Welcome to another edition of Mixtarum Metallum. Heavy tunes aplenty have their best features amplified and illuminated here, and there's sure to be something to add to the naughty list just waiting to be discovered.
Wig-outs, freak-outs, and tripped-and-fuzzed-out rock 'n' roll is accepted from French trio Aqua Nebula Oscillator. But, in keeping with the band's enigmatic persona, it's pulled a sinister swerve on its latest album, Spiritus Mundi.
Grave Miasma's debut full-length, Odori Sepulcrorum, speaks of ages past, but not with any sense of love or fondness. The band is here to prove that quintessentially evil death metal has never gone out of fashion.
Dunedin, New Zealand might be famed for its jingling and jangling indie pop bands, but as Mountaineater’s self-titled debut reminds us, the city has plenty of gigantic and jagged riffs to be discovered too.
In 1988, Lee Dorrian founded UK record label Rise Above. A quarter century later, the label is one of the ‘eavisest and ‘eartiest around, filled with as much tuning in and dropping out as doomy drop-tuning and whigging out.
Twelve Minutes, the debut EP from Loss of Self, might not be providing anything new, but if the band continues to refine its blending of black metal with other genres, it might well strike a point of real difference.
Kevin Hufnagel is a musician who generally deals in intense, steely and complex riffs. However, on his new album, Ashland, he steps right off the metal pedal, producing a set of baritone and eight-string ukulele instrumentals.
Played at deafening volume, with the lights turned low and incense lit, mind-expanding journeys have been guaranteed from White Hills in the past, but the band's latest release, So You Are… So You’ll Be, finds the group dropping from its cosmic trajectory for a more controlled burn through the atmosphere.
Oathbreaker's decision to exhibit more range on its sophomore album, Eros|Anteros, isn't a unique artistic statement in metallic hardcore. But it's one that many bands of its ilk ignore in favour of "stamping on a human face, forever".