Been a couple months since the last update. Here goes, best to worst:
Sul Ad Astral - Sul Ad Astral
. Black metal meets shoegaze
. Got an atmospheric, spacey, meandering vibe that took me by surprise. It took a few listens to really click, but I've been thoroughly enjoying it since it did.
Shade Empire - Omega Arcane. Symphonic black metal with an epic feel
. Very solid and catchy songwriting as well.
Azure Emote - The Gravity of Impertinence
. Avant-garde black metal with an industrial flavor. Seemingly goes in every direction at once
and is really quite fun.
Immolation - Kingdom of Conspiracy
. Straight up death metal
from this longstanding outfit. Not many surprises, but a solid batch of tunes.
Voyager - UniVers. I loved the last two albums by this Aussie group, and figured I'd round out my collection. Not nearly as strong as the last two, but still some damn good prog
Polkadot Cadaver - Last Call in Jonestown
. Starts really strong
, but kinda peters out towards the end. It's almost "by the numbers", which is strange for a band like PDC. Was really hoping for a better effort...not bad, but not particularly good either.
Ghost - Infestissumam
. Maybe the most disappointing sophomore effort I've ever heard. The last album reveled in it's ludicrous "sing along to Satanism" vibe, but the songs were catchy as hell. They seemed to take themselves entirely too seriously this time around, and the album suffers for it. It's simply just boring.
Skinny Puppy - Weapon
. SP has been brilliant for the last 30 years, and this album is no exception. There is a remake of "Solvent" on this album that sounds as fresh today
as it did when it was released 25 years ago. My album of the year so far.
Project Pitchfork - Black
. Had no idea these guys were still around. Surprised to hear a damn strong industrial EBM album
How to Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion
. I adore nearly everything Reznor touches, but holy shit, this stuff is dull