It’s the end of March so I figured I’d do another roundup of albums that have come out this year!! I plan to do this twice a month now, but we’ll see if I can keep up!
Heartless – Pallbearer
I’m still not quite sure what to make of this album, It’s definitely not the kind of metal I’m used to listening to, let alone reviewing. I think most are describing this as a doom metal album, but it’s not exactly what I think of when someone says doom. To me this album is almost progressive doom if that’s a thing, it’s layered with anthemic guitars and vocal melodies that remind me of more classic heavy metal or progressive rock, yet it has a modern edge in the lush guitar tones and in some of the quieter parts. Especially the first track on this record blew me away, but after that I felt like the album dragged on, which is to be expected on an album that’s shortest song is 5:25 (the longest is 12:40). I wouldn’t say I’m taken with this record yet, but it’s definitely one that will grow on me I feel. Give it a listen if you’re into a band that sounds like a mix between Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, and some of Steven Wilson’s quieter moments. It’s not really my thing, but I think with more listens I’ll grow to like it some more.
A Crow Looked at Me – Mount Eerie
I’m not familiar with any of Mount Eerie’s previous work, the only other album I’ve ever listened to with Phil Elverum is The Glow pt. 2, which is a record I would definitely recommend. This album on the other hand is a little tough to recommend seeing as it’s so personal and so fucking sad. For those who don’t know this album was written a few months after the passing of Phil’s wife and is filled with upfront and heartbreaking references to his wife’s death. It’s quiet indie folk that’s incredibly beautiful but also just so depressing. I wouldn’t call it a pleasant listen but it’s definitely worth listening to.
Sensory Link to Pain – Primal Rite
This album is a decent crossover thrash record. Check it out if you’re into that sort of thing, it’s pretty good. The vocals honestly remind me of those on “Seven Churches” by Possessed, but it definitely retains the classic crossover sound.
Brutalism – Idles
I can’t say I really connected with this record that much. Idles is a post-punk band from the UK that despite some very clever lyrics and good hooks, they didn’t really do much for me with this album. I’ll definitely try to give this record some more time, but as of now I didn’t like it that much. It might be your cup of tea though, check it out!
Other records that are new to me:
Chaos is Me – Orchid: I really liked this a lot, it’s a great screamo/skramz record that’s super good and a really good length.
Sprained Ankle – Julien Baker: Beautiful, sad, amazing. It’s a great rainy/cloudy day record.
Circumambulation – True Widow: Really good record, kind of like super heavy indie rock/shoegaze, driving and steady.