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Guitarman's Monthly Music Thread

Should I make this a monthly thing, where I discuss relevant releases at the end of each month?

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Welcome, dear reader. With the end of the year quickly coming upon us I decided to compile a list of my top ten albums of 2021, along with a few honorable mentions. This list is subjective of course, completely my own opinion. Anyways, let's dive right in!

10. The Slow Death- Siege (Australia) Death/Doom metal, funeral doom​

I was not familiar with this band prior to the release of Siege and was instantly captivated, mainly by the stunning clean vocals of Mandy Andresen and the more melodic side of Stuart Pickett's guitar work. With four songs coming in at over an hour in total it is a rather long listen, but is worth every second.
Favorite song: Tyranny

9. Malignant Altar- Realms of Exquisite Morbidity (USA) Death metal​

With members having participated in other notable acts in the Texas metal scene (Necrofier, Church of Disgust, Insect Warfare) I expected a lot out of the quintet's debut record. I particularly enjoyed their 2019 EP Retribution of Jealous Gods. Some of the nastiest guitar work I've heard in a while with some very strong vocals. Extremely punishing when they decide to slow things down. If this album was released earlier in the year it would have likely gotten a higher ranking.
Favorite song: Rite of Krause

8. Mortiferum- Preserved in Torment (USA) Death metal, doom metal​

Few bands excel in creating a gloomy atmosphere the way Mortiferum does. The tempo changes are absolutely crushing and I love the suffocating bass tone. The standout for me though, is the drumming of Alex Mody on this record. This one has constantly been or repeat since it came out.
Favorite song: Incubus of Bloodstained Visions

7. Felled- The Intimate Earth (USA) Black metal
Another debut record on the list, but Felled consists of experienced musicians from the Pacific Northwest. A very interesting take on the atmospheric/folk black metal genre with prominent violin/viola playing and outstanding clean vocals, paired with more traditional black metal instrumentation.
Favorite song: Sphagnum in the Hinterlands

6. Bongzilla- Weedsconsin (USA) Stoner/sludge metal
After a decade plus wait, the Wisconsin stoner metal legends came back with a fantastic album. The transition of Mike Makela from guitar to bass worked very well, the band sounded extremely cohesive. Love the longer, more jam oriented songs. If you're a Bongzilla fan, you're getting exactly what you wished for and more out of this record.
Favorite songs: Space Rock, Mother Flower's Little Helper (deluxe edition)

5. Antichrist Siege Machine- Purifying Blade (USA) Black/death metal, war metal
Coming off the back of their first full length Schism Perpetration, this record is twenty nine minutes of pure Satanic fury. I truly believe that this record will be seen as a benchmark in the war metal genre in the future. Raw, but not too raw production, vocals that stand out against bombastic drums and powerful riffing. I can't wait to see what this duo does next.
Favorite song: Victorious Legions of Satan

4. Gravesend- Methods of Human Disposal (USA) Black metal, death metal, grindcore
Another debut full length from the NYC trio Gravesend, another killer record from 20 Buck Spin. I love the vocals and the overall rawness of this record. Static-y interludes contribute to an uneasy, cold feeling that this record gives. I found myself listening to this record quite a bit, especially as the days got shorter and colder.
Favorite song: Verrazano Floater

3. Sanguisugabogg- Tortured Whole (USA) Death metal
One of the most hyped bands in the death metal scene after they dropped their Pornographic Seizures EP, Tortured Whole didn't disappoint. To put it simply, Sanguisugabogg bring the riffs. All the riffs. Guttural vocals, combined with drumming featuring a St. Anger style tin-can sounding snare, and extremely low tuned guitar work make this one of the filthiest records of the year in all the best ways.
Favorite song: Dead as Shit

2. Towards Atlantis Lights- When the Ashes Devoured the Sun (UK/Italy) Funeral doom, death/doom
Albums number one and two are practically interchangeable for me. I debated between them quite a bit and TAL fell to a very close second. The unclean vocals mixed in with the My Dying Bride-esque melodic guitars are what got me. They are able to fuse the 'death' portion of their death/doom sound in without forcing it, and the keyboard work of Kostas Panagiotou fits the music quite well. The mythological/historical theme of the lyrics are a shameless draw for me as well.
Favorite song: Mad Prophetess

Honorable Mentions
Skepticism- Companion (Finland) Funeral doom
Eyehategod- A History of Nomadic Behavior (USA) Sludge metal
Cerebral Rot- Excretion of Morality (USA) Death metal
Jarhead Fertilizer- Product of My Environment (USA) Grind/death metal
Fuath- II (Scotland) Atmospheric black metal
Chrome Waves- The Rain Will Cleanse (USA) Post-black metal, atmospheric black metal, shoegaze

