2018 Favourites: (just over) half-way edition

So, we’re a bit over halfway through 2018, and there’s been some excellent records released. Most notably, 2018 is shaping up to be an excellent year for death metal – bands such as Tomb MoldOur Place of Worship is Silence, MemoriamSlugdge, and practically everyone on the Dark Descent Records roster are killing it with top-tier death metal. Things aren’t quite so grand when it comes to black metal, but the new Immortal is pretty note-worthy, and there’s been a few other strong releases in the underground – including the final release by Cosmic Church.

Here, I’ll pick out ten of my favourite records released so far this year, in alphabetical order. Hopefully you’ll find something new here to enjoy, or be reminded of something you were in to earlier in the year. Enjoy!

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Album of the Day: Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms


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I think by this stage, it’s safe to say that we’re living through a golden age of underground death metal. Consideration the quality of bands like Blood Incantation, Spectral Voice, Chthe’ilist, Ritual Necromancy, Of Feather and Bone, Necrot, Undergang, Our Place of Worship is Silence – and so many others! Any such list should surely also include Tomb Mold, as their latest album, Manor of Indefinite Forms, is another highlight for death metal in an era that is stuffed full of them. Dirty, dark, and irresistibly heavy, full of incredible riffs, this is something special.

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EP Review: Dead In The Manger – Transience

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I’ve had another review published at Summoning Spirits, for the new EP by USBM band Dead In The Manger. A very exciting release.

“There’s something special missing from much music produced today, regardless of genre. It’s not necessarily talent, which takes many forms. Nor is it originality, which is a vastly over-rated thing. Rather, it’s a sense of ambition, of a band trying to be more than just a group of friends who bonded over beers and records, and who have instead decided to try and produce something special that deserves attention. There’s nothing inherently wrong with jamming with your buddies and ripping off your favourite bands, but it does not make for great art. Thankfully, mysterious US group Dead In The Manger are not one such band, and their début EP Transience showcases a band intent not just on creating original music, but also on producing something special that rises above the mundane, reminding the listener of a time when black metal was new, exciting, and a little bit scary.”

Read the full review over at Summoning Spirits.