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My Dying Bride As the Flower Withers
For all its unavoidable shortcomings as a debut album (uneven sound work and arrangements), As the Flower Withers rises above with a deeply bleak and cavernous atmosphere, powered by Stainthorpe's excellent guttural vocals and adorned with sudden grindcore outbursts. Favorite track: Return of the Beautiful. Stream:
Mayhem Daemon
In the epilogue of my review for Esoteric Warfare, I speculated that the Norwegians would come back after 3++ years with a potentially groundbreaking album. In posterity, I was right about the former and, unfortunately, wrong about the latter. Contrary to what the album title suggests. Daemon is filled with Mayhem's trademark traits, but not once did I caught myself craving to return to any of the songs. The sound work isn't particularly helpful either as, in contrast to the previous two albums, it make the guitars sound as a homogenized wall of noise. What's more, Attila in Daemon is at his more mainstream, for May
Cloak The Burning Dawn
While I haven't heard Cloak's first album so as to be able to make any comparison, I can say this album as stand-alone is well produced, well played even, but not one song, melody, riff, vocal line and/or what have you, stands out to warrant repeated listens. Stream:
Molten Chains In the Antechamber Below
Analogous to a handful of classic heavy metal bands having allowed extreme metal to infiltrate their default style, Molten Chains play this kind of atavistic, dark heavy metal, with sludgy riffs adeptly adapting to the band's shapeshifting whims song-writing-wise. Being a debut album and in view of its more-than-welcome crude/experimental sound, most of the inefficiencies of In The Antechamber Below can be more or less ignored, except for the [male] vocalist who has a large margin for improvement to fill in future releases. Stream:
Steel Panther Heavy Metal Rules
What BigHans said, unfortunately... The interesting thing about glam rock/metal was that it was eradicated overnight in the early '90s, but with Steel Panther we get to see a more gradual downhill course for the band, that commenced since the peak that is All You Can Eat...
Kayser Soze Cause We Like It & Enjoy Us
To utilize a cliche in describing this in a nutshell, this is the best garage/blues/psych rock album you haven't heard yet... Killer vocals, arrangements that touch upon the universal constants of the aforementioned genre amalgamation, and replay value, lots of it as a matter of fact... Stream:
Asagraum Potestas Magicum Diaboli
Asagraum came to the fore when on a whim, I decided to check on the projects that Trish, the drummer for Aldrahn's new band Urarv, was involved in at the time. It was a rewarding foray for Asagraum alone, because their black metal, for all its melody, death metal elements and relative hi-fi register, is firmly rooted on the genre's second wave, despite the song structures becoming noticeably repetitive towards the end of the track list. And then, there are Obscura's vocals, one of the grimmest the recent yield has put on record. Favorite track: Black Sun Prayer. Stream:

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