1. Worm- Foreverglade (USA) Death/doom metal
2019's Gloomlord took me by surprise. Loved the music, didn't love the production so much. When I saw that they were putting their next record out with 20 Buck Spin I knew we were in for something special. Heavy, oppressive, swamp-like, murk filled death/doom trudges along for about forty five minutes. The neoclassical, shreddier type solos took me by surprise (in a very good way) and added depth to the tracks. An extremely strong album from front to back.
Favorite song: Murk Above the Dark Moor

2021 was a fantastic year in the metal world, there are plenty more fantastic releases outside of the ones mentioned on here. I hope that 2022 can be as good as this year in terms of music, if not even better!
If this thread catches any kind of traction within the community, I'm considering doing a monthly metal type thing on here, discussing a couple relevant releases.




 
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As a bit of a Christmas present to anyone who watches this thread, I figured I'd announce this today. I will be making this a monthly thing, where I discuss new releases at the end of each month. See you again towards the end of January!
 
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January 2022​

2022 has just begun and we have already seen some fantastic releases drop in my slice of the music world! Here are some of my highlights of the month.

Singles​
  • Undeath- Rise From the Grave (US) Death metal: Riff based, groovy death metal is what I expect from Undeath and their newest single delivers. Love the vocals of Alexander Jones.​
  • Pure Wrath- Presages from a Restless Soul (Indonesia) Atmospheric black metal: This is the second single that has been released from the upcoming Hymn to the Woeful Hearts record and I'm very excited to hear it. One of the finest atmospheric black metal projects in the world, in my opinion. The driving guitars really propel the song for me.​
Albums​
  • Hazemaze- Blinded By the Wicked (Sweden) Doom metal, stoner rock/metal: Big time Black Sabbath and Church of Misery vibes. Didn't expect to like this one nearly as much as I did. Not a dull moment, solid from front to back.​
  • Earthless- Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (USA) Instrumental stoner rock, doom metal: Earthless' heaviest record. More Sabbath vibes. Isaiah Mitchell's guitar playing and Mike Eginton's work on the bass really propelled this one for me. The first and third tracks were killer.​
  • Cloakroom- Dissolution Wave (USA) Shoegaze, stoner metal, alternative: A successful follow up to 2017's Time Well. While I still prefer their previous effort, it was a nice listen from front to back, I particularly enjoyed the heavier, fuzzed out moments and songs. Doyle Martin's dreamy vocals work very well with the rest of the music, unlike some of the other bands that employ this technique in the wider shoegaze genre.​
That'll be all for January of 2022. While we had some very solid releases to begin the year, I'm sure that the rest of the year will only get stronger and better.
 
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February 2022​

Albums​
  • Drowning the Light- Abyssic Tides (Australia) Black metal- From what I understand, this is a collection of unreleased demos, some of which made it onto their From The Abyss record. Regardless, I especially enjoyed the production, particularly the guitar tone. A fine black metal release.
  • Venom Prison- Erebos (UK) Death metal- Uncompromising modern, hardcore influenced death metal, fantastic production. I hear a lot of Nile in their sound. Larissa's fantastic vocals are the highlight.
  • Cryptic Hatred- Nocturnal Sickness (Finland) Death metal- Old school, filthy death metal from the depths of Finland. The old school Finnish death metal scene is among my favorites with great bands like Rippikoulu, Purtenance, Abhorrance, Convulse, Slugathor, Unholy and Adramalech hailing from there. Low vocals, blazing trem picked sections offset slower, brutal riffs. Fantastic release.
  • Pure Wrath- Hymn to the Woeful Hearts (Indonesia) Atmospheric black metal- In my opinion, this is one of the finest black metal projects in music right now. I love the pacing, the longer songs.
  • Dysmorfectomy- The Last Eightful Bastards (France) Brutal death/slam- We close out the week with sheer brutality from Dysmorfectomy. The drums are a bit lacking to me and I feel like the vocals could be a bit louder in the mix, but the crushing guitar work wins me over.

February was a fantastic month, some potential album of the year candidates popped up. I'm excited for March!
 
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March 2022​

Last month's theme was death and black metal, we see more of the same this month with a bit of a detour into funeral doom.

