Category: Progressive / Metal / Experimental
Blurb: Still darkly experimental and rooted in black metal, Ihsahn’s progressive compositional abilities take a turn for the accessible with magnificent results.
Category: Progressive / Metal
Album: All That You Fear Is Gone
Blurb: Effective songwriting balanced with technical mastery from a group with enough credentials to please prog/rock and metal fans.
Category: Alt. / Metal / Industrial
Album: X – No Absolutes
Blurb: Once again going for a “no filler, all killer” approach, this tenth full-length release from the hybrid thrash/metal trio is worth every hard rocking second.
Category: Industrial / Rock
Album: Total Fucking War
Blurb: Not just a time capsule of a band that came apart at the seams before achieving its full potential, but also of that time and sound of ‘90s industrial/rock in all its vile and vicious splendor.
With the Dead
Category: Doom Metal
Album: With the Dead
Blurb: Crafted from a trio of hardened veterans of the genre, the debut from With the Dead is an archetypical and anguished album that virtually defines doom metal.
The Sweetest Condition
Category: Electro-pop / Rock
Album: Edge of the World
Blurb: Rocking textures, danceable beats, and darkly emotional melodies resound in this debut from a Nashville duo with lots of talent to offer.
Category: Electro / Punk / Dance
Album: Cult of Fake
Blurb: With a greater emphasis on melodic hooks and dance beats, Angelspit continues to forge its own path, sounding like no other band, and managing to infuse a little fun along the way.