The Direction of Last Things is Intronaut’s defining moment.
Fans of Asphyx and Coffins will consider this the greatest Halloween treat ever, but perhaps the kids dressed as pumpkins and witches won’t. Nevermind.
Know How to Carry a Whip is brilliantly bleak and depressing; a modern day exorcism delivered through rage and noise that feels just right.
Golgotha is easily W.A.S.P.’s best and most solid release since The Crimson Idol.
Kylesa stand apart from their peers in their ability to push into new territory with each and every release. Exhausting Fire is a definitive realization of their sound and one of the best albums of their career.
UK quintet Heart Of A Coward have taken a big leap with third album, Deliverance, and that’s definitely saying something after the success of it’s predecessor, Severance, which set them apart from some of the other alumni of the hardcore/post-djent genre.
There isn’t any gloss on the veneer of With the Dead, differentiating them from most new collectives. But that’s to be expected for these lifers. And although Dorrian, Bagshaw and Greening don’t stray far from their doom roots, they’ve crafted one of this year’s most compelling heavy albums.
I Worship Chaos is a melting pot of all of the previous Children Of Bodom releases. They’ve honed a sound that is easily identifiable but defies any genre in this day and age.