder God with considerable ease. I can’t explain it either
| ||KEN mode Venerable|
Another top album produced by Kurt Ballou–what can we say, the guy keeps busy. Venerable is what happens when you let a metal band borne in a sea of noise go crazy. Finally escaping the Mastodon comparisons that plagued their early records, Venerable is as loud and disorienting as it is groovy, and tracks like “The Irate Jumbuck” and “Mako Shark” are downright spine-crushing. Venerable is masterfully precise, frequently angular and always pissed off, three reasons on a list of many of why you need to check this out.