Chat Pile’s full-length debut God’s Country is a grim yet thrilling soundtrack to American decline, drawing on heavy traditions from nu-metal to slasher films.
Slipknot’s boundary-pushing second album Iowa changed the trajectory of heavy music 20 years ago. Its influence rings through many corners of the metal scene.
Filled with venomous riffs, a cold-detached precision, and a sharp dissonant edge, Decoherence’s System I is a haunting work of extravagant black metal.
Cannibal Corpse have always exploited violence while doggedly refusing to contemplate what it means. Violence Unimagined thrills nonetheless.
In a month of epic returns, Cult of Luna reinvigorate the post-metal flames, The Ruins of Beverast plunge to their blackened sludge depths and Emptiness take a hard post-punk turn.
Grindcore institution Napalm Death finally reconcile their experimental side with their ultra-harsh roots on Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism.
In a busy and exciting month for metal, Boris arrive in rejuvenated fashion, Imperial Triumphant continue to impress with their forward-thinking black metal, and death metal masters Defeated Sanity and Lantern return with a vengeance.
On Friday, avant-garde metal band Imperial Triumphant release Alphaville, their best album yet. It may just be the soundtrack to a pandemic, and it's a redefining moment in metal.
Visit the cold, desolate worlds of Paysage d'Hiver. Experience the boundless experimentation of Neptunian Maximalism. Watch in awe the death metal refactoring of Pyrrhon and so much more.
The new year, and the new decade, kick things off in the most promising way possible as a combination of newcomers and established acts produce amazing works across death, black, metalcore, power and thrash metal.