This edition features an emotional tribute, a death metal Master (you'll get it soon), and more! To the metals…
Cave In Ft. Steve Brodsky & Adam McGrath – Live At Roadburn 2018
Origin: Methuen, Massachusetts
Following the death of their bassist Caleb Scofield, Steve and Adam of Cave In performed this set as a tribute to him. This features acoustic renditions of their chaotic classics, and these versions carry more weight than ever. This is a must have for Cave In fans.
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Emigrate – A Million Miles
Genre: Hard rock
Origin: Wittenberge, East Germany
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When he's not marching around a stage while trying to avoid being lit on fire with Rammstein, guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe is fronting this straight forward rock outfit. The guitar and rhythm both still employ the sound you'd expect from him, but the band meanders into other territories. Still, if you're looking for some driving rock, look no further than this.
The Intersphere – The Grand Delusion
Genre: Progressive alt rock
Origin: Mannheim, Germany
Label: Long Branch Records
Somewhere between the sounds of The Dear Hunter, Periphery, and Thrice you'll find The Intersphere. This, their first album in four years, has the technicality, dense arrangements, and melody once would want in a proggy opus. The Intersphere are an incredibly underrated band, and this album cements their status as one of the modern greats.
Sarah Longfield – Disparity
Genre: "Shred Prog Melodic Tech Death Synth Core"
Label: Season Of Mist
When she's not performing covers of Meshuggah and Slayer, or taking on her vile YouTube comments, Sarah Longfield is proving herself as one of modern metal's most interesting shredders. She plays all the notes, but her song writing separates her from the sea of YouTube/Bandcamp acts that has her scene rather saturated. Disparity is a beautiful journey and a favorite of mine for the year.
Master – Vindictive Miscreant
Genre: Thrash/death metal
Origin: Chicago, Illinoi
Label: Transcending Obscurity
Here's some OG death metal for you. Master, who have been going on and off since 1983, are here to rip you apart with their fourteenth album. Paul Speckmann and his horde are still mad as heck and prove that old guys can still yell about Satan and stuff.
Nachtmystium – Resilient EP
Genre: Experimental black metal
Origin: DeKalb, Illinois
Label: Lupus Lounge
Blake Judd had his ups and downs over the last few years, but seems to be doing well. Perhaps there is a nod to his own resilience in the title of this EP?, Anyway, this is four tracks of Nachtmystium doing what they do with sorta atmospheric, sorta psychedelic, yet mostly blackened metal. Also, this is the fourth thing they've released this year? How did that happen?
Also dropping today…
Bane – Esoteric Formulae (Black Market Metal Label) – Melodic black/death metal
Cantique Lépreux – Paysages polaires (Eisenwald) – Black metal
Daisyhead – I've Been Better EP (No Sleep) – Alternative rock
Dog Eat Dog – New Breed EP (Metalville) – Rock
Frosttide – Decedents – Enshrined (Out Of Line Music) – Melodic death/folk metal
Night Crowned – Humanity Will Echo Out (Black Lion Records) – Black metal/death metal
Valhalore – Solace & Solitude (Independent) – Folk metal
Virgin Black – Requiem – Pianissimo (Independent) – Gothic metal/doom