  • Father Befouled- Crowned in Veneficum (US) Death metal- Very doomy death metal, you can tell that these guys are fans of Incantation. I like the guitar tone a lot on this record, it fills a lot of sonic space and just has this nasty organic rawness to it. It works for both the death metal parts and the doomy sections, not always an easy task to accomplish. I can see myself turning to this record quite a bit as 2022 rolls on, I just really like this gnarly, doomy style of death that Father Befouled plays.
  • Drowning the Light- World Devourer (Australia) Black metal- Another 2022 appearance for Drowning the Light, this time with a brand new EP. Simply put, it is raw as hell. Buzzsaw guitars, gnarly vocals. This EP has a crushing atmosphere and I loved every moment.
  • Falls of Rauros- Key to a Vanishing Future (US) Atmospheric/black metal, folk elements- A stylistic change from the band from Maine. I'm not sure if I like it as much as their previous work but I still enjoyed it. I wasn't a huge fan of the singles alone but I liked them better in the context of the entire album. It's one of those records that I think you have to sit with and listen from front to back to truly appreciate. Early Agalloch and some Wolves in the Throne Room vibes here for me.
  • Until Death Overtakes Me- Collapse of Light (Belgium) Funeral Doom- This is simply a colossal record. An hour and 58 minutes long, the final track coming in at nearly an hour. Funeral doom mixed with drone elements. It's a niche listen but one I enjoyed. UDOM has a large back catalogue so if you're someone who enjoys this style of funeral doom there's a lot for you to sort through (with 2003's Prelude to Monolith being one of my favorite funeral doom releases).
Solid releases this March, looking forward to next month's releases!
 
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April 2022​

We lean away from the brutality just a little bit this April to venture into stoner and blues territory.

  • Robin Trower- No More Worlds to Conquer (UK) Blues rock- This genre of music is obviously not my forte but Robin's Bridge of Sighs release from 1974 caught my attention a while back and I've loved him ever since. As a guitarist, I find his phrasing to be really interesting. He never overplays, everything he does just feels right. There is a full band here but the focus is obviously Robin's lead work.
  • Demonauta- Low Melodies About Chaos (Chile) Stoner rock/metal, psychedelic rock- I caught on to Demonauta when I was still in high school, my peak of discovering and listening to stoner rock/metal. They're a pretty straightforward band, they don't try to pull too many tricks on the listener. The rhythm section here really anchors the sound, letting the wonderfully fuzzed out guitar take the lead. Very old school, bluesy sound.
  • Dozethrone- The Mask of Red Death (Singapore) Instrumental stoner metal- Our last (and heaviest) stoner release of the week. This trio has been quite prolific over the last couple years, shooting out a couple records a year. It is heavy but a rather repetitive listen. If you don't want to get clobbered by the same riff over and over again for ten minutes this might not be the release for you. Love that they're starting to incorporate some guitar solos and their bass tone is just stupid low.
  • Slimelord- Insurmountable Peril (UK) Death/doom metal- The really doomed out, slimy version of death metal will always be my favorite and Slimelord does this style of death very well. It just feels oppressive, like you're bogged down in a swamp. Some nice tempo changes but the key here is the atmosphere they build. A solid addition to their discography.
  • Undeath- It's Time... To Rise From the Grave (US) Death metal- Ending the month with straight up brutality. Modern day Cannibal Corpse worship but with a bit of their own flavor. Better production and songwriting then their last effort, definitely more technicality in the guitar work. I was personally very pleased to hear a new recording of "Enhancing the Dead" from their Sentient Autolysis EP, it's the song that got me really into Undeath. I can almost guarantee that this will make not just mine, but many people's year end lists in the wider metal world. Just listen to it, these guys are good.
Probably my favorite month for new music in 2022 so far. Some more variety then just death and black metal too! I am excited to see what May will bring, see you next month.
 
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I know that I usually don't make posts to this thread in the middle of the month but I just saw the unfortunate news that Trevor Strnad, vocalist for the Black Dahlia Murder has recently passed, word is that it was suicide. I can't lie, this one hurts really bad. He and his band have been such a large influence on my own journey as a musician and as a member of the extreme metal community. I never had the honor to meet Trevor but he was beloved almost universally in our community, always known for being such a positive, happy person and as someone who loved giving recognition to smaller, lesser known bands. He truly was, and still is, a titan in the metal world. His impact can never be understated and he will never be forgotten.

Much love to Trevor's family, friends, and bandmates. I can't even imagine your pain right now. RIP to one of the greatest. We love you, Trevor.
 
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May 2022​

This May is about celebrating indigenous cultures through metal, with some other releases added of course.

