Retrospective sections give me an opportunity to talk about and highlight older albums that I think are worthy of discussion and, usually, praise. Dead Congregation’s debut full-length album Graves of the Archangels was released back in 2008 in collaboration with Nuclear War Now! Productions. Delivering on the promise of 2005’s universally acclaimed EP Purifying Consecrated
This is Wormrot doing what Wormrot do best, better than they’ve ever done it before. Loud, fast, relentlessly heavy, pissed off grindcore of the finest quality. Taking cues from thrash, death, crust, and hardcore punk, this album pulverises. Not only does vocalist Arif Rot sound more ferocious than ever, screaming and growling with real passion, guitarist
French blackgaze pioneers Alcest return with their fifth full-length album Kodama, a dark, ethereal, emotionally resonant concept album about the conflict between man and nature. Kodama channels shoegaze, post-punk, and black metal to incredible effect on one of the best albums this year.