Though War on Women are hardly the only feminist punk band going these days, they are one of the most prominent and important, and Capture the Flag is a modern-day classic.
3 Cheers to Nothing marks an evolution in Trinity Sarratt’s songwriting and an introduction to a well-curated crew of collaborators in her life.
Solitaire was Ness’ first-ever solo album, and featured cameos by Bruce Springsteen, Brian Setzer, and members of Royal Crown Revue.
Big Tings is yet another example of the Skindred’s rule-breaking output and a solid addition to their discography.
Beneath.Below.Behold demonstrates that Antlers is certainly an act to keep an eye on from this point forward, for those interested in atmospheric black metal’s emotional journeys.
Fickle Friends are looking to make a statement and leave their mark on the pop music industry, and with a sound as fun as this on You Are Someone Else, why shouldn’t they?
Eat the Elephant, as a whole, is like falling into a peaceful void with no perceived end.
Surprise world! Cancer Bats dropped a new album. The Spark That Moves is an eleven-song metallic hardcore monster that is guaranteed to get all up in your business.
Every song on Life In Exile delivers some serious punishment, and the melodic development that ties it all together is refreshing.
Icelandic solo project Ljáin delivers a harrowing, lo-fi explorations of abyssal existential angst that combines the rawness of proto-black metal with soaring, enveloping atmospheres on Endasálmar og Klofnar Tungur.
Gutlocker have something about them; they just need to figure out what direction they should head in after the death/groove/sludge mish-mash of Cry Havoc!.
Kings Among Scotland as a standalone live album is a beast of a record with a great set list and a top-notch sound.
The band are clearly developing their sound and choices, and while this is not an EP I would return to, it is enough to pay them the attention they deserve going forward.
Some may see the extreme metal world as a bit of a joke, however, one listen to Messe Noire: Live Satanist, the new live album from Polish heavyweights Behemoth, and that opinion should quickly be rectified.
True Norwegian Black Metal stalwarts Carpathian Forest return after a decade-long hiatus with Likeim, an EP that screams 90s black metal nostalgia.
There is something depressingly workman-like about much of To Drink from the Night Itself, and though there are moments of interest, once the songs slip in to familiar verse/chorus/verse structures, they often feel very interchangeable.
Lead track “Desert Moonlight Spells” opens the disc and, for the next forty-two minutes, there is virtually no reprieve from the metallic onslaught; it just keeps coming.
Each of the eight songs is an irreverent example of instrumental freedom and doom-laden heaviness merging with catchy melody and unhinged exploration.
Escaping The Grave is a return to form for Grave Robber and, while there are no big surprises nor does the band reinvent the wheel, this is a solid addition to their catalogue.
Necropolis is an engaging culmination of over 30 years spent honing the Sol Invictus sound and it delivers a chilling, melancholic beauty that marries folk melodies, martial ambient soundscapes and primitive, neo-tribal rhythm.