The variety and thought that went into these tracks have shot Rivers of Nihil to the upper echelon of modern metal.
When it comes to metallic hardcore, Incendiary’s Thousand Mile Stare is one of the finest of its kind.
Japan’s Sigh are truly in a league of their own. Sigh’s In Somniphobia is one of the wildest metal albums in existence, possibly only topped by Sigh's own Imaginary Sonicscape.
Diablo Swing Orchestra have been confounding expectations from their native land of Sweden since their inception in 2003, and this album contains several significant contributions to their overall discography.
Long Island’s Moon Tooth, one of the most exciting metal bands from the region, released unto the world a real gem of an album with Chromaparagon.
There is something wildly refreshing about hearing a band that clearly lies completely outside of popular and current tastes. Free Salamander Exhibit, an Experimental/Avant-garde or, Rock Against Rock, in their words, band from Oakland, CA is comprised of members from the immaculate Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Idiot Flesh.
OroborO is a new band from Western Massachusetts, and even though Laughing Death only came out in the second week of January, it is on track to easily be one of the best albums of the year.