Textures have floated across realms of technical metal music without an anchor to hoist them firmly to the ground – and they wouldn’t want it any other way. Dualism continues this somewhat, allowing the Dutch sextet to free their ambitions as per, but it’s with a certain ease on the ear that they have stretched their complex stylistic fusion of mathcore, groove metal, metalcore and djent.
Lo! are a newly-spawned four-piece from Australia that quite frankly shouldn’t be making a record this good for their full-length debut. Look And Behold is an anomaly in the respect that the well-developed ideas and resulting sounds clearly match that of a band aeons into their career.
A cappella metal. German band Van Canto have something quite different here. Scepticism that you might have about an a cappella group trying metal music should be suppressed until hearing this one. Breaking The Silence marks Van Canto’s fourth full-length album – so surely, are they not doing something right?
Living through the tragedy of losing bassist Mike Alexander while on tour in 2009, Evile have battled through an extremely adverse situation to create their very own thrash opus. Five Serpent’s Teeth is decidedly darker than anything the Huddersfield four-piece have done before, still focusing on their usual strongly war-imaged themes but adding that extra-sensitive personal side to the songwriting.
Featuring three members of The Ocean, Switzerland’s Coilguns have melodic punk riffery with mathy, rhythmic structures that draw a different line in the sand when it comes to dividing styles.
We’re having quite the year for upsets with a plethora of artists increasingly reluctant to stick with all they’ve been associated with in the past, dropping the gauntlets to wrestle with fresh ideas. It’s surely a positive thing. But when you hear a description boasting that the fringes of hostile black metal are set to be spliced with a tinge of power metal – curiosity takes hold.
Allele’s 2006 track Stitches was featured on the WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2007 video game, boosting their publicity tenfold and gaining them a widespread fanbase. But at the time no one would have guessed that there would be a six-year wait for the follow up to the Floridian five-piece’s successful Point Of Origin debut.