With my top ten-album list done (see here in case you missed it), there’s plenty more music that I feel should be promoted, because this year has been absolutely crammed with great releases. I’ve thrown together a list of bands that are still to be considered newcomers with only an album/EP out (not taking splits into account), band’s that I feel could gather more momentum in the coming years, should they not stagnate or disband. I could probably have fitted more than just ten, but again, these are the ones that stand out more than others.
Norilsk – The Idea Of North (Hypnotic Dirge Records)
Doom/Death Metal meshed with Post Metal seems to only be expanding in Canada. Norilsk have crafted an interesting work with towering grooves, epic melodies and sludgy atmospheres. Excited for the next album.
Norot – Nathrach (Naturmacht Productions)
Spectral Black Metal from this one-man project. A dreamy domain with elaborate guitar work, gothic overtones and exquisite harshness. Hints of Post Metal moods are also embedded. Immersive qualities. Go one-man-metal!
Bloodway – Mapping The Moment With The Logic Of Dreams (I, Voidhanger Records)
This Romanian act made me forget about Enslaved for a while. They share some of the progressive shades of the Norwegians, still there’s incredible songwriting sensibility within. “Mirror Twins” is a jaw-dropping song by the way.
Enshine – Singularity (Rain Without End Records)
I´ve waited with maniacal anticipation for this album. The wait was definitely worth it. Everything the debut album had has been amplified to great results. This is an evolutionary treat for anyone into Death, Doom, Post or Gothic Metal.
Winds Of Genocide – Usurping The Throne Of Disease (Pulverised Records)
I love the classic riffstorms that are summoned on this monstrously killer album. The “take no prisoners” approach is impressive, an all out Death Metal assault from beginning to end, punk’d, doomy and crusted.
Horrendous – Anareta (Dark Descent Records)
Been meaning to check this band out for some time. Glad I finally did. This album had me floored. A chief example of how to take old school Death Metal into different avenues and still sound brutal. A crucial band in times to come.
Hooded Menace – Darkness Drips Forth (Relapse Records)
Not exactly a newcomer, yet they deserve more exposure imo. A massive four-track epic of classic Doom/Death Metal, that couldn’t care less if it was 2015 really. The Finns really captured a dismal and putrid atmosphere on this one.
Cruciamentum – Charnel Passages (Profound Lore Records)
I really liked this band’s EP. This album only solidifies this UK act’s prospective future. The murky keyboard passages lend a pseudo Black Metal atmosphere, but only in stints. This is fierce Death Metal ala Immolation or Brutality.
The Antichrist Imperium – S/T (Apocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings)
Another UK band, although anything than “just another band”. Members of the legendary Akercocke and Voices let loose once again the maddening elements of progressive extreme metal music. This one just needs to be heard, period.
With The Dead – S/T (Rise Above Records)
This album has gotten the nod “the heaviest album released in 2015” from several medias and not without reason. It’s loud as hell, fuzzy not shaken, skull-crushingly heavy and has dark subject matters worthy of catharsis.