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Nocte's Q1 2021

By now I imagine you've seen a few of these. Who knows...maybe you'll see a few more. Anyways, here are my picks from the first quarter of the year. Criteria is basically 4/5's or higher. Recs welcome, encouraged and invited.
1Ad Nauseam
Imperative Imperceptible Impulse

If this doesn't feature on a number of end of year lists come December then we're all in trouble. III is mind-blowingly good and transcendent of death metal in this modern age. There's nothing quite like it out there. Potential album of the year entries hitting in February, goddamn.
Demonic Wealth

Vocals next to a swamp. bass recorded, drums on a phone - Demonic Wealth sounds ridiculous on paper but massive in a set of speakers.
3Blindfolded And Led To The Woods
Nightmare Withdrawals

Death metal from across the ditch. Covid didn't slow these guys down. Instead they enlisted the help of Nile and Spook The Horses members to create a darting, swirling and massive progressive death record al a Ulcerate, Pyrrhon and Gorguts.
Etemen Ænka

Probably artwork of the year? But this album is massive to boot. It didn't help that this album is so good it took the gloss off a lot of new albums this year.
Bionic Swarm

Technically this was Notrap's find and aren't we all glad. There's a reason why this found it's way onto the Best New Music slot. Modern thrash that doesn't suck. I kid you not.
6Stargazer (AUS)
Psychic Secretions

It feels good to represent a little home-grown music on these lists. Stargazer's newest came around the same time as that Ad Nauseam release and while merging blackened and deathly attributes together its quite the entity by itself. Add some awesome artwork and you've got yourself a stunning February release.
7Rob Zombie
The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy

I'm probably in the minority, but this is the type of album that makes me want to see live shows again.
Access All Worlds

I don't know why, but I haven't seen a lot of buzz on this album and Sowing, if you're out there - add this to your "metal digs" list. If you liked that Wilderun release (Veil Of Imagination) this should tick a lot of those boxes.
Über den Sternen

Dark folk, black metal, mysticism. Art that looks like it came fresh off a Harry Potter novel. Yeah jam this now.
10Chaos Echoes
Ecstasy With the Nonexistents

This one is a bit of a curve ball for me and definitely fits into that avant garde territory. It takes the live setting of a 2018 variety and refits it into a blackened, deathly and experimental fashion.
11The Ruins Of Beverast
The Thule Grimoires

This one came out so early in the year I feel like a few guys may have left it behind. Which is really unfair?
12Cult Of Luna
The Raging River

I thought I'd include a couple of EPs because why not and of course the sheer caliber of Cult Of Luna. Seriously can these guys do no wrong?
13Turris Eburnea
Turris Eburnea

While death metal seems to be running rampart this year, a few of the EPs are naturally being left behind. Still if you're at all into the expressive, expansive and huge releases that have blown the internet away these past few years you should probably give this 20 minute EP a go.
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