In all honesty, if you’ve ever wondered what it would sound like if Rites Of Spring played breakneck thrash covers of primitive skate punk while sampling serial killers, this is it.
There’s a greater darkness at work on Doomed’s 6 Anti-Odes To Life, as funeral doom adds another superb band to its roster.
Coffin Birth by Extremity is a genuinely confident, powerful, thought-out example of death worship, and one that’s unquestionably worthy of your time.
If you’ve had even a passing interest in one of the most important heavy bands of the last 30 years, or just want to hear Neurosis playing very, very fast, go and check out Pain Of Mind.
Weed Demon have shown themselves to be a very competent stoner band – even if that description sells them a bit short - and Astrological Passages sets just the right tone.
Fans will be glad to hear that Drawn and Quartered continue their steady gait of quality releases with the latest, The One Who Lurks, out soon on Krucyator Productions.
Out on Rottweiler Records, Taking the Head of Goliath’s self-titled debut makes you want to ball your fists up and punch walls, kick the cat, and, if listening in your car, bang you head on the steering wheel.
Dramatic and infectious, Crossing Eternity’s debut The Rising World, out via Rockshots Records, is an impressive yet humbling experience for even the most jaded music listener.
This record is living proof that artists like Trent Reznor are willing to push the envelope, experiment and push the boundaries of what is considered the norm in any genre of music.
Though it’s unlikely anyone who has come this far with Hundredth will be taken aback by Ultrarare’s tangential direction, it’s still magnificent to see a band break with their past so boldly.
Khemmis have achieved a fine balance between the swaggering melodic styles and thunderous rhythms of Iron Maiden and the abyssal emotional depths of YOB on Desolation, bringing the listener an album that feels confident and assured.
Fans who love Swedish death metal might have some remote interest, but there’s little about The Great Desolation that brings anything special to Swedeath in 2018.
Out on Rottweiler Records this Friday the 13th(!), R.A.I.D’s debut record, The Strong Survive, is a fantastic mix of metallic hardcore that blends high-energy tempos, hammering drums and massive, catchy riffs.
Northern Chaos Gods may be a “safe” album, playing purely to the strengths of the Immortal legacy, but don’t take it as a negative criticism: this is still a monster of a record.
Mike Scheidt has turned his recent and terrifying experiences into an incredible work of heartfelt music. Our Raw Heart is an accomplished album from YOB, sure to keep resonating with listeners for years to come.
And All Will Be Desolation, the second full-length release by Allfather, who hail from Kent in the UK, is a rallying cry and a targeted piece of aggression.
Blurring sensuality and surrealism, Kontinuum’s new album, No Need to Reason, out via Season of Mist, creates a warm, inviting atmosphere that belies its post-metal foundations.
On Ultra-Nihilism, Cape Town’s Skedel have managed to solve a mystery that has plagued many for over two decades: why have no bands ever successfully and entirely bridged the gap between black metal and industrial?
From the ashes of Dead Earth Politics rises Runescarred (surely named after one of Dead Earth Politics’ tracks?). The band’s debut EP, We Are, is a blast from start to finish.
DevilDriver rope in some of their metal buddies to give some Outlaw Country classics a bit of a metal makeover. How’s the end result? Read our thoughts here...