Stuff I’ve been listening to:

Most recently I went to a concert on May 6th in Philadelphia: Mastodon, Opeth, Gojira, Eagles of Death Metal, Devin Townsend Project, Russian Circles.

And then a bunch of albums:

A Stirring in the Noos by John Frum

  • Release date: 12 May 2017
  • Polished and at the level of quality you’d expect from a Relapse Records release. I did expect the album to be slightly more interesting. John Frum has members from The Faceless and The Dillinger Escape Plan so I thought there’d be a noticeable progressive edge. John Frum is a bit psychedelic for death metal, but errs more on the flat side of things. If I had zero expectations going into this album, I think I’d be more satisfied.

Paramnesia by Destroying the Devoid

  • Release date: 19 August 2016
  • Extremely good progressive death metal which is both technical and melodic. It’s another good album from Unique Leader Records.

C​:​\​>COPY *​.​* A: /V by MASTER BOOT RECORD

  • Release date: 8 May 2017 (for the remastered version)
  • Interesting blend of instrumental metal and chiptune. Not sure if I would recommend this to most people. It’s still likely worth a listen to anyone open to the chiptune/metal idea.

Ego Dominus Tuus by Nightbringer

  • Release date: 30 September 2014
  • Decent enough black metal but it failed to make a lasting impression on me.

Halos by Mortem Obire

  • Release date: 10 May 2017
  • Drone/ambient album. I was involved in the making of this, so I can’t give a completely objective review.

EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy by The Great Old Ones

  • Release date: 27 January 2017
  • Compelling atmospheric black metal with a dose of HP Lovecraft. This is one of the few albums I’ve preordered, and I have no regrets about that. It’s from Season of Mist, so you know the album can’t be awful.

Triangle by Schammasch

  • Release date: 29 April 2016
  • Lengthy progressive black metal album with influences from several other genres. Each of the three disks has a different feel. Some songs are atmospheric enough to be classified as drone/ambient.

Few by He Is Legend

  • Release date: 28 April 2017
  • Not their best album, but it’s decent alternative metal/rock.

Upcoming music:

Decapitated

Suffocation

  • Releasing their new album “Of The Dark Light” on June 9th.
  • I haven’t really been a fan of the singles (Return to the Abyss, etc) which have already come out. It sounds like Suffocation except the vocals are weak. I think the band will sound better live than on this album.

Dying Fetus

Origin

  • New album “Unparalleled Universe” coming June 30th. They recently released a single, “Accident and Error,” which sounds like what we’d expect from Origin. It’s solid.

Scale The Summit

Inanimate Existence

Vale of Pnath

Steven Wilson

  • New album “To The Bone” coming August 18th. The single “Pariah” sounds like more Wilson. It’s not anything new for him; it’s good, yet basically standard fare.

Hallatar

  • Preorders of the supergroup’s debut album will start in late May. (Members are from Swallow the Sun, Trees of Eternity, Amorphis, and HIM, so I expect doom-laden metal.)