After a an unimpressive first album, F5 have made up for it with their sophomore release The Reckoning. Combining melodic elements with influences from thrash and progressive, the group has definitely hit on something memorable and heavy.
Man, I'm pretty sure we have a candidate for album of the year with Life... The Best Game In Town. It has experimentation, sludge, heaviness, bruising rhythms and so much more. Time to hit play once again on this album.
Not to come across as too much of a Cavalera fan-boy, but I really liked this album. Sure it's not perfect, but it delivers the goods that Sepultura fans have been missing for 12 years. It's good to hear the brothers back together producing the music that only they can.
The raw feel to the vocals and the down tuned, churning guitars work so well together that when you add in the crushing drums it's nearly too much to handle.
There's something infectious about Buried Death. Could it be the thick, stoner rhythms? Or the crushing riffs? Who the hell knows, but I like it a lot. Coffins have brought in a little more death metal influence into the mix, giving the album plenty of appeal across metal genres.
Cult of Luna simply don't sling sludge through the air with reckless abandon. Thick rhythms, melodic and soulful interludes along with bruising riffs make Eternal Kingdom an experience that simply cannot be missed.
Moonspell's Night Eternal is their heaviest and most solid release of new material to date. Catchy riffs, up front vocals and the willingness to embrace more death and black metal elements come together on a well produced and powerful sounding album.
Taking cues from their past releases and their overall influences, Cursed's III: Architects of Troubled Sleep is full of anti-social vitriol and noise filled, grinding hardcore. Prepare to be bulldozed.
Engel's Absolute Design has a very rich and dynamic sound, but falls short of what most metal heads were expecting from the band. It's heavily influenced by alternative rock and progressive metal, steering well clear of the death metal aspect of its melodic death label.
Hemlock's fluid blend of thrash, sludge and melodic elements really make them a force to be reckoned with on No Time for Sorrow. It's a fully engaging and entertaining album that just about any metal fan should be throwing the horns to.