Album of the Day Recap: 30/7/18 – 3/8/18

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Album of the Day for the past week took on a distinctly death metal flavour as the week went on, but there’s still plenty of variety to be found, with as much emotional heaviness and there is musical. Enjoy!

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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 recap: 23/7/18 – 27/7/18

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Another week, and another selection of five records to help get you through the day. Here is the recap of this week’s Albums of the Day:

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Review: Void Ritual – Death is Peace

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Label: Ipos Music

Are Void Ritual one of the most under-rated bands in US black metal? Based on previous releases, it would have been a reasonable question to ask, with albums from the solo project of Daniel Jackson, such as Heretical Wisdom, providing evidence that there is plenty of life left in second wave worship, even if said records do little to advance the style. Yet with Death is Peace, the answer becomes more concrete, with the latest album being not so much an evolution of previous Void Ritual releases, but a reinforcement of all that was good about them. Frost-bitten melodies sit atop atmospheric riffs, all laced with hooks and a sense of character that brings to mind forgotten forests and secluded, snow-topped mountains. It’s all done with a sense of conviction that is so often lacking in other adherents of the second wave, and on Death is Peace, it comes together in a excellent style, making this record the equal of practically second wave inspired act you care to name.

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Review: Sathanas – Necrohymns

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Label: Transcending Obscurity Records 

There’s something to be said for consistency. Now on to album number ten,  Sathanas are the kind of band who have probably passed under your radar; their discography is one of solid black-thrash, that has – for whatever reason – largely been unheralded beyond their section of the underground. Latest record Necrohymns may be unlikely to change that, but it does serve as a demonstration of what the uninitiated have been missing out on. This is the sound of experience, of old hands who are utterly confident in their chosen style, and are seemingly content to keep doing what they do, regardless of whether anyone else pays attention or not.

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Review: Witchgöat – Umbra Regit

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Label: Morbid Skull Records

A lesson that’s often overlooked in extreme metal is the importance of melody. You can blast away at 666 BPM, and your riffs can be as crude and violent as an army of rampaging demons, but without even a hint of melody odds are that it won’t half the desired impact. There are exceptions, of course, but these are few and far between. This lesson is one that Witchgöat have well learned, with their Umbra Regit demo demonstrating a band who appreciate the importance of melody in creating something vicious. Sitting somewhere between 90’s Dissection and 80’s German thrash, this is old-school through and through, and highly effective.

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Album of the Day recap: 16/7/18 – 20/7/18

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Whilst the Album of the Day feature is now a social-media based feature, I figured it would be useful to have a post at the end of each week recapping the previous selections for the week gone by, all in one convenient place. So, here’s this week’s selections:

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