  • Tzompantli- Tlazcaltiliztli (USA) Doom/death metal- Tzompantli's music explores the culture of the Mexica people. The leader of the band, Bigg O))) is one of the members of Xibalba and the best way that I could describe this release is like a heavier, doomier Xibalba (and Xibalba is doomy) with more unclean vocals and the additional instrumentation (shells, shakers, different types of drums, death whistles, etc.). If you like Xibalba, I think you'll like Tzompantli.
  • Nechochwen- Kanawha Black (USA) Folk/Black metal- Nechochwen is a band that I've always heard being described primarily as either black metal or a subgenre of black metal. There's definitely a black metal element to this record but I heard a lot of doom, death, and even some thrash on there. It's really hard to categorize as a specific genre. Regardless, Nechochwen is one of the leaders of the fantastic Native American/First Nations/Indigenous black metal scene and Kanawha Black doesn't disappoint as it explores aspects of Native American culture. None of the folksy elements here feel forced. The guitar work is very melodic at times.
  • Bog Body- Cryonic Crevasse Cult (USA) Death/sludge metal- I'll be honest with you, dear reader. When the first couple singles for this record came out I was not excited. The opposite, honestly. I thought that their demo and their split with Primitive Warfare were both fantastic but the singles just didn't hit for me. I listened to this record (their debut full length) from front to back and everything made sense. This is one of those records that I enjoyed much, much more listening to from front to back, the way it was intended to. The bass tone makes up for the complete lack of guitars on this record. The riffs are ridiculous. It's a brutal, good time.
  • Mournful Congregation- The Exuviae of Gods- Part I (Australia) Funeral doom- Closing out the month with one of my personal favorite bands. Mournful Congregation's focal point to me has always been the guitar work; Big riffs, fantastic melodic leads, sometimes dual, harmonized leads. This doesn't disappoint one bit. This band has been doing this forever and they still sound as heavy and fresh as ever. It has everything I personally want to hear in a funeral doom record.
Thanks for hanging out with me and reading along this May. I'm already looking forward to hearing what June brings us.
 
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June 2022​

I'll be honest, this June was really weak in terms of releases in my opinion. I'll mention two that I enjoyed, but will also mention some not new albums/EPs I've been enjoying throughout the last month or so.

New releases​
  • Somnus Throne- Nemesis Lately (USA) Stoner/Doom metal- This one dropped at the beginning of the month and I've come back to it a few times. It has everything I want in a stoner record, really. That lovely fuzzed out guitar tone, rhythm section really holding everything in place. The strength of this record is really in the riffs, they created a few that have really stuck in my head (that intro to Lacquer Bones in particular). Really excited to see what they do in the future.
  • Saor- Origins (UK/Scotland) Atmospheric/folk black metal- I haven't listened to a Saor record until now but I am familiar with Andy Marshall's ability (he is also the man behind Fuath, mentioned in my best of 2021 post). This is a lot more melodic and there are obviously the folk elements added in, and Andy uses a different, lower almost growl-style instead of his higher vocals. I like it a lot, definitely some 90's BM vibes. Saor has certainly captured my attention and I am excited to listen through their back catalogue.
Other releases I've been listening to​
  • Miserable- Halloween Dream (USA) Shoegaze, alternative- I'm not sure how this EP popped onto my radar but I've been listening to it over and over again through the last few weeks. 15 brilliant minutes. I love everything about it but the best part for me are the vocals. They just fit the songs perfectly.​
  • Acrimony- Hymns to the Stone (Wales) Stoner rock- Hymns to the Stone is the hidden masterpiece of the stoner rock/metal world. This was released in the same time period as Sleep's Holy Mountain and Kyuss' Blues for the Red Sun, the two landmark releases of the genre and in my opinion, deserves just as much recognition as those releases. The vocals really stand out here. The riffs are top tier (especially looking at Spaced Cat #6, Urbalaboom, and Magical Mystery Man). This record is a required listen for fans of stoner rock/metal.​
  • Black Sabbath- Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (UK) Heavy metal, doom metal- When I talk to other Sabbath fans, they always tell me that the first four records are the gold standard. In my opinion, it should be changed to the first six. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is their fifth record. It has some of their best moments and shows what I think is their best, most complex songwriting. The breakdown ending the title track. That opening riff from A National Acrobat. The solo on Killing Yourself to Live. Sabbra Cadabra. I'm gonna take a stand here and say that it is one of the best records of all time.​
  • Abysmal Lord- Disciples of the Inferno (USA) War metal- I listen to this record frequently. It's one of my favorite war metal records of all time (Diocletian and Antichrist Siege Machine have put out my other favorites, respectively). It's all about the vibes for me. It feels chaotic and evil which is exactly what war metal is supposed to be.​
Hopefully next month will be better! The new section about older releases that I've been listening to may be a recurring theme, not sure yet.
 
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