|Overlooked By Sput
Just some various albums I've been digging that don't have too many ratings on here. Some are popular outside of the site, some just aren't well known at all.
|Of Us Giants
This one's name-your-price on Bandcamp, they've been compared to Brand New a lot but personally I don't hear it. Still, Brand New and Republic of Wolves fans might enjoy this. Sycamore Tomb has an amazing chorus that's been in regular rotation for months now, and Iron Boat's got an Of Monsters and Men feel with the interplay between Dustin Anderson and guest vocalist Lindsey Pavao.
Beautiful and Damned
This is to black metal what Amon Amarth is to death metal-the riffing style is too melodic and based in traditional heavy metal to really qualify as black metal, but it expertly melds these epic melodies with a blackened aesthetic and intensity to make some seriously enjoyable metal.
Solid blend of Demilich, Timeghoul, Gorguts, and other crazy 90s tech death bands...IN SPACE.
|The Oh Hellos
The Oh Hellos
Very catchy and very accessible indie folk, this EP is full of heart and full of love. See why 18 Sputters have given it a 4.4!
Epic pagan black metal in the vein of Immortal. There's a bit of folk influence here and there, as the riffs are more focused on fun than cold atmosphere, but it never loses the intensity of a black metal album.
If anyone here frequents /r/metal, you'll know we're led by a mod who's increasingly becoming obsessed with dungeon synth. Anyone who grew up playing 90s RPGs will get a kick out of this, just sit back and let your imagination transport you into a pixelated Tamriel.
French speed metal from the 80s. Wickedly talented vocalist, great riffs, and the first side seems to refernce Camus's The Stranger if you're into that kind of thing.
From the Dead Villages' Darkness
One of my favorite atmospheric black metal albums. Instead of just tremolo picking post-rock riffs, there's a healthy incorporation of Russian folk music and a couple memorable solos, too.
More atmoblack, the first track from this has an absolute MASSIVE mid-tempo riff around 8 minutes in. Seriously, I'm still searching for something to top it.
Their riffs live up to their band name.
Knights of Darkness
I feel like speed/trad metal really works best in the EP format. This one's concise, but its mix of speed metal riffs and Tom Araya style vocals let it hit hard fast. Steel Dawn is especially good.
Pretty well-known black metal group, but could definitely use a bit more love around here. These guys sounded second wave before the Norwegian scene was even a thing, but beyond the sound they also have the riffs and hints of NWOBHM to back them up.