10. Into Infernus – The End Of Eden
9. Sunwalker – Full Circle
8. Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise
7. Archspire – The Lucid Collective
6. Insomnium – Shadows Of The Dying Sun
Staff Writer Jeremy Vane-Tempest summed it up best in his review: “It’s confrontational, blasphemous, heretical, all of those things, but it’s also inherently beautiful. The musicianship is sublime and the theatrical image is uncompromising. Twenty years in, and they’re still getting better.”
Schammach reminds me a lot of Gojira in the way that they create a fantastic, heavy riff then beat you to death with it – all in a good way of course. To describe this album is a quick write-up is near impossible. It is a colossus, exhausting, brooding masterpiece of an album.
Language is a hauntingly beautiful record that lacks the “edge” that helped make previous efforts great. On its own, back catalog excluded, Language is one of the best records of the year but I won’t be surprised if long-time Contortionist fans don’t enjoy it.
Agalloch just get it, man. They just *get* it. The Serpent And The Sphere is just Agalloch doing what Agalloch does best – near perfect folky black metal. Riff after perfect riff all wrapped up in their signature Agallochian atmosphere. This is as close to The Mantle as long time fans are going to get.
Fallujah has come a long way from their early deathcore days. With their second full length, The Flesh Prevails is a work of beauty. Beauty isn’t a word that is thrown around often in metal, but it absolutely applies here through their use of synth and background instruments to build an atmosphere. This is a tech-death opera – as close to technical death metal perfection as you can get.