This album came out of nowhere and absolutely blew my mind. This album doesn’t take itself, or anyone else seriously. Just hard hitting, heavy british hardcore. Vocals are as raw and as fresh as we’ve seen since Frank left Gallows. This album isn’t amazing, it isn’t groundbreaking, it isn’t new – it is simply fun as hell.
I’m not sure what else I can say about Akeldama. I wrote a feature on them a while back and reviewed Everything Beautiful as well. To pull from the review: Akeldama is the best upcoming progressive metal band out there. It is as simple as that. The fact that a label has not grabbed these guys up yet is a travesty. That will absolutely change when people get a chance to listen to the band’s self-released debut Everything Beautiful.
I passed on reviewing Volition because my inner-fanboy prevented me from approaching it unbiasedly. It isn’t that I wasn’t able to ignore those wild thoughts, but it just wouldn’t feel right writing a review without acting on them. Volition is easily PTH’s weakest work, but is still better than most of the music I’ve come across this year. I just can’t get enough of them. Rody could sing me the phone book and I would enjoy it. Volition is a PTH guilty pleasure record – it does nothing new and is damn exciting in the process.
Truthfully, I have no idea on how to review this album. Teethed Glory And Injury is redefining what black metal is and pushing the genre into a new era. It simply can’t be enjoyed without a proper audio set up – the bass and electronics on this album are massive (a word that is overused in metal journalism but fully justified here). This is an album that has to be experienced to be understood. One of the most refreshing and impressive albums I’ve heard in a long while. This album and my number 1 pick could be switched on any given day.
This record is the savior of metal. I say that in the sense that this record has been listened to by more non-metal heads than any other metal record in who knows how long. Honestly, I’m shock so many people who don’t normally enjoy metal not only gave this record a chance but actually enjoyed it – because it isn’t a simple record. Sunbather is heavy, gritty and pushes the boundaries of black metal while not commercializing the final product. Hell of an album.
Most Anticipated: Insomnium