Thy Messenger (out May 31st via Nuclear Blast Records) does what it intends to do; showing that Vader are as fired-up as ever, that there’s no dip in quality, and that they still sound like Vader – and long may it be so.
Due May 10th via Spinefarm Records, new album Eternal Forward Motion is a big step forward for Employed To Serve. More emotional, engaging, and varied than previous releases, this album sees the band at the forefront of the UK metal scene.
Out March 15th via Prosthetic Records, Vile Creature’s music and Preservation Rituals (2015-2018) is not for everyone. But, if you believe in the power of art to unite, to provide catharsis and understanding, in the power of metaphor and bold statement; and are willing to give these songs the time and patience they require, then this might be right for you.
Out now via Svart Records, Demon Head’s latest occult rock offering, Hellfire Ocean Void, is the sound of a band staking their claim, and doing so in grand style.
One of the most unusual things about Intersubjectivity is that the songs aren’t actually that unusual. Using home-made instruments to create abrasive, aggressive sounds, Cleaning Women are about to release their avant-garde new album via Svart Records.
Under the Regolith, out via Tridroid Records, may not be the most memorable record you hear this month, but it’s certainly one of the more exciting, enjoyable, and fun ones - hats off to Antiverse!
Out now via Steamhammer, Partisan demonstrates that Sodom have got through what could have been a risky period, emerging in fine form and with fire in their hearts.
Practically nothing that hints Ævangelist’s Matricide in the Temple of Omega was written for the ears of anyone other than the twisted beings creating it. And yet, there is something addictive about it. Out via I, Voidhanger.
Some thirty-plus listens on, ULTHA’s The Inextricable Wandering (Century Media) has revealed itself as one of the best metal albums of the past decade, let alone in the black metal sub-genre.
Whilst A Storm of Light’s Anthroscene may not hit the same heights as their previous two albums, it is still a very good release, filled with a spirit of righteous protest and disgust at modern life.
Behemoth intend for I Loved You at Your Darkest to be a grand album yet it is a record riddled with contradictions that mean it should not work; and yet somehow, it (mostly) does.
Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response is hugely enjoyable and addictive “heavy negative wizard metal” from Rebel Wizard, out now on Prosthetic Records.
Out now via Southern Lord, Jesus Piece’s Only Self is sure to be one of the year’s biggest hardcore albums; it more than lives up to expectations, and throws in a few (largely successful) curve-balls.
Uniform put out stomping industrial riffs with a twist of melody. The Long Walk is an album that revels in its humanity, as pained, flawed, and contradictory as that spirit is.
If the artwork turns you off, this record was never intended for you. If you’re on board with it, then Pink Mass’ Necrosexual is one of the most invigorating and vital extreme metal records to be released in recent times.
Uniform and The Body’s Sacred Bones collaboration, Mental Wounds Not Healing, includes stomping post-punk riffs, harsh noise walls, static-drenched doom crawls, damage rave rhythms, and a hell of a lot of hurt.
For 40 years now, Saxon have been one of the most reliable bands in the British hard rock and classic metal scene. Feast on the reissues of three diverse records in their genre-spanning run - Denim & Leather, Power & The Glory, and Crusader.
For those of us who have spent many years worshipping at the bloodstained altar of Blasphemy, these two records via Nuclear War Now! deserve a place in our collection, serving as demonstrations of just how unrestrained and devastating the band are in a live environment.
Black Moth Super Rainbow’s Panic Blooms is simultaneously brilliant and frustrating; an album that promises so much, containing some genuinely wonderful moments, yet falling slightly short of greatness.
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.