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December 2018 resumé

This has been a busy month. So busy that I didn't even hear my usual hundred and ninety records or whatever. Score guide: 10/9 - 5; 8 - 4.5; 7 - 4; 6 - 3.5/3; 5 - 2.5; 4 - 2; 3 - 1.5; 2/1 - 1
1Svartidaudi
Revelations Of The Red Sword


Atmosphere over song-writing, but will I be damned if this isn't juicy. 7/10

Sol Ascending, The Howling Cynocephali, Wolves of a Red Sun
2Hammock
Universalis


Hammock are back... and the fact that they have a new album is about the most interesting aspect of it. 5/10
3Bay Faction
Florida Guilt


This is a surprise release, but a real surprise here is that each song is a half-assed draft. It all goes nowhere and any semblance of song-writing is thrown out of the window absolutely unexplored. 4/10
4Zealotry
At the Nexus of All Stillborn Worlds


Zealotry are back with another bashful of tunes that are heavy, instrumentally vibrant and grandiose, but so overbearing you will be tired after listening. 6/10
5Nonn
XVII


By the numbers darkwave. Listen if you want to, it's not awful. 6/10

Clear, When, Reach
6Guild Of Lore
Winterstead


manosg called this 'one of the best ambient albums [he] heard this year' and considering the fact that I bailed on my mission to find likeable ambient this year, I listened. It certainly sounds like it is trying to be the best one. For an ambient record it feels very grandiose. The overwhelming instrumentation does its job. Can't say I am enchanted by it, even though I would love to hear it as a soundtrack to some wintery fantasy film. 7/10
7Currents
I Let The Devil In


Yeah, pretty much the usual stuff. Nothing much sticking out, nothing much impressive, but still decent while it lasts. 6/10
8Deitus
Via Dolorosa


From all the black metal records this year, this certainly is the most welcome throwback, but what it wins at with instrumentation and production it loses with lukewarm forgettable song-writing. 6/10

Malaise, Salvifici Doloris
9Kerretta
Exiscens


I just cannot find anything to hold on to here. It's a lot of heaviness and some riffs here and there, but it's just flat and forgettable. Appreciate the instrumentation, but do not care for anything else. 6/10
10Helfro
Helfro


Barely bringing anything remotely innovative into the genre of blackened death metal, but it is still filled with pleasant surprises. 6/10
11Count to Altek
The Rain Gods


I don't get it. 5/10
12Deth Crux
Mutant Flesh


Cool instrumentation and decent atmosphere, but I didn't care for the song-writing and the production. Also, the vocals are horrid. 5/10
13Goatspell
Ascension of the Drakonian Beast


Fairly straightforward metal with little to no outstanding highlights to it. Then again, it's a short EP. It'll hardly have what it takes to wow people. Good for what it is. 6/10
14Valleyheart
Everyone I've Ever Loved


The usual suspects of a middle-of-the-road emo album: sappy lyrics and kinda trite song-writing. 6/10
15Palisades
Erase the Pain


Like I didn't see this coming. A bloated post-hardcore metalcore. Yeah. 5/10
16Acathexis
Acathexis


This was supposed to be atmospheric and grandiose, but much of the heaviness and production buried the epic song-writing I can catch glimpses of underneath. Surely gargantuan, but not really outstanding, mostly due to the fact that that very production, by making the heaviness overshadow the song-writing, turned it a little too samey and all that overwhelming atmosphere in the end was left underutilised. 6/10

Veins Hollowed, Stillborn // Isolate
17Sulphur Aeon
The Scythe Of Cosmic Chaos


Nothing much to say here, just get your butts ready to be torn open, fuckers. 7/10

Yuggothian Spell, The Summoning of Nyarlathotep, Sinister Sea Sabbath, Lungs Into Grills
18Odious Devotion
Odious Devotion


It's raw black metal, but done with precision and care, so it's not just Burzum-ic wall of noise, but actual song-writing. 7/10
19Nazrak
Cantiques Funèbres


Decent black metal, don't like the production. 6/10
20Nachteule
Bergdorf


Decent black metal, don't like the production even more. 6/10
21Croc Noir
Mort


Okay black metal, okay production. 6/10
22Nyctophilia
Ad Mortem et Tenebrae


A great enough black metal record (yeah, there's a lot of these this month). 7/10
23Bladee
Icedancer


I all 100% open clear unashamed honesty, this is not as godawful as Redlight, which I guess means it is good by Bladee standards. 3/10
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